FC Bayern München will look to maintain their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table when they entertain SV Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
Kick-off: Sunday 01:30am HKT
Bayern will also be looking to restore their air of invincibility at home after it was shattered by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of 1. FSV Mainz 05 two weeks ago.
Uncharacteristically, the home side go into the match having not won in their last two fixtures and they will be hungry to get back to winning ways and get their treble dreams for this season back on track.
Bremen, on the other hand, are looking to extend their two-game winning streak and continue their move away from the relegation places and up the Bundesliga standings.
Bayern are sitting pretty at the top of the table, five points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in second, while Bremen are down in 13th, just three points above the drop zone.
Unfortunately for the visitors, history is not on their side, with the Bavarians having won all of their last five meetings, scoring 23 goals in the process and conceding just two.
The FC Bayern München squad is packed full of potential match winners, but Arjen Robben has looked particularly threatening of late, while Robert Lewandowski always provides a danger up front.
Still, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola is not taking Bremen lightly, particularly in light of his side’s recent stumbles.
“Every game is a final for us now,” he told reporters on Friday.
“There is not much space when you play Werder, it is complicated.
“They play a five-man defence and in front of that four midfielders. We will need patience, a lot of patience and we can’t allow them any counter-attacks.”
Former Bayern striker Claudio Pizarro was due to lead the line for Bremen, but a late groin injury sustained in training has ruled him out.
“It’s a bitter piece of news,” Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik said. “For one thing, he was looking forward to his return to Munich and we are also missing an important player in this difficult match.”
The visitors will also have to make do without Philipp Bargfrede (knee) and Aron Jóhannsson (hip), who are both injured, while Zlatko Junuzovic and Clemens Fritz are both suspended.
Holger Badstuber (ankle) and Jerome Boateng (adductor) miss out for the Bavarians, while Javi Martinez has returned to light training but is unlikely to feature on Saturday.