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  • October 31, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: D. Siebert
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Bayern Munich - Kaiserslautern Preview: Bavarians look to bounce back

Bayern Munich - Kaiserslautern Preview: Bavarians look to bounce back

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Jupp Heynckes' side suffered their first domestic loss of the season against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, but can put that disappointment behind them on Wednesday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN

Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Can
Robben, Muller, Shaqiri
Pizarro
KAISERSLAUTERN

Sippel
Dick, Torrejon, Heintz, Jessen
Borysiuk, Linsmayer
Zellner, Baumjohann, Fortounis
Idrissou

Bayern Munich are expected to shuffle their pack ahead of the clash with Kaiserslautern, which occurs just three days after their 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

David Alaba made his first start of the season against B04, and will be looking to build up his fitness for the visit of the 2. Bundesliga outift.

Elsewhere, Arjen Robben came off the bench at the weekend, and should make his first start after a lengthy injury absence. Javi Martinez has been passed fit after missing out on Sunday, and could start in midfield alongside Emre Can, while Xherdan Shaqiri should deputise for Franck Ribery on the left wing.

Finally, Claudio Pizarro could get a rare start up front, giving Mario Mandzukic a much-needed rest. Mario Gomez is back in training, but is unlikely to feature.

Kaiserslautern, meanwhile, are expected to make one change from the team that drew 3-3 with Koln at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Friday, with Marc Torrejon coming into the defence in place of Matthias Abel.

The attack will be spearheaded by former Schalke man Alexander Baumjohann, Kostas Fortounis and in-form striker Mohammadou Idrissou.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have won a record 15 DFB-Pokals in their history, but lost the final 5-2 to Borussia Dortmund last season.
  • The Bavarians cruised to a domestic double over Wednesday's opponents last season in the Bundesliga, recording a 2-0 home win and a 3-0 away triumph.
  • All four of the domestic goals that Bayern have conceded this term have come at home.
  • Kaiserslautern have finished runners-up in this competition four times. They last won the tournament in 1996.
  • Franco Foda's men claimed a 3-1 win over Hansa Rostock at the DKB Arena in the first round back in August.
  • Kaiserslautern once overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat Bayern 7-4 in the Bundesliga, back in October 1973.

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Available Squads
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
26Diego ContentoDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
38Emre CanMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
23Mitchell WeiserDefender
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
1Tobias SippelGoalkeeper
3Leon JessenDefender
23Florian DickDefender
33Dominique HeintzDefender
17Alexander BugeraDefender
5Enis HajriDefender
-TorrejónDefender
28Konstantinos FortounisMidfielder
9Alexander BaumjohannMidfielder
26Steven ZellnerStriker
25Mohamadou IdrissouStriker
22David HohsGoalkeeper
2Jan SimunekDefender
6Mathias AbelDefender
-Denis LinsmayerDefender
-Mimoun AzaouaghMidfielder
-Kwané N'SorStriker
-Sascha WolfertStriker
Players to Watch
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Netherlands winger is set to make his first start in around six weeks after a frustrating period on the sidelines, and all eyes will be on him on Wednesday. The former Real Madrid man admitted during his time on the sidelines that he had considered retirement due to his persistent knocks, and he will be eager to show that he still has a lot to offer. What is more, he is yet to score this season, and will be hoping to get off the mark.
Mohamadou Idrissou
Mohamadou Idrissou
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
As Bayer Leverkusen showed on Sunday, any side visiting the Allianz Arena will need a striker who is on top form, and in Mohamadou Idrissou, Kaiserslautern certainly possess one of those. The Cameroonian has proved himself to be an excellent acquisition this season, scoring seven goals in 11 appearances including two on Friday against Koln. He will have to be prepared not to see much of the ball on Wednesday, but stay alert to take any chances that come his way.
Prediction
Kaiserslautern will come into this match knowing that a counterattacking performance is their best chance of getting a result, as Bayer Leverkusen proved on Sunday. However, Bayern are quite simply a far, far better team, and will be eager to make amends for their failure at the weekend, and I would expect the hosts to cruise into the next round with a convincing win.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 4

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