Munich - It's first versus third as FC Bayern München host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in an eagerly-awaited match between two attack-minded sides on Saturday evening (kick-off 17:30 GMT / 18:30 CET).

bundesliga.com has all the latest team news, statistics and pre-match information ahead of the fixture at the Allianz Arena...

Bayern are keen to extend their lead over the rest of the league going into the winter break, and the visit of one of their closest pursuers presents the perfect opportunity to do just that. Leverkusen, meanwhile, will be keen to narrow the gap and improve their inconsistent away form this season: die Werkself have so far won two, drawn two and lost two on the road.

Pep Guardiola's side are still without long-term absentees Philipp Lahm, Javi Martinez, Thiago, Holger Badstuber, Claudio Pizarro, Pepe Reina and Tom Starke, but the Spanish tactician has no new injury concerns to factor into his plans. is gradually approaching full fitness, but is unlikely to start on Saturday.

Leverkusen will be without Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Giulio Donati (both shoulder) and Stefan Reinartz (broken cheekbone), while centre-back Ömer Toprak is doubtful after missing last week's win over 1. FC Köln with a knee complaint. and (pictured) picked up knocks in that game but are expected to be fit.

Having been nominated on the final three-man Ballon d'Or shortlist, it's been quite a week for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who will be the centre of attention on Saturday. His unrivalled skills will be called on to keep a nimble-footed visiting attack at bay.

Recently-minted Germany international has been hugely impressive this season and has developed into one of the most dangerous attackers in the Bundesliga. The 25-year-old has seven goals and two assists already this term, making him Leverkusen's top scorer in 2014/15.

(l.): "We have to take Leverkusen very seriously, but if we play to our best then I'm sure we'll win."

Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach: "It's a huge challenge to go to Munich. Bayern are a very strong team with a great deal of individual quality."

Bayern may not have been at their best last week away to Hertha Berlin - Guardiola was thoroughly displeased with his side's second half display - but they still won 1-0 to remain unbeaten at the league summit. Leverkusen have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five games, and came from behind to beat Köln 5-1 on Matchday 13.

Bayern have the upper hand historically in this fixture, having won 41 of the 70 league meetings between the sides. Leverkusen have triumphed 15 times and there have been 14 draws. Last season's meeting at the Allianz Arena finished 2-1 in Bayern's favour, while the side's drew 1-1 in Leverkusen.

Possible line-ups:

Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Bernat - Alonso - Müller, Robben, Götze, Ribery - Lewandowski

Leverkusen: Leno - Jedvaj, Toprak, Spahic, Boenisch - Bender, Castro - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Son - Kießling

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