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Ton up for Lewandowski? The Polish superstar will make it a century of Bundesliga appearances in Bayern red this weekend. vor 2 Stunden

Published on: 14 September 2017

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Hoffenheim last time out when they entertain Mainz at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

Team news

Robert Lewandowski is expected to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern against Mainz this weekend. The Pole has, remarkably, notched 80 top-flight goals for the Bavarians since making the switch from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, more than any other player in their first 100 Bundesliga outings for one club.

Elsewhere for the hosts, James Rodriguez is expected to be involved from the start once again. The Colombian superstar came within inches of a debut assist at Hoffenheim on Matchday 3 and was impressive in midweek against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League. There remains a problem at left-back for Bayern, however: both David Alaba and Juan Bernat are out injured, with Rafinha expected to deputise.

Mainz will welcome back a creative attacking midfielder of their own: after missing last weekend's win against Bayer Leverkusen through illness, Alexandru Maxim is back in training and should feature at the Allianz Arena. There are no new injury concerns for the 05ers' head coach Sandro Schwarz, although Danny Latza is a doubt with a minor calf problem.

Watch: Enjoy all 30 of Lewandowski's Bundesliga goals for Bayern in 2016/17!

Probable line-ups

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Rafinha - Rudy, Thiago, Tolisso - James, Robben - Lewandowski
Absentees: Alaba, Bernat (both ankle)
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

Mainz: Adler - Balogun, Bell (c), Diallo, Donati - Frei, Gbamin - Öztunali, Maxim, de Blasis - Muto
Absentees: Huth (wrist), Hack (ankle), Sverko (muscular), Latza (calf), Berggreen (muscular), Kodro (ankle)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz

Match Stats

Bayern have made their 'worst' start to a Bundesliga campaign since 2011/2012 - the last season in which they weren't crowned champions.Lewandowski is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern. The Polish marksman has already notched up an incredible 80 goals, more than any other player in their first 100 Bundesliga outings.Bayern haven't lost a Bundesliga game during Oktoberfest since 2010 (18 wins, four draws), when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Mainz.Mainz also beat Bayern 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in March 2016, which was the last time the Bavarians lost at home in the Bundesliga.Mainz are the only current Bundesliga club to have picked up points on their last two visits to the Allianz Arena (2-2 in April 2017).Mainz goalkeeper Rene Adler has never won a Bundesliga game against Bayern, and in 16 meetings with the record champions he has conceded 50 goals.Yet to score for Bayern, if he starts James will make his full Bundesliga debut.

Source: bundesliga.com

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