Prematch: Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig

“Leverkusen will present a real challenge,” anticipates Marco Rose ahead of Leipzig’s fixture with them.

Published: April 22, 2023 17:34


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As Die Werkself return home following their impressive run to the semifinals of UEFA Europa League, they aim to extend their seven-game unbeaten streak against Red Bull Leipzig at BayArena starting Sunday, April 23rd from 16:30 (GMT+1).

Bayer Leverkusen Advance to UEL Semifinals After Sweeping Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Draw Wolfsburg in Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen swept aside Royale Union Saint-Gilloise 4-1 to advance to the semifinals after an aggregate score of 5-2 and book their place against AS Roma for their UEL semifinal first leg clash on May 11th. Back in the Bundesliga, B04L were unable to overcome Wolfsburg and settled for a goalless draw against them. Leverkusen’s five-game win streak came to an end following their draw [WWWWD], leaving them in 6th place on the Bundesliga table with 44 points from 13 wins, 5 draws, and 10 losses from 13W, 5D, 10L games. Die Werkself are unbeaten in seven consecutive matches (5W, 2D, 0L] and will look to extend that streak on Sunday against Freiburg. However, the home side have lost all six Bundesliga home matches against RB Leipzig [0W, 3D, 3L]. Moussa Diaby and Amine Adli may form part of an attack against Leipzig while goalkeeper Andrey Lunyov [back injury] and Patrik Schick [groin] may both miss out due to injury while Xabi Alonso may miss Hudson-Odoi and Tapsoba due to muscular problems.

Leipzig Secure Hard-Fought Victory Over Augsburg Thanks to Braces From Timo Werner and Kevin Kampl

Leipzig battled hard for their 3-2 win against Augsburg and were helped to victory thanks to two braces from Timo Werner [32′, 35′] and Kevin Kampl’s goal [10′] which ensured they kept Augsburg at bay. Visitors Werder Bremen have won four consecutive matches – WLLWW- to move up one place into fourth position with 51 points [15W, 6D, 7L], one ahead of SC Freiburg [50 points] but one point behind third-place Union [52 points]. Their next challenge against Leverkusen will come this Saturday afternoon. Last weekend was just the second time in 2018-19 that Red Bulls secured consecutive league victories, though thanks to a 2-0 triumph at home they remain on course to a double over their opponents. Marco Rose acknowledged in his pre-match press conference that facing Leverkusen would present them with a formidable challenge, yet one they looked forward to meeting. They’d been on form in recent weeks as evidenced by recent results, building momentum along the way. Rose plans on fielding a 4–2–3-1 formation with Timo Werner up front; Gulacsi (knee injury), Schlager (ankle) and David Raum are unavailable while Mohamed Simakan (knee injury) could misses this weekend’s encounter.

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