Leverkusen, Bayern expect comfortable home results
Munich, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - The top two teams in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, will both be expected to claim three points at home this weekend against a pair of relegation-battling sides.
Bayern will be a heavy favorite to maintain its perfect home record as the leaders host last-place Braunschweig at the Allianz Arena, while Leverkusen takes on Nurnberg, which is level with Braunschweig on eight points through 13 games.
The Bavarians are coming off of a 3-0 win over rivals Borussia Dortmund last weekend to move four points clear at the top of the league.
Pep Guardiola's side has won six successive matches in league play but Braunschweig is hoping to pull off its second upset in one month after beating Leverkusen, 1-0, on Nov. 2.
Nurnberg is the only winless team in the league and the club doesn't figure to have an easy time at the BayArena against a Leverkusen side with four wins from its last five fixtures in the league.
Leverkusen is enjoying its best start to a league season in club history, but a heavy 5-0 home defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday is a result the club will be quick to erase.
Dortmund's loss to Bayern has left the club in third place and seven points adrift of the defending champions.
The defeat was the third straight in all competitions for the club, but a 3-1 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday will help to build some confidence ahead of a trip to Mainz.
Monchengladbach resides in fourth place and will be attempting to extend its winning streak to five games against 16th-place Freiburg.
Hertha Berlin tangles with Augsburg in a battle of mid-table sides, Werder Bremen visits Hoffenheim, Stuttgart invades the Veltins Arena to square of with Schalke, Hannover battles Eintracht, while on Friday Hamburg and Wolfsburg traded first-half goals in a 1-1 draw.
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