Barely two weeks after losing to the side, Bayern Munich will undoubtedly be cheering for Bayer Leverkusen this weekend in preparation for when Borussia Dortmund travel to the BayArena, with the leaders odds on favourites with William Hill to increase their lead at the top.
Die Bayern are currently five points adrift of Borussia Dortmund who sit at the top of the German top flight but have the character within their squad to mount a late challenge for top spot if Dortmund slip up.
Should Die Borussen succeed in retaining the Bundesliga title, it will have spent a whole two seasons out of Munich mitts; an unheard of occurrence in German elite football and the signal of a real power shift in the nation.
The last team to beat Bayer Leverkusen on their home ground was Barcelona in last month’s Champions League encounter and while Jurgen Klopp’s side undoubtedly play delectable football at times, Borussia Dortmund aren’t quite on Barça’s level yet, providing Leverkusen with the opportunity to win on Saturday.
The home side won’t have been pleased to learn that Lars Bender was ruled out of the clash earlier in the week after suffering a muscle tear in last week’s defeat against Wolfsburg.
Regardless, the hosts still pose a very real threat to the league leaders and will test their resolve until the final whistle.
Borussia Dortmund have an unbeaten run stretching back as far as September but one of the matches where they didn’t happen to walk away with three points was in Saturday’s reverse fixture where Die Werkself managed to earn a stalemate at the Westfalenstadion.
It’s this kind of stern defence that Robin Dutt’s team will need to replicate this weekend if they are to maintain a 100% unbeaten double over the current Bundesliga champions this season.
However, Leverkusen’s away form has been slightly more impressive than their home performances this campaign and the visitors will want to extend the gap between them and second place as much as possible in the last stretch of the 2011-12 term.