The Rhine side is hoping for a good result ahead of next week's clash with the Catalan giant, while the Bavarians aim for their first away win of the calendar year.
Schwaab, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec
L. Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Renato Augusto, Kiessling, Castro
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Alaba
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Robin Dutt will have to do without several injured players on Saturday, perhaps the most significant of whom is Andre Schurrle, who broke his nose on international duty in midweek.
Vedran Corluka and Sidney Sam are also sidelined due to muscular problems, while Eren Derdiyok has an ankle knock and Danny da Costa is suffering from a thigh injury. Michael Ballack and Tranquillo Barnetta continue to be unavailable as they continue their rehabilitation from various ailments.
Jupp Heynckes is sweating over the fitness of Franck Ribery, who suffered from a dead leg after taking a knock on Wednesday. Toni Kroos is available as his stand-in should he not be fit in time for the week-end. Definitely missing from the Bayern lineup are Bastian Schweinsteiger (ankle), Daniel van Buyten (metatarsal fracture), and rehabilitating defenders Breno and Diego Contento.
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- Leverkusen is undefeated at home since the winter break having won twice and drawn one game.
- Robin Dutt's side has found the net six times in its last two matches -- in its previous six fixtures, it scored as many.
- Lars Bender scored twice last weekend, bringing his tally to four goals on the season, this tally equaled his previous two seasons' combined tallies.
- Bayern Munich could win its 900th match in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
- Jupp Heynckes' side is looking for its first away win since the winter break. During that time frame, it has lost once and drawn twice.
- Manuel Neuer has not conceded in 337 minutes. The last to score on his net was Hamburg's Jacopo Sala, on Feb. 4.