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Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg DFB Pokal Preview: Hosts to keep up treble pursuit

Robben and Shaqiri

 

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BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Mandzukic
WOLFSBURG
 
Benaglio
Fagner, Naldo, Kjaer, Rodriguez
Medojevic, Polak
Olic, Diego, Arnold
Dost

Bayern Munich should name a full-strength side for the visit of Wolfsburg. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Dante, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic all got a rest for the 4-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday, but are likely to come back into the line-up.

Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber are the only two long-term absentees with thigh and knee injuries respectively.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will be able to welcome back Fagner, who missed out against Hoffenheim over the weekend due to suspension.

However, Vaclav Pilar (knee) and Vieirinha (muscle strain) are both injured. After a disappointing performance on Saturday, Makoto Hasebe could be axed and replaced by Bas Dost.

  • Bayern Munich have reached the DFB-Pokal final on a total of 18 occasions, winning the competition 15 times. The team with the next most appearances are Schalke on 12.
  • Mario Gomez has scored nine goals from just eight starts this season.
  • Roten striker Mario Mandzukic was brought to German football by Wolfsburg in 2010.
  • Wolfsburg have got the to the Pokal final on one occasion, losing 3-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • However, they claimed a shock 2-1 quarter-final win over Bayern in Munich to get to the final.
  • Felix Magath, who was sacked by Wolfsburg earlier this season, had also coached Bayern.

Juventus vs Bayern Munich 2nd Leg UCL Preview: Die Roten to reach third semi-final in four years

Nicolas Anelka

 

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JUVENTUS

Buffon

Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
Padoin, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso
Vucinic, Quagliarella
BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Mandzukic

Juventus will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal for the second leg clash in Turin following their first-leg bookings, as the Bianconeri look to overturn a 2-0 deficit against newly-crowned German champions Bayern Munich.

The bulk of the Old Lady’s starting XI were rested at the weekend which means there could be up to seven changes to the side that beat Pescara 2-1. Gianluigi Buffon should return, while Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are welcomed back from their domestic suspensions, meaning the back four that has served Juve so well this season will be unchanged.

Federico Peluso is likely to start ahead of Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah, who has suffered indifferent form since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Simone Padoin could fill the right wing-back slot while Paul Pogba is in contention to start in place of the suspended Vidal.

Mirko Vucinic has fully recovered from illness but Sebastian Giovinco will miss the match after being stretchered off on Saturday, leaving Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri to battle it out for the remaining place upfront.

Javi Martinez is available again for Bayern after being suspended for the first leg, but Toni Kroos injured his adductor in Munich which means there is likely to be a reshuffle in attack, with Arjen Robben wide on the right, Thomas Muller drifting inside to occupy the No.10 role and Franck Ribery wide left.

Mario Mandzukic was rested against Frankfurt at the weekend but he is likely to start again against Antonio Conte’s men.

  • Juventus’ 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg encounter ensured their 18-game undefeated sequence came to an end in the Champions League.
  • The Bianconeri have not lost in their last five games at Juventus Stadium and Emmanuel Cascione’s strike at the weekend for Pescara ended Juve’s 465-minute run without conceding at home.
  • Juventus managed a 2-0 comeback earlier in the group stages when they came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Fabio Quagliarella  got the equaliser 10 minutes from time.
  • Bayern Munich wrapped up their 22nd Bundesliga (23rd title) with a record six matches to spare thanks to their 1-0 win over Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • Die Roten have won 13 of 14 away games in their domestic league this season, conceding only twice and their only away defeat in the Champions League was a 3-1 loss to BATE Borisov.
  • Bayern have won 14 of their 15 games in 2013, with the defeat to Arsenal in the second-leg of their last 16 clash their only loss so far this year.

Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga 2nd Leg Preview: Last-four place up for grabs

Reus celebrating

 

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DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Gundogan
Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
MALAGA
 
Caballero
Gamez, Lugano, Demichelis, Antunes
Toulalan, Camacho
Joaquin, Baptista, Isco
Saviola

Borussia Dortmund are set to receive a fitness boost in the form of Mats Hummels, who failed a fitness test to face Augsburg on Saturday but is likely to have recovered for the Malaga game to replace Felipe Santana in defence.

