Bayer Leverkusen will head to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday with their forwards, particularly French youngster Moussa Diaby, in goalscoring form.
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals in his last five games, helping Leverkusen to score 21 times in their last six league games.
Bayern hold an eight-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund and look set to continue their utter dominance of German football with a 10th straight league title.
But third-placed Leverkusen’s front line of Diaby, teenager Florian Wirtz and Patrik Schick has won plenty of admirers this season.
The trio have scored 45 goals between them this campaign and Diaby has been the leader in recent weeks.
He scored a brace last weekend in a 3-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld, following goals against Stuttgart and Dortmund and a hat-trick against Augsburg since the winter break.
“He (Diaby) demands more of himself,” defender Jonathan Tah said. “He’s doing great now and he deserves to hear the fans screaming his name.”
Coach Gerardo Seoane said: “He’s very committed and very focused. Over the last few weeks Diaby has found a better mix between passing in the final third and pushing alone in the box.
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Bayern cruised to a resounding 5-1 victory when the sides met in October, but Leverkusen are on a run of five wins from six matches, including a brilliant 5-2 win at Dortmund.
That gave them a cushion of four points over fifth-placed Freiburg in the hunt for a top-four spot and Champions League qualification.
“We have nothing to lose,” said Leverkusen captain Lukas Hradecky. “We have good self-confidence and Moussa Diaby in top form. I’m looking forward to a good game.”