No rest for the wicked as Bayern travel to Stuttgart

The fixtures are coming thick and fast for FC Bayern München as the defending champions prepare to take on VfB Stuttgart in the Southern derby on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Pep Guardiola's treble hunters are currently five points clear of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, hold a slender advantage over SL Benfica in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie and are through to the last four of the DFB Cup, but find themselves having to play every three to four days for their sins.

Watch: Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt

Stuttgart have no such distractions, which is just as well given that they are still not mathematically assured of their place in the Bundesliga for another season. Mid-table VfB's performances have taken something of a nosedive in recent weeks, with six points all that is separating them from an increasingly congested relegation zone.

Watch: Darmstadt 2-2 Stuttgart

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    Bayern have won their last 11 Bundesliga matches against Stuttgart and are unbeaten in their last 14 in all competitions.Bayern are the only Bundesliga team to register 12 successive head-to-head wins (against SC Freiburg and 1. FC Nürnberg), and can follow suit against Stuttgart.A Bundesliga-record 5,414,663 spectators have attended the 97 previous meetings between Stuttgart and Bayern.Stuttgart have won only one of their last seven Bundesliga matches, amassing just six points.Bayern have won their last three Bundesliga games in a row.Bayern have won all eight of their Bundesliga games this season immediately after playing in the UEFA Champions League.Bayern averaged three goals a game over the course of the first 14 matches of the season, but have averaged just 1.7 per game in their last 14.Only Borussia Mönchengladbach have scored more Rückrunde goals (25) this season than Stuttgart (23).Stuttgart have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches, conceding 15 goals (on average, more than two per game).

Possible line-ups

Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Schwaab, Sunjic, Insua - Serey Die - Rupp, Gentner, Didavi, Kostic - Werner

Absentees: Großkreutz (thigh), Ginczek (knee)

Coach: Jürgen Kramny

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Kimmich, Martinez, Rafinha - Alonso - Müller, Rode, Götze, Bernat - Lewandowski

Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Boateng (groin), Robben (adductor)

Coach: Pep Guardiola

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