Bayern Munich will continue their quest for an eleventh consecutive Bundesliga title this Sunday with a visit to BayArena, where they face Bayer Leverkusen.
Fresh from booking their place in the quarter-finals round of the Europa League, the hosts will host Bayern looking to keep up the pace in their race for the top six. The hosts were not expected to compete for a place in the top six this season after they recorded their worst-ever start to a top-flight season.
But an uptick in form since Xabi Alonso’s appointment as manager and recent back-to-back league victories have reignited their chase for the top-six, although they’re still six points adrift ahead of this round.
Their 2-0 win over Ferencváros on Thursday was Leverkusen’s fifth win in their last six competitive games (D1), so they will be confident of getting a good result in this game. But maturity will be necessary here if Alonso’s side are to break a six-game winless H2H streak in the Bundesliga (D1, L5), which included a 4-0 thrashing in this season’s reverse fixture.
That win in the reverse fixture forms part of Bayern’s historical dominance of this fixture, in which they boast a daunting overall H2H advantage (W59, D18, L19).
However, the Bundesliga champions are under pressure here, with Borussia Dortmund trailing by two points heading into the weekend.
Julian Nagelsmann’s men will be desperate to enter the international break with their slender lead firmly secure. They held their nerve last time out to win, with a rollercoaster 5-3 victory over Augsburg, their fourth win in a row.
Having scored their 71st league goal in that Augsburg win, Bayern will be confident of getting a win here. The Bavarians are often similarly ruthless on their travels, with the division’s best away side having lost just once on the road in all competitions since September (W10, D2).
Therefore, all signs appear to point to that run continuing here.
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