Rest and rotation in the lineup as Bayern face Hannover 96

Bayern Munich’s eyes will be almost exclusively on the fixture against Real Madrid in mid-week as they face a struggling Hannover 96 side that has won once in eight matches.
The Bavarians have been in fine form over the last two matches. They torched Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen with 11 goals over two fixtures. Bayern will be beaming with confidence for the matchup against Hannover, not having lost to the team since 2011. In those years, Bayern averaged at least three goals per match.


  • Arturo Vidal’s season is over due to a knee injury, Corentin Tolisso is out due to a swollen leg. Kingsley Coman remains out.

What Jupp said

  • Manuel Neuer has been integrated back into first-team training, Jupp has hailed the keeper’s working ethic saying “It’s awesome how Manuel Neuer works. We are all very happy about his development”;
  • “Regarding David Alaba, we’ll wait for the final training to see how he feels.”;
  • Jupp Heynckes also went on to speak about rotating the team. “Of course, tomorrow, I will not start some of the players who started on Tuesday.” Jupp Heynckes also mentioned that he does not think it will be a big disadvantage to play on Saturday.

Possible lineup

Jupp Heynckes has already said he will rotate and the lineup should reflect that. However, it will be a difficult prediction with many of the players injured. Sebastian Rudy and Juan Bernat would likely be in the fray for a start.

Front three

Sandro Wagner will likely start in an effort to protect Bayern’s premier striker Robert Lewandowski. Arjen Robben may start on the right as Thomas Müller is rested for the fixture against Real Madrid. Jupp Heynckes may also opt to play Juan Bernat on the left of midfield, as Franck Ribéry is given some rest after the wonderful form he has shown.

Midfield three

This will be tricky to select. I guess this is the reason why the team is so loaded in the midfield. It is important to keep eyes on the Real fixture when making the selection here. Due to James Rodríguez not starting in the last two matches, he may get the nod on the weekend. He may not get through the full 90 minutes. Thiago Alcântara may also get a start, but may not finish the game either. Sebastian Rudy could complete a midfield trident.

Back line

David Alaba may be left out of the starting 11 as a precaution, as he will be needed against Real Madrid next week. Hence, Rafinha will get the start. Joshua Kimmich will retain his right-back role. Mats Hummels will be could be rested as Jérôme Boateng pairs up with Niklas Süle at centre-back.
Sven Ulreich will be in goal, of course.