Augsburg - Bayern Munich Preview: Heynckes' side looking to maintain unbeaten record against Bavarian rivals
Die Roten have never been defeated by Tuesday's opponents and will be eager to end their brilliant first half of the season with yet another victory in the DFB Pokal
By Tom Webber
Vogt, Callsen-Bracker, Klavan, Ostrzolek
Musona, Oehrl, Werner
Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba
Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Bayern Munich will make it 13 games without defeat if they can overcome Bavarian rivals Augsburg in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal at the SGL Arena.
Jupp Heynckes may have to play without club record signing Javi Martinez when they make the short trip to Augsburg. The Spanish midfielder lost sight in one eye following a collision with Martin Stranzl during Friday's 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach and subsequently Luiz Gustavo may come into the side.
After seven games without a goal, Mario Mandzukic is danger of losing his spot in the starting XI to Mario Gomez who will be pressing for a chance to lead the line from the off once more.
Having been beaten 2-0 by die Roten in the Bundesliga earlier this month, coach Markus Weinzierl is unlikely to make too many changes to his line-up, with Sascha Molders leading the line and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker partnering Ragnar Klavan in the centre of defence.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Augsburg have never managed to beat their Bavarian rivals, losing the three times that the pair have met.
- Makus Weinzierl (pictured right), coach of Tuesday's hosts, spent four years with FCB but failed to make a first-team appearance.
- Following a 1-1 draw with bottom club Greuther Furth at the weekend, Augsburg sit 10 points from safety in the Bundesliga.
- Bayern Munich are the most successful club in the DFB-Pokal, accumulating a total of 15 title wins since their first in 1957.
- Die Roten will be keen to lift the trophy again after end last season's competition with a humiliating 5-2 final defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
- Jupp Heynckes' men have totalled eight goals without reply in the previous two rounds of the tournament.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Augsburg 0-3 FC Bayern München
- 16.74 %
FC Augsburg 0-4 FC Bayern München
- 10.63 %
FC Augsburg 0-2 FC Bayern München
- 10.19 %
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Nov 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||May 11, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Dec 18, 2012||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Dec 8, 2012||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|Dec 7, 2013||Hamburg 0 - FC Augsburg 1||GER1|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Hertha BSC 0 - FC Augsburg 0||GER1|
|Nov 23, 2013||FC Augsburg 2 - Hoffenheim 0||GER1|
|Nov 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0||GER1|
|17||Marcel de Jong||Midfielder|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
Service will be limited to the striker so he will need to be clinical if anything comes his way at the SGL Arena. He found the net against Greuther Furth at the weekend but Bayern represent a whole other level of opposition. If Augsburg are to progress, they will likely need a goal and Molders is their best shot at causing a potentially huge upset.
The winger has the ability to unlock any defence with his superb, direct dribbling and if he sees enough of the ball he could be the difference. He has blown hot and cold so far this season and will want to see out the year with a bright performance against struggling opposition. Whether Mario Gomez or Mario Mandzukic starts, they will rely on the France star for much of their service.
Bayern defeated Augsburg 2-0 earlier this month and it is hard to see this one going any other way. The hosts have never managed to defeat their Bavarian opponents and with Jupp Heynckes' side holding a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga, they will be hopeful of rounding off a successful start to the 2012-13 campaign by advancing to the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals. Augsburg will have their work cut out but it is hard to see them holding die Roten all the way.
Times In BST
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed