Bayer Leverkusen-Bayern Munich, the probable formations

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The probable formations

Despite being 18 points behind in the standings, it won’t be easy for Bayern Munich to overcome a Bayer Leverkusen side galvanized by its Europa League quarterfinal berth and a path that has seen no missteps from Xabi Alonso’s side since Feb. 23. The Bavarians will have to win, however, if they are to overtake Borussia Dortmund, which leapt to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after a goleada (6-1) inflicted on Cologne.

Nagelsmann will rely on a 3-4-2-1 with Gnabry the point of reference in attack, confirming De Ligt in defense and Cancelo and Davies on the flanks. On the other side Alonso will offer a specular module, with Azmoun trying to break through the opponent’s defensive lines supported by Wirtz and Diaby. Kickoff for one of the classics of German soccer is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. It will be played at the BayArena in Leverkusen.

Likely lineups:

BAYER LEVERKUSEN (3-4-2-1): Hradecky; Hincapié, Tah, Tapsoba; Bakker, Andrich, Palacios, Frimpong; Wirtz, Diaby; Azmoun. All. Alonso;

BAYERN MONACO (3-4-2-1): Sommer; Pavard, Upamecano, de Ligt; Cancelo, Kimmich, Musiala, Davies; Sané, Mané; Gnabry. All. Nagelsmann.

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