SC Freiburg will welcome Bayer 04 Leverkusen to Schwarzwald Stadion on Friday night for the first game of the round 29 in 2019-20 German Bundesliga. The two teams are in the upper half of the standings, with Bayer sitting on 5th place with 53 points, while Freiburg are on 7th place with 38. Bayer Leverkusen endured an unexpected defeat on Tuesday while losing at home to Wolfsburg.
The activity proceeds at an electric pace in the Bundesliga, as Matchday 29 starts only two or three days after the culmination of the 27th round of fixtures. Bayer Leverkusen will be in action initially up this end of the week, as they clash with SC Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, hoping to get again into the top four.
The Company’s Eleven are on astounding form, and they are furiously pursuing a spot in the Champions League. They additionally have an extraordinary h2h record against this rival throughout the years, and on that Christian Streich’s men are battling to advance any sort of noteworthy exhibitions.
SC Freiburg have not exactly been at their best since Bundesliga activity continued recently. Christian Streich’s men have managed to round up only two points in three games during this period, albeit a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig was a noteworthy exhibition. The points dropped to Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, however, they have dented their European qualification expectations.
Bayer Leverkusen, then again, have been one of the best teams on show in the Bundesliga in 2020. Die Werkself restarted their league campaign on a solid note also, with 2 progressive successes sending them into the top four. Be that as it may, a stun 4-1 misfortune at home against VfL Wolfsburg this week has dropped Peter Bosz’s men back to 5th place on the table.
The opposite fixture, played in November a year ago, finished in a 1-1 draw, with Moussa Diaby acquiring Bayer Leverkusen a 1-1 draw after an early goal by Lucas Holer.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen are 5th in the table and host SC Freiburg who are 7th and had a midweek game to forget. Leverkusen had won their last three league games and been unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions yet then they lost 4-1 at home to 6th placed Wolfsburg. That was a shock result thinking about that Leverkusen had dominated both their matches since the Bundesliga season continued. They yielded just before half-time and afterward, two goals over about four second-half minutes left them 3-0 down with only 22 minutes to go.
There was no chance to get back, particularly after Wolfsburg scored a fourth seven minutes after the fact. The misfortune has hit their expectations of qualifying for the Champions League as they descended to the 5th spot. They are level on points with Borussia Monchengladbach, who are presently in fourth and will want to get over into winning ways this end of the week. They have a decent possibility of doing as such with nine away league wins so far this season winning three of the last four.
SC Freiburg are 7th and now four points adrift of the final Europa League qualifying position. That is not what the circumstance they expected to be in when 3-1 up at Eintracht Frankfurt with only 11 minutes remaining. They ended up drawing that match 3-3 and with 6th placed Wolfsburg getting that succeed at Leverkusen, a big gap has now opened up. Their defending at Frankfurt doesn’t fill us with a certainty of them adapting against Leverkusen.
Frankfurt had 35 attempts on the Freiburg goal, 25 more than their rivals made. They presently have no wins in three matches played since the season continued and have lost two of their last three home league games. They have won six Bundesliga matches on home soil yet lost five. Just 16 home league goals have been scored and just three have scored less. That defence of theirs hasn’t kept a clean sheet in seven games and it’d be astonishing to see them do so this end of the week.
SC Freiburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Team News
Christian Streich doesn’t have any new injury concerns hampering his arrangements in front of the visit of Bayer Leverkusen. On Friday, the SC Freiburg manager will be without three first-team players and is additionally liable to monitor the fitness of a few others.
Any semblance of Lukas Kubler (knee), Janik Haberer (ankle), and Yoric Ravet (muscle injury) stay uninvolved because of their respective injuries. Then, Streich should watch out for the fitness levels of Christian Gunter and Luca Waldschmidt, neither of whom is completely fit.
After a few unacceptable outcomes, the SC Freiburg manager ought to return to the 3-4-3 formation, particularly with Waldschmidt probably not going to have the option to begin two games around the same week. In goal, there is no substituting Alexander Schwolow, who should have a bustling night between the sticks.
Concerning the back-three, Manuel Gulde ought to have Dominique Heintz and Philipp Lienhart for the organization, with the trio giving cover to Schwolow. Concerning the wing-backs, Gunter should begin the left. If he isn’t fully fit, in any case, he could be supplanted by Luca Itter, with Jonathan Schmid beginning the right side.
Robin Koch could begin in the midfield double turn, keeping things tight in the center of the park. Koch’s partner in the center of the park ought to be Nicolas Hofler, who will essentially sit back before searching for passing opportunities during the transition.
With Waldschmidt dropping to the seat, Nils Petersen will lead the line for Freiburg against Bayer Leverkusen, with Vincenzo Grifo and Lucas Holer, who scored in the reverse fixture against Leverkusen, finishing the forward line.
