Preview - Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen 07 October 18

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Match Day 7
Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Schwarzwald-Stadion

Freiburg:   
Last five matches form: L D W W L 
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 2.17
Top Scorer: Jérôme Gondorf (2)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.17
Average goals against per match: 2.17
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (2)

Bayer Leverkusen have endured a slow start to their Bundesliga campaign and sit fourth bottom of the table with six points from their opening six games. Next up it's a trip to Freiburg on Match Day 7.

This one finished up goalless last season, with Bayer Leverkusen running away with the reverse fixture when winning 4-0 at home.

Amir Abrashi, Brandon Borello and Caleb Stanko all miss out for the home side who also list a further five members of the squad as doubtful. Leverkusen's list of absentees is also pretty substantial. Charles Aránguiz, Panagiotsis Retsos, Joel Pohjanpalo and Julian Baumgartlinger all miss out through injury whilst Karim Bellarbi is suspended.

Leverkusen lost their opening two away fixtures at Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Munich, but did win on their latest road trip when coming out on top 2-1 at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Following a slow start of their own Freiburg picked up back to back wins at Wolfsburg and here at home against Schalke. They were put in their place by an impressive Augsburg display last weekend though and will be looking to get that out of their system back in front of their own fans.

Neither of these sides will be quite at full strength here, but for us it is Leverkusen who look to boast the better - and deeper - squad on paper. We will take the away side to nick this one.

Prediction: Freiburg 1 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  5 - 7
Shots on target: 1 - 0
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 42% - 58%

Lukas Kubler, Nicolas Hofler and Christian Gunter were booked for the home side with referee Bastian Dankert also taking the name of Dominik Kohr of Leverkusen.

This one certainly won't make it onto the compilation of the all time greatest Bundesliga games, with the two sides managing just the one shot on target between them over the course of the ninety minutes.

It's difficult to know where to start in terms of highlights for this game as there simply weren't any in what quickly devolved into what was one of the scrappiest midfield battles we have seen in some time. Possibly with their recent poor results in mind both sides seemed incredibly reluctant to venture too manty men forward, and its hard to think of many times the sides even had the ball in the oppositions eighteen-yard box, let alone fashioned a serious goalscoring chance.

We did have a slight moment of drama right at the very end though when from nowhere the home side threatened to nick the points. Gian-Luca Waldscmidt firing in an effort on goal on one of his rare forays into the area and seeing his effort strike the right hand upright.

The positive note for both of these sides will no doubt be that they each managed to keep a clean sheet. They both look to have plenty to work on from an attacking point of view though.

No real sign of Bayer's season catching fire just yet with this having to go down as another disappointing result and performance. They remain at the wrong end of the table; sitting in 14th spot after seven games. Freiburg for their part are eleventh.

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