Bayern Munich are set to play Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Oliver Glasner's Eintracht Frankfurt in the league. A second-half goal from former Schalke and Manchester City winger and Germany international Leroy Sane ensured victory for Julian Nagelsmann's Bayern Munich.
Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, beat Frank Kramer's Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 in the Bundesliga. A first-half goal from Argentine striker Lucas Alario and a second-half brace from France international Moussa Diaby sealed the deal for Gerardo Seoane's Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-Head
In 32 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Bayern Munich hold the clear advantage. They have won 20 games, lost six and drawn six.
The two clubs last faced each other last year in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich beating Bayer Leverkusen 5-1. First-half braces from Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski and winger Serge Gnabry and a goal from experienced forward Thomas Muller secured the win for Bayern Munich.
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Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann will be unable to call upon the services of Canadian left-back Alphonso Davies and French midfielder Corentin Tolisso. There are doubts over the availability of former Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, attacker Thomas Muller and experienced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. French centre-back Lucas Hernandez is suspended.
Injured: Alphonso Davies, Corentin Tolisso
Doubtful: Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka
Suspended: Lucas Hernandez
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen will be without experienced winger Karim Bellarabi and Russian goalkeeper Andrey Lunyov. There are doubts over the availability of veteran Austrian midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger and Czech striker Patrik Schick. Other than that there are no known issues and manager Gerardo Seoane is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Andrey Lunyov, Karim Bellarabi
Doubtful: Julian Baumgartlinger, Patrik Schick
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen Predicted XI
Bayern Munich Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Sven Ulreich, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Niklas Sule, Omar Richards, Joshua Kimmich, Marcel Sabitzer, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandowski
Bayer Leverkusen Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Lukas Hradecky, Jeremie Frimpong, Jonathan Tah, Edmond Tapsoba, Mitchel Bakker, Charles Aranguiz, Exequiel Palacios, Moussa Diaby, Florian Wirtz, Kerem Demirbay, Lucas Alario
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
Bayern Munich, as expected, are top of the league table, and should win the Bundesliga once again. Their domestic dominance has become the norm now, and it is hard to see what will stop them.
Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, are 3rd in the league, and have won four of their last five league games. They have done well this season, with young midfielder Florian Wirtz, in particular, impressing.
Bayern Munich will be the favourites.
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