Eight days of humility. Not only did we get our proverbial butts kicked by 'Gladbach last Friday, then the Bayern PR team becomes the laughing stock of the footballing world with an ill-timed "new signing" press conference. Ah, another Facebook application! Just what I always wanted! Errrrrr... nope. I was, however, recovering from London and sleeping through the whole PR stunt. So, I wasn't really too bothered.
Yeah, so... Franck Ribery is back. And not a moment too soon. After a nagging back injury this week, and suspended before that, he is expected to start against the Wolves. Diego Contento is out with a broken toe. Like-wise, Daniel van Buyten with a broken foot. And, surprise! After "forgetting all the past nonsense", Jupp Heynckes has seen fit to include Breno in the squad.
My starting XI: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm - Schweinsteiger, Kroos - Robben, Mueller, Ribery - Gomez
Felix Magath's Wolfsburg, currently 9th in the table, managed to squeak out a win last week against 1. FC Koeln without their leading scorer, Mario Mandzukic. However, he's recovered and expected to start. With eight players in and three players out in this January transfer window, I think I'll rely on kicker.de for the Wolves starting XI.
VfL Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Traesch, Chris, Felipe, Rodriguez - Josue, Jiracek - Dejagah, Schaefer - Mandzukic, Sio
I expect to open up play a bit cautiously, as no one wants to make a mistake early on. And then gather collective heads-full-of-steam about 10 minutes in. I won't predict a scoreline, but I'll say the men from Munich win comfortably here. (Fingers crossed.) And damnit, Manu! A clean sheet would go a long way...
Auf gehts, Bayern!
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