Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey plans to prove against Bayern Munich today that the Jamaican winger is even quicker with the ball at his feet than close friend Usain Bolt as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break.
Second-placed Schalke 04 are in action at RB Leipzig on Saturday while Leverkusen stay fourth on 28. However an uncharacteristic dip in form saw Carlo Ancelotti lose his job, and subsequently be replaced by Jupp Heynckes.
Bayern soon responded to going one down, and scored just 15 minutes later through their main man Roy Makaay. With nine minutes remaining Yildiray Basturk equalised and in doing so earned a point for his side, as the game finished 3-3. As for Leverkusen, they finished third, just three points behind Bayern.
Die Werkself are also unbeaten in their last 12 league encounters, winning six.
Leverkusen picked up points in 12 straight games, helping the club move from 14th in the table to fourth. Bailey has been in terrific form of late, and scored the victor last time out against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the third round of the DFB Pokal.
Bayer Leverkusen are in an interesting position coming into this match, with a chance to rise to second place with a win here and a couple of friendly results elsewhere in the table.
Bayern resume title quest with Leverkusen trip Sport- International
German internationals Karim Bellarabi and Benjamin Henrichs are doubts for the game, with the pair suffering with minor injuries.
Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1): Leno - Retsos, Tah, S.Bender, Wendell - L.Bender, Aranguiz - Bailey, Havertz, Brandt - Volland.
The visitors, without top scorer Robert Lewandowski and central defender Mats Hummels, made sure of the points when James Rodriguez curled a free kick into the top corner in the first minute of stoppage time to lift them to 44 points.
Heynckes will likely keep having to field questions on his future until Bayern names a successor or states it is giving up the chase, but his focus is clearly on the games at hand.
With Robert Lewandowski sidelined, Bayern may be looking to the likes of Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben to find the back of the net, while back-up striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt may also be given a rare opportunity to start.
Bayern ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Leverkusen when the teams last met in Munich in August, but Heynckes' side last won away at Leverkusen in 2013. Leverkusen will look to be more compact this time around and will be hoping to catch Bayern on the counter attack.
National Football League roundup: Patriots earn top seed in AFC
Either of the two players could boost NY into playoff contention, thanks to an AFC conference that is especially weak right now. However, when NY fell behind and had to throw every down, Harrison showed he can still rush the passer. "I mean, we're 13-3".
- Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) Upgraded to Buy at BidaskClub
- Trump waxwork amuses residents in 'off location' of new United States embassy
- Mary J. Blige receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Zuma and President Kenyatta meet to discuss politics and business
- Titans running back DeMarco Murray will not play vs Pats
- 6 things you missed at the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards
- International Incoming Call Termination Charges Cut
- Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal for 2018 season
- Sens. Cotton and Perdue: No recollection of Trump making inflammatory immigration comments
- Shares Of Approach Resources, Inc. (AREX) bought By WILKS BROTHERS, LLC