Augsburg next to try and beat unbeaten Bayern

Augsburg will be bidding to become the first side to beat Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season, and in 54 matches, when they play their Bavarian rivals on Saturday.

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (R

Bayern have already wrapped up the title and were held to an out-of-character home draw by Hoffenheim last weekend.

With the focus now on the second leg of their Champions League tie with Manchester United next week, the Bundesliga is inevitably falling down the list of priorities.

Gaining more points for a new season's record is merely a secondary target, which is why Augsburg, and former 1860 Munich midfielder Daniel Baier, sense their chance to strike.

"If all of us in the side believe 100% that we can do it, then we really could do," Baier said.

"It would be absolutely amazing if we became the first team this season to beat Bayern."

Amazing, but also rewarding in another sense. Augsburg are still only six points behind the top six with a berth in Europe next season their target.

Seventh may also be enough for a place in the Europa League, should Bayern and Dortmund both reach the final of the DFB-Pokal, and only five points currently separate the lesser-known Bavarian side from that position.

However, they have to do without the suspended Andre Hahn, whose performances this season have earned him a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, and Tobias Werner, who has a facial fracture.

"They're both important players," Baier said on his club's website. "They've both had a hand in many goals, but we'll try to cover for them as a team.

"We're only ever successful as a team anyway, and we've got some good lads who can replace them."

Dante could come back to the Bayern defence after missing the trip to Old Trafford in midweek due to suspension.

He will be looking to get a competitive 90 minutes in his legs, discarding the notion that Saturday's game is not important.

"The best preparation for the return leg against Manchester is a good game in Augsburg," said the Brazilian on his club's website.

"We may already be champions, but we're not going to be gifting anything and take it easy.

"It's a derby and we've got to keep going and win for our fans."

Bastian Schweinsteiger is also likely to start for Bayern since he will miss Wednesday's clash due to suspension, but coach Pep Guardiola is otherwise likely to make numerous changes to his side.



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