The Bavarians are coming off a high after beating hapless 3.Liga side Chemnitz 5-0 in the Pokal last week, but there are problems. First of all, coach Carlo Ancelotti ruled out Manuel Neuer in his pregame press conference, while Javi Martinez, Juan Bernat, Thiago Alcantara, and James Rodriguez, and Jerome Boateng remain definitely unavailable. However, that still puts them at an advantage over Leverkusen, who have been gutted over the course of the summer. After losing key players like Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan), Omer Toprak (Borussia Dortmund), and Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), they will be hard pressed to avoid disaster this season.
The Bavarians will want a comfortable victory to kick off a new campaign, so expect them to be at the top of their game. Needless to say, it’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST
TV/Streaming: USA (FOX Soccer Match Pass, fuboTV, Fox Sports 1 USA, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO), Germany (TeleClub Sport Live, Eurosport 2 HD Xtra, ZDF), Canada (Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet World)
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