Preview - Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen 15 September 18

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Match Day 3
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich:   
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.71
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.82
Top Scorer 17/18: Robert Lewandowski (29)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L D W L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.71
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.29
Top Scorer 17/18: Kevin Volland (14)

There may be a new manager at the helm at Bayern Munich, but the early evidence would suggest its business as usual at the defending champions as they have begun the season in fine form. Next up they play host to a Bayer Leverkusen side who seem to be stuttering just a little at present.

Bayern are two from two headed into this and certainly went into the international break on a high when hammering Stuttgart 3-0 away from home. Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski have hit the ground running in the goalscoring stakes with two goals apiece already, whilst Leon Goretzka already looks a fine addition to the centre of the park.

Leverkusen have enjoyed the polar opposite start to the campaigning, losing both games, scoring just once and conceding five. 

Bayern won this game 3-1 both home and away last season, in addition to smashing 6 past Leverkusen in the cup.

Kingsley Coman looks to be the only injury concern for Bayern. Leverkusen will be without Joel Pohjanpalo, Julian Baumgartlinger and Panagiotis Retsos.

Even were Leverkusen to be headed into this fixture right at the top of their game, we would still strongly favour Bayern to prevail, especially at home. With the two sides having endured such contrasting starts to the season the only sensible option here looks to be a comfortable home success.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4 - 0 Bayer Leverkusen

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  11 - 4
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 1
Possession: 72% - 28%

Wendell was booked for Leverkusen in this one, with referee Tobias Welz also issuing a straight red card to the visitors' Karim Bellarabi.

Bayern Munich recorded a routine home win here. Completely dominating possession and the shot count, they did nevertheless have to come from behind having conceded an early goal.

That goal came from the penalty spot in just the fifth minute. A couple of minutes of chaos here as first Bayern vociferously complained about the initial award of the kick. The referee stood his ground though. Then when Manuel Neuer kept the kick out, Bayern were again outraged when the referee awarded a retake due to encroachment. Wendell stepping up and making no mistake to find the top corner.

The lead was to prove short lived. Corentin Tolisso breaking not the area in the tenth minute. He saw his initial effort blocked but the rebound fell nicely for him to stab into the top corner from around seven yards.

Nine minutes later Bayern were in front. Sensational strike from Arjen Robben. Joshua Kimmech's long ball forward being headed clear but only to the Dutchman in the right-hand corner of the 18 yard box. One touch to tee himself up and another to smash a volley into the top left corner. 2-1 at the break.

All Bayern for the remainder of the game, although it did take until the 89th minute for them to add to their lead. Thiago dinking in a lovely cross from on the right-hand side. James Rodriguez rising highest to head down and in. Game over.

3-1 final score and Bayern looking very good here. Can anyone stop their march towards another title?


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