Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Juventus

Bayern forward Thomas Muller celebrates a goal against Stuttgart on January 27, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to the Champions League quarter-final first leg between between Bayern Munich and Juventus.

When Bayern Munich and Juventus were paired together during the draw earlier this month, many tipped this Champions League quarter-final tie to be the one to watch out of the four that came out of the hat.

As it stands, both of these teams hold comfortable advantages at the top of their respective leagues. Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga by a massive 20 points, while Juventus are nine points in front of Napoli at the Serie A summit.

It's Bayern that head into this encounter as the favourites to progress through to their third semi-final in four years, despite the fact that they are playing the home leg first.

They warmed up for this encounter by hitting nine goals against Hamburg on Saturday afternoon.

However, they will have to make do without the services of Javi Martinez for the visit of Juve because the Spanish international has picked up a one-match suspension.

There are no such problems for the Italian champions, who have no players who are banned. They could be without main striker Mirko Vucinic, though, because of a fever.

From the six matches that these two have played against each other, Juventus have recorded three victories to Bayern's two.

Recent form

Bayern: WWWLWW

Juventus: WDWWWW

Possible starting lineups:

Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Gustavo, Kroos; Muller, Ribery; Mandzukic

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Vucinic, Giovinco

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern Munich17133140103042
2RB Leipzig17123234151939
3Hoffenheim17710030171331
4Borussia DortmundDortmund1786337201730
5Hertha Berlin179352519630
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt178542215729
7FC Koln176832115626
8Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen177372625124
9Freiburg177282229-723
10Schalke 04Schalke176382119221
11Mainz 05176382630-421
12Wolfsburg175481624-819
13Augsburg174671319-618
14Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach174581525-1017
15Werder Bremen174492136-1516
16Hamburger SV1734101432-1813
17FC Ingolstadt 04FC Ingolstadt 041733111428-1412
18SV Darmstadt 981723121130-199