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The Daily Bee (December 17, 2020): Leverkusen Atop the Bundesliga?!

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Plus an update from Haaland

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Leverkusen Sit Atop The Table

It’s MD 13 of the Bundesliga season and Bayer Leverkusen sit at the top of the table, just like we all predicted. Despite losing their best players in Kai Havertz (Chelsea) and Kevin Volland (Monaco), Die Werkself look potentially better as they have yet to lose a Bundesliga game and . Leverkusen maintained their thin lead over Bayern at the top of the table with a resounding 4-0 victory over rival FC Koln.

Although they haven’t played any team of noted difficulty during their 4-3 win over Monchengladbach on November 8, Leverkusen still look to be a more balanced team while still possessing dangerous players like Leon Bailey, Lucas Alario and 17 year-old wunderkind Florian Wirz. They face their toughest test of the season when they host Bayern on Saturday. A positive result from that match could prove whether Leverkusen are for real or are a bunch of frauds.

Injury Update from Haaland

It looks like Erling Haaland will be back to full strength pretty soon, if this workout video he posted - set to Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger - is any indication.

Dortmund could sure use Haaland right now, as our star striker continues to recover from a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the last seven matches. The Dortmund attack has looked nowhere near as threatening as it was when Haaland was healthy, and that lack of bite in the attack and the inability to adjust to his absence was a partial reason for Lucien Favre’s sacking.

Continue to recover to awesome movie songs, Erling!

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How long do we think Leverkusen stays first in the league?