It’s back to business in the Bundesliga after the winter break, as Bayer Leverkusen welcome Bayern Munich to the BayArena. A number of teams will be looking for the hosts to pick up a win which would go some way to keeping the title race alive as we enter the second half of the season.
Where and when: BayArena – 12 January, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport, Unibet live streaming
Last time: Goals from Niklas Sule, Corentin Tolisso and a Robert Lewandowski penalty were enough to hand Bayern the points at the Allianz Arena back in August, with Admir Mehmedi’s strike a mere consolation.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
It’s a great way to kick-start the New Year, as the runaway Bundesliga leaders travel to fourth placed Leverkusen. The visitors are looking to continue their five game winning streak, while Die Werkself have had almost a month to get over the disappointment of dropping points late on in their last outing, a rollercoaster 4-4 draw at Hannover 96.
Bayern have won their last five at home against Leverkusen, but it’s almost five years since the Bavarians were victorious at the BayArena in the league. Jupp Heynckes’ task isn’t made any easier by his injury list, with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thiago, Christian Fruchtl, Marco Friedl and Mats Hummels all expected to miss out.
Despite this, Die Roten start the game as favourites in the betting, priced at 17/20. Leverkusen are 17/5, while the draw is 3/1. The hosts could be without Leon Bailey and Benjamin Henrichs for this one, but Heiko Herrlich has a healthy squad to pick from apart from that. Leverkusen are one of four teams on 28 points, two behind Schalke in second, so a win over the Munich giants would be a big statement in the hunt for the Champions League places.
The last two games between these two at the BayArena have ended goalless, and the same result is priced at 20/1 going into Friday’s game. There’ll be plenty of attacking talent on show though, so if you think Leverkusen will take a point to make it five unbeaten at home against Bayern, a 1-1 or 2-2 scoreline could be more likely at 8/1 and 12/1 respectively.
One to watch for Bayer Leverkusen: Kevin Volland will reach double figures if he hits the target in this game, and he’s priced at 19/10 to do just that. If you think he’ll bag the first goal of the game, the odds are 13/2.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 15 goals so far this term. The Polish hitman is the 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock, and 3/4 to score anytime.
Long shot: If Leverkusen can catch the visitors cold after the winter break and take the lead through Volland, you can get a price of 33/1 on the Germany international scoring the first goal in a 1-1 draw.