Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
All eyes will be on BayArena when Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich lock horns in the Bundesliga derby. The BayArena outfit aim to build on a 2-0 win over Darmstadt, but they will have a big fish to fry against the fellow title hopefuls. In Victor Boniface’s absence, new signing Borja Iglesias will continue leading the line for the hosts. Both Arthur and Exequiel Palacios are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Bavarians, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run in the German top flight, but it seems as if their results are much better than the performances. Taking everything into account, we believe that the two sides are going to share the spoils in the Bundesliga derby. Defender Min-Jae Kim is representing South Korea at the Asian Cup, while all Serge Gnabry, Dayot Upamecano, Joshua Kimmich, Konrad Laimer, Kingsley Coman, and Alphonso Davies are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alex Grimaldo):
Alex Grimaldo is a Spanish footballer who plays for Portuguese side Benfica as a left back. Born in Valencia on September 20, 1995, Grimaldo started his youth career at his hometown club FC Valencia, but in 2008 Barcelona scouts brought him to Camp Nou.
The 171-cm-tall footballer scored six goals in 92 appearances for Barca B before joining Primeira Liga club Benfica in the winter of 2015. Alex Grimaldo made his debut with the Eagles on January 26, 2016 in a 6-1 win at Moreirense in the Taca da Liga. Speaking of his Primeira Liga debut, Grimaldo played his first league game for Benfica on February 29, 2016 in a 2-0 win over Uniao Leiria.
The Benfica defender has two caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times.
The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005.
Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.