Munich - Hannover 96 are next up for unbeaten Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 13:30 GMT/ 15:30 CEST). lines up the essential pre-match info on one of Matchday 7's standout encounters...

Bayern go into the game defending a slender two-point lead over second-placed Gladbach, with Hannover four points further back in sixth. All in all, though, the Bavarians have made an assured start to 2014/15, epitomised by Xabi Alonso, who set a new Bundesliga record for most touches in a single game last weekend (204).

(pictured) is definitely out, with either Christian Pander or 21-year-old Maurice Hirsch tipped to fill the void in midfield. The injured Dane joins Andre Hoffmann, Edgar Prib and captain Lars Stindl on the sidelines.

is beginning to hit his stride in the Bavarian capital after a stop-start first season at the club. The FIFA World Cup winner has netted four times in the league so far this season and now has five-goal Bundesliga leading scorer Shinji Okazaki of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in his crosshairs.

has become a defensive mainstay under Tayfun Korkut since joining the Bundesliga ranks from Swedish side Malmö FF in the summer. The Chilean international has missed just one league game so far this term, covering an average of 11.7 kilometres per game in the process.

(Bayern captain): "We have to be more clinical. We haven't been killing games off early enough."

Tayfun Korkut (Hannover coach): "We have to capitalise on the few chances we manage to carve out in what's going to be an incredibly difficult game."

Unbeaten Bayern could make it three league wins on the bounce for the first time in 2014/15 if they can follow up recent successes over promoted SC Paderborn 07 and 1. FC Köln with three points against Hannover, who fell to their second defeat of the season at Stuttgart last weekend.

Two second-half goals gave Bayern the win in last season's corresponding fixture. The Bavarians have now won their last five league games against Hannover, who haven't won in Munich since 8 November 2006.

Possible line-ups:

Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Dante - Lahm, Xabi Alonso, Alaba - Robben, Müller, Götze - Lewandowski

Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Marcelo, Schulz, Albornoz - Gülselam - Bittencourt, Schmiedebach, Hirsch (Pander), Kiyotake - Joselu