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  • March 10, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: M. Fritz
  • • Attendance: 69000
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Bayern Munich - Hoffenheim Preview: Lahm set for historic day as Bavarians host villagers

Bayern Munich - Hoffenheim Preview: Lahm set for historic day as Bavarians host villagers

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The captain could reach a personal milestone should he appear for the German record champions as they look to gain momentum ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Basel



PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento
Luiz Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez

HOFFENHEIM



Starke

Johnson, Vestergaard, Compper, Braafheid
Rudy, Weis
Vukcevic, Firmino, Babel
Mlapa


Bayern are set to receive a massive boost as Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from injury. Reports from Munich indicate that the vice-captain is fit to play for up to 45 minutes as a substitute on Saturday, although if the hosts lead at half-time, he may not be risked ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Basel.

Daniel van Buyten remains unavailable as he recovers from a metatarsal fracture, and Rafinha is doubtful for the match due to a bout of flu. In the Brazilian's stead, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could deputise, or David Alaba or Diego Contento could fill in on the left of defence, with Philipp Lahm switching to the right.

Hoffenheim will be short of a key player in right-back Andreas Beck, who played very well against Franck Ribery in the first round but is suspended following his 10th yellow card of the season. Strjan Lakic, Sven Schipplock are out with knocks, while Sejad Salihovic has been suspended by coach Markus Babbel. Finally, Andreas Ibsertsberger and Matthias Jaissle remain sidelined as they recover from long-term injuries.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Bayern Munich have never lost to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, and have won all three of their previous home games against the Sinsheim outfit.
  • Philipp Lahm is expected to captain the record champions in his 250th Bundesliga appearance.
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger has made just four appearances since November 2.
  • Hoffenheim are undefeated in their last five matches: their most recent loss was a 3-1 result against Dortmund in late January.

  • The village side have scored (27) and conceded (28) fewer goals than ever before in the Bundesliga after 24 rounds.
  • Each of Hoffenheim's eight goals since the winter break has been scored by a different player.

While FCB have been struggling for form of late, the hosts have actually won their last five matches at the Allianz in all competitions.

Players to watch

M. Gómez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Stuttgart man has been Europe's third-most prolific scorer since 2007, and carried his club through a difficult spell last season. His form has dropped off in recent weeks, and now he - and Bayern as a whole - need to turn things around, and fast. Gomez is the key.

J. Vestergaard

Position: Defender

Games: 6

  • 1
  • 0
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The 19-year-old Danish defender has been a revelation this season, establishing himself as of late as one of the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga. His task will be to keep Gomez and Thomas Muller at bay: a tall order, but not something over his head. After all, he stands a towering 1.97 metres.

Editor's Prediction

In spite of their slump as of late, Bayern have dropped points just twice and conceded only three goals at home this season: only Dortmund have taken more points in the Bundesliga. Hoffenheimhave had trouble away from home, and more often than not come out on the losing end. They have proven hard to beat as of late, but should not be expected to take something from Saturday's match, especially if the Bavarians are on target first.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Hoffenheim

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

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