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Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim, 2016-17 Bundesliga: Projected Lineups, Preview

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MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 01: The players of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrate with the fans after the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and FC Augsburg at Allianz Arena on April 1, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 01: The players of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrate with the fans after the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and FC Augsburg at Allianz Arena on April 1, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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After starting what will be a very busy April with an absolute smashing of FC Augsburg at home in the Allianz Arena, FC Bayern Munich will now travel to Sinsheim, to take on surprise third place TSG Hoffenheim on Tuesday, in a headliner Bundesliga match.

After an incredibly brief spell of having all players available, Carlo Ancelotti has to deal with some notable absences: Thomas Müller needs two days of rest after a dirty tackle from behind last game, Douglas Costa is expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday but is not quite ready yet, and Manuel Neuer will once again be replaced by Sven Ulreich, who really had nothing to do on Saturday. In addition, the Italian coach has already revealed that he will be giving his creative midfield motor, Thiago Alcantara a much-needed rest.

With Müller out, it seems all but confirmed that Robert Lewandowski will once again start up front. On the wings, it should be two out of a trio of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman. Everything else is a big guessing game.

In the midfield, there are plenty of options for Carlo. Xabi Alonso returns after a suspension for accumulated yellow cards, while Arturo Vidal is probably ready after being rested against Augsburg. Will Joshua Kimmich get another start, or will fellow youngster Renato Sanches get a chance?

The situation is not much clearer on defense. All three center backs are healthy and available, so who among Boateng, Martinez and Hummels will get benched? Will Alaba replace Bernat after resting against Augsburg? Will Lahm start again, or will Rafinha give him a breather?

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

Predicted lineups

Ryan

Phillip

George

Who do you think Carlo Ancelotti is going to start against Hoffenheim on Tuesday, with Dortmund and Real Madrid looming in the coming week?