Bayer Leverkusen will hope to achieve another famous result when they take on the league-leaders and reigning champions Bayern Munich on Saturday, 6 June 2020.
Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich must prepare for midweek action as they'll both be bidding to reach the German Cup final, but their Bundesliga encounter comes first and the soccer lovers are set for another entertaining weekend in the German top-flight.
Remarkably, Bayer Leverkusen have won their last two meetings with Bayern Munich, including a 2-1 victory at the Allianz Arena when both sides met earlier this season. They have also lost just once in their last six home matches (2 wins and 3 draws) against the Bavarians in the Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen Betting Preview
The hosts are still fighting to secure Champions League football for the next season and are currently fifth, only behind fourth-placed Borussia M'Gladbach on goal difference, and just two points behind third-placed RB Leipzig.
Peter Bosz's side returned to winning ways following a disappointing 4-1 home loss to Wolfsburg, when Bayer Leverkusen earned a 1-0 victory at Freiburg last Friday.
Kai Havertz became the first player in Bundesliga history to score 35 goals before turning 21 and will be keen to continue his brilliant form since the turn of the year as he was once again Leverkusen's hero when he scored the only goal for their narrow success at Freiburg last time out. The 20-years-old Germany international has scored five goals in four matches since the Bundesliga resumed.
With 12 goals and 6 assists in 17 games to his name so far in 2020, Kai Havertz is one of the standout performers in Europe and he clearly enjoys his false nine role. Indeed, Havertz has netted six goals in his last five Bundesliga appearances, starting as a center-forward in each of them.
Kevin Volland has not featured since Leverkusen's 3-2 win at Union Berlin in mid-February as he was recovering from an injury. The 27-years-old center-forward, who can boast nine goals and seven assists in 22 Bundesliga games before his injury, was on the bench against Freiburg, though Peter Bosz won't rush him into the starting lineup, especially if we consider Kai Havertz's form.
Leon Bailey, who scored a brace for Leverkusen's 2-1 victory at Bayern Munich in November, made his first Bundesliga start since the 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig on 1 March, and the pacey Jamaican winger could once again start on the left. Bailey has scored three goals in his last two games against Bayern Munich and if he keeps his starting position (competing with Moussa Diaby) to play against Bayern Munich, he will hope to maintain the good form.
Peter Bosz should choose between either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation, as Jonathan Tah could remain in the starting lineup if Bosz opts for three center-backs, while Mitchell Weiser and Nadiem Amiri could be in contention for the right-wingback spot.
Edmond Tapsoba was rested against Freiburg but the Burkina Faso defender is expected to return to the starting lineup against Bayern Munich.
Captain Lars Bender remains the only injury concern for the home side while his twin brother – Sven – should start at center-back.
Kerem Demirbay and Julian Baumgartlinger are in contention to start alongside Charles Aranguiz in central midfield as the latter featured against Freiburg, while Demirbay remained on the bench.
Bayern Munich Betting Preview
Bayern Munich will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) semi-finals on Wednesday but first they must focus on their Bundesliga campaign as The Bavarians are coming closer to another title defense.
The Bavarians hit the ground running, winning their last 10 games in all competitions – since a goalless draw at RB Leipzig on 9 February.
On the other hand, the Bavarians have conceded just two goals since the German top-flight returned to action and Hans-Dieter Flick's men are improving defensively, which could be a foundation for a Champions League triumph later this year.
Hans-Dieter Flick's side have trashed Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 last weekend to maintain the seven-point gap to runners-up Borussia Dortmund. With just five games remaining and being seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, Bayern Munich obviously need just three wins to claim their eighth successive title.
Since Hans-Dieter Flick's appointment in early-November, Bayern Munich have won 16 of the following 19 Bundesliga matches, losing just two of them. One of the defeats was the aforementioned 2-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen on 30 November 2019, while their last defeat was a few days later when the Bavarians suffered a 2-1 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Bayern Munich's top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski can boast an impressive 29 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances this season and while Gerd Müller's long-standing record of 40 goals in a single season is still away, no player has come close to matching it with such an alarming regularity. The Poland international, who'll turn 32 in August, has scored 43 goals in 37 matches across all competitions and will be keen to score more on Saturday.
Bayern Munich have already scored 86 goals in the Bundesliga this season – a record after 29 rounds. With Lewandowski scoring 29 of them, we shouldn't underestimate the contribution of Serge Gnabry, who bagged 11 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances, as well as of Thomas Muller who scored seven goals and delivered 18 assists in 29 games.
Whereas Philippe Coutinho's Bayern Munich spell seems to be over as the Brazilian underwent an ankle surgery and is ruled out for the rest of the season, central defender Niklas Sule works on his match fitness and won't be ready to play.
Corentin Tolisso is also injured but rumors trending toward the departure of the France midfielder from Munich seem to be growing.
Thiago Alcantara, who overcame an abductor injury, could return to the starting XI and the Spaniard should replace Leon Goretzka in central midfield.
Possible Starting Lineups of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen: Lukas Hradecky – Mitchell Weiser, Edmond Tapsoba, Sven Bender, Daley Sinkgraven – Charles Aranguiz, Kerem Demirbay – Karim Bellarabi, Nadiem Amiri, Moussa Diaby – Kai Havertz. (4-2-3-1)
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer – Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Alphonso Davies – Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara – Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry – Robert Lewandowski. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
To be honest, there aren't many grounds where Bayern Munich can possibly drop points in the German Bundesliga but if there are some right now, BayArena is definitely one of them.
However, as seen in their game against Borussia Dortmund, we shouldn't underestimate Bayern Munich's ability to control games and handle the pressure when they are challenged.
Bayern Munich are -208 favorites to extend their winning run against odds of +460 on Bayer Leverkusen (both available at BetOnline), who have never won three in a row against the Bavarians and this would be quite a challenge.
This matchup seems to be prone to excitement as there were three or more goals scored in their last six meetings and four or more goals in five of them.