Former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory star Robbie Kruse will celebrate his 25th birthday on Saturday night by playing in arguably the biggest club game of his career to date - if the Socceroo forward gets on the pitch.
Kruse's much-improved Bayer Leverkusen team will start underdogs at home against defending German and European champions Bayern Munich in a much-anticipated Bundesliga clash.
After seven matches Bayern - which last season became the first German club to complete the treble of Bundesliga title, German Cup and Champions League success - sit in second place on 19 points and only trailing arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.
But Leverkusen, which have never won the German title but have finished runners-up on five occasions since 1997, are in third spot just one point further adrift.
Incredibly Bayern Munich - now with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola in charge - look even better this season.
They have already added the European Super Cup - at the expense of Europa League winners of last year Chelsea - to their bulging trophy cabinet.
And in this season's Champions League they have already hammered CSKA Moscow 3-0 and English giants Manchester City 3-1 away in midweek while they recently smashed four away to another of Germany's Champions League representatives this season in Schalke.
But Bayer Leverkusen have won their past four matches - since losing 4-2 away to Manchester United on matchday one in the Champions League - and have won two of their past three matches against Bayern Munich.
However if you want to back the underdogs do it in the draw no bet market at $3.75, where you will at least get your money back if the game ends in a draw.
Bayern to win 2-1, as they did at Leverkusen last season, is the favoured option in correct score betting at odds of $8 and is the most likely result.
The Socceroos' star is one of those players that seems to thrive on the big stage and he recently scored twice for Leverkusen in a 4-1 win over Mainz on September 21.
However Bayern players dominate the betting with Mario Mandzukic the $4.50 favourite to score the game's first goat at bet365 ahead of teammates Thomas Muller at $6, Claudio Pizarro $6.50 and Arjen Robben at $7.50.
*Note prices subject to change