FC Bayern: DFB Pokal Opener Preview vs Jahn Regensburg

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FC Bayern: DFB Pokal Opener Preview vs Jahn Regensburg
Gomez; Bayern 3-0 Braunschweig (Pokal first round 2011)

Bayern will be the last team to set foot in the first round of the competition. They will play the final match in the first round of fixtures against Jahn Regensburg. Regensburg was promoted to the 2.Bundesliga after finishing third in the 3.Liga. They are based in Bavaria; thus this tie can be considered a derby.

Regensburg recently took on the other side that plays at the Allianz Arena in the 2.Bundesliga, 1860 München. They lost out 1-0. They are currently eighth in the table following a win and a defeat in this campaign so far. Their chief executive happens to a former Bayern youth who picked up a championship medal in 1972, Franz Gerber.

Recently, Tobias Schweinsteiger sat down for an interview with Bayern’s official website. According to him, Regensburg will not make life easy for Bayern; they will push them to the limit. The older of the Schweinsteiger brothers, now playing for FC Bayern II, captained Regensburg last season.

Tobi Schweinsteiger even scored from the penalty spot as Regensburg lost to Borussia Mönchengladbach last season, 3-1. The Regensburg officials considered moving the match to a bigger stadium in Nuremberg but decided to stay in their own one, seating 12,500, in order to allow their fans to enjoy the tie with the best side in the history of German football.

As far as the injury news is concerned for this tie, Mario Gomez, David Alaba and Diego Contento are obviously out. Daniel Van Buyten is dealing with a minor strain. Dante and Rafinha seem ready to go after recent problems. Schweinsteiger is ready as well after featuring for Bayern in their most recent friendly, a game they won 3-1, thanks to a hat-trick from Kevin Friesenbichler.

Dortmund, Leverkusen and Gladbach have progressed to the next round of the cup. Leverkusen, unlike last year, managed to hold on to a three goal lead without giving it away and added an extra goal for good measure. Dortmund also bashed their opponents, 3-0, with Marco Reus registering on the score-board.

And now, it is time to guess the line-up:

Manuel Neuer

Philipp LahmHolger BadstuberJerome BoatengEmre Can

Toni KroosLuiz Gustavo

Thomas MüllerXherdan ShaqiriFranck Ribery

Mario Mandzukic

So, the season finally gets underway! Bayern is not prone to early cup exits but came close twice in recent years. Wacker Burghausen took them to penalties in 2007 while Rot Weiss Erfurt was put away by a last minute goal from Toni Kroos, 4-3, in 2008. In 2001, Bayern missed out on the treble thanks to a defeat on penalties in the early rounds of the Pokal against Magdeburg.

Hopefully, Bayern will start this season off on the right note.

Prediction: Bayern 3-1 Regensburg

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