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Bayern seek to extend lead as they visit Frankfurt

Bayern Munich will be out to extend their formidable lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they face Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, with veteran Franck Ribery leading the way.

After two months out injured, the 34-year-old Frenchman captained Bayern to a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, making him the man of the moment in Munich.

“Franck is incredible, he supports everyone,” said compatriot and team-mate Corentin Tolisso. “He’s a leader, and he led us to victory on Tuesday.” Bayern are six points clear of RB Leipzig, and victory could see them crowned as the ‘winter champions’ two weeks ahead of the winter break.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund are looking to end a dreadful run of form at home, while Schalke will be without star midfielder Leon Goretzka. Bayern’s clash with Frankfurt on Saturday will also pit brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng against each other.

Bayern defender Jerome and Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince are half-brothers, who grew up together in Berlin. Kevin-Prince fired Frankfurt to victory over Hertha Berlin last weekend, while Jerome will return to the Bayern starting XI having been rested against PSG in midweek.

Alongside Boateng, Bayern are also expected to give starts to Thomas Mueller, Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal, all of whom were on the bench on Tuesday. Dortmund will be out to end their horrendous home form when they host relegation-battling Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Dortmund have conceded at least three goals in all of their last three home games in the league, and have not won any of their last six games at the Signal Iduna Park.

Saturday’s clash will also be another decisive moment for coach Peter Bosz, as he struggles to hold on to his job. Dortmund’s brave performance against Real Madrid gave Bosz a boost, but defeat to Bremen would be inadmissible. -AFP

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