Starting XI: Leverkusen vs Bayern
Bundesliga Starting XI: Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
The Bundesliga returns from its winter break with a cracker when fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen host record champions and current log leaders Bayern Munich tonight – here are the starting line-ups.
Teams: Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
Date: 12 January 2018
The home side looked impressive before the winter break, finishing the first half of the campaign in fourth place after going unbeaten in 12 successive league games.
Leverkusen are yet to lose at the BayArena this season, and are undefeated at home against Bayern in nine of their past 10 home games against them. In addition, they have kept a clean sheet in their past four home matches against their rivals in all competitions.
Nevertheless, the Bavarians enter the game as favourites after regaining their strength under Jupp Heynckes, winning nine of their 10 Bundesliga games under their former treble-winning coach so far.
Bayern lead the table by 11 points over second-placed Schalke, and are undefeated in 10 of their past 11 matches against Leverkusen in all competitions.
Robert Lewandowski is expected to miss out, while Manuel Neuer, Thiago Alcantara and Mats Hummels are also still sidelined.
Here is how both teams will line up:
Leverkusen: Leno; Wendell, Bender, Tah, Bellarabi; Kohr, Bender; Brandt, Havertz, Bailey; Volland.
Bayern: Ulreich; Rafinha, Boateng, Süle, Alaba; Vidal, Javi Martínez; Robben, James, Ribéry; Müller.
The game will be shown in South Africa on StarSat from 21:30.
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