Bayern Munich travel to Imtech Arena on Wednesday to face Hamburg SV in the second round of the DFB Pokal. Hamburg are currently sitting at 16th in the Bundesliga table but this is the Pokal and anything can happen at the end of 90 minutes.
This is the third match in eleven days for Bayern but definitely the most important. Pep Guardiola is treating this match as a final and singled out Pierre-Michel Lasogga as Hamburg's biggest threat on the pitch. Pep isn't overconfident heading in to this match, despite Hamburg's struggles in the league. "They cover a lot of ground and are very aggressive," he said in his pre-match press conference.
Mehdi Benatia is serving a one-match suspension from his last appearance in the Italian cup with AS Roma. Jerome Boateng will likely slot in for him on defense. Arjen Robben, who was out at the weekend against Gladbach, returned to team training this week and
will be available. Bayern announced this morning that Robben did not travel to Hamburg.
Alright, everybody. Let's do this.
Referee: Marco Fritz
Location: Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
Time: 8:30pm local time, 3:30 pm ET
Television and Streaming
USA: ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
UK: BT Sport1
Germany: ARD Das Erste, Sky Go
Zoltan Stieber - Lewis Holtby - Nicolai Müller
Petr Jiraček - Tolgay Arslan
Matthias Ostrzolek - Heiko Westermann - Johan Djourou - Ashton Götz
Substitutes: Alexander Brunst, Marcell Jansen, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Matti Ville Steinmann, Valmir Naifu, Julian Green, Gojko Kacar
Franck Ribéry - Robert Lewandowski - Thomas Müller
David Alaba - Xabi Alonso - Philipp Lahm
Juan Bernat - Dante - Jerome Boateng - Rafinha
Substitutes: Leopold Zingerle, Xherdan Shaqiri, Claudio Pizarro, Gianluca Gaudino, Mario Götze, Sebastian Rode, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg