Wolfsburg gear up for Munich showdown

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26 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Frontrunners VfL Wolfsburg travel to third-placed Bayern Munich in one of two major midweek Bundesliga showdowns and will not be afraid of the Bavarians although they have never won there. "The game starts at 0-0 and I believe we have a good chance to get a decent result," said midfielder Miroslav Karhan. Wolfsburg have a dismal record in Munich, losing six times and drawing once in the Olympic stadium. But this time around they come to visit Tuesday as Bundesliga leaders from a

26 October 2004

HAMBURG - Frontrunners VfL Wolfsburg travel to third-placed Bayern Munich in one of two major midweek Bundesliga showdowns and will not be afraid of the Bavarians although they have never won there.

"The game starts at 0-0 and I believe we have a good chance to get a decent result," said midfielder Miroslav Karhan.

Wolfsburg have a dismal record in Munich, losing six times and drawing once in the Olympic stadium.

But this time around they come to visit Tuesday as Bundesliga leaders from an impressive 3-0 win against lowly VfL Bochum.

Wolfsburg have 21 points for a one-point advantage over VfB Stuttgart, with Munich third on 17 points and champions Werder Bremen fourth on 15 points.

Stuttgart had to swallow their first season defeat on Sunday, 2-0 in Freiburg, not the best rehearsal for their Wednesday home game against Bremen which marks the other top match of the midweek round.

Wolfsburg have shown in recent weeks that they are not afraid of visiting other big teams, winning 2-1 in Bremen and at Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

Now they came to Munich, who avoided a mini-crisis by beating struggling Hansa Rostock 2-0.

"I expect a fantastic game because Wolfsburg won't sit back," said Munich's Dutch star striker Roy Makaay.

Playmaker Michael Ballack remains uncertain with an ankle injury after already having to sit out the game in Rostock, and Sammy Kuffour has to serve a red card suspension.

But Ze Roberto returns from injury into the team of Felix Magath, who may also field as a starter veteran Mehmet Scholl, the man who set up the first and scored the second in Rostock.

"Mehmet is a genius," said manager Uli Hoeness in praise of the 33-year-old Scholl, who has been plagued by back problems and rarely played over the past year.

Stuttgart, meanwhile, were brought back to earth in Freiburg which marked their first defeat in 14 competitive matches played this season under new coach Matthias Sammer.

Wednesday's game against Bremen will be a test of character for Kevin Kuranyi, Philipp Lahm and company, even more as the visitors are full of confidence having drubbed Nuremberg 4-1 on Saturday.

"If we continue playing like this we can play for the top again," said Bremen sports director Klaus Allofs.

The expectations are huge in both camps as all recall the 4-4 thriller from March in what was rated the best match of the entire last season.

The other Wednesday games are Bayer Leverkusen vs. Arminia Bielefeld, SV Hamburg vs. Freiburg, Nuremberg vs. Schalke and Mainz 05 vs. Hansa Rostock.

On Tuesday, bottom club Kaiserslautern visit Hanover 96, number 17 VfL Bochum take on Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin host crisis club Borussia Dortmund.

DPA

Subject: German news

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