Sven Bender may get the nod ahead of Sebastian Kehl alongside Ilkay Gundogan in midfield, while Jakub Blaszczykowski is in a race to recover in time to replace Kevin Grosskreutz.

Malaga, meanwhile, will be without Weligton and Manuel Iturra, who both picked up costly yellow cards in the first leg of their meeting with Dortmund.

The likes of Sergio Sanchez, Francisco Portillo, Seba Fernandez and Pedro Morales are all expected to drop to the bench

  • Dortmund have drawn the first leg of a knock-out match on eight occasions and qualified six of those times.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side are the only remaining unbeaten side in the competition following Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Juventus.
  • BVB have won all four of their home games this season in Europe, conceding just once in the process.
  • Malaga have progressed on both occasions that they have been held at home in European competition, against Leeds and AEK in the 2002-03 Uefa Cup.
  • Manuel Pellegrini is bidding to take a debutant team to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second time, having done so with Villarreal seven years ago.
  • The Andalusians have won just one game away from La Rosaleda in Europe this season, however.

Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg Bundesliga Preview: Hosts can strengthen grip on second

Reus celebrating

 

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DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Grosskreutz, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
AUGSBURG

Amsif
Verhaegh, C’sen-Bracker, Klavan, Ostrzolek 
Baier
Hahn, Vogt, Oehrl, Werner
Molders

Borussia Dortmund’s two-year grip on the title will likely be released on Saturday as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich need only a single point to clinch the championship. But with their Champions League aspirations still intact and an automatic berth in next year’s tournament yet to be clinched, the holders still have it all to play for as the season enters its home stretch.

Coach Jurgen Klopp will no doubt have Tuesday’s match against Malaga in mind when he names his team to face Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park, and to that end he’ll be unlikely to rush Jakub Blaszczykowski back into the line-up after the Poland captain was forced to miss Wednesday’s first leg with a groin injury.

Defender Mats Hummels is back in full training and has an outside chance of featuring, while left-back Marcel Schmelzer will once again wear a mask to protect a broken nose.

Augsburg, meanwhile, welcome midfielder Tobias Werner back from suspension but are still without goalkeepers Alex Manninger and Simon Jentzsch, who have Achilles and finger injuries, respectively.

The Bavarian side will also be missing defender Ronny Philip, who has a knee injury, and midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol, who has an abdominal strain.

  • Since losing the derby to Schalke, Borussia Dortmund have won their last two Bundesliga matches by a combined score of 7-2.
  • Dortmund have kept just a single clean sheet in their last eight Bundesliga matches.
  • Mainz and Bayern Munich are the only sides currently in the top six that Dortmund have yet to face between now and the end of the season.
  • It took until the third week of January—or 18 matches—for Augsburg to get their second victory this season. Their first came after seven matches.
  • Only once in their last nine matches have Augsburg managed more than a single goal.
  • Dortmund were 3-1 winners when last these sides met in October and won the corresponding match 4-0 last season.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich Bundesliga Preview: Bundesliga crown awaits visitors

Robben and Shaqiri

 

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FRANKFURT

Nikolov
Jun, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka
Schwegler, Rode
Aigner, Meier, Inui
Lakic
BAYERN
 
Neuer
Rafinha, Van Buyten, Boateng, Contento
Tymoshchuk, Martinez
Robben, Muller, Shaqiri
Gomez

With the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Juventus looming large, Bayern are set to shuffle the pack once more, with Rafinha, Jerome Boateng and Diego Contento all getting run-outs in defence in the places of Philipp Lahm, Dante and David Alaba, respectively.

In midfield, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will get a rare start as Bastian Schweinsteiger is given a rest, while Franck Ribery should make way for Xherdan Shaqiri, who will form an attacking midfield trio with Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben in Toni Kroos’ absence.

Finally, Mario Gomez is likely to play up front ahead of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro. Holger Badstuber, of course, is out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, for the hosts, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is unavailable due to a broken hand, giving Oka Nikolov a rare opportunity to impress in the Bundesliga.

Elsewhere, though, they have no fresh injuries or suspensions, though Pirmin Schwegler and Martin Lanig will be competing for a spot in midfield, with the former returning from injury.

