Bayern Munich will put one hand on their ninth consecutive Bundesliga trophy with victory over Leverkusen
by Craig Humpage
Published on Tuesday 20 April 2021
During a week in which everything in the football world has become a footnote to the news of a new European Super League, it might be difficult to get fired up for what is just a regular old on-field contest. As six teams from the English top flight, three from La Liga and three from Serie A sign up to a breakaway league which will destroy the game as we know it, there is one shining light and that is the Bundesliga. Thanks to the "50 + 1 rule" it seems German clubs can't be corralled into this festival of greed, meaning this game between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen will still actually matter.
When Liverpool played Leeds United last night in the Premier League, fans watching had genuinely no idea if that competitive fixture would have any bearing on next year's tournaments. Does it matter if Liverpool get into the top four? They won't be in the Champions League anyway. Will they even be in the Prem next year? Could Leeds now qualify for Europe?
So much confusion, so much frustration. Fortunately that is not the case in Germany, at least for now, and this match very much matters to both sides. An unlikely win for the visitors would put them within three points of the Champions League places and firmly in position to at least qualify for the Europa League. It would also open the door for Leipzig to have one last chance at creeping in the back door to win the title. However, there is a sense of inevitability about Bayern now since Leipzig slipped up and drew with Hoffenheim at the weekend. The Bavarians are now seven points clear at the top with only five games remaining. Barring an absolute disaster they will have won their ninth consecutive title in a matter of weeks. They will hope to edge one step closer on Tuesday night with a victory over Leverkusen.
Preview: Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen
Captain Manuel Neuer and his team come into this match on the back of an impressive 3-2 win away at third place Wolfsburg, becoming the only team to win away at the Volkswagen Arena in the Bundesliga this campaign, giving them a seven point lead at the top. It was a great result against Wolfsburg considering the mood around the camp at the time, having lost their talisman Robert Lewandowski to injury, been knocked out of the UCL by PSG, drawing with Union Berlin, and with coach Hansi Flick announcing he will be leaving his post at the end of the season, likely to take over from Joachim Low as Germany coach. Robert Lewandowski is back from his injury now but with the title all but wrapped up and the Champions League campaign over, Flick is unlikely to rush him back needlessly. Douglas Costa and Marc Roca remain unavailable.
Peter Bosz has done a fine job at Leverkusen since taking over as caretaker last month, having seemingly established a more solid defensive structure. In his three games in charge they've conceded only once. The decent run they've had in the past couple weeks, along with the shakiness of Frankfurt and Wolfsburg, has put them in position to push for a very outside shot at the top four. They are firmly in the Europa League slots so they'll have nothing to lose in this match at the Allianz Arena. Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Julian Baumgartlinger are out for the rest of the season with ACL injuries. Lars Bender should be back within weeks but this game might come a bit too soon for him.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
How to watch Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen on TV
Here's when and where you can watch this Bundesliga game:
Tuesday 20 April 2021
Kick Off: 19.30
BT Sport 2
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