Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions look for Pokal glory
With the visitors' hopes of retaining their title long gone, they will be hoping to defeat their rivals and win the cup for a second year in a row
By Enis Koylu
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Muller, Kroos, Robben
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Bayern Munich will be without the serivces of star man Franck Ribery, who is suspended after being sent off in the last round against Augsburg, with Arjen Robben expected to step in for the Frenchman.
However, Javi Martinez has shaken off a minor groin strain which forced him off early against Werder Bremen at the weekend, while Daniel Van Buyten has shaken off the flu.
Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of Robert Lewandowski, who has missed their recent league games due to suspension.
Meanwhile, Mats Hummels is expected to miss out with flu and will be replaced by Felipe Santana, but Jakub Blaszczykowski has recovered from a minor injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich have conceded just two goals since the start of 2013, both came in their last two matches.
- These two teams met in the final of the competition last season, with Dortmund recording a 5-2 victory over their rivals.
- Legendary coach Ottmar Hitzfeld (pictured, right) won this trophy three times with Bayern, but never during his six years with BVB.
- Borussia Dortmund have lost just once in their last seven meetings with Bayern Munich - in the Supercup in August.
- Mats Hummels started his career at the Allianz Arena, and moved to BVB in 2009, initially on loan.
- Ten of the 19 players called up to Germany's squad for the recent fixture against France play for one of these clubs.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 16.96 %
FC Bayern München 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 15.54 %
FC Bayern München 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 11.16 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3|
|Germany - Super Cup (GERS)||Jul 27, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 4 - FC Bayern München 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||May 25, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - FC Bayern München 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||May 4, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - FC Bayern München 1|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Feb 27, 2013||FC Bayern München 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|FC Bayern München|
|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|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3||GER1|
|Nov 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - FC Augsburg 0||GER1|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
With Mario Gomez scoring twice at the weekend, and given the wave of speculation linking Bayern with Lewandowski, the onus will be on Mandzukic to show that he is still the main man at the Allianz Arena, and there will be no better way to do so than by leading his side to victory over the champions.
All eyes will inevitably be on Lewandowski, given how his absence was felt by Dortmund on Sunday at Gladbach and the speculation linking him with a move to Bayern, but he will eager to prove where his loyalties lie during this clash, one of the biggest of his side's season.
There may be a hefty gap separating them in standings, but Bayern and Dortmund are incredibly equal teams. The visitors have a knack of raising their game on the biggest stage, and I'd expect this one to go all the way.
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