Preview and Prediction
The departure of Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland has not been well covered by Leverkusen yet. Their replacement has not shown any satisfactory form yet in the previous game. It will all come down to Peter Bosz whether he could improve the result this weekend. Unfortunately, it will not be as easy as expected since they will be playing host to RB Leipzig, who also just lost their best striker, Timo Werner.
The teams’ updated news
Leverkusen could only muster in a goalless draw while taking on Wolfsburg. Their attacking lines seemed blunt in the host’s penalty box and barely had any decent chances. Lucas Alario, Patrick Schick, Karim Bellarabi and Moussa Diaby looked clueless in breaking the deadlock.
Leipzig, on the other hand, did cope better with Werner’s loss. They managed to win 3-1 quite easily over Mainz. Emile Forsberg who missed the starting IX most of the time last season became the key man in this game. He bagged an opener by a penalty and provided an assist for the third goal by Amadou Haidara. Another one was scored by Yussuf Poulsen. Mainz could only reply once by Jean-Phillipe Mateta.
Pieter Bosz is expected to optimise the team’s potentials here and the 4-1-4-1 formation seems to be in need of a tweak, especially on the front. Thus, he could deploy 3-4-2-1 with Lucas Alario or Patrick Schick as the targetman and Nadim Amiri plus Moussa Diaby behind him. In the middle of midfield, Charles Araguiz can be accompanied by a more creative side such as Exequiel Palacios or Kerem Demirbay. On both flanks Mitchell Weiser and Wendell are the best option to play out wide.
Meanwhile, Julian Nagelsmann might opt for a starting IX which could employ two formations when necessary, possibly 3-4-2-1 with the transition to 4-2-2-2. Yussuf Poulsen is still the main frontman supported by Dani Olmo and Emile Forsberg or Christopher Nkunku. In the midfield, Kevin Kampl, Marcel Sabitzer, Angelino and Nordi Mukiele should be in the line-up. The only names ruled out for this fixture are Konrad Laimer and Ibrahima Konate.
Players to watch
The young Frenchman, Moussa Diaby and Nadiem Amiri could be given a forward and playmaking role, which seem to lack of so far. Some other key names to watch here are the Finnish goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky and the Chilean international Charles Aranguiz.
Leipzig’s potential top performers this season are still the Austrian international Marcel Sabitzer, Yussuf Poulsen and two Spaniards Dani Olmo plus Angelino. They had already been the key men for several games last season.
Leverkusen vs Leipzig Prediction
Playing at their home turf does not necessarily become Lars Bender and Co’s advantage, especially when facing off Leipzig which had better away record last season. Julian Nagelsmann’s more flexible tactics could also bring another threat for their ambition to win here. If the home side does not improve their form, Leipzig might be able to snatch a narrow win.
According to the punters, Leverkusen’s odds to win are at 3.00, whereas Yussuf Poulsen and Co are priced to win at 2.25. The draw result is at the value of 3.60.