Bundesliga

October 28, 2012

Full-time

Bayern Munich

1 - 2

Bayer Leverkusen

Bundesliga

16:30 +00:00, October 28, 2012

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen: Preview

Team Stat Comparison

Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen
Matches Played 34 34
Table Position 1 3
Points 91 65
Goal Difference 80 26
Goals for * 3.3 1.7
Goals against * 0.6 1.4
Last 5 W-W-D-W-W W-W-W-W-W
Last 5 home W-W-W-W-W W-W-W-D-L
Last 5 away W-D-W-W-W W-W-D-W-L
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Bayern Munich | Bayer Leverkusen

Competition Stats

Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen
Goals Mario Mandzukic 15 Stefan Kießling 25
Assists Franck Ribéry 14 Stefan Kießling 7
Yellows Luis Gustavo 6 Stefan Reinartz 11
Reds Rafinha 1 Ömer Toprak 1
Squads: Bayern Munich | Bayer Leverkusen

Next Matches

Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen
4/19 A: TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 4/20 A: Nurnberg
4/26 H: Werder Bremen 4/26 H: Borussia Dortmund
5/3 A: Hamburg SV 5/3 A: Eintracht Frankfurt
5/10 H: VfB Stuttgart 5/10 H: Werder Bremen

Although Bayern Munich have won their first eight games of the league season, setting a new record in the process, Bayer Leverkusen are not going to turn up at the Allianz Arena just to award them another three points tomorrow.

Even the fact that Leverkusen have not won in Munich for 23 years does not put the visitors off tomorrow, according to their director of sport Rudi Voller.

"We were very close (to beating them) on a few occasions and just lacked that little something,'' he said.

"But we don't give up hope and we will try to beat them tomorrow.

"We have beaten Bayern at home once or twice, it's just that Bayern are very strong at home.''

Nevertheless, Leverkusen need the points as much as Bayern will want them if they are to remain on course for their goal this season of at least a top-five finish.

"It is always our aim to play European football, ideally in the Champions League,'' said Voller on the Bayern website.

"If you leave Bayern and, nowadays, Dortmund out of it, then there are a few clubs, including us, challenging for the places behind them.''

Both sides celebrated wins in midweek with Bayern bouncing back from their one and only defeat of the season in the Champions League by winning 1-0 in Lille, while Leverkusen triumphed 4-0 at Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

"I think that game will give us self-confidence for the future,'' said Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia. "We saw there how many goals we are capable of scoring.''

Many of Bayern's goals recently have come from the creativity of Franck Ribery, something they may be lacking tomorrow.

The Frenchman has a thigh strain and could miss out tomorrow.

"Things are not looking good with Franck,'' said Heynckes. "He is too valuable a player to take a risk on.''

Javi Martinez is also a doubt for the hosts, but Arjen Robben could return to the squad after stepping up training this week.

Sidney Sam and Stefan Reinartz are both in lines for a return to the Leverkusen squad.