Bayern seeks to break record by beating Duesseldorf

Posted by Susie Schaaf

It's been 15 years since Fortuna Duesseldorf 1895 has been in the Bundesliga, and the last time they squared up against Bayern Munich, in 1997, they got battered 5-1. However, there was a time, in the '70's, where they were competing at a top level regularly; notably beating Bayern 6-5 in 1975 in a match where der Bomber scored two.

But, that was then and this is now. And Goliath travels to David for Matchday eight in the Bundesliga. David does lie in a very respectable seventh place, currently, with four draws and two wins; bolstered by the number two defense in the league- allowing only three goals this term. Unfortunately for them, Goliath has the number one defense and the number one offense- with a goal differential of +19 (21:2).

Bayern Munich probable starting XI: Neuer - Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba - Martinez, Schweinsteiger - Mueller, Kroos, Ribery - Mandzukic

Judging from David Alaba's stellar performance against Kazakhstan, and Holger Badstuber's horror show against Sweden, I've tipped the Austrian to start. There should be one very happy Frenchman on the left side. Dante recovered from a mid-week training knock and has made the trip.

Kicker has listed Gustavo as starting alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, but I'm inclined to think Javi Martinez gets the nod over the Brazilian. Toni Kroos returns to what he likes best, with Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery on the wings; although Xherdan Shaqiri is available for any of those three spots.

There is still no definite timetable for Arjen Robben's troubling thigh problem. But, it seems that the other long-term absentee, Mario Gomez, is on a running program, and should be back and available in the coming weeks.

Fortuna Duesseldorf probable starting XI: Giefer - Levels, Juanan, Langeneke, Van den Bergh - Bodzek, Lambertz - Kruse, Ilso, Bellinghausen - Schahin

Coach Norbert Meier has plenty of suspension and injury headaches ahead of this one. Oliver Fink and Leon Balogun are suspended with accumulated yellows. Bruno Soares is out after undergoing groin surgery, and die Flingeraner are also missing Stelios Malezas with a strain.

Giefer had the flu, but should be available to start. And Austrian Robbie Kruse, who turned an ankle mid-week should be in the Startelf as well.

Fortuna's four draws have all strangely come at home. And the first three of those were goalless. They don't exactly go for the kill, even in their ESPRIT Arena, so expect a ultra-defensive side. Nothing new for Bayern, of course. It will be up to die Roten to open up lanes and score first. Also, nothing new.

Eight wins in eight matches would see Bayern break the record they hold jointly with Mainz; no team in the Bundesliga has won their first eight. A win would also see Jupp Heynckes with his 300th. There is also a chance to create some space at the top as second-ranked Frankfurt play sixth-ranked Hannover at home, and a tasty Revierderby as fourth-ranked Dortmund hosts third-ranked Schalke.

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