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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

A late 1-0 victory on the road against Eintracht Frankfurt last time out has Bavarian giants Bayern Munich cruising towards a tenth straight Bundesliga title.

That victory made it back-to-back successes after a minor blip which saw Julian Nagelsmann’s side usually go winless in their prior two competitive outings (a draw and a defeat), although both those poor results came on the road.

Bayern Munich

A return to the Allianz Arena will be welcomed then for Bayern, who have won ten of their 12 home Bundesliga clashes this campaign (losing two).

Style of play

Bayern’s current tactics involve employing a high defensive line, winning the battle in the middle of the park to gain and retain possession, and then feeding that possession into a quick attack down either flank to spread the opponent wide and open up chances for a target man in front of goal.

Form

Thanks to Robert Lewandowski and co. seven of those victories have seen three free-scoring league leaders net three or more times, although a return of just five clean sheets during that stint remains a slight concern, especially given Bayer Leverkusen’s upturn in attacking form of late.

Players to watch

Bayern’s Leroy Sane netted the winner last time out, and five of his 13 competitive goals this season have now been registered from the 70th and 75th minute.

Bayer Leverkusen

Heading into this heavyweight clash sat third in the Bundesliga standings, Leverkusen has found themselves in fantastic recent form, winning five of their previous six league outings (losing one).

Style of play

Leverkusen’s style of play is based on dynamic, attacking football.
Bayer’s core of young players spare no amount of energy in either attacking or defensive situations.
Players are expected to play quick, creative football, and to take more risks when developing attacks.

Form

A routine 3-0 victory over struggling Arminia Bielefeld last time out extended that streak, whilst it also made it seven straight matches in which they have netted two or more goals.

Leverkusen did fall on the road in their last away match although, conceding two very late goals to lose 3-2 against Mainz.

Yet despite that loss, Gerardo Seoane’s side remains strong away from home, losing just three of their 12 Bundesliga away matches (six wins and three draws).

The visitors also won 2-1 the last time this Head-to-head (H2H) was played at the Allianz Arena in front of fans, back in 2019, which may prove a promising omen as fans make a return to the stands for this match.

Player to watch

Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby is in red-hot form after being involved in at least one goal in five consecutive Bundesliga outings (seven goals and an assist).

Head-to-head

Bayern Munich has won the last five encounters between both sides since 2020.

The Bavarian won the last encounter 1-5 at the Bay Arena, Leverkusen on October 17, 2021.

Verdict:

A 3-1 victory for Bayern Munich


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