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

Robben and Shaqiri

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

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.

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

Lahm and Schewinsteiger

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

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.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Bundesliga Preview: Werkself chasing league double over Bavarians

Lahm and Schewinsteiger

 

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LEVERKUSEN

Leno
Carvajal, Wollscheid, Schwaab, Kadlec
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle

BAYERN

Neuer
Boateng, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Kroos, Shaqiri
Gomez

Bayern Munich are expected to make two changes from the team that lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal in midweek. Bastian Schweinsteiger is available again after his continental suspension and will replace Luiz Gustavo in midfield.

Elsewhere, Mario Gomez could come back into the starting XI in the place of Mario Mandzukic, whose form has trailed off in recent weeks. Holger Badstuber remains sidelined, while Franck Ribery is lacking fitness. Finally, Thomas Muller and Philipp Lahm are set to be rested.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen will be sweating over the fitness of Omer Toprak, who was forced out of the game against Stuttgart with a knee injury a fortnight ago, and missed the trip to Mainz.

The only absence is Karim Bellarabi, who is unfit, while Sebastian Boenisch may slot back in on the left-hand side of defence instead of Michal Kadlec.

  • Leverkusen have won their last two games against Bayern, recording a 2-0 triumph at the BayArena last season and a 2-1 win in Bavaria this term.
  • Lars Bender is set to make his 100th league appearance for Leverkusen after being handed his debut for the club by current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.
  • Heynckes had the same points-per-game rate at B04 as current co-coaches Sascha Lewandowski and Sami Hyypia.
  • Bayern Munich‘s 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga is the largest the division has ever seen.
  • The Bavarians are chasing a Bundesliga record 12th away win on Saturday.
  • A point at the BayArena would see them confirm their place in next season’s Champions League with eight games to spare.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal UCL 2nd Leg Preview: Gunners aim to make history with unlikely comeback

Muller scoring

Franck Ribery (ankle) limped off during Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday and is confirmed to miss the game, while Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng are suspended.

Jupp Heynckes is set to give starts to Luiz Gustavo and Xherdan Shaqiri against the Gunners, while Arjen Robben (calf) is a doubt after sitting out Saturday’s match.

Arsene Wenger is set to name the strongest side possible having not had a fixture since March 3 but Nacho Monreal is again unavailable, meaning that Thomas Vermaelen will deputise at left-back.

The second leg may prove too soon for Bacary Sagna (knee) so Carl Jenkinson is likely to start, while Abou Diaby (calf) could return to the bench after sitting out the north London derby.

Reports emerged on Monday night that Jack Wilshere (ankle) is set to miss the game and potentially the rest of the season.

  • Bayern Munich‘s superb win at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg means that the Gunners have not beaten the German side in five Champions League encounters.
  • The Bavarians have conceded three goals at home in total the Champions League so far this season – a statistic that Arsene Wenger’s side need to at least double in this game alone to go through.
  • Mario Mandzukic scored in the first leg, making him the 10th different player to net for Jupp Heynckes’s side in Europe this term.
  • If Arsenal fail to progress, it will be the third year in a row in which they have crashed out at the last-16 stage of the tournament.
  • Only two sides – Ajax and Inter – have previously made it through after losing the first leg at home.
  • However, the competition has never seen a team turn around a two-goal home deficit.

Valencia vs Bayern Munich Preview

 

Mauricio Pellegrino is likely to opt for largely the same starting XI which romped past BATE Borisov in the last Champions League outing, though, goalkeeper Guaita may have to settle for a spot on the bench in favour of Diego Alves.

Fernando Gago is unlikely to feature following an injury suffered in the build up to Argentina’s recent friendly, and Jonathan Viera, who opened the scoring against Espanyol at the weekend, will be confident of retaining his berth in the centre of the park alongside Tino Costa.

Jupp Heynckes is likely to ring the changes for his side’s trip to the Mestalla. Franck Ribery should be restored to his left-wing role after being rested for last weekend’s draw with Nurnberg. Thomas Muller will be confident of regaining his playmaking berth ahead of Toni Kroos, while Xherdan Shaqiri will be hopeful of starting as Arjen Robben remains sidelined through injury. Claudio Pizarro should return to the starting line-up following his hat-trick in Bayern’s last Champions League clash.

