FC Bayern München will be determined to put their Klassiker defeat firmly behind them and set about closing the gap on leaders RB Leipzig as they host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a highly-anticipated clash on Saturday (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
For the first time since September 2015, Bayern have spent a week off the top of the Bundesliga. After drawing with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and losing to Borussia Dortmund, the Bavarian giants have slipped three points behind surprise leaders Leipzig, and will be determined to right a few wrongs when Leverkusen come to town. Coach Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that Robert Lewandowski adds to his seven-goal tally, and that Thomas Müller – who has netted three goals in previous meetings with Bayer – can finally get off the mark this season.
Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt will not be too impressed with how his team twice threw away the lead in their loss to Leipzig last time out. However, they sealed a place in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in midweek, and will be looking to build on that as they try to inflict a second straight Bundesliga defeat on Bayern. Schmidt's not-so-secret weapon could well be Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, who hasn't scored since Matchday 6, but will be determined to open his Bundesliga account against the record champions.