Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich Betting Preview

Franck Ribery will hope to conclude the second part of the season with a clean bill of health

But the 73-year-old Heynckes, who has already been coaxed out of retirement, has always maintained that he was stepping in as a favor during a hard time, and that he will not be staying on beyond the end of the season. It's an opening fixture that has the capability to be both thrilling and tough. It's a game with all the ingredients that make football so attractive, and both teams can play football very well.

The visitors took the lead in the 32nd minute when Martinez fired in from close range after Leverkusen failed to clear an Arturo Vidal header. However, Jupp Heynckes came out and told the media that Bayern would not be selling any players during the transfer window. "We were better in the second, but then suddenly it was 2-0", Leverkusen midfielder Sven Bender said.

Heynckes said: "Leon Bailey has made good progress and is scoring goals and Julian Brandt is a talented player". Bayer have scored the third most goals in the Bundesliga, behind only Borussia Dortmund and Bayern.

Coach Jupp Heynckes sent on winter signing Sandro Wagner for his second Bayern debut - he made four Bundesliga appearances for the senior side in the 2007-08 season - but James stole the limelight with his ideal free kick into the top left corner.

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However, Bayern were in control throughout and that particularly pleased their veteran coach as they march on towards a sixth successive league title. Of course, they did pull the deficit back to a single goal, but after Volland missed his second chance, it seemed to deflate the home side who are now 16 points short of Bayern, and they could fall out of the Champions League places if RB Leipzig win their next game.

Bayern held off a late charge from Leverkusen, with a lovely free kick from James Rodriguez in the 91st minute all but ensuring a winning return to Bundesliga action for Die Roten.

Bayer Leverkusen: Leno 6 - Tah 5, S. Bender 6, Wendell 6 - Bellarabi 5 (Henrichs 6), Kohr 5 (Alario 6), L. Bender 5, Bailey 7 - Havertz 6, Barndt 5 (Mehmedi 6) - Volland 6.5.

Bayern: Ulreich; Rafinha, Boateng, Süle, Alaba; Vidal, Javi Martínez; Robben, James, Ribéry; Müller.

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