Preview - Rasenballsport Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen 10 April 2018

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Match Day 29
RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
03:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RasenBallsport Leipzig: 
Last five matches form: D D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.54
Average goals against per match: 1.32
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (11)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (10)

We have a big one at the Red Bull Arena in the last of the Match Day 29 fixtures in a match which could have huge implications as to who does and who doesn't qualify for the Champions League.

Hosts Leipzig are in the box seat at present, occupying fourth spot. Visitors Bayer Leverkusen are just the one point behind in fifth though and will be keen to bulldoze their way into the qualifying positions with victory here.

Left back Marcel Halstenberg misses out for the hosts who, despite their hectic schedule of late, are otherwise relatively free of injuries.

Leverkusen also have problems in the full back position with right back Lars Bender uncertain to be fit in time for this. Up front, Lucas Alario misses out through suspension.

Following a decidedly dodgy start on their travels- losing their first three - Bayer Leverkusen have been largely excellent away from home. Winning six and drawing 10 of their past 11 away outings. That superb run came to an end last time out when losing at Cologne, but they weren't helped by the early sending off of Alario that day.

Following a solid start in which they won five of their first six at the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig's home form has been a little patchy since, winning just three of their last eight. That latest win did come against Bayern Munich though and having also dispatched Marseille here in midweek in the Europa League, confidence in the camp will likely be high.

Two evenly matched sides overall for us here and we see this ending in a draw.

Prediction: RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots: 18 - 13
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 8 - 9
Possession: 47% - 53%

No bookings here as referee Deniz Aytekin kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

It all started so well for the home side, only to go badly, badly wrong in the second half. Played in by Yussuf Poulsen, Marcel Sabitzer took his chance early to beat the keeper from outside the box in the 17th minute. 1-0.

Leipzig looked like taking their advantage into the break but didn't quite make it. Leon Bailey racing down the right-hand side before dinking a cross into the path of Kai Havertz on the edge of the area. Havertz volleyed first time, low, and into the corner. 1-1 at the interval.

In the 51st minute the visitors were ahead. Julian Brandt outbattling Jonathan Tah from a long ball, beating the outrushing keeper to the ball and finding the bottom corner.

Five minutes later things got even better for Leverkusen. A free kick from the left not dealt with by the Leipzig defence, coming through bodies to arrive at the boot of Panagiotis Retsos at the back post. One volleyed finish into the bottom corner later and it was 1-3.

Things were seriously starting to unravel for Leipzig by this stage and the nail in the coffin came in the 68th minute. Excellent work from Julian Brandt down the right hand side looking to have Leipzig in trouble and when Brandt crossed low into the box Kevin Volland was the man not picked up. Volland calmly wrongfooted the keeper to finish into the bottom corner. 1-4. Game over as a shell-shocked Leipzig staggered to the final whistle.

A simply massive away performance from Bayer Leverkusen this. Defeat would have left them four points adrift of the Champions League places with only five games remaining. Victory propels them up into that crucial fourth spot, two points clear of fifth and now with their destiny firmly in their own hands. Leipzig drop down to sixth.

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