Thomas Müller (c.) struck a brace as Bayern downed Leverkusen in the reverse fixture earlier this season. - © © imago
Thomas Müller (c.) struck a brace as Bayern downed Leverkusen in the reverse fixture earlier this season. - © © imago
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Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern München - live build-up

Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München will be hoping to register a third win in 2016 when they visit UEFA Champions League hopefuls Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BayArena on Saturday (kick-off: 18.30CET/17.30GMT - follow it LIVE on our minute-by-minute ticker from 17.30CET/16.30GMT!).

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What you need to know

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Read: bundesliga.com's essential guide for Leverkusen vs FC Bayern

Top 10 goals!

To whet your appetite for tonight's encounter check out the 10 best strikes to have featured in this fixture.

'Keep the run going'

FC Bayern have won their last four Bundesliga games to maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the table. In that time frame Manuel Neuer hasn't had a whole lot to do, conceding just once, but could potentially be somewhat busier keep Chicharito and Co. at bay. With a tough run of fixtures ahead, the Bayern and Germany No1 had his feet firmly on the ground in his pre-match press conference.

Watch: Manuel Neuer on the upcoming clash with Leverkusen

Star strikers sub-plot

Read: Spotlight on the star strikers Chicharito and Lewandowski

Infographic: Breaking down two of the Bundesliga's deadliest duos

Keys to the game

Unlike some of the other teams in Germany's top flight, Leverkusen have proven to be a thorn in FC Bayern's side more often than not in recent years, especially on home soil. The record titleholders have only won once in the last six visits to the BayArena and head coach Roger Schmidt will be hoping his side can keeping that impressive run going.

'Of course we can beat Bayern'

Read: bundesliga.com's exclusive interview with Leverkusen's Kevin Kampl

Special occasions

Two of FC Bayern's biggest stars could reach a new landmark with the German record titleholders and will be hoping to celebrate with three points against die Werkself.

4hrs until kick-off!

Hello and welcome one and all! Matchday 20 has served up a spectacular encounter to close out Saturday's action as treble-chasing FC Bayern München travel to the BayArena to take on Bayer 04 Leverkusen. We'll be covering all the build-up throughout the day before taking the reigns on a LIVE ticker dedicated to bringing you minute-by-minute updates from the crunch clash. For now though why not enjoy some pre-match reading by having a once over bundesliga.com's exclusive preview.

Read: Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Bayern München preview