By - Published at 2020-09-22

Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz: Bayer has slight chances for Champions League

Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz: Match preview

The home team doesn’t have the fate in their hands, at least not now, and if anyone is to blame for Leverkusen not playing in the Champions League next season, then it is them. A few mistakes recently opened the door for M’gladbach to qualify for the most elite competition, which they reluctantly accepted. On the other side Mainz has no pressure before this game.

Bayer Leverkusen team news:

While the race for the Champions League in recent weeks has been conducted with full intensity in Leverkusen, they are certainly bitterly disappointed before the final game of the season. Namely, their fate is no longer in their own hands.

Having collected only four points out of a possible 12 in the last four games, they handed over the baton to M’gladbach. M’gladbach will be placed in the top four teams if they do not suffer a defeat at home by Hertha. For Hertha the match is of absolutely no importance. Given that M’gladbach also have a significantly better goal difference, Leverkusen will be aware that only the defeat of their closest rivals will allow them to place in fourth place.

Peter Bosz is aware that the best players, including Kai Havertz, may have to sell if they remain without playing in the Champions League next season. So, this could be the last match for most of Leverkusen’s players at the home stadium.

Havertz could thank his club with one top game, especially after a bad performance in the last round and a defeat by Hertha.

Probable lineup: Hradecky, Dragovic, Tah, Tapsoba, Wendell, Baumgartlinger, Dmeribay, Diaby, Havertz, Bailey, Volland.

Mainz team news:

The thing that goes in favor of Leverkusen is the form of Mainz, which ensured their survival in the company of the best. They should enter this match casually and relieved.

Mainz failed to win any of their first four games after the resumption of the championship. This resulted in the club getting closer to the relegation zone the moment Bremen started to score points.

However, excellent away triumphs in Frankfurt and Dortmund fixed things, before the job ended with a 3-1 win against Werder last weekend.

Probable lineup: Muller, Baku, Juste, Niakhate, Brosinski, Latza, Kunde, Onisiwo, Oztunali, Quaison, Mateta.

Match prediction:

Given that Leverkusen are aware that M’ladbach will have a hard time losing the match against Hertha. This is why this match could be a general check for them before the final with Bayern. The combination of relief, youth and yet part of the seriousness could lead to Leverkusen demolishing Mainz. That already happened already in the first part of the season.

Where to watch:

TV Channels: beIN Sport Max (Fra), Digi Sport 7 (Cze/Svk), Fox Sports (Ned), Sky Bundesliga, Telekom Sport (Rom), Viaplay (Den), Viaplay (Fin), Viaplay (Nor), Viaplay (Swe), Viasat Jalkapallo

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