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DFB Pokal

  • April 16, 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 71000

Bayern Munich-Wolfsburg Preview: Hosts to keep up treble pursuit

Bayern Munich-Wolfsburg Preview: Hosts to keep up treble pursuit

Festejo con Jupp Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes' side will be hoping to progress to the DFB-Pokal final against Dieter Hecking's men, who are languishing in mid-table in the league


Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery

Fagner, Naldo, Kjaer, Rodriguez
Medojevic, Polak
Olic, Diego, Arnold

Bayern Munich should name a full-strength side for the visit of Wolfsburg. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Dante, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic all got a rest for the 4-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday, but are likely to come back into the line-up.

Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber are the only two long-term absentees with thigh and knee injuries respectively.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will be able to welcome back Fagner, who missed out against Hoffenheim over the weekend due to suspension.

However, Vaclav Pilar (knee) and Vieirinha (muscle strain) are both injured. After a disappointing performance on Saturday, Makoto Hasebe could be axed and replaced by Bas Dost.

  • Bayern Munich have reached the DFB-Pokal final on a total of 18 occasions, winning the competition 15 times. The team with the next most appearances are Schalke on 12.
  • Mario Gomez has scored nine goals from just eight starts this season.
  • Roten striker Mario Mandzukic (pictured, right) was brought to German football by Wolfsburg in 2010.
  • Wolfsburg have got the to the Pokal final on one occasion, losing 3-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • However, they claimed a shock 2-1 quarter-final win over Bayern in Munich to get to the final.
  • Felix Magath, who was sacked by Wolfsburg earlier this season, had also coached Bayern.

Players to watch

M. Mandžukić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Mario Mandzukic has been a revelation for Bayern this season and with Mario Gomez set to start the Champions League clash with Barcelona, the Croat will be all the more eager to stamp his mark on the striking spot.

I. Olić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Olic will be returning to the stadium he called home on Tuesday and after being frozen out of the first team for so long last season, will be more determined than ever to put in a performance of the highest quality.

Editor's Prediction

Bayern seem more determined than never to do the treble this season and in the grand scheme of things, Wolfsburg do not pose much of a threat to their dream. The hosts are in too good form to slip up and should win comfortably.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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VfL Wolfsburg WOB
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FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
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4 - 0
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3 - 1
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