Roberto Firmino was on target the last tine Hoffenheim met Bayern, a 3-3 draw on Matchday 28 of the 2013/14 season
Roberto Firmino was on target the last tine Hoffenheim met Bayern, a 3-3 draw on Matchday 28 of the 2013/14 season

Lahm-less Bayern ready for Hoffenheim test

Munich - The quiet of the international break was shattered this week with news of Philipp Lahm's broken ankle, but FC Bayern München dare not dwell on the setback.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are the visitors this Saturday (kick-off 14:30 GMT/15:30 CET) when the Bundesliga reconvenes on Matchday 12, and the fearless visitors have previous when it comes to providing drama in the Allianz Arena. has all the pre-match info you need on what is potentially one of the games of the season...

The remit for the home side is clear: secure another win to extend their unbeaten start to the season and consolidate their position at the top of the table. Their opposition, by contrast, will be looking for points to get their European challenge back on track, having slumped to consecutive defeats in the league.

The champions' current injury list seems endless. Holger Badstuber, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, David Alaba and now Lahm (l.) are all out, although Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer and Xabi Alonso are available and Thomas Müller has recovered from a knock sustained on international duty. Bastian Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, returns to the squad for the first time in months.

The Sinsheim outfit are still missing long-term injury victim Sejad Salihovic, while Ermin Bicakcic has also been ruled out. Ball-winning midfielder Eugen Polanski (r.) is also missing due to a thigh strain, meaning Sebastian Rudy could come into central midfield with Tobias Strobl moving to right-back.

In a squad with a minimum of two quality players in each position, Thomas Müller is one of the few legitimately undroppable names at FC Bayern. He has six goals and four assists in the league this term, bagged a hat-trick last time out and in the league and netted the winner against Hoffenheim in a 2-1 victory just over a year ago.

Roberto Firmino's confidence will seldom have been higher. The 23-year-old is now a full Brazilian international and scored his first Selecao goal on Tuesday. After a somewhat slow start to the domestic season, he struck twice on Matchday 11 and also fired the equaliser when Hoffenheim drew 3-3 with Bayern in their last meeting.

Pep Guardiola (Bayern coach): "[Lahm] was our most important player, so of course it's tough for us."

Anthony Modeste (Hoffenheim striker): "Bayern won't get any freebies from us. I think we can definitely take something from the game."

The Bavarians are sitting pretty at the top of the league following their 4-0 rout at Frankfurt and were also winners in their last home game, against Borussia Dortmund, a fortnight ago. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, need to get back on the horse after following an eight-game unbeaten start to the season.

Bayern have never lost to Hoffenheim in the league, winning eight and drawing four of their 12 encounters. However, the Reds were pushed all the way in last November's victory and will not have forgotten how Hoffenheim ended their run of 19 consecutive home league wins in that six-goal thriller back in March.

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Possible line-ups:

Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Benatia, Dante, Bernat - Götze, Alonso, Gaudino, Ribery - Müller, Lewandowski

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Strobl, Süle, Bicakcic, Beck - Rudy, Schwegler - Elyounoussi, Firmino, Volland - Modeste

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