Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich 02 February 19

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Match Day 20
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, February 2nd 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Bay Arena

Bayer Leverkusen: 
Last five matches form: L W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.53
Average goals against per match: 1.58
Top Scorer: Kai Havertz & Kevin Volland (7)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals against per match: 2.26
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (12)

The title race is really beginning to heat up now in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund lead the way, but - despite being six points clear - must now be beginning to feel the heat just a little with defending champions Bayern Munich now firmly on the charge.

Next up for Bayern its this trip to ninth placed Bayer Leverkusen. Only a point off the European positions, they may be in mid-table, but Leverkusen's season certainly isn't dead yet, and they will as ever really be up for this one.

Bayern have won five of the past six meetings between the sides, including a 2-0 win at home this season and a 3-1 verdict in this game last season.

Joel Pohjanpalo and Panagiotis Retsos are out for the home side. Bayern must do without Arjen Robben, Corentin Tolisso, Manuel Neuer and possibly Frank Ribéry.

Its been a mixed bag for Leverkusen at home this season, although they have improved of late with three wins in their last four. They couldn't master Borussia Moenchengladbach here last time though and will likely face an even sterner test here.

Bayer home fixtures have averaged a shade over three goals per game so far this season.

Having looked a shadow of last season's side at times, Bayern are positively flying at present and will be seeking their eighth Bundesliga win in succession here. Nico Kovac's side have won eight of ten on the road so far this season, scoring two or more goals in all bar one of those games.

Goals would appear to be on the menu here which should make for an entertaining game. We can't oppose Bayern in their current form.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 4 Bayern Munich


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  8 - 11
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 51% - 49%

Karim Bellarabi, Charles Aranguiz and Wendell were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Tobias Stieler also taking the names of Joshua Kimmich and Kingsley Coman of Bayern Munich.

With leaders Borussia Dortmund being held to a draw elsewhere, Bayern Munich had the perfect opportunity to gain ground in the race for the title here. But could they do it? In the end the answer was no, as despite leading at the break they ended up being blown away by a three goal Leverkusen salvo in the second half and came away with nothing at all. Fairly even on the stats, this must go down as inconsistent Leverkusen's best result of the season to date.

Bayern took the lead in the 41st minute. Thomas Muller playing in an excellent cross from the right-hand side to find Leon Goretzka arriving in the area to finish with a stooping header from around seven yards. 0-1 at the break.

The home side equalised eight minutes into the second half. Sensational free kick from Leon Bailey, finding the top left corner from around thirty yards.

Ten minutes later Leverkusen took the lead for the first time. Lovely passing move ending with Karim Bellarabi playing a low ball into the area. Kevin Volland tricking the outrushing keeper when letting the ball run across his body and finishing low into the net from seven yards out on the right.

Bayern did crank up the pressure after that but couldn't find a way through and in the 87th minute the home side added a third. Julian Brandt played clean through in the right channel, drawing the keeper before playing the ball across for Lucas Alario to finish into the empty net. 3-1 final score.

Bayern Munich drop down to third and are now seven points behind Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen move all the way up to seventh and are now only a point off the Europa League positions.

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