Leipzig vs Leverkusen by Gustav
Leipzig did well to get a victory in the previous Bundesliga round, as the side won away to Mainz on Wednesday evening with a 3:2 result. There is no doubt tha the guests looked more concrete and deserve more out of the match, as they attacked more in the first halftime, but the goals came in repetition.
In a very offensive second halftime, guests took the double lead quickly, with goals from Sabitzer in 48th and Werner in 52nd minute, but the hosts replied via Samperio from the penalty kick in 69th minute. Guests continued being slightly better and took the double lead again, this tie via Keita in 81st, while the hosts only managed to reduce the deficit during the additional time via Muto, even though they played last few minutes with a man less. This was second consecutive victory for Leipzig as the side continues to be second, with four points more than third placed Hoffenheim and remains in a must win situation if they are to end up second and at Champions League exiting place.
Right back Lukas Klostermann (1/0) is injured, same as goalkeeper Marius Muller (no performance so far). Marvin Compper is back into the starting lineup as central back.
Leverkusen, on the other side, is having plenty of ups and downs in their form during the whole season and now need a small miracle in order to get the Europa League position at least. At the moment, with seven rounds till the end, they are at tenth position having five points less than Europa League placed Hertha, but also six less than play-out placed Augsburg.
With so many teams battling for European exit, it's hard to see unstable Leverkusen getting it, even though the team comes from a 0:2 victory away from home last time out as they won over Darmstadt on Wednesday evening. Finally looked more concrete in the attack, it wasn't hard for them to reach the victory via Brandt and Volland, as the home team did close to nothing in attack.
Central defender Jonathan Tah (21/1) is again ruled out with an injury, so Tin Jedvaj might again get the chances as central back. Defensive midfielder Lars Bender (9/0) is also injured, while forward Chicharito (23/10) remains doubtful. Offensive midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu (15/6) remains suspended.
- RasenBallsport Leipzig have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 home matches (Bundesliga).
Leipzig have shown so much more during the whole season and stand here as a really strong favorite in my eyes. It wouldn't surprise me if we see very convincing victory of the home team here.