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  • March 16, 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • BayArena, Leverkusen
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
  • • Attendance: 30210
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Bayer Leverkusen-Bayern Munich Preview: Werkself chasing league double over Bavarians

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

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEVERKUSEN

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

BAYERN

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

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.

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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
38Philipp WollscheidDefender
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
1Michael RensingGoalkeeper
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
-Michal KadlecDefender
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
7Hajime HosogaiMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
-Arkadiusz MilikStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
33M. GómezStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
38Emre CanMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
34Pierre Emil HøjbjergMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
Players to Watch
Stefan Kießling
Stefan Kießling
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 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.
M. Gómez
M. Gómez
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.
Prediction
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
Bayern 2

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