Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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First faces fourth as the runaway Bavarians take on Heiko Herrlich's energetic young Leverkusen side

Bundesliga action returns for the first time in 2018 on Friday as Bayern Munich make the journey north-west to take on Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bavarians will be aiming to kick off the the new year on a high note by extending their lead at the top of the table, a lead which currently stands at 11 points.

Leverkusen, on the other hand, are part of the chasing pack, but victory for them would catapult them from fourth into second place, temporarily at least.

Game Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
Date Friday, January 12
Time 19:30 GMT / 14:30 ET
Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial)

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich, 17/18

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
FS1 / UniMas / Univision fuboTV

In the United Kingdom (UK) the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 3 and will be available to stream live online using the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 3 BT Sport app

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Bayer Leverkusen players
Goalkeepers Leno, Ozcan, Lomb
Defenders Retsos, Tah, S. Bender, Tedvaj, Wendell, Henrichs
Midfielders L. Bender, Mehmedi, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz, Kohr, Yurchenko, Havertz, Frey, Bellarabi
Forwards Bailey, Brandt, Kiessling, Alario, Pohjanpalo, Volland

Leverkusen have a clean bill of health for the game and Charles Aranguiz is also likely to be available for selection. There are no suspensions to worry about either.

Potential Leverkusen starting XI: Leno; Tah, S. Bender, Wendell, Retsos; Baumgartlinger, Havertz, Kohr; Bailey, Brandt, Volland.

Position Bayern Munich players
Goalkeepers Starke, Ulreich, Fruchtl
Defenders Sule, Rafinha, Bernat, Boateng, Gotze, Alaba, Kimmich, Friedl
Midfielders Ribery, Martinez, Robben, James, Rudy, Vidal, Tolisso, Coman, Dorsch, Tillman, Benko
Forwards Wagner, Muller, Wriedt, Wintzheimer, Pantovic

Bayern will be without a number of key players for the clash with Robert Lewandowski, Thiago Alcantara, Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer all injured.

New signing Sandro Wagner should replace Lewandowski in the starting line-up.

Potential Bayern starting XI: Ulreich; Boateng, Sule, Alaba, Kimmich; Martinez, Vidal, James; Muller, Ribery, Wagner.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich are 10/11 favourites to win according to dabblebet, while home side Leverkusen are considered 14/5 bets. A draw is available at 11/4.

Click here to see all of dabblebet's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.


GAME PREVIEW


Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich managed to create a massive gap between themselves and their rivals in the first half of the season and, on Friday, they will attempt to pick up where they left off in 2017.

Jupp Heynkes' men put together a six-game winning streak at the end of 2017 and return to action in a good position after a successful training camp in Doha during the winter break.

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The acquisition of Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim means that they have a ready-made stand-in for the injured Lewandowski and he will have an immediate chance to show that he can shoulder the burden in attack.

The Bavarians have already beaten Leverkusen this season, triumphing 3-1 back in August, but they will have to be at their best to overcome Heiko Herrlich's team, who are on a 14-game unbeaten streak.

"They're a young, highly talented, hungry, fast-paced team that also has a lot of imagination," observed Heynkes. "It's a game with all the ingredients that make football so attractive, and both teams can play football very well. It's going to be difficult."

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