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Carl Zeiss Jena vs. Bayern Munich, 2016-17 DFB Pokal: Projected Lineups

Who gets the start in the first round DFB Pokal match?

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Less than a week after winning the 2016 German Cup against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich hit the road again for their first round matchup in the 2016-17 DFB Pokal. On Friday, Bayern will take on Carl Zeiss Jena with a berth in the second round on the line.

The big question of the match is what lineup Carlo Ancelotti will play against the Regionalliga side. Does he roll out a full strength side or is their some rotation with a few reserves coming into the game?

Considering that this is only Ancelotti’s second match with a relatively full roster, it would not be surprising to see him send a lineup out against Jena that he expects to start in the Bundesliga opener against Werder Bremen.

However, maybe there will be a few tweaks here and there? Perhaps Ancelotti decides to give Joshua Kimmich some run in the midfield or maybe he gives Sven Ulreich a game in goal?

We asked three of our writers to predict what lineup Ancelotti will play against Jena.

Predicted lineups

John D

Ribery - Thiago - Müller
Alaba - Vidal
Bernat - Hummels - Javi - Lahm


Ribery - Thiago - Müller
Vidal - Alonso
Alaba - Martinez - Hummels - Lahm


Ribery - Lewandowski - Müller
Alonso - Kimmich - Thiago
Alaba - Hummels - Martinez - Lahm

Who do you think Carlo Ancelotti is going to start against Carl Zeiss Jena in the DFB Pokal opener?

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