This is our Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich Preview for this weekends match.

Bayern Munich travel to Bayer Leverkusen for a much anticipated game with both teams being dubbed early title contenders. This weekend, the teams will come into the game having won three games straight in the Bundesliga. With Munich the current Champions League title holders there is pressure on new manager Pep Guardioloa to bring immediate success to the club.

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While both teams have won their previous three domestic games, Leverkusen have lost in the Champions League to Manchester United during this period. United dominated as Leverkusen were unable to stop a powerful Wayne Rooney.
Bayern Munich are almost undefeated this current season, with their only loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, who secured a 4-2 victory in the German Super Cup. However they have shown weak points in as they transition into Pep Guardiola’s style having drawn with Freiburg 1-1 on the 27th August.

Head to Head

In the last 6 games, Leverkusen have won 2 (33%), Munich have won 3 (50%) and there has been 1 draw (17%).
In recent years, this fixture has always been sure to produce goals with an average of 3.2 goals per game. The largest score margin was a Munich 5-1 win in April 2011.

Goals Conceded

Leverkusen have conceded 7 (average of 1 per game), whereas Munich have conceded 2 (average of 1 per 3.5 games).
Although Munich looks more impressive, Leverkusen has scored 17 times compared to Munich’s 14.

Team News

Leverkusen are currently without Lars Bender due to an ankle industry, however he might be back in time. Leverkusen will be looking to Stefan Keeling to continue his goal scoring form that has seen 3 headed goals and a further 2 more.

Munich will find themselves without Holger Badstuber and Thiago Alcantara for the match on Saturday. Javier Martinez may be back in time after suffering a toe injury. Munich’s Thomas Mueller has recently re-found his goal scoring form, netting 3 goals in the last 2 games.

Conclusion

With players of quality such as Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Mario Mandžukić you can expect Bayern Munich to create chances. However Leverkusen are extremely strong at counter attacking football. This match could easily become a great spectacle for the neutral, expect lots of goals.  Given the style of both teams, a stalemate is a strong possibility and I certainly don’t think Leverkusen are outgunned here.