Preview - Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen 20 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 20, 2018, 08:59 PM

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Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen

It is seventh versus fifth. Hoffenheim are the hosts and trail Leverkusen by a point going into Matchday 19. Hoffenheim's home record is superior - just one defeat, with seven goals conceded overall - and will be confident of picking up something useful against a direct rival for a top-four spot.

Young manager Julian Nagelsmann will be without his playmaker Kerem Demirbay though. The former Turk youth international is still suffering with a thigh strain, while Dennis Geiger and Nadiem Amiri are rated doubtful.

Bayer Leverkusen are at full strength. A 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich last Friday was disappointing nonetheless, but in-form attacking trio of Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Julian Brandt will be set to lead the charge once again.

Leverkusen, after all, are the third highest scorers in the division this season and average almost two goals per game away from home. They have scored in every single one of the last 23 Bundesliga games and can equal a club record by finding the net in Sinsheim.

Hoffenheim have a tendency to let slip of their lead, having failed to win for the seventh time this season after taking the lead. No other team has a higher return in the league.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen


Match Stats:

  • Hoffenheim 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen
  • Shots: 12-11
  • Possession: 47%-53%
  • Corner kicks: 4-1

After Sven Bender deflected a cross onto his own bar, Leverkusen's growing pressure told just before the break when the in-form Bailey sensationally back-heeled the opener from Julian Brandt's cross.

Hoffenheim's Lukas Rupp struck the woodwork in the opening seconds of the second period, but they were undone on 51 minutes when Julian Baumgartlinger swept home Brandt's pass. Brandt spurned a chance to make it 3-0 when clean through on goal, but Lucas Alario effectively sealed the points with a clinical finish after yet another powerful Bailey run. Bayer were in total control and passed up further opportunities to add to the lead, until Alario tapped in his second late on after Adam Szalai's consolation effort.

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