Bayer Leverkusen Bayern Munich Sat 14:30
Bayern Munich run the very serious risk of falling further off the pace at the top of the German top flight this weekend if they get anything but a win from their visit to the BayArena as Bet365 make them odds against to pick up three points and put pressure on Dortmund at the top of the table.
The Bundesliga giants are currently four points away from table-topping Borussia Dortmund who appear intent on retaining their league title this season.
Despite the gap, Jurgen Klopp’s side will know that the slightest hiccup sill leave Bayern with the opportunity to pounce and Saturday provides them with a good chance to stretch the divide.
Bayer Leverkusen have, rather surprisingly, been performing better away from home this campaign than at home but nonetheless will provide stern competition for Bayern Munich this weekend.
Die Werkself currently have the third best form in the league heading into the fixture with three wins and one draw in their last six domestic outings.
Scoring goals has been a major problem for the German side this campaign with the attacking duties being shared across the board after Andre Schurrle, Stefan Kiebling and Eren Derdiyok all failing to impress over the odds.
Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern Munich haven’t quite had the same issue and currently boast the best goal difference in the German top flight.
Ignoring the Champions League defeat to Basel last week, the Munich club are unbeaten in their last five matches and will hope to extend that number to six with a win over 5th placed Leverkusen, however there is some dissent amongst fans at the club as the they remain four points behind Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.
Should Borussia Dortmund slip up against Mainz, Bayern Munich can climb to within a point of top spot while three points for Bayer Leverkusen would bring them to within four points of a Champions League spot.
Both sides would have had players on international duty during the week and selections may take a hit due to fatigue in what promises to be an encounter that will have a great bearing on the immediate futures of both clubs involved.
Franck Ribery is struggling after picking up a knock in France’s victory over Germany, while the game may come a little too early for the midfield talisman for Bayern Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is close to full fitness after an ankle injury.