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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2RB Leipzig21143438211745
3Borussia DortmundDortmund21107443232037
4Hoffenheim21910238211737
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt2110562520535
6Hertha Berlin2110472824434
7FC Koln2189430191133
8Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen219393430430
9Freiburg219392836-830
10Schalke 04Schalke217592522326
11Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach217592329-626
12Mainz 052174102937-825
13Augsburg216691927-824
14Wolfsburg2164111931-1222
15Hamburger SV2155112137-1620
16Werder Bremen2154122642-1619
17FC Ingolstadt 04FC Ingolstadt 042153131932-1318
18SV Darmstadt 982133151441-2712