Bayern Munich will be intent on consolidating top spot in the Bundesliga when they travel to the BayArena on Saturday, and Leverkusen will be aiming to do a first-ever league double over the champions-elect.
Bundesliga 2019/20 season
Date: Saturday, 6th
Kickoff: 14:30 pm
Having fell to a surprise defeat to Wolfsburg after consecutive wins since the return of football, Bayer bounced back with a 1-0 win over Freiburg and thus, kept up their chase for Champions League football for next season.
Leon Baily and Kai Havertz were the architects of the narrow victory, the former setting up the in-demand latter after 54 minutes for what proved the winner, their 17th of the league campaign.
However, they face another animal in Bayern Munich who are on a 19-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Hansi Flick’s side are on the verge of their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and will enter this one brimming with confidence following their awe-inspiring display last time out.
Coming into this one, they put five past Fortuna Düsseldorf to remain seven points clear of chasing Borussia Dortmund on the standings.
Die Werkself have won this fixture successively since February 2019 and were 3-1 victors the last time they squared off at this ground, but with the visitors in such imperious form, and of course home advantage seemingly thrown out of the window with no fans, much of the value in the betting surely lies on Bayern.
The only expected absentee for Peter Bosz is captain Lars Bender who is struggling with a foot injury.
Havertz who limped off last time out with a knock has been given the all-clear to feature here, with Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario’s return to fitness adding an extra boost.
Philippe Coutinho and Niklas Süle are still working their way back to full fitness and are doubtful for this game.
Head to Head
In their last 86 historic meetings in all competitions, Bayern have won a marquee 50 times compared to Leverkusen’s 19. 17 other games had ended as draws.
Leverkusen last five matches in all competitions: WWWLW
Bayern Munich last five matches in all competitions: WWWWW
This game should surely provide football fans with losts of excitement this weekend, bearing in mind that plenty of talents are set to be on show from both sides. Fireworks will be guaranteed at the BayArena no doubt, as two sides that have played some beautiful football in recent weeks trade tackles. With that, backing both sides to find the net is readily the first pick on one’s acca, a market prized 4/9 here.
Robert Lewandowski is 4/9 to score anytime for Bayern, but for better value, Havertz is 15/8 to do just the same.