Mainz come into this crucial match just three points clear of the relegation play-off position and on the back of a 2-0 loss at Bayer Leverkusen.
Mainz 05 have a decent record against the Bunesliga champions of late, but not at home where they are without a win in five. Sandro Schwarz has no new injury concerns from the side that played in Leverkusen and may opt for the same starting XI against the champions. Winter signing Anthony Ujah may be given the nod from the start alongside Yoshinori Muto, though, with Robin Quaison dropping to the bench.
As for Bayern, they were boosted this week by the return to training of midfielder Thiagofollowing the Spaniard’s torn thigh muscle against Anderlecht in November. He will, however, not be available for this weekend’s tie. Mats Hummels has also continued to train after injury and illness have prevented him from featuring yet in 2018. The Germany international may have to do with a place on the bench at this stage though. Javi Martinez is also expected to retake his position in defensive midfield after missing the dramatic 5-2 comeback against Hoffenheim with a knock.
Mainz: Zentner – Diallo, Gbamin, Hack – Donati, Serdar, De Jong, Latza, Brosinski – Muto, Quaison
Absentees: Adler (tendon), Bungert (gluteal muscle), Onisiwo (ill)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Süle, Alaba – Martinez, Vidal – Müller, James, Ribery – Lewandowski
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Thiago (thigh), Früchtl (foot)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes