Bayern Munich take the field against Werder Bremen on Saturday with a focus on increasing their lead in the Bundesliga to fourteen points over second place Wolfsburg. Will it be a repeat of their impressive Hinrunde victory at the Allianz Arena?
Pep Guardiola won't have Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Xabi Alonso, or Manuel Neuer to put on the field, but FC Bayern will still be putting out an impressive starting eleven. An attacking front of Mario Götze, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Müller is a threat to any team's defense.
As for Werder, no Franco Di Santo puts a lot of pressure on the rest of his teammates. Di Santo has six goals since the winter break, and the rest of the team combined have only pitched in eight. Bayern have only allowed seven goals in seven matches in the Rückrunde, and four of them came in one match.
There's been a war of words this week between Matthias Sammer and his Werder counterpart Thomas Eichin over claims that referees are too lenient on FC Bayern. I expect Mr. Sammer may put in a word or two for the pre-match pep talk for this one.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 10:30 am ET
Television: Gol TV (USA/Canada), My German TV+ (USA), Sky Bundesliga 2 (Germany), Neo Prime (India)
Streaming: KlowdTV (USA), FuboTV (USA/Canada), Sky Go Deutschland (Germany)
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David Selke – Fin Bartels
Zlatko Junuzović – Philipp Bargfrede – Clemens Fritz
Santiago Garcia – Jannik Westergaard – Sebastian Prödl – Theodor Gebre Selassie
Bench: Koen Casteels, Luca Caldirola, Janek Sternberg, Izet Hajrović, Felix Kroos, Levent Ayçiçek, Cedric Makiadi
Mario Götze – Robert Lewandowski – Thomas Müller
David Alaba – Bastian Schweinsteiger – Sebastian Rode
Juan Bernat – Jérôme Boateng – Medhi Benatia – Rafinha
Bench: Tom Starke, Dante, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Gianluca Gaudino, Mitchell Weiser, Sinan Kurt
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