Bayer Leverkusen VS RB Leipzig Prediction
After a short break for international football, German Bundesliga returns on focus with its regular Friday night encounter, which secures proper action with a clash facing Bayer Leverkusen against newly promoted surprise RB Leipzig. Visitors from Leipzig remain unbeaten after 10 games and their remarkable form places them on top of the Bundesliga standings, alongside leaders Bayern Munich. Both sides have 24 points after 7 wins and 3 draws, but “Bavarians” have better goal difference. However, eventual win or even a point will climb “The Red Bulls” on top of the table, at least until derby facing Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on Saturday night.
Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig – Team News and Match Preview
Meanwhile Bayer Leverkusen alternates good efforts with some dips and lack of consistency is the main reason why Roger Schmidt’s side is behind the main stream. Leverkusen takes on RB Leipzig after three consecutive wins on all fronts and in a really important moment. Only few days after its 11th Bundesliga fixture, Bayer Leverkusen will fly for Russian capital Moscow, where German side will chase any positive outcome. Of course, everyone will say victory, but actually a result which can keep them on good position (top 2) before the last UEFA Champions League group stage round, when Leverkusen welcomes AS Monaco. In fact, under certain circumstances selection of Roger Schmidt can secure its Round of 16 position even on Tuesday night, if Tottenham losses and if Bayer earns something from Moscow.
That wonderful opportunity was influenced by Bayer’s victory over “Spurs” in London, which came in period between two Bundesliga victories. Both wins against Wolfsburg (1-2 away) and Darmstadt 98 (3-2 at home) came right on time, since right before victory in Wolfsburg, Leverkusen was eliminated from the DFB-Pokal and that happened in a pretty embarrassing way – losing on penalties from team like Sportfreunde Lotte (5th in 3. Liga). Perhaps results which saved Roger Schmidt’s position and he’ll be determined to proceed with these results after the two-weeks pause.
RB Leipzig are surely inspired by the unbelievable beginning of their so anticipated Bundesliga debut. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men dream after 10 rounds and they can reach the top, if they manage to avoid defeat at the “BayArena”. Their brilliant form prior international break has been marked by five consecutive wins and overall contribution of the whole team.
“The Red Bulls” are entirely concentrated upon their Bundesliga campaign, after they were eliminated in round one of the DFB-Pokal, where they lost to regional rivals Dynamo Dresden. This remains their last defeat and as we know first round of the German Cup usually takes place before opening Bundesliga round, so… RB Leipzig is undefeated since August.
Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Some of the players had no time to rest since they were busy with their national teams and this includes few of the youngsters in the home side – Bernd Leno, Benjamin Henrichs, Jonathan Tah and Kevin Volland were all in contention for “Die Mannschaft”. Henrichs even marked its national team debut, while Volland scored his first senior goal with the national jersey during Germany’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against San Marino – 8:0.
These efforts will surely boost morale of the players but that game shall be from completely different matter and impressive teamwork of the away side will be a real challenge for Leverkusen. Especially to their not so convincing defensive line.
Roger Schmidt must pick its starting XI without another German international – Karim Bellarabi. Two from the players who were on international duty in the American (South and North) World Cup qualifiers remain doubtful – Charles Aránguiz (Chile) and Chicharito (Mexico) can miss game against RB Leipzig – first one returned with muscular problems, while Chicharito arrived in Germany late on Thursday and he won’t have enough time to recover. Captain Lars Bender is also a doubt.
Visitors from East Germany will be keen for another good score and even despite injuries of both potential right-backs – Lukas Klostermann and Bernardo, Ralph Hasenhüttl has found an adequate replacement in face of central midfielder Stefan Ilsanker. Otherwise RB Leipzig’s coach has no other injury concerns and “The Red Bulls” can rely to their full offensive strength.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
It’s really difficult to say who’s bigger favourite here and although bookmakers give advantage to the home side, we believe that game is really balanced. That’s why we’d rather to place a bet on “Both teams to score – Yes“, as we find enough attacking potential in both sides. RB Leipzig have conceded in only two of their five Bundesliga outings, but Leverkusen are usually doing better at home and we expect both teams are capable of scoring at least once.
Venue: “BayArena”, Leverkusen.
Referee: Felix Brych.
Possible starting lineups of Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig
Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Bernd Leno – Benjamin Henrichs, Ömer Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Wendell – Hakan Calhanoglu, Kevin Kampl, Julian Baumgartlinger, Julian Brandt – Kevin Volland, Stefan Kießling. (4-4-2)
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi – Stefan Ilsanker, Marvin Compper, Willi Orban, Marcel Halstenberg – Marcel Sabitzer, Diego Demme, Naby Keïta, Emil Forsberg – Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen. (4-4-2)