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Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart live stream, predictions & team news | Bundesliga

By Harry Edwards

Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart live stream, predictions & team news | Bundesliga

Published: 11:44, 5 February 2021

Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to get their Bundesliga campaign back on track when they host Stuttgart on Saturday (2:30pm kick-off UK time).

Peter Bosz’s side are outside the top four for the first time since matchday four and welcome a Stuttgart team looking comfortable on their return to the top flight.

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Scoreline prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Stuttgart

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

The 2020/21 season was going so well for Bayer Leverkusen in the build up to Christmas. They were leading the Bundesliga (albeit only slightly) and the praise was high considering they had lost Kai Havertz from their impressive team the previous campaign. But defeat to Bayern Munich before the winter pause set Leverkusen into free fall.

Including that defeat to Bayern, Leverkusen’s first of the Bundesliga campaign, Bosz’s side have lost five of their past seven games in the league, with one win and one draw. They also go into this game off the back of three straight defeats across all competitions, which included Leverkusen being knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by fourth-tier side Rot-Weiss Essen in midweek.

Like Leverkusen, Stuttgart are not in great form going into this game, with just two wins in six games since the return from the winter pause. However, they remain in a comfortable position in the Bundesliga, and are likely happy with their standing, only looking to cement their spot in next season’s competition.

One of Stuttgart’s two wins since Christmas did come last weekend, ending a three-match winless run by beating 17th-placed Mainz 2-0 to move 15 points clear of the automatic relegation places. They were knocked out of the cup by Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek, but Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side may be confident of getting something this weekend.

  • Bayer Leverkusen (vs RW Essen): Hradecky; Fosu-Mensah, Dragovic, Tapsoba; Bellarabi, Demirbay, Aranguiz, Bailey; Palacios; Schick, Alario.
  • Stuttgart (vs Gladbach): Bredlow; Anton, Kempf, Mavropanos; Wamangituka, Mangala, Endo, Sosa; Gonzalez, Didavi; Kalajdzic.

Bayer Leverkusen remain without a host of players including Santiago Arias, Julian Baumgartlinger, Karim Bellarabi, Paulinho, Mitchell Weiser and Nadiem Amiri, while Lars Bender is a doubt.

Captain Gonzalo Castro, Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, Lilian Egloff and Clinton Mola are missing for Stuttgart.

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Players to watch:

Bayer Leverkusen: One of Leverkusen’s problems during their poor run of form in the Bundesliga has been their goalscoring, with just five goals past seven games (having scored eight in two prior to the Bayern defeat). And so, they really need Lucas Alario to step up soon.

The Argentine is Leverkusen’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with eight goals, while only Leon Bailey is level when taking goals and assists into account (both on nine). However, Alario has managed just one assist in his past eight matches with no goals scored. Granted, he hasn’t really been given the time to make a big influence, with just two starts in that run, but Alario is among those Leverkusen will be relying on to turn things around.

Stuttgart: While Leverkusen’s forwards are out of form, in Silas Wamangituka Stuttgart have a man playing arguably the best football of his career so far. The Congolese forward is on 11 goals for the season in the Bundesliga so far, a tally bettered only by five players, and three of those are Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Andre Silva.

His season so far has seen Wamangituka likened to Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by current Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat (who worked with the Gabonese forward at Borussia Dortmund and the Gunners).

“[Aubameyang’s] father was a player, defensive midfielder, playing for the national team of Gabon, hard worker and Auba got this attitude,” he told the Bundesliga website of the comparisons.

“And he has learned quite a lot also from Jurgen Klopp in working defensively. If they adopt this and they are able to do this, then they will become big, big stars in football with their qualities and their mindsets.

“And this is what Silas did as well, and Rino did a fantastic job teaching him defensive behaviour, and also making him better in close contact and so on. It helps him quite a lot.

And Wamangituka goes into this game in excellent form, scoring in his past five games across all competitions, with RB Leipzig the last team to prevent him from finding the net at the start of January.

Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:

  • Bayer Leverkusen: LLWLD
  • Stuttgart: WLLDW

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