Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to register their first Bundesliga win of the season when they face an impressive RB Leipzig side on Saturday (2.30pm kick-off).
Leverkusen were held to a goalless draw at Wolfsburg last week as Germany’s top division resumed. It consequently stretched their winless streak on the road to three matches. However, they go into their next game having won six of their last eight home matches – though it’s a much changed team at Peter Bosz’s disposal.
Leipzig, in their first outing in a post-Werner world, proved too much for Mainz 05 and will no doubt feel confident about maintaining their 100% record at Leverkusen’s expense this weekend. If Julian Nagelsmann’s men achieve this goal then it will be a fifth consecutive league win on the road.
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Bayer Leverkusen & RB Leipzig’s previous line-ups:
- Bayer Leverkusen (vs Wolfsburg): Hradecky; L Bender, Tapsoba, S Bender, Sinkgraven; Aránguiz; Bellarabi, Demirbay, Wirtz, Diaby; Alario.
- RB Leipzig (vs Mainz 05): Gulácsi; Halstenberg, Klostermann, Upamecano; Haidara, Kampl, Adams, Angeliño; Forsberg, Olmo*; Poulsen.
Paulinho is a long-term absentee for Bayer as he continues to rehabilitate after sustaining a serious knee injury. Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, though, is a doubt. Ibrahima Konaté, Konrad Laimer and Fabrice Hartmann both miss RB Leipzig’s trip to Leverkusen this week while there are question marks hanging over Dani Olmo, Hugo Novoa and Josep Martinez.
Players to watch:
- Bayer Leverkusen: Losing a player of Kai Havertz’s ability would hurt most teams, Bayer Leverkusen undoubtedly missed him in their Bundesliga opening weekend goalless draw against VfL Wolfsburg, but it’s early days and manager Peter Bosz is unperturbed knowing it will take some time for 17-year-old Florian Wirtz — who’s the natural successor for Chelsea’s latest recruit — to find his feet. His outing last Sunday was only his eighth appearance in Germany’s top division, he’s expected to face highly ambitious RB Leipzig, and what better occasion for him to announce himself.
- RB Leipzig: Somehow last season’s third-place Bundesliga side will need to find 28 goals from somewhere – that was the extent of Timo Werner’s contribution last term. His absence, though, wasn’t resoundingly felt on matchday one as Julian Nagelsmann’s men brushed Mainz 05 aside. Bigger challenges, however, lie ahead. Yussuf Poulsen was given the nod to lead RB Leipzig’s forward line and the Danish forward repaid his manager’s faith with a goal. He’s expected to continue upfront, though South Korean striker Hee-chan Hwang is pushing for a start.