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Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:44:00

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes thought his side had played "textbook football" in thrashing Hamburg 9-2 on Saturday.

The win, the biggest ever inside the Allianz Arena, took Bayern to within three points of clinching the Bundesliga title.

It more than satisfied Heynckes, who had feared his side may not have taken the task so seriously in view of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus on Tuesday.

"It was important that we carried on the way we have been going in recent weeks and that means that we keep winning our games," said Heynckes after his side's 10th straight Bundesliga win - a new club record.

"It was important for us to tank up on self-confidence.

"We played textbook football at times and we've got to do something similar on Tuesday because we have other objectives for the season."

While Heynckes admitted that the title is now theirs, he spoke with caution about his side's chances in the Champions League.

With Juventus enjoying a similarly successful season in Serie A, with a nine-point lead at the top, Heynckes has warned not to expect them to roll over in the same way Hamburg did.

"It's going to be a completely different game on Tuesday," he said. "Juventus are a top European side who are aggressive and run a lot."

The hosts will check on Mathieu Baudry ahead of the game. The defender has missed three matches, including Friday's 2-1 defeat at Scunthorpe, with a hip injury but is close to returning to action.

Baudry's return would be a welcome boost with fellow centre-half Scott Cuthbert last week ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured metatarsal.

Right-back Elliot Omozusi had to deputise in the centre alongside captain Nathan Clarke at Glanford Park.

Elsewhere, winger Lee Cook could return to the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute on Friday.

Veteran midfielder Martin Rowlands may drop to the bench after playing 75 minutes on his return from a groin niggle.

Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell has no new injury worries for the Easter Monday trip to London.

His side collected a potentially vital point in their battle against relegation on Good Friday as Andy Bishop's stoppage-time penalty pegged Crewe back for a 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane.

Tom Soares scored Bury's first equaliser and played 84 minutes on his return from a hamstring haematoma - a problem that initially looked set to keep the former Crystal Palace midfielder out for the season.

Northern Ireland international striker David Healy came off the bench to replace Soares for his fifth club appearance of 2013, none of which have been starts.

Long-term absentees Craig Jones (hamstring/thigh), Phil Picken (knee), Adam Lockwood (groin) and Shane Byrne (blood infection) will all miss the rest of the campaign.

The hosts could be boosted by the return of Jamie Murphy.

The striker lost his fitness battle and missed Friday's win at Tranmere due to a hamstring injury, but is expected to be back in contention.

Danny Wilson's side bounced back from a heavy defeat at Stevenage with a professional display at promotion rivals Tranmere that keeps them in the hunt for a top-two finish and the manager is unlikely to make too many unforced changes, if any, against the Cumbrians.

Defender Danny Higginbotham and on-loan Leeds striker Dominic Poleon are pushing for recalls, while forward Chris Porter is hoping to make his first appearance since returning to the club from his loan spell at Shrewsbury.

The Blades, two points behind second-placed Bournemouth with two games in hand, could climb back into an automatic promotion spot with victory.

The visitors are expected to be without injured winger Matty Robson, who suffered a recurrence of a back injury and last just nine minutes before being withdrawn from Friday's 2-2 home draw with Shrewsbury.

Dave Symington replaced Robson and is a likely candidate to start on the right wing, with Jon-Paul McGovern switching over to the left.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott has confirmed goalkeeper Mark Gillespie, who had returned from a one-game ban in place of Adam Collin, will start at Bramall Lane despite his two errors which led to the Shrews' goals.

Striker Mathieu Manset is hoping to make his first start for the Cumbrians after appearing for the second time off the substitutes' bench against Shrewsbury.

Abbott must decide whether to stick with teenager Mark Beck up front alongside Lee Miller or hand Frenchman Manset a place in his starting XI.

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