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  • October 2, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadyen Dynama, Minsk
  • Referee: A. Stavrev
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BATE - Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians aiming for 10th straight win

BATE - Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians aiming for 10th straight win

Bongarts

Jupp Heynckes' side have triumphed in all nine of their matches so far this season, and the Belarusian outfit are next in their line of fire

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
BATE

Gorbunov
Polyakov, Radkov, Simic, Bordachev
Pavlov, Likhtarovich, Volodko
Bressan, Hleb
Rodionov
BAYERN MUNICH
Roma
Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic

BATE can be expected to make one change from the side that beat Neman Grodno 5-1 on Friday afternoon. Aliaksandr Hleb sat out the home victory, is fit to return, and will line up alongside Renan Bressan behind Vitali Rodionov, with Filip Rudzik dropping to the bench.

Elsewhere, however, they should be able to field the same line-up for the visit of the Bavarian giants, who are making their first ever trip to Belarus.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, meanwhile, left Mario Mandzukic and Javi Martinez out of the starting line-up for Saturday's 2-0 win over Werder Bremen in favour of Claudio Pizarro and Luiz Gustavo. However, both summer signings should return to the fold for the Champions League encounter.

Arjen Robben missed the trip to the Weserstadion with a muscular problem, but trained individually on Sunday. Whether he makes the trip to Belarus or not remains to be seen, but Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos should retain their places in attacking midfield.

Mario Gomez is slowly working up his fitness after his pre-season ankle surgery, as are David Alaba and Diego Contento, who both sustained broken feet before the campaign's start.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • BATE also faced Bavarian opposition in the 2002 Intertoto Cup second roud, claiming a 5-0 aggregate victory over 1860 Munich, including a 1-0 win in Germany.

  • Schemer Aliaksandr Hleb (pictured, right) returned to the Borisov club this summer after an unhappy spell with Krylia Sovetov. He had previously represented Stuttgart (in two spells) and Wolfsburg, and won the Bundesliga with the Baden-Wurttemberg outfit.
  • BATE have won the last six editions of the Belarusian Premier League, and recorded domestic doubles twice in that period of time.
  • Bayern Munich, beaten finalists in the Champions League last season, have lost three of their last four away games in Europe, and have won just one of the last five.

  • Franck Ribery scored in France's 3-1 World Cup qualifying clash over a Belarus team that featured BATE's Maksim Bordachev, Vitali Rodinov, Artem Radkov, Renan Bressan and Denis Polyakov in Paris on September 11. However, he is yet to score for his club this season.

  • Bayern's win over Werder Bremen over the weekend was their ninth straight victory in all competitions, equalling a club record that had stood since 1984-85.

Players to watch

A. Hleb

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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One of the strangest cases in modern football is that of Aliaksandr Hleb. A star at Arsenal, a big-money move to Barcelona followed, but he failed to live up to expectations at Camp Nou and was farmed out on loan to several clubs, two of which were in the Bundesliga. He made no impact at either Stuttgart or Wolfsburg, but now has the chance to prove to a German audience that he is still capable of producing the playmaking performances that defined his time in north London.

T. Müller

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

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One of the players who best demonstrates Bayern's turnaround this season is Thomas Muller. Anonymous for many games of last term, the Germany international has been in excellent form so far in 2012-13, registering a string of assists and finding his goalscoring shoes once more. Against a defence which will be frankly amateurish compared to the standard to which he is accustomed, the 23-year-old could run riot in Belarus on Tuesday and enjoy a fruitful evening's work.

Editor's Prediction

There's no other way of putting it: Bayern Munich are in formidable form. Eager to avenge last season's humiliations, the Bavarians have swept aside every team that has stood in their path this term with ease. BATE meanwhile, are by no means pushovers, as they showed on matchday 1, but are no match for their illustrious guests, who should be able make it 10 wins from as many matches this season with few problems on Tuesday night.

Last Five Matches

BATE

  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W

Head To Head

BATE

Bayern München

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC BATE Borisov BAT
FC BATE Borisov BATE
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
88%

Top 3 Predictions

FC BATE Borisov BAT
0 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
FC BATE Borisov BAT
0 - 4
FC Bayern München BAY
FC BATE Borisov BAT
0 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY

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