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How Bayern Munich could line up against Ajax

Sports Mole looks at how Bayern Munich may line up for Tuesday's Champions League group-stage tie against Ajax.

The top two sides in Group E lock horns in the Champions League on Tuesday evening as Bayern Munich welcome Ajax to the Allianz Arena.

Bayern opened their campaign with a 2-0 win at Benfica a fortnight ago, on the same night that their opponents were putting three unanswered goals past AEK Athens.

This showdown in Bavaria could therefore prove pivotal in how the final standings look, and the home side need to quickly regroup if they are to pick up the result they are after, having suffered their first loss of the Niko Kovac era at the weekend.

Ahead of the ninth meeting between these two sides on the European stage, Sports Mole looks at how Bayern may line up.

Possible BAY XI vs. Ajax

Kovac indicated in his pre-match press conference that a "highly-motivated" Arjen Robben will get the nod out on the right for Wednesday's clash, with the Dutchman boasting three goals from five Bundesliga outings this term.

The German giants are blessed with options in that department, and squad rotation may come into play for this first European home match of the season, as Serge Gnabry is knocking on the door for a first Champions League start.

Thomas Muller was rested for the 2-0 loss to surprise package Hertha Berlin on Friday night but should be recalled here, while Robert Lewandowski remains the first name on the team sheet as the focal point of Bayern's attack.

Elsewhere, James Rodriguez was taken off early in that maiden defeat of the campaign in a likely sign that he will start against Ajax, and Thiago Alcantara has been used regularly by Kovac in midfield, so they are expected to link up here once again.

Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez are other alternatives for Kovac, but he is unlikely to tinker too much for what is an important match.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund14113039142536
2Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach1492333161729
3Bayern Munich1483328181027
4RB Leipzig1474324131125
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1472530171323
6Hertha Berlin146532220223
7Hoffenheim146443021922
8Werder Bremen146352423121
9Wolfsburg145452020019
10Mainz 05145451315-219
11Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen145362025-518
12Freiburg144551922-317
13Schalke 04Schalke144281520-514
14Augsburg143472023-313
15Nuremberg142571433-1911
16Stuttgart14329929-2011
17Hannover142481629-1310
18Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf142391432-189

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