FC Ingolstadt 04 will be aiming to delay FC Bayern München’s title celebrations when they welcome their neighbours to Audi Sportpark for the Bavarian derby on Saturday afternoon.
Date: 7 May 2016
Kick-off 1:30 p.m. GMT
Venue: Audi Sportpark
Referee: F. Meyer
Assistants: F. Willenborg, C. Bornhorst
Fourth official: T. Gerach
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Ingolstadt 32 26 4 2
Bayern 32 2 4 26
Bayern München 2-0 Ingolstadt
Bayern goalscorers: R. Lewandowski (65′), P. Lahm (75′)
Players to watch
The Bundesliga’s top scorer, Robert Lewandowski, is undoubtedly the danger man for the hosts with an impressive 27 goals to his name this season. The Poland international has two goals in his last two appearances and could well start despite playing in Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
Another Bayern player to watch is midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal. The Chilean has enjoyed a rich vein of form over the past two months, although it remains to be seen whether Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will be tempted to start the midfielder on the bench with a view to bringing him on as an impact substitute.
For Ingolstadt, Moritz Hartmann will be hoping to add to his tally of 10 goals this season, with five of his strikes coming since the start of March.
Skipper Marvin Matip will also be crucial to Die Schanzer’s hopes of recording a positive result, with the Bavarian outfit aiming to consolidate their position in the Bundesliga’s top 10.
Team form and manager quotes
Ingolstadt head into this clash off the back of a 2-1 defeat to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a result that stretched their winless run to three games. A draw or a defeat on Saturday could potentially see them slip down to 10th place in the standings.
Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, meanwhile, has been confirmed as Leipzig’s new coach for next season, but insists he is focused on the task at hand at Ingolstadt.
He told reporters: “For me personally, it is about taking the next step, but my job here in Ingolstadt only ends after our 34th league match of the season,” he said.
“We want to focus on this game so that the team gets all the attention and praise they deserve for this season.”
He added: “It’s the absolute highlight of our season and we are capable of causing Bayern one or two problems.
“Our aim is to remain unbeaten at home (in 2016) and prove once again what we are capable of.”
Bayern, meanwhile, will need no extra motivation for their clash with Ingolstadt. A win will be enough to secure a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title ahead of the final round of fixtures. Added to that, Guardiola’s men will also be determined to bounce back from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico on Tuesday.
Guardiola said: “They were the best team we’ve faced at the Allianz Arena. They’ve had an incredible season.
“They’ve already beaten Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach this season.”
Ingolstadt will have to make do without the services of the suspended Robert Bauer, while injured trio Maurice Multhaup, Christian Ortag and Danilo Soares also miss out.
For Bayern, Holger Badstuber and Arjen Robben are ruled out through injury, but Guardiola has no other injuries to contend with.
However, Guardiola could be tempted to rotate his squad, especially after the exertions of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.