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  • September 29, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: M. Weiner
  • • Attendance: 42100
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Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians look to continue winning streak

Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians look to continue winning streak

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Jupp Heynckes' side have stormed to victory in all of their matches this season, and have an excellent record at the Weserstadion in recent years

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
WERDER BREMEN

Mielitz
Gebre Selassie, Prodl, Sokratis, Fritz
Junuzovic, Hunt
Arnautovic, De Bruyne, Elia
Petersen
BAYERN MUNICH
Roma
Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Mandzukic

Werder Bremen boss Thomas Schaaf will have a near-full set of players from which he can pick for the visit of the Bavarians on Saturday.

Assani Lukimya, who is suspended, is the only player who is certain to miss the clash. Elsewhere, Theodor Gebre Selassi will return at right-back for Lukas Schmitz, who deputised for the Czech Republic international for the Tuesday's win over Freiburg.

Meanwhile, Bayern are also likely to make minimal changes to the team that cruised past Wolfsburg with a 3-0 win in midweek. David Alaba is still building up his fitness after a pre-season foot injury, meaning that Holger Badstuber will continue at left-back, with Philipp Lahm on the opposite side of defence.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will continue alongside Javi Martinez in the deep-lying midfield positions, but Xherdan Shaqiri could make way for Thomas Muller, despite his impressive performance against Felix Magath's side.

Finally, Mario Gomez has started training after undergoing ankle surgery shortly before the start of the season, leaving Mario Mandzukic to continue up front after making a flying start to his Bayern career.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Werder Bremen striker Nils Petersen is currently on loan from Bayern Munich. He moved to the Allianz Arena last summer from Energie Cottbus, but failed to break into the first team, prompting his switch to the Weserstadion during the recent transfer window.

  • Otto Rehhagel coached Bremen for 14 years, winning two Bundesliga titles in the process, but left the club for the Bavarian giants in 1995. He failed to last one season at Bayern.
  • Thomas Schaaf's side have endured a poor record against Bayern in recent years. They have lost their last three home league encounters against the Bavarians.
  • Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro swapped Werder Bremen for the Allianz Arena this summer, repeating a transfer that he had previously made in 2001.

  • Roten stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger (pictured, right) has scored four goals this season in his seven appearances. He managed just one more throughout the whole of last season.

  • Summer signing Mario Mandzukic has scored in all but one of his five appearances in a Bayern jersey to date.

Players to watch

N. Petersen

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

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There will nobody more eager than Nils Petersen to make an impact on Saturday. Initially signed as back-up for Mario Gomez, he endured a torrid season at Bayern Munich last term, and was limited almost entirely to a place on the bench, if that. However, he has made a steady start to life at the Weserstadion since his summer move on loan to Thomas Schaaf's side, and can show his parent club that the signature of Mario Mandzukic was an unnecessary one on Saturday.

M. Mandžukić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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While the jury is still out on whether the outlay of €40 million on Javi Maritnez was necessary, the €13 million purchase of Mario Mandzukic has been more than vindicated this season. The Croatian has been in fantastic form in the early stages of his Allianz Arena career, and has failed to score in just two of his appearances to date. He has led the line fantastically, and will need to be in fine form as Bayern look to pull away from Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race.

Editor's Prediction

Bayern Munich have been completely rampant so far this season, sweeping aside all who stand in their way. However, in truth, the Bavarians are yet to face a truly top-class opponent as yet, and will be facing an entirely different proposition in the form of Werder Bremen. However, Jupp Heynckes' side have enough quality, especially going forward, to see off the Weserstadion outfit.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Werder Bremen

Bayern München

Wins
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5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SV Werder Bremen BRE
SV Werder Bremen Werder Bremen
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
81%

Top 3 Predictions

SV Werder Bremen BRE
1 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
SV Werder Bremen BRE
0 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
SV Werder Bremen BRE
0 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY

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