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Top-of-the-table showdown

Bayern vow to tame ravenous Wolves

The wolf, according to the dictionary definition, is a breed of dog which lives and hunts in packs. The species was thought to have become extinct in Germany around a century ago, but wolf sightings were reported from the states of Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt in 2008. Some 50 or 60 of the beasts are currently thought to be resident in the Federal Republic.

A pack of dangerous Wolves has been roaming the Bundesliga to devastating effect of late. Former Bayern boss Felix Magath and his VfL Wolfsburg team have eagerly devoured a string of opponents and are now utterly realistic contenders to deprive Bayern of the title they claimed last season. On Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm on Web Radio) the Wolves entertain the champions at their very own “lair,” the Volkswagen Arena.

Level in every respect

“A win in Wolfsburg would tip the scales in our favour, and a draw would still keep all our options open," commented Uli Hoeneß ahead of the meeting with Magath’s men, who lie joint second with a record identical to the Bavarians’ in every respect, and a point off leaders Hertha BSC. As the Bayern manager pointed out, the winners of the top-of-the-table showdown are sure to remain right in the thick of the title race, but the losers will suddenly find themselves playing an awkward game of catch-up.