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  • May 19, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 62500
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Bayern Munich - Chelsea Preview: Bavarians eye Champions League glory on home soil

Jupp Heynckes' side will be dreaming of lifting a fifth European crown in their own stadium, while the Blues have set their sights on completing a remarkable cup double

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Contento
Schweinsteiger, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez
CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole
Mikel, Essien
Kalou, Lampard, Mata
Drogba

Bayern Munich will be without suspended trio Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Luiz Gustavo for Saturday's Champions League final showdown with Chelsea at the Allianz Arena.

Defender Breno (knee) is out and Daniel Van Buyten is shorn of match fitness, so Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Diego Contento are likely to deputise for Badstuber and Alaba respectively.

Thomas Muller should get a recall to the starting XI, with Toni Kroos dropping into a deeper midfield role alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Chelsea will have defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill available for selection, with the duo appearing to be winning their fitness battles following hamstring injuries.

The news will come as a boost to interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, as regular defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are serving suspensions along with Ramires and Raul Meireles.

Winger Florent Malouda (hamstring) is a doubt, while Didier Drogba should get the nod up front ahead of Fernando Torres.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have won 13 of their last 14 matches at the Allianz Arena in all competitions, drawing the other.
  • Should the Bavarians triumph on Saturday, they will join Liverpool on five European Cup wins, and become the joint-third most successful club in the competition's history behind Real Madrid (nine) and AC Milan (seven).
  • The Bundesliga club are the first to benefit from home advantage in a European Cup final since Roma played Liverpool at the Stadio Olimpico in the 1984 showpiece.
  • A Bayern victory will make Jupp Heynckes (pictured right) only the fourth coach to have won the tournament with two clubs after Ernst Happel, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jose Mourinho.
  • Chelsea have won just once away from home in this season's Champions League and have already lost in Germany: a 2-1 reverse at Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage.
  • The Blues' only previous meeting with Bayern came in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2005, with the Londoners prevailing 6-5 on aggregate.
  • The Premier League side's overall record away to German opposition is W1, D1, L4, with the sole victory coming at Stuttgart in the 2003-04 Champions League round of 16.
  • Chelsea's only previous European Cup final appearance came in 2008 in Moscow when they lost on penalties to Manchester United after a 1-1 draw.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
39Takashi UsamiStriker
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
Players to Watch
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Germany international played a key role in helping Bayern progress at the Santiago Bernabeu in the semi-finals, as his industry staunched Real Madrid's attacks and gave his side the upperhand in the middle of the park. With his midfield partner Gustavo missing out this time around, Schweinsteiger will have to repeat all of that, and more, to keep Juan Mata and company quiet.
Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Ivorian's aerial power and pace will be crucial in exploiting the biggest chink in the Bavarian armour, namely a rejigged defence that includes the 33-year-old Tymoshchuk. With Chelsea likely to set themselves up to hit Bayern on the break, they will look to play the ball to Drogba as often as they can and get on the end of his knock-downs in the attacking third of the pitch.
Prediction
Bayern's confidence will have been dented by the 5-2 mauling at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final last weekend, but the Bavarians are a formidable force at home. Chelsea will compete well, but the hosts' possession game could wear them down in the latter stages of the match.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2

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