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  • April 13, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: M. Weiner
  • • Attendance: 71000
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Bayern Munich-Nurnberg Preview: Champions face derby homecoming

Bayern Munich-Nurnberg Preview: Champions face derby homecoming

Bongarts

The league winners take on their fellow Bavarians in their first game since they sealed their Bundesliga title in Frankfurt last week

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN
 
Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Tymoshchuk
Robben, Muller, Shaqiri
Gomez
NURNBERG

Schafer
Balitsch, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola
Simons
Chandler, Kiyotake, Feulner, Esswein
Pekhart

Bayern Munich are set to rest a host of players with Tuesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Wolfsburg on the horizon. Tom Starke may replace Manuel Neuer in goal, but at the back, Jerome Boateng is certain to replace Daniel Van Buyten, who limped off against Juventus in midweek.

Rafinha could also start ahead of Philipp Lahm at right-back, while Diego Contento could replace David Alaba on the opposite side of defence. Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to to be rested, and with Luiz Gustavo suspended, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is in line for a rare start in midfield.

Franck Ribery should get a break on the left flank, while Mario Gomez will start ahead of Mario Mandzukic. Toni Kroos (thigh) and Holger Badstuber (knee) are both out.

Meanwhile, Nurnberg will be without Adam Hlousek and Marcos Antonio, who are both struggling for fitness and Timo Gebhart, who has a thigh issue.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have scored 24 goals in their five home games since the resumption of action after the winter break.
  • The Roten are also in search of their 100th Bundesliga win at the Allianz Arena. Their current record stands at 99 victories in 133 matches.
  • Bayern ended up reaching their third Champions League semi-final in four years after knocking out Juventus in midweek.
  • Nurnberg have lost to Bayern more times than to any other opponent in the Bundesliga.
  • Markus Feulner (pictured, right) started his career at Bayern. He represented Koln, Mainz and Dortmund before moving back to Bavaria in 2011.
  • No Bundesliga defender has scored more times than Per Nilsson this season. The Swede has found the net five times.

Players to watch

T. Müller

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
After making a fantastic start to the season, the Germany star has tailed off in recent weeks and was guilty of missing a couple of chances on Wednesday at Juventus Stadium. As a Bavarian, he will be particularly eager to score in the derby, though.

M. Feulner

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
As a local boy, and having come through the Allianz Arena ranks, there will be no one in the Nurnberg team more keen to make his mark at Bayern and force the home fans to curtail their celebrations after a fantastic week.

Editor's Prediction

Bayern may be set to rest a host of stars, but even with Nurnberg in good form, die Roten will be simply too good for their opponents and should chalk up Bundesliga victory No.100 at the Allianz Arena with ease.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Nürnberg

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
1. FC Nürnberg FCN
1. FC Nürnberg Nürnberg
79%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
1. FC Nürnberg FCN
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
1. FC Nürnberg FCN
FC Bayern München BAY
4 - 0
1. FC Nürnberg FCN

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