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  • March 30, 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: G. Winkmann
  • • Attendance: 71000
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Bayern Munich-Hamburg Preview: Hosts aiming to wrap up early title

Bayern Munich-Hamburg Preview: Hosts aiming to wrap up early title

Bongarts

Should Dortmund drop points against Stuttgart on Saturday, the Bavarians could become the first team to seal the Bundesliga in March

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH
 
Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
HAMBURG
 
Adler
Diekmeier, Bruma, Westermann, Aogo
Rincon, Badelj
Son, Van der Vaart, Jiracek
Rudnevs

With the prospect of wrapping up the Bundesliga, Bayern are unlikely to rest any players ahead of the Champions League tie with Juventus in midweek.

Indeed, the only projected absence is long-term injury victim Holger Badstuber. Mario Gomez should be fit to feature despite missing both of Germany's recent games with Kazakhstan.

On the other hand, Hamburg will be without a host of players for the trip to Bavaria, with Marcell Jansen and Maxi Beister are both suspended for the match.

Michael Mancienne is back in light training following a lengthy injury, Ivo Ilicevic and Lam Zhi Gin are both out with abdominal and knee injuries respectively.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich sealed their 2000-01 Bundesliga title with a victory over Hamburg on the last day of the season, pipping Schalke by one point.

  • Should the Bavarians clinch the league crown on Saturday, it would be the first time a team has done so after just 27 matches.
  • Only Gerd Muller has a better minutes-per-goal ratio than Mario Gomez (114) in the Bundesliga.
  • The last time Hamburg finished ahead of Bayern in the Bundesliga was in the 1983-84 season.
  • Goalkeeper Rene Adler (pictured, right) has never kept a clean sheet against Bayern and never ended up on the winning side.
  • HSV have won just seven points, scoring only six goals in the seven matches that Rafael van der Vaart has missed this season.

Players to watch

M. Mandžukić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Croatian has seen his first-team place called into question in recent weeks thanks to Mario Gomez's revival, but has a chance to prove to Jupp Heynckes that he is still Bayern's first-choice striker ahead of the crunch clash with Juventus in midweek.

A. Rudņevs

Position: Attacker

Games: 19

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The 25-year-old has been hitting top form since his move from Lech Poznan in the summer, showcasing his goalscoring ability in recent matches. He led his side to victory in Dortmund, and will need to be on top form if his side are to claim anothe big-name scalp.

Editor's Prediction

Whether Bayern win the Bundesliga or not depends largely on Dortmund's result at Stuttgart, but I'd expect them to beat Hamburg comfortably, just as they did at the Imtech Arena earlier this season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Hamburger SV

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
Hamburger SV HSV
Hamburger SV Hamburger SV
80%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
Hamburger SV HSV
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
Hamburger SV HSV
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 1
Hamburger SV HSV

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