Bayer Leverkusen is currently on the cloud nine. Their confidence is high with 11 games unbeaten since February, including in DFB Pokal and Europa League. This weekend, Kai Havertz and Co will be taking on Gladbach, which also gained positive result last week, in the most anticipated game this weekend. Both teams are only separated by two points with Marco Rose’s men on the third while Leverkusen is on the fifth in the standings.
Both teams’ previous matches
Gladbach started their campaign well as Bundesliga resumed last week. They managed to crush Frankfurt 3-1 in an away fixture. Alessane Plea and Marcus Thuram gave them the lead in less than 10 minutes after the kick off. Remy Bensebaini’s penalty added their advantage before the Portuguese international Andre Silva scored a consolation goal for the home side.
Bayer Leverkusen also marked positive return after the break. Peter Bosz’s men hammered Werder Bremen 4-1 last Monday Kai Havertz opened the scored sheet with his early header. The host was able to equalise by Gebre Selassie’s goal. Yet, the draw did not stay for long as Havertz scored a brace with another header. At the second half, Mitchell Weiser and Kerem Demirbay extended their lead before the final whistle.
Marco Rose has been deploying various formations since his arrival in Borussia Park from 3-4-2-1, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 or 3-5-2. The former RB Salzburg boss is likely to employ the same 4-2-3-1 formation as last week with the duo Frenchmen at the front, Marcus Thuram and the former Nice forward, Alessane Plea. They will get support from either Patrick Hermann or Lars Stindl on the attacking side.
His counterpart, Peter Bosz, might opt for 3-4-3 instead of the same formation as the host to give more pressure to their opponent’s defense line. The trident Kai Havertz, Moussa Diaby and possibly Paulinho or Kevin Volland would definitely be a serious threat for Gladbach’s defenders. They provide pace, passing accuracy and composure in the penalty box.
Players to watch
Gladbach’s key men this season are not far from the French connection Marcus Thuram and Alessane Plea. They both have bagged sixteen goals and provided fifteen assists altogether. Some other notable figures in the team are the Swiss connections which consist of the goalie Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Breel Embolo and Didier Zakaria. Unfortunately, the last one has to be sidelined due to his injury.
In Leverkusen, their young starlet, Kai Havertz has really turned into a dangerous false nine since he was given a more offensive role while beating Dortmund last February. He has netted eleven goals and made seven assists in all competition this season. Another key figure of them lately is Moussa Diaby who has contributed four goals and seven assists.
Gladbach vs Leverkusen Prediction
It will certainly be a tough game for both sides to secure three points here. Playing behind closed doors does not give a necessary advantage for Marco Rose’s men. The match is likely to be even with more than one goal from each side as both are known for their offensive approach. Still, a draw would be fair for them.
The punters seem to have the same opinion on this clash. Yet, Gladbach are projected to win slightly higher at 2.35.Leverkusen are priced a bit below at 2.80m whereas the odds for the draw result are at 3.75.