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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
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Bayern Munich - Mainz Preview: Bavarians look to put midweek disappointment against BVB behind them

Bayern Munich - Mainz Preview: Bavarians look to put midweek disappointment against BVB behind them

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Goal.com previews the action as Jupp Heynckes' men welcome the Oh-Fives to the Allianz Arena on Saturday with one eye on their clash with Real Madrid in midweek



PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento
Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Pranjic
Olic
MAINZ


Wetklo
Pospech, Kirchhoff, Noveski, Zabavnik
Baumgartlinger, Polanski, Soto
Zidan
Szalai, Choupo-Moting

Jupp Heynckes is likely to rotate his squad ahead of the crunch clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. Ivica Olic is in with a chance to step in for Mario Gomez, while Danijel Pranjic and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could deputise for Franck Ribery and Luiz Gustavo respectively.

David Alaba might be given a rest with Diego Contento slotting in at left-back while injured duo Daniel Van Buyten and Breno are definite absentees for the Bavarians, who have a nearly full-strength squad at their disposal.

Mainz will have to do without the services of Stefan Bell, Bo Svensson and Marcel Risse, who are still recovering from knocks. The Oh-Fives' top goalscorer in the Bundesliga, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and former Real Madrid man Adam Szalai are set to spearhead the attack.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Bayern Munich have won their last eleven home games in all competitions.
  • Mario Gomez scored his first Bundesliga goal against Mainz.
  • The Bavarians lost the first encounter between the two teams 3-2 earlier this season.
  • Mainz have bagged the three points away to Bayern Munich in the league only once in their history. This happened last season in a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena in September 2010.
  • The Oh-Fives have won three of their last five matches against the Bavarians.
  • Despite being in the bottom half of the table, only four Bundesliga sides have scored more than Mainz' 47 league goals this season.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
21Philipp LahmDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
33Heinz MüllerGoalkeeper
3Zdenek PospechDefender
4Nikolce NoveskiDefender
5Radoslav ZabavnikDefender
15Jan KirchhoffDefender
33Marco CaligiuriMidfielder
14Julian BaumgartlingerMidfielder
19Elkin SotoMidfielder
27Nicolai MüllerMidfielder
25Andreas IvanschitzMidfielder
28Adam SzalaiStriker
29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
3Malik FathiDefender
26Niko BungertDefender
8Eugen PolanskiMidfielder
10Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingStriker
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
Players to Watch
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The vice-captain is slowly working his way back to fitness, and will be keen to prove that he is ready to face Real Madrid on Tuesday. His world-class passing and excellent defensive abilities could prove crucial as Bayern Munich aim to make light work of Mainz.
Mohamed Zidan
Mohamed Zidan
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 35
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Has become synonymous of Mainz' resurgency since the winter break, and would love to score a goal against Bayern Munich, piling more misery on Jupp Heynckes' men, who lost against his former club Borussia Dortmund in midweek. His quick feet and mind will pose danger to the Bavarians' back line.
Prediction
Bayern Munich might be thinking about Real Madrid and the Champions League, but they still should be able to bag the three points against Thomas Tuchel's players at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 1
Mainz 0

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