Bayer Leverkusen will be visiting PreZero Arena on Monday for the Bundesliga 1 showdown with home side Hoffenheim.
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Hoffenheim will be looking to improve on their last outing here after the 2-1 Bundesliga 1 loss in their previous game against Augsburg.
In that match, Hoffenheim had 70% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player to score for Hoffenheim was Robert Skov (85'). FC Augsburg 1907 got 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Ruben Vargas (8') and André Hahn (23') scored for Augsburg.
It has been seldom in recent games where Hoffenheim have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Hoffenheim have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 10 goals in the process. That kind of pattern isn’t assured to be continued into this match, though.
Bayer Leverkusen will go into this match after a 2-1 Bundesliga 1 win against Schalke in their previous game.
In that match, Bayer Leverkusen had 64% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. For Bayer Leverkusen, the goalscorers were Lucas Alario (26') and Patrik Schick (72'). At the other end, FC Schalke 04 had 6 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (81') scored for Schalke.
The numbers tell their own story, and Bayer Leverkusen have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 10 goals in total. Defensively, Leverkusen have been far from perfect.
Going into this contest, Bayer Leverkusen have not won against Hoffenheim when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 20/01/2018 shows that Hoffenheim have won 3 of them and Bayer Leverkusen 2, with the tally of drawn games standing at 1.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 in total at an average of 3.83 goals per meeting.
The previous league game between the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 11 on 13/12/2020 when it ended Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Hoffenheim.
In that game, Bayer Leverkusen had 60% possession and 13 shots at goal with 8 on target. The scorers were Leon Bailey (4', 27'), Florian Wirtz (55') and Lucas Alario (91').
Hoffenheim got 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Christoph Baumgartner (50') was the scorer.
The referee was Martin Petersen.
Team News: Hoffenheim
Sargis Adamyan (Muscle Injury), Ermin Bicakcic (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Konstantinos Stafylidis (Shinbone injury), Benjamin Hübner (Tear in a joint capsule) and Dennis Geiger (Surgery) won’t be playing for Hoffenheim boss Sebastian Hoeneß.
Team News: Bayer Leverkusen
Due to a fully healthy group to choose from, Bayer Leverkusen manager Hannes Wolf does not have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this game.
Our assessment is that Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim should both be able to score more than once here although it’s hard to pick a clear winner.
We’ll see, but this looks like it could end up all-square with both teams likely to score. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive game with a 2-2 score when all is said and done.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: PreZero Arena (30,150)
Captain: Benjamin Hübner
Chairman: Peter Görlich
Manager: Sebastian Hoeneß
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 12
🔑 Key Man: Ihlas Bebou
Generally used in the Right Wing position, Ihlas Bebou was born in Togo. After having made a senior debut playing for Fortuna Dusseldorf in the 2013 - 2014 season, the gifted Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in the Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 season so far in 25 appearances.