Bayern Munich will look to set a European record for games unbeaten when they take on third-placed Bayer Leverkusen this weekend.
Sitting top of the league and 20 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, Pep Guardiola's side could make it 50 games unbeaten if they win at the Allianz Arena, per Daily Mail's Adam Shergold.
However, Leverkusen will travel to the champions looking to not only cause an upset and end their unbeaten run, but also continue with their ambitions to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Sami Hyypia's side sit level on points with fourth-paced Schalke, with a five-point lead over fifth-placed Wolfsburg, who both currently occupy Europa League spots.
When: Saturday, March 15, at 5.30 p.m. GMT/1.30 p.m. ET
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
TV Info: Live on BT Sport
Live Stream: BT Sport app
Can Bayern Extend Their Unbeaten Run?
Standing on the brink of history, Guardiola's men will know that home victory over Leverkusen will signal 50 games unbeaten in league football.
The hosts haven't lost at home this season and will take great comfort from their striking options, with Mario Mandzukic's 16 goals putting him as Bayern's top Bundesliga goalscorer, per WhoScored.com.
Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze have all weighed in with their fair share of goals this season, hitting a combined total of 36 to lift the side well within touching distance of another title.
"Bayern work very hard, but they also leave a lot of space over the defenders’ shoulders. They’re a team that is doing its job very well and they’re still developing. They’re still not a complete side but they look very good."
It will be up to Hyypia's outfit to prove Pepe right, but having scored just four goals in their last five matches, per WhoScored, the visitors will need to be clinical against a team that dominate possession under Guardiola.
Will Leverkusen Arrest Recent Run of Form?
The match comes at an unfortunate time for Leverkusen, who desperately need a win to arrest their recent run of five matches without a league victory.
The side drew 1-1 at Hannover last time out, failing to hold onto their lead as the hosts fought back to steal a point.
Without a win since Feb. 7, picking up their last three points after a 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach, Leverkusen must react to maintain their Champions League place.
Goals from Stefan Kiessling and Sidney Sam helped Leverkusen to victory at the Alliaz Arena last season, with Mario Mandzukic scoring for the hosts.
Another victory would cap a remarkable statistic, should Leverkusen win, as tweeted by Opta Bayern that the side were the last to win a league match at Bayern's home ground:
Leverkusen, knocked out of this year's Champions League after a 6-1 aggregate loss to French side Paris Saint-Germain, know that they must set the pace ahead of Schalke and Wolfsburg if they are to maintain Champions League football for next season.
A win against the champions would certainly put Hyypia's outfit that one step closer, unexpectedly, to maintaining their third-placed position and secure qualification to the major European tournament once again.
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