Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz 25 September 21

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Match Day 6
Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen:   
Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Patrik Schick (4)

Last five matches form: W L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 0.40
Top Scorer: Six players on one goal

One of the most intriguing matchups on Match Day 6 in the Bundesliga comes here at the BayArena as Leverkusen play host to Mainz. Sitting fourth and fifth respectively headed into the game, level on points, both sides have made an encouraging start to the campaign and will be hoping to keep the momentum going in this one.

Leverkusen just held the edge in the meetings between the sides last season, winning 1-0 in the reverse fixture and picking up a point courtesy of a 2-2 draw in this one.

Edmond Tapsoba, Exequiel Palacios, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Niklas Lomb and Julian Baumgartlinger are all out injured for the home side whilst Robert Andrich is suspended. Moussa Niakhaté and Ádám Szalai are the Mainz absentees.

Leverkusen have been going goal crazy so far this season, hitting three or more in each of their last four fixtures. So far at home they have beaten Gladbach 4-0 and lost 4-3 to Dortmund in a thriller.

In contrast the success of Mainz so far this term has been built on a solid defence, with the side keeping a clean sheet in four of their five fixtures. So far on the road they have lost 2-0 at Bochum and won by that same score-line at Hoffenheim.

Solid as Mainz are, Leverkusen do tend to draw sides into open games. That said with the injury situation in their favour, we wouldn't be surprised should the visitors get something out of this one.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 2 Mainz


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 17 - 14
Shots on target: 9 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 68% - 32%
Referee: Bastian Dankert

Bayer Leverkusen: Jonathan Tah (Yellow), Moussa Diaby (Yellow), Mitchel Bakker (Yellow)
Mainz: Anderson Lucoqui (Yellow), Anton Stach (Yellow), Lee Jae-Sung (Yellow)

62 minutes 1-0 (Florian Wirtz): Nice interplay by Leverkusen down the right-hand side. Wirtz and Jeremie Frimpong exchanging passes just inside the box. Frimpong towards the by-line and cutting it back to Wirtz who, with bodies congregating in the middle, drilled home into the bottom left corner from around ten yards out to the right.

Analysis: All Mainz in the opening period, with the visitors causing consistent problems in working the ball into the wide positions and bombarding the area with a succession of set-pieces - Karim Onisiwo and Leandro Barreiro proving to a particular nuisance to the Leverkusen defence, without really managing to force Lukas Hradecky into a meaningful save. The hosts struggling to get any kind of momentum going from an attacking perspective, their only real efforts of note coming via a Florian Wirtz effort from range which fizzed wide of the post, followed by Moussa Diaby having a strike tipped over the bar prior.
Leverkusen were then looking the more dangerous in the immediate period after taking the lead, with Wirtz having another decent chance on the counter. 
The hosts had their keeper Hradecky to thank late on though, firstly when doing well to deny a venomous Anton Stach effort from range, and secondly when pulling off a sensational one-handed stop to keep out a Marcus Ingvartsen header almost at the death. Not Mainz day in the end, although on the overall balance of play the hosts probably shaded it.

League Standings: Leverkusen up to second, three points behind Bayern. Mainz sit fifth.

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