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  • February 27, 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: K. Kircher
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Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions look for Pokal glory

Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions look for Pokal glory

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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

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PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Robben
Mandzukic
DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

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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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2

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