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Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen 

Bayern are still without a number of first-team players for Friday’s clash in Munich. Jerome Boateng remains short of match fitness, while fellow defenders Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat are both set for lengthy spells on the sidelines. New signing James Rodriguez and Thiago Alcantara have also been ruled out through injury, while Manuel Neuer is not yet fit enough following a fractured foot.

The visitors' only absentee is Tin Jedvaj, who suffered a hairline fracture of his right shin in pre-season. Sven Bender - a summer signing from Borussia Dortmund - is set to be handed his Bundesliga debut for the club, while former Augsburg loanee Dominik Kohr could partner Charles Aranguiz in central midfield.

Team News:

Bayern suffered a series of injury set-backs during pre-season and they embark on the new league campaign without six key players. 

New signing James Rodriguez will have to wait for his Bundesliga debut, while Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara are also out.

Defenders Jerome Boateng and Juan Bernat are unavailable, but Arturo Vidal is considered a doubt ahead of the game.

Leverkusen will definitely be without Tin Jedvaj and Lars Bender, while Kai Havertz is considered a serious doubt after sustaining a knock in the DFB Pokal win against Karlsruher last week.

New signing Sven Bender is also a doubt ahead of the game, while the fitness of Kevin Kampl, Julain Brandt, Joel Pohjanpalo and Jonathan Tah are also concerns.

Probable line-ups

Bayern: Ulreich - Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba - Tolisso, Rudy - Robben, Müller, Ribery - Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Absentees: Boateng (fitness), Martinez (calf), Bernat (ankle), James (thigh), Thiago (stomach muscle), Neuer (not yet fit)

Leverkusen: Leno - Henrichs, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell - Kohr, Aranguiz - Bellarabi, Kampl, Mehmedi - Volland
Coach: Heiko Herrlich
Absentees: Jedvaj (fractured shin)

Match Stats

The reigning champions have never lost when officially opening the new season (W12, D3).
A Bayern player has scored the opening goal of a Bundesliga season 12 times – including the last four.
The Werkself have claimed points in over half of their 16 Bundesliga meetings with Bayern since the start of 2009/10 (W3, D6).
Robert Lewandowski only has two goals in 12 Bundesliga matches against Leverkusen, and none for Bayern.
Bayern and Leverkusen meet for the fifth time on an opening weekend (3 FCB wins and a draw).
New Bayer boss Heiko Herrlich was coaching in the fourth tier 20 months ago.

Match Details:

Game Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date Friday, August 18
Time 20:30 local / 19:30 BST / 14:00 ET

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