Bayern Munich look to floor minnows Fortuna

Bavarian club are aiming to add scalp of lowly Fortuna to their 10-match winning streak today

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 3:48am


Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has said the Bavarian giants aim to floor minnows Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga today to prepare for next week's Champions League visit of Arsenal.

With a 17-point lead at the top of the table, and 10 league games left this season, Bayern are running away with this season's Bundesliga title, but aim to add to their 10-match winning streak at home to Fortuna, who are 12th.

Fortuna's last victory over Bayern in the Bundesliga was back in April 1991 and Munich have won all of their last three meetings against them without conceding a goal.

Nevertheless, Mandzukic said the guests would receive maximum respect today.

"We respect Duesseldorf. They need points, and every team always gives everything against Bayern," said the Croatia striker, who has 15 Bundesliga goals this season.

"But we're ready for them. We're at home and want to maintain our winning run, preferably with another clean sheet. It's also an important match with regard to next Wednesday.

"A lot of people think we're through to the next round [of the Champions League], but anything can happen in football."

Having already booked their Champions League quarter-final berth with a midweek win over Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund travel 40km east to face neighbours and rivals Schalke 04.

Schalke have won only one of their last five Bundesliga games against Dortmund, but the guests, who are second in the table, will want to avenge their 2-1 defeat at Borussia's Signal Iduna Park last October.

Both captain Sebastian Kehl (ribs) and fellow defensive midfielder Sven Bender (ankle) face a race to be fit having played in the 3-0 win over Donetsk, which sealed a 5-2 victory on aggregate.

Schalke, who face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday in Gelsenkirchen after a 2-2 draw in Istanbul, have picked up form after back-to-back wins and are up to sixth in the table.