Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to move into the Bundesliga top four when they travel to face Stuttgart on Sunday at 2:30pm (UK time).
Gerardo Seoane’s men are seventh after Saturday’s Bundesliga action, while the hosts are five places lower in 12th.
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Scoreline prediction: Stuttgart 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
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Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Stuttgart have been one of the more exciting teams to watch in the Bundesliga this season, with their four games bringing 17 goals. Unfortunately for the club and their fans, however, it hasn’t really translated to points on the board. Stuttgart have managed just four points from their opening four games, winning one and drawing one with two defeats. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side did start the campaign with a thumping 5-1 win over newly-promoted Greuther Furth but that was followed up by a 4-0 defeat to RB Leipzig. Another defeat against Freiburg came before the international break but Stuttgart did manage to arrest the early slump in drawing with Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.
Leverkusen, meanwhile, have won two, drawn one and lost one of their opening four matches, with the defeat coming just last weekend. Seoane was appointed in the summer looking to bring the club back from a disappointing campaign in which a Rückrunde implosion saw them lose top spot and eventually the top four. Leverkusen started the new season with a draw against Union Berlin but made a big statement in their second half, beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0, before putting another four past Augsburg. But last weekend their unbeaten start came to an end in a thrilling clash with Borussia Dortmund which ended 4-3 in BVB’s favour. Leverkusen did bounce back, however, by beating Ferencvaros in the Europa League.
- Stuttgart (vs Eintracht Frankfurt): Muller; Mavropanos, Anton*, Hempf; Massimo, Endo, Karazor, Sosa; Klement, Klimowicz; Marmoush.
- Bayer Leverkusen (vs Ferencvaros): Hradecky; Frimpong, Kossounou, Tah, Sinkgraven; Demirbay, Palacios; Diaby, Wirtz, Adli; Alario.
Waldemar Anton is suspended for Stuttgart after his red card against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, and joins Naouirou Ahamada, Momo Cisse, Lilian Egloff, Sasa Kalajdzic, Mohamed Sankoh and Silas on the sidelines. Julian Baumgartlinger, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Exequiel Palacios and Edmond Tapsoba are unavailable for Leverkusen.
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Player to watch: Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Whether he starts or comes on the bench, Leverkusen are likely to look to Florian Wirtz to make a difference on Sunday, as he has already done in the Bundesliga this season.
The teenager has played just 124 league minutes so far, getting the majority of that in last weekend’s defeat to Dortmund (playing the full 90 minutes), but has already scored two goals and recorded three assists. Being directly involved in a goal every 25 minutes, no Bundesliga player (minimum 25 minutes played) as a better return, and Wirtz has had as many goal involvements in three matches this season as he did in his previous 19 matches combined.
Wirtz also carried that form over to the Europa League with the winner against Ferencvaros, making it four games in which he has been directly involved in at least one. Can Stuttgart stop him?
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