Following RB Leipzig’s incredible 5-0 away win at Schalke 04, Die Roten Bullen host another top side in Bayer Leverkusen, in what will undoubtedly be an important match in both sides’ season. Leipzig look to continue in their pursuit of the Bundesliga title meanwhile Leverkusen aim for Champions League qualification.
Leverkusen find themselves in 5th place, having won all of their last 5 games in all competitions. When the sides last met in October, the final score was 1-1, but Leipzig certainly had the better chances, with since-departed Matheus Cunha hitting the crossbar as well as a number of other great chances being missed. In that affair, it was Leverkusen who took the lead through Kevin Volland before Christopher Nkunku fantastically equalised late on.
Nkunku looks to continue his excellent form for Leipzig this season, having recorded 4 assists against Schalke last time out, which made him the first player to do so in the top 5 European leagues this season. Timo Werner, who was back among the goals at the weekend, will also be looking forward to adding more to his 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season. Werner has, however, only scored twice in his last 7 matches against the one-time UEFA Cup winners.
It will be important that Leipzig make the most of their chances, especially in the first half. As seen in the first halves against Schalke and Tottenham, Leipzig have struggled to finish good opportunities and if the same occurs against Leverkusen, they may be caught out by Die Werkself’s brilliant counterattacking ability, as shown by their monumental 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.
This game will be crucial to Leipzig’s title challenge with Bayern Munich just one point ahead, but showing no signs of slowing down. Leipzig will need to continue their fine form against Leverkusen, having not lost against the North Rhine-Westphalian side since April 2018, in order to stand any chance of keeping up with the current titleholders. Bayern face a potentially tricky away fixture against Hoffenheim, and Leipzig will be hoping to capitalise on any slip-up that Bayern may suffer.
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Kick-off: 15:30 (CET)
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Felix Zwayer
Broadcasting: Sky Sports Bundesliga 1 (Germany)
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Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 (A) | Bayern Munich 0-0 (A) | Werder Bremen 3-0 (H) | Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 (A) | Schalke 04 0-5 (A)
Borussia Dortmund 4-3 (H) | Union Berlin 2-3 (A) | Porto 2-1 (H) | Augsburg 2-0 (H) | Porto 1-3 (A)
Injured: Kevin Kampl (ankle), Ibrahima Konaté (hip), Willi Orban (knee)
Absent: Konrad Laimer (suspended)
Doubtful: Tyler Adams (calf), Ethan Ampadu (knock), Yussuf Poulsen (knock)
Injured: Kevin Volland (foot)
Gulácsi – Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Haidara – Mukiele, Sabitzer, Nkunku, Angeliño – Schick, Werner (3-1-4-2)
Hradecky – Tah, S.Bender, Tapsoba – L. Bender, Palacios, Aranguiz, Wendell – Havertz, Diaby – Alario (3-4-2-1)
“Leverkusen are in good form right now. They’ve been good in the Rückrunde, and in the Europa League as well. They have the second highest possession stat in the league and their positioning is great. This game will be different to the reverse fixture. It’s important that we’re wary of their ability to counter, and we need to match their sprints. We’re expecting a patient game. in which we’ll need to wait for our chances.”Source: RB Leipzig.
“Leipzig didn’t have a match during the week, so perhaps they’ll be aggressive right from the start. We know them and have often watched them. They’re one of the best teams in the league, but we’re not so bad ourselves…”Source: Twitter.com/Bayer04_EN.
RB Leipzig 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen