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
Carvajal, Wollscheid, Schwaab, Kadlec
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle
Boateng, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.