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  • February 8, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
  • Referee: F. Meyer
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DFB-Pokal Preview: Stuttgart - Bayern Munich

DFB-Pokal Preview: Stuttgart - Bayern Munich

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Goal.com previews the action as Mario Gomez returns to his old home, hoping to fire his side into the next stage of the German cup


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STUTTGART


Ulreich
Boulahrouz, Tasci, Niedermeier, Sakai
Okazaki, Kvist, Gentner, Schieber
Ibisevic, Cacau

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Kroos, Schweinstieger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez

Having received his marching orders in the dying minutes of the weekend's draw with Bayer Leverkusen, Cristian Molinaro will be unavailable to Stuttgart for the visit of Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, despite his return home from the Africa Cup of Nations, Ibrahima Traore will be missing for the next couple of weeks with a muscle problem. Arthur Boka is still with his native Cote d'Ivoire at the tournament, meaning that Japan Under-22 international Gotoku Sakai could fill the void at left-back.

After being forced to play Anatoliy Tymoshchuk as a makeshift full-back over the weekend, Jupp Heynckes can welcome Rafinha back into the side following his suspension. Arjen Robben became a father once more on Monday, but is expected to play nonetheless, despite taking time this week to see his wife. Daniel Van Buyen remains a long-term absentee.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stuttgart have won this competition three times, while their opponents have lifted the DFB-Pokal on 15 occasions.
  • Stuttgart's 25-year-old defender Georg Niedermeier represented Bayern Munich as a youth, and although he played for the Bavarians' 'B' side, never made a Bundesliga appearance for the full team.
  • The Mercerdes Benz Arena outfit's coach, Bruno Labbadia, represented Bayern Munich as a player between 1991 and 1994.
  • Bayern Munich's star striker Mario Gomez (right) started his career at Stuttgart, while Philipp Lahm had a two-year loan spell at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
  • Ottmar Hitzfeld, who played for Stuttgart for three years, won this competition on three occasions as Bayern coach.
  • The Bavarians won this competition in 1986, beating Stuttgart 5-2 in the final.

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Available Squads
1Sven UlreichGoalkeeper
3Cristian MolinaroDefender
6Georg NiedermeierDefender
21Khalid BoulahrouzDefender
5Serdar TasciDefender
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
4William Kvist JörgensenMidfielder
18CacauStriker
23Julian SchieberStriker
23Shinji OkazakiStriker
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
2Gotoku SakaiDefender
2Javi MartínezMidfielder
26Raphael HolzhauserMidfielder
30Tamas HajnalMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
28Holger BadstuberDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
27David AlabaMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
24Nils PetersenStriker
Players to Watch
Sven Ulreich
Sven Ulreich
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
When Bayern's front four of Ribery, Robben, Muller and Gomez are all in sync, there is a sense of inevtiability that a goal is coming. It takes a goalkeeper on top of his game to keep the Bavarian force out. The 23-year-old could be the hero who takes his team to the last four of the competition.
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 26-year-old has struggled to replicate the form he showed in the early part of the season in recent times, but what better time to get back on song by firing his side into the semi-finals on his old stomping ground.
Prediction
Both of these teams have started 2012 in inauspicious fashion, and their floundering form could make this the tightest of contests. However, I'd expect the Bavarians' superior quality to see them through - just.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 2

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