Preview - RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen 01 March 20

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Match Day 24
RB Leipzig vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Sunday, March 1st 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RB Leipzig:
Last five matches form: L D D W W
Average goals per match: 2.65
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (21)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.74
Average goals against per match: 1.26
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (9)

We already looked to be in for a potential four-way battle for the Bundesliga title this season, but four has now become five, with a surging Bayer Leverkusen outfit now also throwing their hat into the ring.

It's a tough one for Leverkusen on Match Day 24 though, as they travel to take on second placed RB Leipzig. Only one point behind leaders Bayern Munich, Leipzig will be looking to keep up the heat with a win in this one. A win for Leverkusen meanwhile would bring them to within two points of their hosts.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game in Leverkusen ending in a 1-1 draw. Leipzig were comfortable 3-0 winners in the game here last season.

Willi Orban, Kevin Kampl and Tyler Adams are all out injured for the home side, whilst Konrad Laimer is suspended. Top scorer Kevin Volland misses out for Leverkusen.

Leipzig have won seven of eleven at home this season, losing just once. Having scored three or more in six of their last seven here, they have been banging the goals in of late.

Leverkusen have really found their stride in recent weeks and arrive here having won six of their last seven in the Bundesliga. The third best away side in the division, they have won seven of eleven on the road - scoring two or more in six of eleven.

We were favouring Leipzig here in any case, but that absence of Volland may tilt the balance firmly in the home sides favour.

Prediction: RB Leipzig 4 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 10 - 15
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks:  8 - 5
Possession: 37% - 63%


Three bookings at the Red Bull Arena, all for the away side, with referee Felix Zwayer taking the names of Kerem Derimbay, Jonathan Tah and Moussa Diaby.


An excellent performance from Leverkusen this, and whilst they didn't come away with the win in the end, the fact that they were ableto boss possession and shots on target against Leipzig in their own back yard, suggests that they should certainly be thought of as legitimate top four contenders as we head into the closing stages of the season.


This was all Leverkusen in the opening stages, with the visitors causing Leipzig all manner of problems, only to just be let down by that final ball or finish.


But then in the 29th minute the Leverkusen did put it all together to take the lead. Kai Havertz slipped in down the right and cutting a low ball back to find Leon Bailey in the area. Bailey finishing straight down the middle from around ten yards out and central.


The lead lasted only three minutes. Fairly straightforward goal. Chrisopher Nkunku swinging a free kick over from the left-hand side and Patrik Schick rising highest around five yards out and just to the right to send a header into the bottom left corner. The keeper getting a hand to it but being unable to keep it out.


Timo Werner had been quiet but nearly handed his side the lead when cutting in from the left, only to see his effort clatter the left-hand post.


1-1   at the interval.


Nkunku fired in an effort from twenty yards which looked destined for the bottom right only to be repelled by Lukas Hradecky.


That was as close as either side would come in the second half. 1-1 final score.


Leipzig can't afford to drop too many points at home. They do stay second on the back of this, but are now three pints behind leaders Bayern Munich. No change for Leverkusen who stay in fifth spot and two points adrift of Borussia Mönchengladbach.







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