Bayern Munich travel to the BayArena on Friday night to face Bayer Leverkusen in their first Bundesliga game since the winter break.
Leverkusen have enjoyed a very successful start to the season. Die Werkself currently sit fourth in the league, just two points behind second place Schalke 04. The main stars for Leverkusen this season have been Kevin Volland and Leon Bailey; with the latter popping up with important goals at crucial times for Leverkusen so far this season.
As for the Bavarian's they sit top, 11 points ahead of second place Schalke 04. In the first half of the season, Bayern began brilliantly with a 3-1 win over Leverkusen. However an uncharacteristic dip in form saw Carlo Ancelotti lose his job, and subsequently be replaced by Jupp Heynckes. The German coach turned things around for Bayern and soon they found themselves back at the top of the table.
In the 2003/04 season Bayer Leverkusen traveled to the Olympiastadion to face champions Bayern Munich, in what was an early season crunch match between the two favourites for the BuLi title.
To the surprise of Bayern fans, it was the away side who took the lead through defender Carsten Ramelow.
Bayern soon responded to going one down, and scored just 15 minutes later through their main man Roy Makaay. Just a few minutes later however the away scored again, this time through Brazilian striker
The home side came out the quicker of the two in the second period, however they went a man down as Ze Roberto was given his marching orders. The sending off didn't faze Bayern, and they equalised straight away through former Blackburn man Roque Santa Cruz.
Michael Ballack gave Bayern the lead shortly after, however the drama didn't end there. With nine minutes remaining
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Both Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski are set to miss the trip to Leverkusen as the duo make continue to recover from injury.
Lewandowski ruled out for Friday's game. Would be perfect Bayern narrative if Wagner scores the winner against Leverkusen.— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) January 10, 2018
Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1): Leno - Retsos, Tah, S.Bender, Wendell - L.Bender, Aranguiz - Bailey, Havertz, Brandt - Volland.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Ulreich - Kimmich, Boateng, Sule, Alaba - Vidal, Tolisso - Robben, James, Ribery - Wagner.
Latin connection ✌️— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 10, 2018
This game will be completely different to that of their last encounter, in which Bayern won 3-1. Leverkusen will look to be more compact this time around and will be hoping to catch Bayern on the counter attack.
Despite being without Lewandowski, Bayern do have enough fire power up front and a win for the away side is on the cards.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich