Bayer Leverkusen will look to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich when they travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (2:30pm, UK time).
The German top-flight returns after a brief winter break and, with Leverkusen hot on the heels of the reigning champions, this is undoubtedly the game of the day on Saturday.
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- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Frankfurt 1-2 Leverkusen
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Frankfurt vs Leverkusen build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Peter Bosz’s men surrendered top spot with a dramatic 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich prior to the break, with Robert Lewandowski capitalising on some shocking defending to equalise just before half-time, cancelling out Patrick Schick’s opener, before going on to net the winner in the 93rd minute.
Even so, Die Werkself had enjoyed an 11-game unbeaten run across all competitions prior to that defeat, sealing their progression the Europa League knockout rounds and ensuring that even a loss to their title rivals only leaves them two points off the pace. A win here will return them to the summit for a day at least with Bayern not in action until Sunday.
Hosts Frankfurt have become Bundesliga draw specialists this season, playing out eight stalemates from 13 games, including six in their last eight, with Adi Hutter’s side filling out that run with one win and one defeat.
Despite a lack of cutting edge, the Eagles remain just seven points adrift of the Champions League places and can make a real statement of intent with a win over high-flying Leverkusen here.
- Frankfurt (vs Augsburg): Trapp; Tuta, Hasebe, Hinteregger; Durm, Sow, Rode*, Kostic; Barkok, Younes; Silva.
- Leverkusen (vs Bayern Munich): Hradecky; Dragovic, Tah, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven; Wirtz, Baumgartlinger, Amiri; Bailey, Schick, Diaby.
Defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode is suspended for Frankfurt while Jetro Willems and Ragnar Ache will also miss out with knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
Bosz has a number of potential absences to contend with, including Sven and Lars Bender. Exequiel Palacios, Santiago Arias, Paulinho, Charles Aranguiz, Daley Sinkgraven and Wendell are all ruled out.
Players to watch:
- Frankfurt: As the only player in Hutter’s squad with more than four goals this season, Andre Silva will really need to be at his best to give his side a chance against Leverkusen. The Portugal international has netted nine times in the Bundesliga so far this season, doing so in versatile fashion with one header, and one with his left foot, as well as three penalties. His time with the Portuguese national team has shown Silva to be a brilliant link-man, creating space for Cristiano Ronaldo to wreak havoc, and he’ll be using those qualities (as well as his obvious killer instincts) to try and create discord within Leverkusen’s defensive ranks. Silva netted two braces in his final five Bundesliga appearances prior to the winter break, so will return to action in confident mood.
- Leverkusen: With plenty of injuries to contend with, 17-year-old Florian Wirtz has received far more time on the pitch than he would have expected this season given his age. That said, given the talent he possesses, it’s likely that Bosz would have thrown him in the deep end anyway. So far this season, Wirtz has managed four goals and five assists across Bundesliga and Europa League play combined in 2020/21, starting in midfield but regularly venturing forward to support his teammates in the final third. Wirtz is incredibly difficult to dispossess and even when cornered, has composure beyond his years to pick out the right pass. With Frankfurt missing Rode in defensive midfield and struggling for cleans sheets in recent months, Wirtz will be keenly eyeing up this trip north-west.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Frankfurt: WDLDD
- Leverkusen: LWWWD
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