Robert Lewandowski will look to fire Bayern Munich into a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings when the defending champions - without the injured Manuel Neuer - host Max Kruse's trigger-happy European hopefuls Werder Bremen on Saturday (3.30pm CEST/2.30pm BST/9.30am ET).
Kingsley Coman stole the spotlight from 21-goal top scorer Lewandowski with a brace as Bayern responded to Borussia Dortmund's win over Mainz with a comfortable 4-1 triumph at Fortuna Düsseldorf last weekend. The result lifted Bayern back to the summit and took them onto a vastly superior +49 in the goal difference column, Niko Kovac's ensemble having hit at least three goals in nine of their 12 Bundesliga assignments since the turn of the year. Last weekend's success came at a cost, though. Goalkeeper Neuer suffered a calf injury and has been ruled out for around two weeks, with Sven Ulreich set for a run in the side between the posts. Thomas Müller is likely to continue in attack ahead of James Rodriguez, with the latter nursing a groin strain, while there's still no sign of long-term absentee Arjen Robben.
Bremen left it late, but remain the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not called Paris Saint-Germain to have found the net in every game this season following their 2-1 win against Freiburg. Davy Klaassen and Theodor Gebre Selassie scored in the final 15 minutes as Werder extended their unbeaten start in 2019 to 12 matches and moved to within a point of the European places. Johannes Eggestein missed the game through injury, and remains a major doubt for the trip the Allianz Arena, where the Green-Whites have not won in over a decade. Yuya Osako should continue in the 20-year-old's stead, alongside 18-goal strike duo Kruse and Milot Rashica. Bremen host Bayern in the DFB Cup semi-finals four days later.
Watch: Kingsley Coman starred for Bayern in Düsseldorf on Matchday 29
- Lewandowski has scored 14 goals in 14 appearances against Bremen.
- Coman has netted five Bundesliga goals in 2019. His previous season best was four.
- Franck Ribery is unbeaten in his 21 career meetings with Werder, scoring 12 goals.
- Werder top scorer Kruse has scored just once in 14 career games against Bayern, losing 12.
- Bremen midfielder Klaassen has found the net in three successive games.
- The Green-Whites have lost their last 16 Bundesliga matches in a row against Bayern, and are winless in their last 20, dating back to 20 September 2008.
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Martinez, Thiago – Gnabry, Müller (c), Coman - Lewandowski
Out: Früchtl (elbow), Neuer (calf),
Doubtful: Hummels (thigh), James (groin), Robben (calf)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson – M. Eggestein, Sahin, Klaassen – Osako, Kruse (c), Rashica
Doubtful: Bargfrede (thigh), Bartels (thigh), J. Eggestein (knock)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt