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Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich v Augsburg

Bayern Munich will lift the Bundesliga shield when relegation-threatened Augsburg visit the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Jupp Heynckes’ side clinched the title four weeks ago and can finally celebrate the record-breaking triumph after their final home game.

Bayern will be looking to impress a capacity crowd with a convincing win over their state rivals, who they have beaten in all four of their previous meetings.

Augsburg are one of four teams battling to beat the drop, alongside Hoffenheim, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Werder Bremen, but currently occupy the relegation play-off spot after picking up just
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six points from their last six games.

Markus Weinzierl will hope the in-
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form striker Ji
Dong-Won can continue his fine form, having netted three times in his last four outings, but will have to replace Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker due to the defender’s suspension.

Bayern’s form this season has been nothing short of exceptional, but their 14-match win streak was ended by a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The dress rehearsal for the upcoming UEFA Champions League final between the two sides was a fierce competition, with seven yellow cards handed out.

Tempers flared both on and off the pitch as Brazilian full-back Rafinha was sent off before Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Bayern’s director of sport Matthias Sammer clashed verbally on the side-lines.

Heynckes will have one eye on the Wembley final with Dortmund on May 25 and may rest some of his key men on Saturday.

Rafinha and Jerome Boateng are suspended after their bookings against Dortmund, while Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber are not expected to feature again this season due to injury.

The coach will be hoping the scoring form of Mario Gomez can continue, with the German having bagged eight goals in his past seven matches – including a hat-trick in last month’s 6-1 mauling of Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal semi-final.

Thu 9 May, 2013
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