Bayer Leverkusen ended the year 2017 with a very spectacular result, 4-4 on the “Niedersachsenstadion” with Hannover 96. Before this draw, the Leverkusen group had two victories with VfB Stuttgart (2-0, away) and Werder Bremen 1-0 at home).
The team coached by Heiko Herrlich finished the championship in the 4th place in the German championship with 28 points. The objective of the “aspirin” is to rank 2-4 in order to get a seat of the Champions League. As the champion has long been known, the fight for a Champions League position is extremely balanced, given that the team ranked second, Schalke 04, has 30 points and the 8th place, a, Eintracht Frankfurt, has 26 points.
This year, “Die Werkself” played two friendly games with Greuther Fürth (2-1) and Preußen Münster (2-2), where the emphasis was more on physical training than the result. Players have a good morale because they have 12 consecutive non-defeat matches in the Bundesliga, more precisely 6 wins and 6 draws. Bayer’s last failure occurred on September 20, when he lost to Olympiastadion Berlin with a 2-1 win over Hertha BSC.
In the first official match in 2018, Bayer Leverkusen will play “BayArena” with the champion and the up-and-coming German champion FC Bayern Munich, then will meet on TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a champion of the Champions League . In the match played on the “Allianz Arena”, Bayer Leverkusen lost to Bayern München with a score of 3-1. Bayer Leverkusen defeated Bayern Leverkusen last time at Bayern München on May 2, 2015 with a score of 2-0. Since then, there have been two draws, 0-0 in 2016 and 0-0 in 2017.
The hosts have two injured players, this is Benjamin Henrichs’ right-back defender Benjamin Henrichs and the far-left Jamaican Leon Bailey, the latter who is chilled with chances to be recovered. Bayer Leverkusen had a good run in the matches played on his own terrain, being undefeated with 4 wins and 4 draws. It remains to be seen whether the “white-red” will be able to maintain the invincibility on their own and in front of the most powerful teams in Germany. FC Bayern München ended 2017 with a victory on the “Mercedes-Benz Arena”, where was forced to score 1-0 in front of VfB Stuttgart. The only goal of the game was scored by Thomas Müller in the 79th minute, but the “Swabians” missed a penalty in the 90 + 5 minutes by Chadrac Akolo. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Bayern München in the German championship, after Hannover 96 (3-1, home), Eintracht Frankfurt (1-0, away) and 1. FC Köln (1-0, home).
After the end of the championship tour, Jupp Heynckes was ranked number one with 41 points, with 11 more than Schalke 04, the second-placed team. The Bavarian balance was 13 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. This season only TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (0-2, away) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (1-2, away) managed to defeat Bayern München.
In the short winter holiday, “Die Roten” played a friendly match in Qatar with Al Ahli Doha, which they defeated Bayern Munich with a score of 6-0 … In the first official match in 2018 FCB will play “BayArena” with Bayern Leverkusen, a team fighting for the Champions League. It should be noted that Bayern München has no win in the last 4 matches played at Leverkusen, where he had three draws and a defeat. In addition, there was also a German Cup match in 2015, which ended in a draw, 0-0, but the Bavarians qualified further after the penalty shootout, where the score of 5-3 was imposed.
In the disputed matches, Bayern München had a good balance, managed to win 6 out of 9. Otherwise, he had a draw and two defeats. Bayern’s goal this year is to win the championship, which is 90% already achieved and at least to reach the Champions League final. In the finals, the Germans will play on February 20, home and on March 14, away with Turkey’s champion, Besiktas Istanbul.
The guests also have batch problems and will not be able to use Manuel Neuer and Christian Früchtl, central defender Mats Hummels and Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, all being injured. The only good news is that the team star, the striker Robert Lewandowski, who had medical problems on his knee, returned today to training.
Prediction Today: Bayern Munich win.