Bayern Munich travel south to face Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon, where both sides will attempt to win their first game since September.
The Bavarian club will be looking to end a four-game winless run in all competitions, which includes a 2-0 loss to Hertha BSC and a 0-3 hammering to a rejuvenated Borussia Mönchengladbach side.
Wolfsburg, who have plenty of problems of their own, will be hoping to arrest their current slump to prevent going six games without a win.
Coach Niko Kovac will be desperate for an empathic win to put an end to this bad run of form so expect a strong lineup.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Manuel Neuer (GK) – Against the Netherlands, Neuer made a terrible error of judgement which allowed Virgil van Dijk to head the Dutch into the lead. Despite the German’s poor form it is unlikely he will be replaced by the error-prone Sven Ulreich.
Joshua Kimmich (RB) – The right back has played every minute under Niko Kovac. His energy, willingness to get forward, passing range, tactical flexibility and astute defensive mind makes him indispensable to this side.
Niklas Süle (CB) – Jerome Boateng, who was awful against the Netherlands, is a doubt for this game. Süle is likely to come in for his German teammate like he did against France where he put in a decent performance against the world champions.
Mats Hummels (CB) – The defender had a torrid time over the international break where he conceded a penalty against France. Hummels will be looking to forget what happened for the national side and focus on Bayern.
David Alaba (LB) – The Austrian defender, who picked up a slight muscle tear in the loss to Mönchengladbach, took part in first team training on Wednesday. The versatile 26-year-old is one of Bayern’s most reliable players.
Thiago Alcântara (CM) – The Spaniard has been the most consistent player for Bayern Munich this season. He has adapted well to Kovac’s instructions in his new, slightly deeper midfield position.
Javi Martínez (CM) – With Leon Goretzka only just returning to training Martínez provides a solid option to bring into the side. The Spaniard offers his side defensive stability and the aggression Kovac so desires.
James Rodríguez (CAM) – James was Bayern’s best performer over the international break, putting in commanding displays for Colombia. Those games will be a big confidence boost and will have shown Kovac the type of output his side has been lacking recently.
Arjen Robben (RW) – Having retired from international football in 2017, the 34-year-old will have welcomed the break and should be raring to go. The Dutch winger is as important to this Bayern side as ever, still providing the pace and penetration he always has.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – Without a goal in five games for club and country, the striker will be salivating at the prospect of roaring back to form against opponents he has tormented in recent times. Poland’s captain boasts 16 goals in 15 Bundesliga games against Wolfsburg.
Franck Ribéry (LW) – The Frenchman has been getting chances this season despite not scoring once this campaign. Ribéry has also retired from international football and hopefully the break has allowed him some time to sharpen up his finishing.