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Union Berlin make the trip to BayArena on Sunday for the Bundesliga 1 clash with home team Bayer Leverkusen.
Our Bayer Leverkusen v Union Berlin predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
Bayer Leverkusen, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-1 Europa League triumph over Qarabağ.
In that match, Bayer Leverkusen had 62% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Bayer Leverkusen was Victor Boniface (94'). Qarabag had 11 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
Bayer Leverkusen have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets recently, although they have also done enough to convert their own chances into goals. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that Bayer Leverkusen have seen their goal breached in 5 of them in addition to managing to get on the scoresheet in 6 of those matches.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Bayer Leverkusen:
- have not been beaten in the league by Union Berlin in their previous 5 games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 6 home league matches.
In the game prior to this, Union Berlin drew 1-1 in the Champions League tie with SSC Napoli.
In that match, Union Berlin managed 27% possession and 15 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Union Berlin was David Datro Fofana (52'). At the other end, Napoli had 27 shots on goal with 5 on target. Matteo Politano (39') scored for SSC Napoli.
The stats don’t lie, and Union Berlin have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 11 goals in all. Defensively, Union Berlin have not been doing too well. That kind of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward here, however.
Coming into this meeting, Union Berlin are without a win away from home in their last 4 league games.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings dating back to 15/01/2021, neither club has come out on top overall with Bayer Leverkusen winning 1 of those games, Union Berlin 1 and 4 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
A combined sum of 14 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 9 for Leverkusen and 5 netted by Union. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.33.
The last league contest featuring these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 30 on 29/04/2023 when it ended Union Berlin 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen.
In that game, Union Berlin managed 34% possession and 9 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
On the other side, Bayer Leverkusen had 9 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
The referee was Marco Fritz.
Team News: Bayer Leverkusen
The Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso has a full complement, with no fitness concerns at all before this game thanks to a fully healthy squad ready to go.
It looks as if Leverkusen look set to opt for a 3-4-2-1 system for this game with Lukas Hradecky, Josip Stanisic, Jonathan Tah, Odilon Kossounou, Jeremie Frimpong, Alex Grimaldo, Robert Andrich, Granit Xhaka, Jonas Hofmann, Florian Wirtz and Victor Okoh Boniface.
Team News: Union Berlin
Union Berlin manager Urs Fischer has a number of players out of action. Danilho Doekhi (Knock) and András Schäfer (Foot surgery) are not ready for selection. Rani Khedira cannot play in this game through suspension.
From our viewpoint, Union might make use of a 4-4-2 system, going with Frederik Roennow, Leonardo Bonucci, Robin Knoche, Diogo Leite, Alex Kral, Josip Juranovic, Aissa Laidouni, Janik Haberer, Robin Gosens, Sheraldo Becker and Kevin Behrens.
We’re inclined to think that Union Berlin should get enough chances to score a goal against this Bayer Leverkusen outfit, however that is unlikely to be enough to prevent defeat.
We are anticipating both teams to score in a 2-1 victory for Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the match. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: BayArena (30,210)
Captain: Lukáš Hrádecký
Chairman: Fernando Carro
Manager: Xabi Alonso
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 1, DFB-Pokal (Third Round), Europa League (Group H)
⭐ Key Player: Jonas Hofmann
Regularly taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Jonas Hofmann was born in Heidelberg, Germany. After having played his first senior match for Borussia Dortmund II in the 2012 - 2013 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has struck 5 league goals in the Bundesliga 2023 - 2024 season to date coming from a total of 10 appearances.