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March 16, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
BayArena — Leverkusen
Referee:‬ P. Gagelmann‎
Attendance:‬ 30210‎
75′ Simon Rolfes
Mario Gomez 37′
Philipp Wollscheid 87′ (OG)

Bayer Leverkusen-Bayern Munich Preview: Werkself chasing league double over Bavarians

Jupp Heynckes' side slumped to a 2-1 defeat to B04 at the Allianz Arena earlier this season, but will be all the more eager to bounce back after their loss to Arsenal in midweek

By Enis Koylu

FC Bayern München: Philipp Lahm & Bastian Schweinsteiger


Carvajal, Wollscheid, Schwaab, Kadlec
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle


Boateng, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Kroos, Shaqiri

Bayern Munich are expected to make two changes from the team that lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal in midweek. Bastian Schweinsteiger is available again after his continental suspension and will replace Luiz Gustavo in midfield.

Elsewhere, Mario Gomez could come back into the starting XI in the place of Mario Mandzukic, whose form has trailed off in recent weeks. Holger Badstuber remains sidelined, while Franck Ribery is lacking fitness. Finally, Thomas Muller and Philipp Lahm are set to be rested.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen will be sweating over the fitness of Omer Toprak, who was forced out of the game against Stuttgart with a knee injury a fortnight ago, and missed the trip to Mainz.

The only absence is Karim Bellarabi, who is unfit, while Sebastian Boenisch may slot back in on the left-hand side of defence instead of Michal Kadlec.

  • Leverkusen have won their last two games against Bayern, recording a 2-0 triumph at the BayArena last season and a 2-1 win in Bavaria this term.
  • Lars Bender (pictured, right) is set to make his 100th league appearance for Leverkusen after being handed his debut for the club by current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.
  • Heynckes had the same points-per-game rate at B04 as current co-coaches Sascha Lewandowski and Sami Hyypia.
  • Bayern Munich's 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga is the largest the division has ever seen.
  • The Bavarians are chasing a Bundesliga record 12th away win on Saturday.
  • A point at the BayArena would see them confirm their place in next season's Champions League with eight games to spare.

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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
4Philipp WollscheidDefender
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
1Michael RensingGoalkeeper
2Manuel FriedrichDefender
24Michal KadlecDefender
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
7Hajime HosogaiMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
9Arkadiusz MilikStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
33Mario GomezStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
5Daniel Van BuytenDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
10Emre CanMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
34Pierre Emil HøjbjergMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
Players to Watch
Stefan Kießling
Stefan Kießling
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
31 15 3 0
Snubbed by Germany coach Joachim Low yet again on Thursday, the striker will be all the more eager to prove the 53-year-old wrong and continue his fantastic goalscoring form and force his way into the international set-up.
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Mario Mandzukic struggling to replicate his early-season form of late, the time may well have come for the former Stuttgart striker to establish himself as his side's first-choice forward. He has shown glimpses of his old self of late, and will be eager to continue that.
Leverkusen may have gone off the boil of late, but so have Bayern, whose defence looks to be more susceptible than usual in recent weeks. Both sides remain capable of scoring goals, and I'd expect them to play out an enthralling draw.
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Bayern Munich
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund
15 5