Bayer Leverkusen’s campaign this season has not been really satisfactory. They are still stuck in the mid table of Bundesliga with only four wins, three draws and three losses. Meanwhile, in Champions league, they are even still at the bottom of the group with one win and three defeats. Peter Bosz seems to be unable to optimise the squad yet. This weekend they will have to take on Wolfsburg, which sits above them with 2 point difference. This mid table clash will take place in Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg.
Wout Weghorts and Co is currently in a negative trend with three losses and three draws only in their last six games. Last week, Wolfsburg lost points in a row. They were trashed by Borussia Dortmund 0-3 in Bundesliga while they visited Signal Iduna Park and 1-3 by Ghent while hosting the Belgian side in Europa League. Oliver Glasner’s men are in need of confidence boost to improve their form in their next fixtures.
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Peter Bosz’s men apparently are struggling with consistency. They have had contrastive results last week. They were beaten 1-2 while hosting Borussia M’Gladbach in Bundesliga. However, they managed to win over Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League by an own goal of Thomas Partey and Kevin Volland’s strike. This is something Bayer Leverkusen has to overcome immediately.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Oliver Glasner is often in favour of 3-4-3 formation. Yet, considering their disappointing results lately, he needs to prepare the back-up plan. Modifying the tactic to 4-3-2-1 could be a good option. With more players in the midfield, such formation enables them to contain their contender’s attack from the second line. Unfortunately, some players will have to be ruled out due to the injuries such as Koen Casteels, Xavier Schalger and the Switzerland international, Admir Mehmedi.
Wolfsburg: Pavao Pervan; Marcel Tisserand, John Brooks, Robin Knoche, Jerome Roussilon; Max Arnold, William, Josuha Guillavogui; Josip Brekalo, Joao Victor; Wout Weghorst.
As the former Ajax and Dortmund manager, Peter Bosz tends to deploy his favourite formation 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. He counts on the Argentinean striker Lucas Alario and Kevin Volland as the main scorer. They are supported by Nadiem Amiri, Karim Bellarabi and Kai Havertz. Nevertheless, some key figures have to be sidelined such as Leon Bailey due to suspension and Lars Bender (injured).
Bayer Leverkusen: Lukas Hradecky; Jonathan Tah, Sven Bender, Wendell, Mitchell Weisser; Charles Aranguiz, Kerem Demirbay, Kai Havertz; Kevin Volland, Lucas Alario, Nadiem Amari.
Bayer Leverkusen might be better in the head-to-head encounter. They have won three times and two draws in their last six meetings. However, Wolfsburg has their own positive record by being unbeaten in their last 12 home games in Bundesliga.
The unconvincing form of Wolfsburg might affect Glasner’s men’s mentality. This should be an opportunity for Kai Havertz and Co to snatch a win in Volkswagen Arena. A narrow win seems more likely for the visitor.
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