Munich – Bundesliga autumn champions FC Bayern Munich have to play the last game of the year against the crisis club VfL Wolfsburg without national soccer player Niklas Süle. According to the club, the defender is absent from the German champions’ squad due to back pain.
At the end of the first half of the season, Thomas Müller is playing his 400th league game in the Allianz Arena, which is still open to spectators. Like in the 5-0 win against VfB Stuttgart, Marc Roca is again in the starting line-up. Together with national soccer player Jamal Musiala, the Spaniard can again represent the missing Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in midfield. With a home win at the beginning of the 17th matchday, Bayern could increase their lead over second place Borussia Dortmund to nine points.
Wolfsburg go into the game as a blatant outsider with coach Florian Kohfeldt after their last six competitive defeats in a row. Of the 24 games in Munich so far, the Lower Saxony could not win any. The former Bayern scare Dodi Lukebakio is missing from the squad. Luca Waldschmidt is now on the offensive after injury.
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