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The Brazilian full-back has returned to the starting XI as he replaces the Belgian, while the prolific striker starts up front

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has made the decision to give Rafinha the nod at right-back as the Brazilian replaces Daniel van Buyten, who is unavailable due to illness, in the starting XI.

Furthermore, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has lost his starting berth to Luiz Gustavo as the former Hoffenheim star will partner Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield.

Mario Gomez, the Bundesliga's leading goalscorer, will lead the FCB attack in Hannover, with Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery playing behind the lone striker.

Hannover will start in a 4-4-2 formation with Jan Schlaudraff and Mohammed Abdellaoue starting up front, meaning that Didier Ya Konan starts from the bench.

Hannover (4-4-2): Zieler; Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz; Stindl, Schmiedebach, Pinto, Pander; Schlaudraff, Abdellaoue

Subs:  Radlinger, Eggimann, Chahed, Rausch, Lala, Ya Konan, Stoppelkamp

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1):
Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Ribery, Gomez

Butt, Contento, Pranjic, Tymoshchuk, Alaba, Petersen, Olic