Bayern Munich travel to Karlsruhe to take on FC Nöttingen from the fifth division Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. It's a first round match-up in the 2015-16 DFB Pokal, a competition that Bayern will be keen on winning after being unable to win last year's event.
What kind of lineup will Pep Guardiola roll out against the "minnows"? The Pokal match should be an "easy win" by all means, and FCB will host Hamburg on Friday in the Bundesliga opener. Arjen Robben is available for the match, but Matthias Sammer sure made it seem that he would not play unless absolutely necessary. Thiago, after suffering from a stomach ailment all week, is in a similar situation.
The big things in matches like this is that everyone leaves the match without picking up an injury. Bayern should (and likely, will) win this match comfortably. However, a match against a fifth division club is always far more beneficial for the smaller club.
Nöttingen's home stadium only holds 3.8k people. They've moved the match to Karlsruher's Wildparkstadion that holds nearly 30k. So, good news for Nöttingen. They're going to take a loss on the day, but they'll make enough money to keep their club afloat for another year or two.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
Location: Wildparkstadion, Karlsruhe, Germany
Time: 4:00 pm local time, 10:00 am ET
TV/Streaming: USA (ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3, WatchESPN), UK (ESPN), Germany (Sky Sports 1, Sky Go)
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Michael Schrüg – Niklas Hecht-Zirpel
Mario Bilger – Marc Schneckenberger – Felix Zachmann – Eray Gür
Timo Brenner – Holger Fuchs – Sascha Walter – Thorben Schmidt
Bench: Andreas Dups, Moritz Bischoff, Leutrim Neziraj, Reinhard Schenker, Mario Hohn, Theodor Bräuning, Colin Bitzer
Douglas Costa – Robert Lewandowski – Mario Götze
Juan Bernat – Arturo Vidal – Joshua Kimmich – Philipp Lahm
David Alaba – Jérôme Boateng – Rafinha
Bench: Manuel Neuer, Dante, Medhi Benatia, Xabi Alonso, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller
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