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Bayern Munich predicted lineup vs Bochum - Bundesliga

Craig Vickers
Nagelsmann on the touchline
Nagelsmann on the touchline / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Bayern Munich entertain Bochum in the Bundesliga as Julian Nagelsmann's side look to consolidate their place at the top of the table.

Bayern's hopes of retaining the Bundesliga were boosted last weekend when Borussia Dortmund, their closest challengers, were humbled 5-2 at home by Bayer Leverkusen.

The result extended Bayern's lead at the summit to nine points which will afford Nagelsmann extra breathing room ahead of the resumption of his side's Champions League campaign in midweek.

Here's how Bayern could shape up this weekend.

Bayern Munich predicted lineup vs Bochum - Bundesliga

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Christian Fruchtl
Frucht in action / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Christian Fruchtl (GK) - A huge opportunity for the 22-year-old with both Neuer and Ulreich set to be missing.

Benjamin Pavard (CB) - The Frenchman has impressed as the right-sided central defender in Nagelsmann's new look three-man defence.

Dayot Upamecano (CB) - Could replace Niklas Sule in the heart of the backline, with the German having penned a pre-contract with Borussia Dortmund this week.

Lucas Hernandez (CB) - Comfortable in defensive situations and capable of supplementing attacks on the left hand side.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Marcel Sabitzer
Sabitzer could be given the nod this weekend / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages

Serge Gnabry (RWB) - Frightens defences with his direct dribbling and ability to change direction.

Joshua Kimmich (CM) - Integral to Bayern's control of possession, capable of executing both short and longer passes.

Marcel Sabitzer (CM) - Has endured a turbulent start to life in Munich after his summer move from RB Leipzig.

Kingsley Coman (LWB) - The Frenchman has replaced the tireless energy of Alphonso Davies on the left flank.

3. Forwards

Leroy Sane
Sane on the ball / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Thomas Muller (RW) - A Bayern stalwart, and a player who the footballing world have began to appreciate even more over the years.

Robert Lewandowski (ST) - Unfairly overlooked for the Ballon d'Or award and he will be keen to prove a point again this year.

Leroy Sane (LW) - Has rediscovered his swagger this season under the guidance of Nagelsmann.

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