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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 16:30
  • • Coface Arena, Mainz
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 34000
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Bundesliga Preview: Mainz v Bayern Munich

Goal.com looks ahead to the action as the Bavarians aim to rebound from last week's loss to Dortmund with a successful away visit to Thomas Tuchel's struggling side


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

MAINZ



Wetklo
Pospech, Bungert, Svensson, Fathi
Caligiuri, Kirchhoff, Soto
Ivanschitz
N. Muller, Allagui

  BAYERN MUNICH



Neuer
Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez

Mainz captain Nikolce Noveski is sidelined with a thigh injury, with Niko Bungert and Bo Svensson expected to start in central defence. Marcel Risse is also out, as well as long-term casualty Adam Szalai. Eugen Polanski, meanwhile, is suspended.

The big question mark over Bayern's team is how Thomas Muller will be restored to the starting line-up. In all likelihood, he will slot in as the attacking midfielder behind centre forward Mario Gomez, meaning that Toni Kroos will drop back to defensive midfield. His partner in the second No. 6 position will be either David Alaba or Luiz Gustavo, as Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is suspended and Bastian Schweinsteiger remains sidelined with injury.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Mainz took three points from Stuttgart in their last match, ending a nine-game winless streak.

  • FSV have conceded in all but two matches this season.
  • At this point last season, Thomas Tuchel's men were second in the league table, seven points ahead of Bayern. They are now in 15th place, 16 points behind the Bavarians with a game in hand.
  • Bayern Munich have lost two of their last five games in the Bundesliga.
  • The league leaders have conceded just five times, and are on pace to shatter their previous record of 21 goals conceded in a season.
  • The Bavarians have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches in all competitions.

Editor's Prediction

Mainz have struggled all season, and in spite of their slip-up last weekend, Bayern are a force to be reckoned with: their rebound win over Villarreal in the Champions League proved as much. A win for the visitors is expected: the real question is the margin of victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Mainz 05

Bayern München

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
1. FSV Mainz 05 Mainz 05
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
93%

Top 3 Predictions

1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
0 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
0 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY
1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
0 - 4
FC Bayern München BAY

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