Bundesliga preview – Can Bayern stop Leverkusen?

Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen
Sunday, 22 November, 2009

The death of Hanover goalkeeper Robert Enke will take centre stage as the Bundesliga resumes after his tragic death.

Hanover will have little respite as they visit Schalke on Saturday. Schalke currently lie forth in the table, and are big favourites going into the game. Focus will be firmly on Hanover, but the big game of the weekend takes place on Sunday, as Bayern host leage leaders Leverkusen.

Munich are in desperate need of a win as the pressure mounts of Louis van Haal. Bayern are in eighth place, and find themselves behind new boys Mainz. Leverkusen have enjoyed a bright start to the season, and lead the way, six points ahead of Bayern.

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Van Haal is finding it tricky to get any consistency out of his side, having started 22 different players already this season. Bayern’s exciting wingers have provided glimpses of hope for Munich, but Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have had their fair share of injuries this season. Ribery is still unavailable, but Bayern’s big problems have been up-front.

Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose are yet to score in the Bundesliga this season, and top scorer Mario Gomez has only netted three goals. Their top strikers are finding it very hard to gel, but they will have to be at their best to beat the most solid defence in the league.

Bayern must also be wary of the goalscoring threat that Leverkusen pose. Stfan Kiessling is the leage’s top scorer and will be looking to add to his tally in Munich. It is a must-win game for Munich but Leverkusen are full of confidence and couldn’t be visiting the Allianz Arena at a better time. They could prove that they are serious title contenders and put Bayern’s season in big trouble.

The other big games this week see Dortmund go head to head with FC Mainz and Bremen will be looking to close the gap on Leverkusen as they take on struggling Freiburg. Werder will be without some key players as Claudio Pizzaro, Christian Vander an Tim Borowski are set to miss out.

However all eyes will be on the Vltins-Arena in Schalke. Young German keeper Florian Fromowitz is poised to take over in goal for the emotional match. Enke will be remebered at all league games this weekend, and black armbands worn in his honour.

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