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Rejoice, my friends. The Bundesliga is BACK!!!

Al-Ahli v Bayern Muenchen - Friendly Match Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images

It’s been a month, but we’re finally back. Rested and refreshed, Bayern Munich finally returns to action against Bayer Leverkusen in the first Bundesliga game of the calendar year - a clash at the BayArena.

Both teams come into the game with impressive runs of form, with Leverkusen undefeated in 12 matches. With Leon Bailey and Keven Volland, Die Werkself (yes, I had to google “nicknames for Bayer Leverkusen”) have blistering pace leading their attack, as well as the creativity of Julian Brandt.

Bayern meanwhile will be without the services of star striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international has been kept out by a problem with his patella, so new signing Sandro Wagner is expected to start. Apart from that, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara, and Manuel Neuer will also be unavailable, but that is the extent of the Bavarians’ injuries. Bayern will look to put up a strong lineup and clinch their first real victory of 2018, and start the year off to a high note.

It’s Bayern time.

Location: BayArena , Leverkusen, Germany

Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST

Lineups:

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