Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Arminia Bielefeld 14 March 21

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Match Day 25
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Arminia Bielefeld
Sunday, March 14th 2021
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: W D D L W
Average goals per match: 1.75
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Lucas Alario (9)


Arminia Bielefeld:
Last five matches form: D L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.75
Average goals against per match: 1.79
Top Scorer: Ritsu Doan & Fabian Klos (3)


One of the biggest games on Match Day 25 in the Bundesliga comes here at the BayArena as Bayer Leverkusen play host to Arminia Bielefeld.


Currently sitting in fifth spot and only three points adrift of fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt, Leverkusen will be looking to keep pushing for the Champion's League with a win in this one.


Arminia Bielefeld aren't short of motivation themselves though. Lying third bottom head into the game and only two points off safety, a positive result here would be a big boost to their survival chances.


Leverkusen picked up the points courtesy of a 2-1 success in the reverse of this fixture. The most recent clash between the sides here at the BayArena came back in the 2008/09 Bundesliga campaign and ended in a 2-2 draw.


Leverkusen are suffering with injuries. Julian Baumgartlinger, Daley Sinkgraven, Santiago Arias, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Lukás Hrádecky, Mitchell Weiser and Lars Bender are all expected to be out here. No confirmed injuries for the visitors but Nathan de Medina does miss out through suspension.


Leverkusen have been slumping of late with just three wins in their past twelve in the Bundesliga, although they do at least arrive on the back of a solid win at Gladbach last time out. They have won five of twelve overall at home, scoring two or more in half of those games, but also conceding two or more five times, including in each of their last three.


Arminia Bielefeld are without a win in seven in the Bundesliga, conceding two or more in six of those seven, and failing to score in each of their last four. They have won only one of eleven on the road, scoring more than once only once.


Those injuries do temper enthusiasm, but looking at the likely line-ups we still like the look of the Leverkusen front line to edge the hosts ahead in this one.




Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 Arminia Bielefeld


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 20 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 9 - 5
Possession: 75% - 25%
Referee: Sascha Stegemann

Cards:
Bayer Leverkusen: Jeremie Frimpong (Yellow), Wendell (Yellow)
Arminia Bielefeld: Amos Pieper (Yellow)

Goals:
18 minutes 0-1 (Ritsu Doan): Bielefeld doing well to win the ball on halfway and the ball being played out to Christian Gebauer out on the right. Gebauer advancing and whipping a dangerous ball across the six-yard box. Doan showing good desire to get there first and finish on the slide, off the underside of the crossbar from around six yards out and central.

57 minutes 0-2 (Masaya Okugawa):  Great work from Arne Maier in the left full back position, winning the ball, beating his man and firing an excellent ball forward to send Anderson Lucoqui down the line. Lucoqui's ball inside taking a slight deflection to Okugawa in acres of space on the edge of the area. Calm finish from Okugawa, cutting to the left of the defender and firing home low down the middle underneath the keeper from six yards out and central.

85 minutes 1-2 (Patrik Schick): A nicely worked move from Leverkusen ended with a lofted cross from the right taking a touch off a defender into the path of Lucas Alario beyond the far post. The keeper getting out to get a touch on Alario's cutback, but the ball dropping to Schick to slot home into the unguarded net from six yards out to the left of centre.


Analysis:
Having half as many shots as their hosts and only a quarter of possession, this was a well-executed counterattacking smash and grab from Bielefeld.
Leverkusen did have their moments, most notably when Stefan Ortega produced a stunning one-handed save to deny a Demarai Gray volley from inside the area. When they did get on the scoreboard though it was all a little too late.
League standings: Huge win for Bielefeld, lifting them out of the relegation zone. They now sit fourth bottom and a point clear of the drop. Disappointing from Leverkusen who slip to sixth and four points off the top four.



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