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Preview: Hamburger SV vs. Bayern Munich

Sports Mole previews Bayern Munich's trip to face struggling Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga.

It's fair to say that Bayern Munich might not have caught fire just yet this season, but they'll be desperate to hit top form when they meet Hamburger SV on Saturday afternoon.

A 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday has given the Bundesliga champions a big confidence boost, and they head into the weekend knowing that they could claim top spot with a win.

There will be very few backing against Pep Guardiola's men as they take on the league's bottom side looking for a third win from four games.

It's been a frustrating start to the new season for Hamburger, who have managed to earn just one point from their opening three fixtures, and they begin a new era on Saturday following Mirko Slomka's sacking, with Josef Zinnbauer taking charge of the team for the first time.

However, the mood in the dressing room could be improved if, as expected, Rafael van der Vaart makes his return from injury.

There are still a few questions to be answered about who will be available for Bayern, with doubts remaining over Franck Ribery, who sat out the win over Man City.

Arjen Robben is likely to be ready to start the match after coming off the bench on Wednesday night, but Thiago Alcantara is still working his way back to full fitness following a long battle with a knee problem.

Recent form

Hamburger SV: Drobny, Diekmeier, Djourou, Cleber, Ostrzolek, Behrami, Holtby, Stieber, Muller, Van der Vaart, Lasogga

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng, Bernat, Lahm, Alonso, Alaba, Robben, Muller, Lewandowski

Possible starting lineups

Hamburger SV: DLL

Bayern Munich: WDW

Sports Mole says: 0-3

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Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara head the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany on February 02, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund1183033122127
2Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach1172226131323
3RB Leipzig116412291322
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1162326131320
5Bayern Munich116232014620
6Hoffenheim116142415919
7Werder Bremen115241919017
8Hertha Berlin114431617-116
9Mainz 05114341012-215
10Augsburg113441918113
11Freiburg113441519-413
12Wolfsburg113351517-212
13Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen113261624-811
14Schalke 04Schalke11317815-710
15Nuremberg112451124-1310
16Hannover112361422-89
17Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf112271025-158
18Stuttgart11227824-168

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