The Bundesliga is back in action this weekend with a new round of matches beginning with a crucial encounter between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday at the BayArena.
In the Bundesliga standings, VfL Wolfsburg are now in 13th place and generally fail to live up to expectations. The away team must bounce back in this match after being knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Eintracht Braunschweig last week.
On the other hand, Bayer Leverkusen are now 16th in the league table and have had an unexpectedly poor season. Die Werkself are looking to avenge their shocking 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous game.
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Since taking over, Alonso has made minor adjustments to the starting line-up, opting to stick with the same players from Gerardo Seoane’s time.
Leverkusen are still struggling with many injuries, particularly on offense where Florian Wirtz, Karim Bellarabi, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Sardar Azmoun have all missed most of the season so far.
Kovac selected a team for Wolfsburg’s DFB-Pokal match that was very similar to the one Borussia Monchengladbach faced in the league on Saturday. The only regular starter to receive a break was Maxence Lacroix. Thus, it is assumed that the Frenchman will return to the central position to replace Sebastiaan Bornauw.
Max Kruse, 34, is still off the roster as he recovers from a hip injury, but Jerome Roussillon, who missed the first half of the season with an Achilles tendon injury sustained in preseason, could be close to returning.
State of form of the Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga:
D, D, L, W, L
State of form of the Wolfsburg Bundesliga:
width, length, width, depth, depth
Bayer Leverkusen possible starting line-up:
Hradecky; Tapsoba, Tah, Kossounou; Frimpong, Andrich, Aranguiz, Bakker; Diaby, Schick, Paulinho
Possible Wolfsburg starting line-up:
castles; Baku, Lacroix, Van de Ven, Otavio; Wimmer, Svanberg, Arnold, Gerhardt, Kaminski; L Nwick
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Wolfsburg
Unbelievably, in the last 12 meetings between the teams, the home team in this match failed to win. Given Leverkusen’s recent form, that trend seems unlikely to change.
Eight of Leverkusen’s ten Bundesliga games this season have featured three or more goals, but many of those goals have come in the Bayer net, so if Wolfsburg can take advantage of that, they should come away with something.