  • Eintracht Frankfurt have the best home record against Bayern of any team in the Bundesliga, having won 18 games against them and lost just nine.
  • What’s more, no team has ever claimed a 1-0 victory over the Bavarians more times in their history than the Hessians.
  • Frankfurt coach Armin Veh made all 65 of his Bundesliga appearances playing under Bayern counterpart Jupp Heynckes at Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • Bayern Munich can win the title with six games to spare for the first time in their history, beating their record of matchday 30 from 1973 and 2003.
  • Furthermore, no team has ever won the Bundesliga title during the first half of April.
  • Claudio Pizarro’s four goals against Hamburg last week were his first of the Bundesliga season, coming in his 14th appearance.

Malaga vs Borussia Dortmund 1st Leg UCL Preview: Dark horses clash at La Rosaleda

Malaga celebrating

 

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MALAGA

Caballero
Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes
Toulalan, Iturra
Joaquin, Baptista, Isco
Saviola
DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

Malaga can be expected to name much the same team that played against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Vitorino Antunes will continue at left-back in the place of long-term injury victim, Eliseu, who is their only major absence.

They are expected to shuffle the pack up front, though. Joaquin is likely to push out to the right wing, with Julio Baptista dropping back into the No.10 role, with either Javier Saviola or Roque Santa Cruz replacing Pedro Morales in the XI.

Borussia Dortmund will have the fortune of being able to field Marcel Schmelzer, who broke his nose against Stuttgart on Saturday, but can wear a protective mask and play with the injury.

Mats Hummels has been training, but is unlikely to be risked at centre-back, with Felipe Santana set to continue. Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender should be given the nod in midfield over Sebastian Kehl and Nuri Sahin.

  • Malaga have never faced German opposition in Europe before.
  • Coach Manuel Pellegrini also took Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League in their debut campaign in the competition back in 2005-06.
  • Martin Demichelis and Roque Santa Cruz both played for Dortmund’s arch rivals Bayern Munich.
  • Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 on their last two trips to Spain, against Real Madrid this season and Malaga’s Andalusian rivals Sevilla in December 2010.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side are one of two unbeaten teams left in the Champions League this season. Juventus are the other.
  • Robert Lewandowski’s winner against Stuttgart on Saturday was his ninth in his last nine Bundesliga games.

Bayern Munich vs Juventus UCL 1st Leg Preview: Bianconeri hoping to maintain quarter-final dominance

Lahm and Schewinsteiger

 

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BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
JUVENTUS

Buffon

Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci
L’stiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Matri, Quagliarella

Bayern Munich could welcome back Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who both missed the 2-0 second-leg defeat to Arsenal, for their quarter-final showdown with Serie A champions Juventus.

However, Javi Martinez is suspended for the clash, which means Luiz Gustavo should replace the Spaniard. Long-term absentee Holger Badstuber remains sidelined with ruptured knee ligaments.

Brazilian centre-back Dante and Philipp Lahm are in danger of missing the return leg in Turin on April 10 should they pick up a booking in this encounter.

Juventus, meanwhile, have concerns over the fitness of attacker Sebastian Giovinco, who was scythed down by Esteban Cambiasso in their 2-1 Derby d’Italia victory over Inter, although he has been included in the 22-man squad.

Mirko Vucinic is recovering from flu, which means Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are likely to be Conte’s preferred striking partnership, although Vucinic could be fit to feature.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are walking a discipinary tightrope as a booking incurred here would mean they miss the next match.

  • Bayern Munich go into this match in sparkling form having destroyed Hamburg 9-2 at the weekend. Claudio Pizarro grabbed four goals and two assists.
  • In the previous meeting Bayern beat Juventus 4-1 in Turin to eliminate them from the group stages in 2009-10 season. Only Gianluigi Buffon and Claudio Marchisio are likely to survive from that starting XI in this game for the Bianconeri.
  • Die Roten coach Jupp Heynckes masterminded victory over Juventus when he was Real Madrid boss, guiding them to a Champions League final 1-0 win in 1998.
  • Juventus last lost an away match in Europe back in 2010 when they were beaten 4-1 by Fulham in the Europa League.
  • Fabio Quagliarella  has netted four goals in 248 minutes of action in the Champions League.
  • The Old Lady have not reached the last four since overcoming  Barcelona in the 2002-03 campaign.