Bayern Munich-Fortuna Dusseldorf Preview: Hosts aiming for 21st victory
The Bavarians have only dropped points on four occasions this season and will be optimistic of another win
By Enis Koylu
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Shaqiri, Kroos, Ribery
Balogun, Latka, Malezas, Van den Bergh
Lambertz, Fink, Bellinghausen
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is set to shuffle his pack once more, and give Thomas Muller a well-deserved rest, with Xherdan Shaqiri likely to replace him.
Mario Mandzukic will come back into the starting line-up ahead of Mario Gomez, and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could get a rare start in place of Javi Martinez. The only absence is Holger Badstuber, who is out for the season.
Meanwhile, Fortuna Dusseldorf have a host of players missing for the trip to the Allianz Arena. Back-up keeper Robert Almer (thigh), Bruno Soares (fitness) and Juanan (abdominal injury) are all out.
Forwards Stefan Reisinger and Andriy Voronin are both missing. Meanwhile, Dani Schahin could play in the place of Oliver Fink.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich have gone unbeaten for 22 games, and have won their last 10.
- The Bavarians have got 63 points this season - the same number that won them the title in 2000-01.
- They have also won their last three games against Fortuna Dusseldorf, scoring 12 and conceding no goals in the process.
- Fortuna Dusseldorf have not scored in their last 10 visits to Munich.
- The Ruhr outfit also suffered their heaviest-ever Bundesliga defeat at the hands of die Roten - a 7-0 reverse in 1982.
- Norbert Meier's side have recorded six of their 10 victories on the road.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 3-0 F. Düsseldorf
- 18.8 %
FC Bayern München 4-0 F. Düsseldorf
- 17.95 %
FC Bayern München 2-0 F. Düsseldorf
- 9.48 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Mar 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - F. Düsseldorf 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Oct 20, 2012||F. Düsseldorf 0 - FC Bayern München 5|
|FC Bayern München|
|Dec 10, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Manchester City FC 3||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - FC Bayern München 7||GER1|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||GER1|
|Nov 27, 2013||PFC CSKA Moskva 1 - FC Bayern München 3||UCL|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|23||Johannes van den Bergh||Defender|
The Germany international finally seems to be reaching top form after a poor patch. He came close to scoring twice against Hoffenheim and could be one of Bayern's keys to victory on Saturday.
The Australian has been coming into a bit of form of late, and in the absence Stefan Reisinger, there will be extra onus on him up front to provide for his team and spark an unlikely, famous victory.
Bayern did not really get out of first gear last week against Hoffenheim, and will be particularly eager to put in a fine showing against Dusseldorf ahead of their Champions League clash with Arsenal in midweek.
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