LEVERKUSEN, Germany — The German Bundesliga resumes today and here are early team news and live streaming coverage for the clash between leaders Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen in front of a sell-out crowd at the BayArena.
Live streaming will be on Fox Sports GO, while Fox Sports 1 will provide the television coverage, starting at 2:30 pm ET.
The game will see some of the world’s most exciting young players from Leverkusen going up against Bayern’s wealth of experience and we are expecting many highlights.
Heading the list of standout players set to be on show is Jamaica’s electrifying talent Leon Bailey, who will start on the left hand of the field.
Bailey has been in lightning form this season, which has the 20-year-old being linked to English Premier League giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
He’s expected to cause a lot of problems for the Bayern Munich defense.
His teammates Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland are also among the highlighted players for the home side, which sits fourth the German Bundesliga table standings and will move to second place with a win.
Volland is the top scoring German in the Bundesliga at the moment with nine goals. He also has netted five goals in his last eight matches. He also had four assists.
Meanwhile, striker Robert Lewandowski and centre-back Mats Hummels are not in the Bayern Munich squad for the trip to Leverkusen.
Lewandowski, who leads the league leaders in scoring this season with 15 goals, has been struggling with a knee tendon problem and will not be available, confirms head coach Jupp Heynckes at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
Recent signing Sandro Wagner, who left Hoffenheim last month, is expected to start in the place of Lewandowski on his return to the club where he started his playing career.
“I’m happy to be home again,” the 30-year-old was quoted as saying to Kicker. “But of course the main thing is how things go, and I’m trying to settle in well, get some playing time, and produce my best.”
In the meantime, Hummels has a minor groin problem that will also prevent the German defender from featuring.
It is also understood that right-back Joshua Kimmich “may not be fit to start” this game, as he continues to recover from a recent illness.
Franck Ribery, who is expected to start today, along with veteran forward Arjen Robben, is expecting a strong challenge from Bayer, but is confident in securing the points.
“They’re a good team with good players and it’s always been difficult there – but we are Bayern Munich.”
When these two sides met five months ago, Bayern Munich began its title defense with 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.