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  • April 17, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 69000
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Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich - Bayer Leverkusen

Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich - Bayer Leverkusen

Goal.com looks forward to defining game in this Bundesliga season.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Bayern Munich: Butt; Lahm, Breno, Luiz Gustavo, Pranjic; Tymoshchuk, Schweisteiger; Altintop, Mueller, Kroos; Gomez.


Bayer Leverkusen: Adler; Castro, Schwaab, Reinartz, Kadlec; Vidal, Rolfes; Ballack; Sam, Renato Augusto; Derdiyok.



DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Bayern Munich have picked up nine wins from their last 10 Bundesliga home games, losing only to Borussia Dortmund in February.
  • Curiously, Bayer Leverkusen's Jupp Heynckes was the Bavarians' last coach to lose to Die Werkself in Munich. This happened more than 21 years ago in October 1989 with Die Rheinlaender winning 1-0 at the Olympiastadion.
  • Since this defeat Die Rekordmeister have been on a 23-game unbeaten streak at home, winning 18 and drawing just five times against Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Bayern Munich have not tasted defeat in their last 12 meetings with Die Werkself, picking up nine wins and three draws.

  • The game is a special occasion to a number of players. Hans Jorg-Butt, Michael Ballack and Toni Kroos have played for both teams, while Jupp Heynckes is set to leave Die Rheinlaender at the end of the season to take over the reigns at Sabener Strasse.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won their last five Bundesliga games, conceding just once.

  • Die Rheinlaender have the best chance conversion rate in the league with 18.3 per cent. Bayern Munich are second 18.1%.
  • Bayer Leverkusen are just two goals behind Bundesliga's most potent team, namely their hosts on Sunday.
  • Die Werkself have the second best away defensive record in the league. They have conceded just 13 times in 14 games.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have lost just once away from BayArena this season. Die Rheinlaender have even picked up five more points away than at home.

LAST MEETING


November 20, 2010: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern Munich

The game got off to a thunderous start as early as the second minute of the game when Bastian Schweinsteiger had a legitimate goal disallowed by the referee. Die Rekordmeister eventually took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark with Mario Gomez the goalscorer. In the very last minute of the half Sidney Sam won a penalty for Die Werkself with a shameful dive, and Arturo Vidal calmly converted the spot-kick. There were no more goals in the second half and the game ended 1-1.

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Players to watch

T. Müller

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With Bayern Munich's most potent attacking force out of this game, Thomas Mueller will be relied upon to create chances, and convert those Mario Gomez would probably miss in dozens on Sunday. Now is the time for Mueller to be there for his team.

M. Ballack

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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No one wants the Bundesliga title more than ex-Bayern Munich man Michael Ballack. He famously lost the title to the Bavarians in 2000 during his first stint with Die Werkself, scoring an own-goal in a game against Unterhaching which ultimately proved costly. He would not make this mistake again.

Editor's Prediction

It would take a brave man to bet against Die Werkself on Sunday. History sides with Bayern Munich. Form sides with Bayer Leverkusen. Arjen Robben is out, Franck Ribery is out, Holger Badstuber is out, Bastian Schweinsteiger is highly doubtful. If there is universal justice, Bayern Munich would finally get lucky at the end of the most heartbreaking season in recent memory. If Hannover pick up a win on Saturday, players will play through injuries, even on crutches if need be, and with Allianz Arena thundering behind them they will play the game of their lives. They owe it to the fans, they owe it to the Bundesliga.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Bayer Leverkusen

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen
69%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 1
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 1
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV

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