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  • August 13, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • VOLKSWAGEN ARENA, Wolfsburg
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 30000
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Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich

Bongarts

The Bavarian giants travel to Lower Saxony to meet their former coach Felix Magath and will be looking to bounce back following their opening day defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1)

Benaglio; Hasebe, Kjaer, Russ, Schafer; Ochs, Trasch, Josue, Salihamidzic; Helmes, Mandzukic

Felix Magath is set to have a nearly full squad on hand, with only long-term absentees Arne Friedrich and Thomas Kahlenberg, as well as the dropped Diego, unavailable from his first-team squad.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)

Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez

Franck Ribery is fit once more and tipped to start, although should he be unable play the full 90 minutes, Toni Kroos will be on hand to deputise. The fitness of Arjen Robben is also in question; the Dutchman complained of back problems, which were confirmed by coach Jupp Heynckes. The only confirmed absentee from Jupp Heynckes' squad is Breno, who is not yet fully fit.


DID YOU KNOW?
 

  • Wolfsburg have only enjoyed one win in their last 10 competitive matches against Bayern (two draws, seven defeats).
  • The Wolves' last win against Bayern was an emphatic one, though. In April 2009 they beat the Munich-based side 5-1 at home.
  • Felix Magath's men have won four of their last five league games (one defeat).
  • Bayern Munich have only lost one of their last 10 Bundesliga games (seven wins, two draws), not allowing their opponents more than one goal in any of these fixtures.
  • The Allianz Arena outfit have only won one of their last six Bundesliga outings at Wolfsburg (three draws, two defeats).
  • If the Bavarians lose this weekend, the German record champions would start the new campaign with two defeats for the first time in Bundesliga history.

Players to watch

P. Helmes

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Koln man was in fine form in the first matchday, and scored a fine brace to lead his team to victory. He has had a rough spell in recent years, but the Germany international is a dangerous target man with plenty of talent and motivation.

T. Müller

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

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One year ago, the reigning World Cup Golden Boot winner scored a brilliant opener against Wolfsburg. Now, having had a bit of a false start to his season, Muller will try to put his recent woes behind and replicate that performance. His influence in the centre will be critical for Bayern, who have struggled around the edge of the box.

Editor's Prediction

It always is a spectacle to behold when Felix Magath faces his former Bayern, and Saturday's match will be no exception. Wolfsburg started their season well last week, but their elimination from the DFB Pokal means they are still struggling for consistency. Bayern suffered a surprise defeat in their first match, but are likely to bounce back after several of their stars impressed during the midweek internationals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wolfsburg

Bayern München

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

VfL Wolfsburg WOB
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
80%

Top 3 Predictions

VfL Wolfsburg WOB
0 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
1 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
1 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY

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