Where to watch: The 2012 Uefa Champions League final kicks-off from the Allianz Arena in Munich at 2.45 p.m. ET. Live coverage will be provided by FOX from 2 p.m. The match can also be viewed online, in delayed form, via FoxSoccer2Go.Viewers in the U.K. can watch live online for free at ITV.com.
Preview: Bayern Munich head into their second Champions League final in three years in the comfort of their home stadium and with the tag of firm favorites. A fact that will not unduly concern their opponents in Saturday's showpiece, Chelsea.
The Blues have already upset the odds in dramatic fashion to earn a place in the the final with a rearguard victory over competition favorites Barcelona.
It is a great challenge for us, Didier Drogba said, according to Chelsea's website. We have been to Barcelona and it was another big challenge and we have had other big games when we had to perform. Playing at home to Napoli was like playing away because we had to score so many goals to qualify.
Now we are playing away but it is a final and we are not going to focus on that, the Chelsea striker added.
For both teams it represents an opportunity to turn a disappointing campaign into one that will live long in the memory.
Chelsea go into the match needing a victory merely to qualify for the Champions League next season, having finished sixth in the Premier League.
In finishing second in the Bundesliga to Borussia Dortmund, Bayern will also consider their domestic season a failure, especially following their 5-2 defeat to Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final last week.
But the Bavarians will be looking to put that disappointment behind them and continue their excellent run in Europe that saw them edge out Real Madrid on penalties in the semi-finals.
I would be disappointed if we win nothing this season but a number of teams would like to swap positions with us, said Bayern midfielder Bastain Schweinsteiger, according to Uefa.com. We've delivered great performances in the Champions League, especially at home, and that gives us confidence. We're focused on that, we'll try to play well--and to win this.
Team News: Much of the buildup to the game has focused on the players who will not be involved as suspension rules out four players from Chelsea and three from Bayern.
With Chelsea already missing John Terry and Bransilav Ivanovic from their backline, the club has been desperate to try and ensure the fitness of both David Luiz and Gary Cahill all week. And, with both center-backs taking a full part in training, they look set to start in Munich.
Chelsea's other fitness concern has been over midfielder Florent Malouda. With Ramires and Raul Meireles both banned, the Frenchman was expected to start, but Malouda's recovery from a hamstring problem seems far from certain and interim-boss Roberto Di Matteo has been training with young Ryan Bertrand on the left of midfield as a more defensive-minded alternative.
Didier Drogba is expected to start up front, it what may well be his last experience for the club.
Bayern's team seems more settled, with boss Juup Heynckes having the foresight to give his suspension-affected lineup a runout against FC Koln two weeks ago. A defensive midfielder by trade, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will fill in for Holger Badstuber in the center of defense, while Diego Contento will do likewise for David Alaba at left-back. In midfield, the absence of Luiz Gustavo means that Thomas Muller will return to the first 11 with Toni Kroos forced to drop back alongside Schweinsteiger.
Bayern (probable, 4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Tymoshchuk, Contento; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez.
Chelsea (probable, 4-2-3-1): Cech; Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Kalou, Mata, Bertrand; Drogba.
Prediction: Both sides will be licking their lips at the prospect of getting at their opponents' weakened defenses and, if Chelsea and Bayern can get over the tension of the occasion, there could well be goals in this final.
Chelsea will still likely look to play with a defensive mindset, however. But without their most effective counter-attacking threat, Ramires, the Blues will struggle to enjoy the same joy as against Barcelona. And at the other end, Chelsea may also find their strategy of blocking up the middle of the pitch in front of their own defense nullified. With Philipp Lahm and Contento overlapping the twin threat of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery cutting inside from the flanks, not to mention Mario Gomez's ability to get on the end of crosses, Bayern should plenty of hay in the space out wide.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Chelsea