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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich, 2016-17 Bundesliga: Projected Lineups, Preview

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This match is only three days before the match in Madrid.

Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images Fuer MAN

Bayern Munich will travel to the BayArena on Saturday for a match against Bayer Leverkusen. The two sides are separated in the table by a staggering 33 points. Leverkusen are languishing down in twelfth place, only six points out of the relegation zone.

This match is sandwiched between Bayern’s Champions League matches against Real Madrid, so it’s impossible for the Bavarians to not be distracted in this match. The match in Madrid is on Tuesday so keeping their focus against Leverkusen is likely the key to victory.

Expect heavy rotation in this match, as Carlo Ancelotti will need to give his older legs a full rest with the return leg in Madrid in three days. If Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Xabi Alonso, or Philipp Lahm make an appearance in this match, it will be as a late, second half substitute.

We asked three of our writers to predict what lineup Ancelotti will play against Leverkusen.

Predicted lineups




Who do you think Carlo Ancelotti is going to start against Bayer Leverkusen in Saturday’s Bundesliga match.