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Nov 28, 2020 at 2.30pm UK
Preview: Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich - prediction, team news, lineups
Stuttgart host Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with the visitors looking to get back to winning ways and remain top of the table having dropped points at home to Werder Bremen last weekend.
The home side, meanwhile, have drawn four league games in a row, but would surely not be too disappointed if that run was extended to five against the league leaders.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, the Bavarians were arguably a touch fortunate to gain anything at all from the game, with Bremen penetrating Bayern's backline on several occasions and registering more shots on target than the hosts.
Bremen should have taken the lead even earlier than they did in the most played fixture in Bundesliga history, with Joshua Sargent and Kevin Mohwald both denied in quick succession by an inspired Manuel Neuer. After Leonardo Bittencourt blazed wide at the near post, Sargent cleverly turned Javi Martinez inside out before squaring the ball for Maximilian Eggestein to give Florian Kohfeldt's side the lead heading into the break.
Milot Rashica may have doubled Bremen's advantage early in the second half had it not been for Jerome Boateng superbly scrambling back to deny the Kosovo forward getting his shot away, before Kingsley Coman equalised with almost a carbon copy of his winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in August. Leon Goretzka crossed from the right towards the back post, with the France winger heading the ball inside the far post to bring his side level.
Despite Eric Choupo-Moting blazing over from close range after good work by Leroy Sane down the left, Flick would have been relieved to emerge unscathed from the game after Sargent raced through once more only to be denied by Neuer once again.
Having secured qualification for the Champions League knockout stages for a 13th consecutive season with a 3-1 win over Red Bull Salzburg in midweek, all of Flick's attention will now be on extending his side's lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.
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Matarazzo has something of an injury crisis developing at Stuttgart, with Momo Cisse (muscular), Clinton Mola (fitness), Erik Thommy (elbow), Konstantinos Mavropanos (knee), Hamadi Al Ghaddioui (pubitis) and Maxime Awoudja (Achilles) all likely to be out for the visit of the league leaders.
Most damagingly, Gonzalez could be out for up to three weeks after sustaining ligament damage in his knee against Hoffenheim. Sasa Kalajdzic, who started the season in superb form with three goals in his first three matches, is likely to return to the side.
Bayern, meanwhile, remain without key players Joshua Kimmich (knee) and Alphonso Davies (ankle), but Flick confirmed Niklas Sule is available once more having not featured in recent matchday squads.
Lucas Hernandez should be fit to start having recovered from a bruised pelvis to appear as a substitute against Salzburg in midweek, while Corentin Tolisso may be involved after recovering from a muscle injury.
Stuttgart possible starting lineup:
Kobel; Stenzel, Anton, Kempf; Coulibaly, Endo, Mangala, Wamangituka; Castro, Didavi; Kalajdzic
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Hernandez; Martinez, Goretzka; Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
We say: Stuttgart 1-3 Bayern Munich
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