Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich 13 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 12, 2018, 05:15 PM

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich suffered a double blow on the eve of their trip to Leverkusen with the league's leading scorer Robert Lewandowski and key defender Mats Hummels both ruled out with respective injuries.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Sven Ulreich will continue to deputise for Manuel Neuer, who remains on the sidelines along with Thiago Alcantara.

Franck Ribery comes into the game in fine form having scored a hat-trick against Sonnenhof in a friendly on Tuesday.

Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich has the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to choose. His main dilemmas are in midfield - where Charles Aranguiz is expected to get the nod ahead of Julian Baumgartlinger.

Leverkusen have a reasonably good record against the Bavarians, having taken at least a point from nine of the last 17 meetings.

Bayern, though, have kicked off the second half of a season at Leverkusen on five previous occasions, winning their last three.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern Munich


Match Stats:

  • Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich
  • Shots: 10-12
  • Possession: 44%-56%
  • Corner kicks: 6-6

Even without injured leading scorer Robert Lewandowski, Bayern carried the greater attacking threat in a dominant first-half showing. Former Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal twice warmed the palms of Bernd Leno, before making a telling contribution to the opening goal. The Chile international met an Arjen Robben corner, with Javi Martinez pouncing on a deflection off Lars Bender to open the scoring with aplomb. Leverkusen's only real chance of note came on the back of a driving run and deflected effort from Leon Bailey, but Dominik Kohr sent the ensuing corner wide.

Leverkusen went up a gear after the restart as Julian Brandt lashed a free-kick wide and Bailey clipped the crossbar from 18 yards. The hosts' endeavour left them susceptible to the counter, however, and when James picked out the run of Franck Ribery, the Frenchman calmly tucked in to give Bayern a two-goal cushion with less than an hour gone. A deflected Kevin Volland strike halved the deficit, but the defending champions had the final say when James whipped an unstoppable free-kick beyond the despairing dive of Leno to wrap up the win in added time.

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