Champions League Final

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Frank Ribery is a key man for Bayern Munich. Image courtesy of uefa.com
Bayern Munich and Chelsea meet in the UEFA Champions League Final on Sunday morning (AEST) with the German club having a crucial home ground advantage. Munich was chosen for the 2012 showpiece at the start of the competition and Bayern earnt the right to play in the decider on home turf on the back impressive performances at the venue. The Germans have won all seven of their home games in the Champions League during this campaign, including a 2-0 win over English Premier League champions Manchester City in the group phase.

Four time winners Bayern won through to the decider with a penalty shootout win over Real Madrid in the semi-finals after both legs finished 2-1 at the end of normal time. French maestro Frank Ribery and German hitman Mario Gomez were on the scoresheet there and have been two of the most influential players for the side this season.

Despite a disappointing league campaign in which they finished just sixth, Chelsea has excelled in European competition this season, winning through to the Champions League Final with a 3-2 aggregate win over 2011 winners Barcelona. Caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo has done a fine job with the Londoners in Europe since taking over in March. Since he took charge, Chelsea have won four and drawn one of their five matches in the competition. Away from home they have scored a 1-0 win over Benfica in addition to the 2-2 draw against Barcelona in their most recent fixture.

Alaba, Luiz Gustavo and Holger Badstuber are suspended for the hosts after picking up yellow cards in the semi-final, while John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles are all banned for the English club. Neither David Luiz or Gary Cahill have played this month and Chelsea will be hoping to have them available with regular central defenders Terry and Ivanovic ruled out.

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