Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Cologne 28 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 28, 2017, 07:06 PM

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Cologne

Leverkusen are suddenly scoring goals for fun. They have hit nine goals in their past two competitive matches, one of which was a 5-1 hammering of Borussia M'gladbach last week. Overall, Leverkusen have netted 15 in their last five matches.

And the good thing is that a quartet of players such as Lars Bender, Leon Bailey and Kai Havertz are all in line for a return.

Cologne are still waiting for their first league win of the season although they were victorious in cup action on Wednesday, a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin.

Stikers Claudio Pizarro and Jhon Cordoba remain absent for the Billy Goats.

To date, every Bundesliga team has at least four goals to show for their ten matches of a season. Cologne have struck only twice so far, but will set an all-time Bundesliga low for goals scored if they fail to register in Leverkusen.


Match Stats:

  • Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Cologne
  • Shots: 13-5
  • Possession: 65%-35%
  • Corner kicks: 8-10

The youngest Leverkusen line-up of the calendar year (average age: 23.9) began with youthful abandon, but Kevin Volland sent Die Werkself's best first-half chance - an eighth-minute volley - over the bar. Despite Bayer's dominance of possession, Cologne were always a threat in transition, and Sehrou Guirassy gave the visitors the lead midway through the first period, his touch and control bamboozling Jonathan Tah inside the six-yard box. Perhaps unfortunate to go behind, Heiko Herrlich's side remained on the front foot as half-time approached, but Dominique Heintz was in the right place to block Kai Havertz's goalbound effort prior to the interval.

It proved to be one of Havertz's final actions; the youngster was replaced by Lucas Alario at the break, with the Argentinian involved as Bayer almost immediately pulled level, the substitute's clever through-ball finding Bailey, who rounded Timo Horn and tapped in. The Jamaican almost gave his side the lead ten minutes later, but Horn stopped his low shot on this occasion, before Julian Brandt fired straight at the Cologne keeper in the 65th minute. The dominant hosts did complete the turnaround soon after, though, Bender's clever finish leaving Horn with no chance after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Bayer held firm in the closing stages to make it five games unbeaten; Cologne remain winless and bottom.

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