Bayern down Leverkusen 3-1 as Bundesliga restarts

Blow for Bayern as Lewandowski and Hummels ruled out of Leverkusen clash

The Bundesliga season resumes following the winter break, with Bayer Leverkusen hosting Bayern Munich at the BayArena on Friday, Jan. 12.

With six goals and four assists, Leverkusen's outstanding player in the first half of the season was 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, who has thrived since joining from Belgian club Genk last January.

Heynckes' side restarts the league on Friday at another of his former clubs, Bayer Leverkusen, which has lost only one of its last eight home games against Bayern and has made a solid start to the season under new coach Heiko Herrlich.

Meanwhile, striker Robert Lewandowski and centre-back Mats Hummels are not in the Bayern Munich squad for the trip to Leverkusen.

Bayern look certain to win the league once again.

Leverkusen warmed up for Bayern with a 2-2 draw in a friendly against third-tier Preussen Muenster as Argentina striker Lucas Alario netted both goals following his recovery from a groin injury.

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.

Ribery and Arjen Robben are out of contract at the end of the season, but both hope to be offered an extension in the coming months.

"Mark Uth is now the best German goal scorer in the Bundesliga and will really improve our attacking options from the summer", said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel.

- Heynckes to stay on?

Bayern were five points adrift in the league when Heynckes, 72, replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the start of October, but built up a commanding lead as key rivals RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund faltered.

Indeed, with Leverkusen winning at least a point in nine of their previous 17 Bundesliga meetings with Bayern, the hosts know they have more than a fighting chance of upsetting their opponents who are led by a familiar face along the banks of the River Rhine.

Ribery, who has spent a decade at Bayern, rolled back the years by scything through Leverkusen's defence and slamming home Bayern's superb second goal.

Bayern ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Leverkusen when the teams last met in Munich in August, but Heynckes' side last won away at Leverkusen in 2013.

As if boasting the division's leading goalscorer wasn't enough, Bayern have added forward powerhouse Sandro Wagner to their striking options to accompany the 15-goal chart-topper Robert Lewandowski.

The 46-year-old later said he was ashamed of his actions after dramatically tumbling to the ground after faint contact with Gladbach's Denis Zakaria in the technical area.

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