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  • April 28, 2012
  • • 13:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
  • • Attendance: 69000
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Bayern Munich - Stuttgart Preview: Visitors aim to seal fifth place with victory over southern rivals

Bayern Munich - Stuttgart Preview: Visitors aim to seal fifth place with victory over southern rivals

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The Champions League finalists will look to cap off a wonderful week with victory over Bruno Labbadia's outfit at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon

  PROBABLE LINEUP
BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Tymoshchuk, Contento
Kroos, Pranjic
 Robben, Muller, Usami
Olic
STUTTGART


Ulreich
Sakai, Niedermeier, Maza, Molinaro
Kvist, Gentner
Harnik, Hajnal, Schieber
Ibisevic

With a second place finish in the bag, two cup finals to come, and having exerted themselves for 120 minutes in midweek against Real Madrid, Bayern are expected to rest a host of players for the visit of Stuttgart.

Rafinha, Diego Contento, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Takashi Usami, Danijel Pranjic and Ivica Olic can all expect to get a rare start, while Thomas Muller should return to the starting line-up, having spent the majority of the Bernabeu clash on the bench.

Injuries to Breno and Daniel Van Buyten means the defensive duo is unavailable for Saturday's clash, but the Belgian is on his way to full fitness, and could be fit in time for the DFB Pokal showpiece and the Champions League final.

Stuttgart, meanwhile, are set to name their strongest possible line-up as they look to secure a rare victory over their fierce rivals, and strengthen their grip on fifth place.

However, Bruno Labbadia will be forced into one change from the team that drew 1-1 with Koln last week. Serdar Tasci has suffered a medial ligament tear, and will miss the rest of the season.

Maza replaced him during the clash at RheinEnergieStadion, and is set to fill in at the heart of the defence once more. Elsewhere, Johan Audel and Khalid Boulahrouz remain sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich have already beaten Stuttgart twice this season, winning 2-1 at the Mercedes Benz Arena in the Bundesliga, and in the DFB Pokal by 2-0 at the same venue.
  • Additionally, Jupp Heynckes' men have won their last five matches against Stuttgart in all competitions.
  • Mario Gomez has failed to score in his last three games, equalling his longest barren run this season.
  • Stuttgart approach this game in remarkable form - the visitors are unbeaten in their last 10 games.
  • Bruno Labbadia's side have scored 16 goals in the last five games of that run.
  • The Swabians have won just once at the Allianz Arena since the start of the millennium - a 2-1 victory two seasons ago.

Players to watch

T. Müller

Position: Attacker

Games: 29

  • 13
  • 1
  • 0
A poor run of form has seen Thomas Muller lose his spot in the Bayern Munich first team, and although suspensions have increased his chances of starting the Champions League final, the 22-year-old will be anxious to showcase his best form in the remaining games this season to maximise his prospects of featuring in the DFB-Pokal final with Borussia Dortmund.

V. Ibišević

Position: Attacker

Games: 14

  • 0
  • 2
  • 0
Vedad Ibisevic has led Stuttgart's unlikely charge to fifth place, scoring seven goals in his last eight games, after an indifferent start to his career at the Mercedes Benz Arena. With tensions running high between the two sides, the Stuttgart will be eager to get a victory over Bayern, and the Bosnian's finishing will be key to their chances of doing so.

Editor's Prediction

Bayern Munich's interest in their remaining Bundesliga games will have vanished by now, with a second place finish assured and finals in the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League to come. Stuttgart meanwhile, have been on fantastic form, and having lost twice to the Bavarians, will be anxious to get one over on their local rivals. Accordingly, I'd expect the visitors' greater desire to get them a narrow victory at the Allianz Arena.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Stuttgart

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
VfB Stuttgart 1893 STU
VfB Stuttgart 1893 Stuttgart
49%
43%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
7 - 8
VfB Stuttgart 1893 STU
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
VfB Stuttgart 1893 STU
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 1
VfB Stuttgart 1893 STU

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