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  • February 11, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: M. Schmidt
  • • Attendance: 69000
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Kaiserslautern

Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich - Kaiserslautern

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The Bavarian giants will be looking for a comfortable home victory against Lautern this weekend as they hope to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders, Dortmund



PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo/Tymoshchuk, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez
KAISERSLAUTERN


Trapp
Dick, Simunek, Yahia, Jessen
Sahan, Kirch, Tiffert, Fortounis
Schechter,
Wagner


A somewhat compromised Bayern Munich side welcome Kaiserslautern to the Allianz Arena without the on-field presence of two regular first-teamers in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Daniel Van Buyten. The influential midfielder incurred ankle ligament damage in Wednesday's DFB-Pokal win over Stuttgart, while the Belgian centre-back is still recovering from a metatarsal fracture.

Diego Contento will also be absent as he works to find fitness after being out with a broken toe.

For Marco Kurz's visitors, Germany's Red Devils are missing Ariel Borysiuk, who is suspended through a double-booking in Kaiserslautern's previous match, while veteran left-back Alexander Bugera must also watch from the sidelines with a problematic foot injury.

Cameroonian forward Dorge Kouemaha is also set to miss the clash due to a lack of match fitness.


DID YOU KNOW
  • This weekend's match-up features the Bundesliga's highest and lowest scoring teams this season: Bayern Munich with 47 and Kaiserslautern with only 15.
  • If the visitors manage to score at the Allianz on Saturday, it will be their 100th goal against the hosts.
  • Mario Gomez has scored two hat-tricks in each of Bayern Munich's last two matches against Kaiserslautern.
  • Itay Shechter has the lowest goal tally of any Bundesliga team's top scorer this term with a meagre three.
  • Bayern have won all seven of their last home matches against Kaiserslautern. Their last loss
    against Saturday's visitors was in 1997.
  • The very same match was the last time FCB failed to score at home against the Red Devils.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
39Takashi UsamiStriker
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
1Kevin TrappGoalkeeper
3Leon JessenDefender
6Mathias AbelDefender
23Florian DickDefender
25Anthar YahiaDefender
8Christian TiffertMidfielder
10Olcay ŞahanMidfielder
13Thanos PetsosMidfielder
28Konstantinos FortounisMidfielder
33Sandro WagnerStriker
16Richard Sukuta-PasuStriker
1Tobias SippelGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
34Willi OrbanDefender
26Steven ZellnerStriker
9Itay ShechterStriker
31Jakub SwierczokStriker
35Julian-Maurice DerstroffStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With two hattricks scored already against FCK, the Bundesliga's top scorer should be brimming with the confidence necessary to break down the visitors' defence.
Kevin Trapp
Kevin Trapp
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
If Kaiserslautern want to retain their dignity at the Allianz, the young goalkeeper will have to keep his wits about him and command his defence well in Saturday's match-up.
Prediction
Bayern shouldn't struggle too badly to cope with the absence of Schweinsteiger and Van Buyten, and the hosts have been in incredible home form of late in the Bundesliga.

However, Kaiserslautern have a solid back line this term, so FCB may have to bide their time and take their chances when they come.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2

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