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is unlikely to feature following an ineffective showing against Nurnberg, with the reliable Luis Gustavo likely to replace the Ukranian alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger. Club captain Philipp Lahm featured for only half an hour at the weekend, and as such, is in line to start on the right side of defence.

  • Valencia currently top Group F, with nine points from four games.
  • The Mestalla outfit’s last Champions League fixture ended in a 4-2 home win for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side over BATE Borisov.
  • The 2004 Uefa Cup winners are yet to taste defeat in this calendar month, their last loss coming in an away fixture at Betis. The Spaniards currently sit eighth in the Primera Division table.
  • Los Che’s only European loss this campaign came at the hands of Tuesday’s visitors, when Bayern Munich sealed a 2-1 opening day win over the La Liga outfit.
  • The Bavarians also have nine points to their name, but trail their hosts on goal difference. The Bundesliga side were in fine form in their last Champions League outing however, cruising to a 6-1 victory over Lille as Claudio Pizarro  scored three first-half goals.
  • Despite failing to record a win over Nurnberg in their last Bundesliga outing, die Rotencontinue to top their domestic standings. The Germans have failed to win just two of their twelve opening fixtures, and sit eight points clear of title holders, and Champions League Group D leaders, Borussia Dortmund.

Nurnberg vs Bayern Munich Preview

 

Nurnberg can be expected to make a couple of changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Mainz last week at the Coface Arena. Firstly, Raphael Schafer is back to take up his place in goal and will replace Patrick Rakovsky, but Alexander Stephan is still sidelined with a knee injury.

At the back, Javier Pinola should return in the place of Marvin Plattenhardt, while Hanno Balitsch picked up his fifth booking of the season last week, with Markus Feulner set to step in for him in midfield. However, Almog Cohen, Adam Hlousek and Markus Mendler are all trying to regain fitness.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have only a couple of absences ahead of the short trip to Stadion Nurnberg. The sole major absence is Jerome Boateng, who missed Germany’s friendly draw with Netherlands with a hamstring problem. Daniel Van Buyten is likely to continue at centre-back in his absence, but Holger Badstuber could also return after missing the last few weeks with a thigh strain.

In midfield, Luiz Gustavo is likely to be preferred to Javi Martinez, who endured a long-haul journey after Spain’s friendly with Panama, but Bastian Schweinsteiger is fit after pulling out of the Germany squad due to illness. Similarly, Toni Kroos should be fine to take his place in attacking midfield behind Mario Mandzukic, while Mario Gomez could make the bench after playing in a midweek friendly, scoring four goals in the process.

  • Nurnberg had boasted the record of having won the most national championships until 1987 when they were overtaken by Bayern.
  • Der Club have won just one of their last eight matches. Their slump has seen them drop to 15th in the table.
  • Nurnberg skipper Raphael Schafer played alongside Bayern counterpart Philipp Lahm, and Mario Gomez, during his time at Stuttgart.
  • Bayern Munich have not lost to Nurnberg in the Bundesliga since matchday 20 of the 2006-07 season, when they crashed to a 3-0 away loss.
  • Die Roten overcame their Bavarian rivals in the 1982 DFB-Pokal final. Current club president Uli Hoeness scored the final goal in a 4-2 victory.
  • Two goals for Claudio Pizarro on Saturday would see the Peruvian climb to ninth on the all-time list of Bundesliga top scorers.

Germany throw away four-goal lead

 

Bastian Schweinsteiger was left stunned after Germany failed to defeat Sweden in their World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday, despite leading 4-0 with half an hour to go.

The Nationalelf had held a seemingly unassailable lead after a Miroslav Klose double and further strikes from Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.

But Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic then scored to spark an unbelievable comeback which was completed by Rasmus Elm.

“I do not understand it. Nowadays it is already not [good] enough when two or three players do not run enough,” the Bayern Munich player told ARD.

“But with us, everybody was one step behind. And so you concede four goals against Sweden.

“Never in a lifetime could we not have won this match. I do not remember this ever happening to us.

“I honestly do not care [what the media and public will say now].”

Like his team-mate, Toni Kroos was also at a loss to explain what had happened.

“This is hard to explain to be honest, said the 22-year-old. “Anything can happen, when everything seems to be over.

“Sweden fought for every metre and we were not able to get back on track. Everything [seemed to be] working for us.

“We played beautiful football and scored brilliant goals. Then you start to think that everything will take care of itself. That is the mistake.

“We should have followed through until the end. This should not happen to a team like ours.”