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Mainz vs Bayern Munich: Lineups, team news, the return of Lewandowski and Goretzka, and more! (Updated)

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Bayern have the chance to clinch a record ninth consecutive title if they can win against Mainz.

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After a tumultuous week where Bayern Munich helped save football from a swift and sudden death (and therefore doomed it to a slow and agonizing one instead), Hansi Flick and his boys can cap off a difficult season with a potential win against Mainz. With the Carnival club hovering just above the relegation zone, there’s no better opportunity for the club to seal a ninth consecutive title.

Team news

There’s GOOD news for a change. Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka are back in team training, and will be available to play tomorrow. However Marc Roca is still doubtful, while Corentin Tolisso has only just resumed light training — it’ll be impossible for either player to fill in for the overworked Joshua Kimmich.

So how will Hansi Flick line up his team tomorrow? Well, you just know that Robert Lewandowski will be itching to go, and the coach can’t keep him off the pitch for one second longer. Choupo-Moting, who did a commendable job in his absence, will drop to the bench as the Polish international takes up his usual role at striker.

He will be joined by Thomas Muller, who will be looking to match or break the Bundesliga record assist tally (which was set by him last season). The duo will likely be supported by Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane on the flanks, with Kingsley Coman probably set aside for the second half.

In midfield, Kimmich can finally be reunited with Goretzka, ushering back the best midfield duo in the world right now. With the pair of them starting, Bayern can expect to keep Mainz well at bay — which is for the best, given how shoddy the defending has been this season. If Kimmich is to be rested, Flick might try a 4-1-4-1 with Musiala and Muller as dual attacking-mids, but that’s maybe a bit too risky for the moment. It might all depend on how fit Josh feels on the day.

Finally, in defense, we can expect Lucas Hernandez to drop to the bench as David Alaba moves back to center back. The rest comes at a good time for Lucas, who has been dealing with bruised ribs for the last couple of matchdays. Alphonso Davies will take up his usual role at left-back, with Jerome Boateng (center-back) and Benjamin Pavard (right-back) rounding out the defense). Manuel Neuer, as usual, will be in goal.

So with all of that out of the way, here’s how you can expect Bayern Munich to line up tomorrow:

Other options:

  • Jamal Musiala in for either one of the wingers.
  • Lucas Hernandez for Alphonso Davies at left-back.
  • Alaba moved to midfield, allowing Kimmich to rest. Lucas comes into the CB position and the lineup changes accordingly.

Update

A quick status updated on Roca. The player did in fact travel with the team to Mainz, so he could make a substitute appearance during the game.