Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich have been in some surprisingly patchy form lately, with Pep Guardiola's side having picked up just a point from their last two Bundesliga matches. That has allowed second-placed Borussia Dortmund to move within five points of the Bavarian league leaders, potentially setting up a more exciting end to the season than had otherwise been anticipated.
Pep Guardiola's outfit will look to avoid giving away any more points when they welcome struggling Werder Bremen to the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Werder had been enduring a miserable season, but back-to-back 4-1 wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Hannover has seen them move three points clear of the bottom three. They're certainly not out of the woods yet, but things are finally looking up for Viktor Skrypnyk's men. Will they get even better on Saturday? ...
Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
... Certainly not if Robert Lewandowski has any say in the matter. The Polish striker has continued his fine run of form, and has now scored 23 Bundesliga goals in 24 appearances so far this season. He could reasonably claim to be the best out-and-out forward on the planet at the moment, with only Luis Suárez and Gonzalo Higuaín able to rival his numbers in similar positions. Suffice to say, Werder's defence can expect a tough time trying to keep him quiet.
Bayern have won 11 straight matches against Werder Bremen, and haven't dropped points against them since a goalless draw at the Allianz back in 2010. You have to go all the way back to 2008 to see the last time Bremen managed to beat Bayern, when Thomas Schaaf masterminded a thoroughly impressive 5-2 win away against Jürgen Klinsmann's Bavarians. Mesut Özil was the star of the Werder show that day, scoring one goal and playing a part in two more. What they'd do for a player like him today ...
Bayern Munich injuries and suspensions
Out: Holger Badstuber (ankle); Jérôme Boateng (adductor); Javi Martínez (knee). In doubt: None.
Werder Bremen injuries and suspensions
Out: Philipp Bargfrede (knee); Aron Jóhannsson (hip); Zlatko Junuzović, Clemens Fritz (suspended). In doubt: None.
Bayern Munich will still be without their injured defensive trio comprising Badstuber, Boateng and Martínez. However, they should otherwise have a full-strength team available.
The same can't be said for Werder, who are without four familiar faces. Midfielder Bargfrede and striker Jóhannsson are still sidelined with injuries, and will be joined in the stands by suspended midfielders Junuzović and Fritz -- both of whom have featured regularly so far this season.
Match date/time: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. local
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
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