Leverkusen – Freshly crowned Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München travel to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday (kick-off 18:30 CEST / 16:30 GMT) for the headline fixture of Matchday 31.

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Bayern may have wrapped up the title last weekend, but they'll be keen to stay sharp for the trip to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. However, they face a Leverkusen XI who are desperate to join them in securing an automatic berth in the group stage of Europe's elite club competition next season.

The hosts are without Kyriakos Papadopoulos (shoulder), Gonzalo Castro (knee) and Robbie Kruse (fitness), but youngster 's recent form makes him a candidate for a starting berth. There is plenty of competition for places in attack, with , , and all vying for a place in the side.

Losing Arjen Robben for the rest of the season and Robert Lewandowski until further notice, Bayern's injury problems have not improved after the midweek DFB Cup elimination. With one eye on the Barca encounter, more changes can be expected and Sinan Kurt, Claudio Pizarro and Sebastian Rode (l.) are due to start.

He may still be just 19, but Brandt has already made a name for himself, and the visiting defence will have to be on their guard. The midfielder's quick feet and ability to get his head down and drive at opponents make him a real handful. It is no coincidence that Leverkusen haven't lost with him in their side in nine of their last ten.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was back to his old tricks last week after sealing the title with a goal for the second time in three years. He may not have proven decisive in midweek, but he can usually be relied upon when there are points at stake, and he will be particularly keen to get the engine warmed up for Wednesday.

Roger Schmidt, head coach: "We've given Bayern a real good test twice already this season and now to get three points against them would be a fantastic signal in the battle for third place and ahead of the coming clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Third place is up to us. We just need to put a little run together."

Pep Guardiola, head coach: "We've got an eye on the semi-final against Barcelona next week, but first of all we've got to focus on Leverkusen. We've got problems with injuries and Leverkusen are still fighting for a place in the Champions League while we've already reached our objective."

Leverkusen's last defeat in the league was back in mid-February and while their seven game winning streak may have been interrupted by 1. FC Köln last weekend, they are still one of the Bundesliga's form sides. So too are Bayern, whose was a setback, but more of an exception than the rule.

Leverkusen's infamous 2-1 win in Munich during Bayern's treble-winning 2012/13 season was one of only 15 victories for die Werkself against the Bavarians, who have won 42 of their 71 previous meetings. That win was also Leverkusen's last, with Bayern picking up three victories since.

Possible line-ups:

Leverkusen: Leno - Hilbert, Toprak, Jedvaj, Wendell - Bender, Rolfes - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Son - Kießling

Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Weiser - Schweinsteiger - Müller, Rode, Götze, Kurt - Pizarro

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