The Spaghetti Western makes a comeback on Saturday evening when Bayer 04 Leverkusen entertain Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München (kick-off 17:30GMT/18:30CET). takes to the director's chair to cast an eye over a meeting between some of the finest sharpshooters in the land.

Match preview: Leverkusen vs FC Bayern

The Chicharito factor

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He is one of the most potent strikers in football, but can Javier Chicharito Hernandez deliver the goods against Bayern? With 13 goals in 16 Bundesliga matches, the omens are certainly good for the prolific Mexico international - even if his record against the 24-time Bundesliga champions could do with a little brushing up. The 27-year-old was part of the Manchester United FC side that Bayern eliminated from the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage following a 1-1 home draw and 3-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena. That was then, however, and this is now.

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In the away corner, Bayern boast their own world-class goal-getter in the form of Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international has scored 19 Bundesliga goals already this term, including four in his last two matches, and needs just five more to equal his single-season best of 24 goals (2012/13). Curiously enough, that remains the only season in which the former Borussia Dortmund man has managed to find the net against Leverkusen: once in a resounding 3-0 home triumph and twice in a nail-biting 3-2 success on the road.

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Dream duo

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Lewandowski, however, is not the only Bayern player in contention for this season’s Torjägerkanone. Thomas Müller has rattled off a career-best 14 Bundesliga goals in 2015/16 and, along with his Polish right-hand man, is part of the most prolific pairing at this stage of the season in Bundesliga history (33 goals). It was also Müller, who opened the scoring against Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 3, before doubling up from the penalty spot.

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Little and large


Not quite as fruitful, but impressive all the same, Chicharito and Stefen Kießling have also struck up quite the partnership. Leverkusen’s little and large combo were both on target in last weekend’s 3-0 stroll against Hannover 96, bumping their season share of Die Werkself’s 29 Bundesliga strikes up to 59 per cent. Only Bayern’s aforementioned duo and Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus have weighed in with a greater proportion of their team's goals.

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Patchwork job

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Leverkusen’s blossoming front two will certainly provide a thorough examination of Bayern’s injury-hit backline. With Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez sidelined, Medhi Benatia still working his way back up to full match fitness and winter loan signing Serdar Tasci nursing a minor concussion, young Joshua Kimmich (pictured) may not be the only midfielder moonlighting as a defender at the BayArena.

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