Capello hoping to restore order against Bayern

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Bayern lead Group A after their 2-1 victory over Fabio Capello's side in the last round of games and while Juventus, with six points from victories over Club Bruges and Rapid Vienna, are still on course for the knock-out stages, they will be keen to avoid another setback.

They will also be keen to keep another clean sheet at home in the competition. If they did that they would stretch their record to seven home games without conceding a goal - equalling the record they themselves set between November 2001 and February 2003 and later equalled by Deportivo La Coruña.

A record start of nine straight wins in Serie A along with their positive opening to the European campaign had created an air of invincibility around Juventus, but they were brought down to earth in brutal fashion by Milan on Saturday.

Juventus trailed 3-0 at half-time and, although their French forward David Trezeguet pulled a goal back, they were never in with a real chance. But, as Capello pointed out after the match, nor did his team fall to pieces under the shock of the three goals and he will be hoping that such a level-headed response yields better results at the Delle Alpi tonight.

The Juventus coach is likely to have Christian Abbiati back in goal after he missed the clash at the San Siro with a knee injury.

Abbiati, who is standing in for long-term injury victim Gianluigi Buffon, was replaced by Antonio Chimenti against Milan and the third-choice keeper had a shaky night.

Capello is unlikely to make any drastic changes to his line-up but Saturday's defeat will leave him pondering some of his selection options.

In attack Alessandro Del Piero, who began on the bench against Milan, will hope to start against the Germans, but that would mean Capello having to leave out either Trezeguet or Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Another player in contention is Romanian Adrian Mutu, who has impressed of late but whose chances of featuring on the right flank are limited by the presence of the Italy international Mauro Camoranesi.

Bayern suffered a big injury setback at the weekend with news that their Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz will be out for six months with cruciate knee ligament damage. Santa Cruz had scored in each of his three previous league games and would almost certainly have started against Juventus.

His absence is particularly worrying for coach Felix Magath, given that leading striker Roy Makaay is out of form. Makaay has not scored since 27 August and his performance in Saturday's 2-1 win away to Cologne suggested the goal drought is not about to end any time soon.

Bayern, who also have French full-back Bixente Lizarazu and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves injured, were lucky to come away from Cologne with a win that kept them two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

The German champions played the game almost at walking pace and had to come from behind to sneak victory with set-piece goals from Brazilian defender Lucio and German international Michael Ballack.

"We didn't turn in the sort of performance I was expecting," Magath said. "We were lucky to come away with a win. We weren't resolute enough and that has to change against Juventus."

Juventus (4-4-2, probable): Abbiati; Zambrotta, Thuram, Cannavaro, Pessotto; Camoranesi, Vieira, Emerson, Nedved; Trezeguet, Ibrahimovic or Del Piero.

Bayern Munich (4-4-2, probable): Kahn; Sagnol, Lucio, Ismael, Schweinsteiger; Deisler, Demichelis, Ballack, Ze Roberto; Makaay, Pizarro.

Referee: L Michel (Slovakia).

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