After a strong beginning of the season, Freiburg is battling with irregularity and they haven’t won any of their last 3 games, while they won just 1 of their last 7 games. Freiburg has surrendered at least 1 goal in those seven games, while they scored in 4 of those 7 games. Freiburg is in strong eighth spot in Bundesliga with 38 points, 38 scored goals, and 40 conceded goals.
In their most recent Bundesliga game against Eintracht on the road, Freiburg has had just 38% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 74% of the right passes. Regardless of being compelled to defend all through the game, Freiburg was ahead twice, 0-1, and 1-3, yet Eintracht had the option to score 2 goals in three minutes and this match finished in a 3-3 draw. Freiburg has been more than acceptable offensively this season with 38 scored goals, yet their defense unquestionably needs improvement.
Nils Petersen has scored 9 goals for Freiburg this season, while Waldschmidt and Holer included 5 goals each. Gunter included 7 assists for Freiburg. Kubler, Kath, and Ravet are completely harmed and won’t be in the lineup for this match. Freiburg’s main goal was to remain in Bundesliga next season, and that goal was accomplished since Freiburg is entirely far outside the relegation zone, yet their fantasies about the Europa League are far off for the time being.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Peter Bosz is perspiring over the fitness of Sven Bender after he hobbled off during the 4-1 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg prior this week. Aside from the German centre-back, Kevin Volland (ankle) and sibling Lars Bender (foot) are likewise absent for Bayer Leverkusen, even though Volland has come back to training in front of the trip to Freiburg.
Be that as it may, the game is probably going to have come too early for Volland, who should be accessible when Bayer 04 Leverkusen take the field one week from now. In the interim, Bosz, similar to his Freiburg counterpart, ought to likewise rearrange his formation, returning to the 3-4-3. The Bayer Leverkusen supervisor is required to turn his troops also, implying towards the equivalent during his pre-match press conference.
Jonathan Tah was on the seat the last break against Wolfsburg, and with Sven Bender being dicey to be accessible, he should come back to the lineup alongside Aleksandar Dragovic. Edmond Tapsoba, however, ought to hold his place in defence, with the backline giving cover to Lukas Hradecky once more.
In midfield, Julian Baumgartlinger should return, with Kerem Demirbay being given a breather in front of the next week’s game against Bayern Munich. Baumgartlinger will line up close by Charles Aranguiz in the middle of the park, with Nadiem Amiri beginning as the conservative back. On the left-wing, Wendell could be allowed to impress.
Forthright, Kai Havertz ought to be the leading man once again, repeating the false nine roles. Havertz, however, could have two new men flanking him with Paulinho and Leon Bailey coming back to the side. Karim Bellarabi and Moussa Diaby will be the effect players on the seat for Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen is one of the best teams in Bundesliga, and they are playing in awesome form, yet sadly, Leverkusen was obliterated in their last game in Bundesliga. Not long ago Leverkusen was playing against Wolfsburg at home, a match where Leverkusen was a major top pick. Bayer has had 69% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 12 corner kicks, and 85% of exact passes.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen may have had more possession, yet that was it from them. Wolfsburg was better inside and out that issues and Leverkusen have lost this game 1-4. In the initial two games since the season has begun once more, Leverkusen was exceptional, yet everything that worked out in a good way in the initial two games turned out badly in this one. Leverkusen is in the fifth spot in the standings with 53 points, 53 scored goals, and 36 conceded goals, a similar amount as M’gladbach in the fourth spot, and 2 points less than Leipzig in third.
Kai Havertz is the captain and the leading goal scorer in Leverkusen with 10 goals, while Volland included 9 goals and 7 assists. Bender, Stanilewicz, and Volland are harmed and won’t play. Bayer 04 Leverkusen is a decent, youthful, and gifted team with a brilliant future in front of them, yet they should deal with those small kinks that cause them to lose the points where they shouldn’t.
Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-head (h2h)
13 of the previous 16 successes had gone to the Company’s Eleven. Streich’s men have scored a total of one goal from the past five match-ups.
Seven of the past ten experiences at this stadium saw the home team failing to discover goals. Six of the earlier eight successes at this venue had gone to the visitors.
Since 2004, just thrice have Streich’s men won against this adversary.
SC Freiburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Match Details
Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
Start Time: 19:30 BST/ 20:30 CET
TV Channel: BT Sport (UK), FOX Sports (US)
SC Freiburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Prediction
The midweek defeat to Wolfsburg would have been a severe pill to swallow for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, particularly when 2nd place on the Bundesliga table was set to be available to all. Presently, Peter Bosz & co. must set their attention essentially on making sure about a top-four spot. That every one of the three sides in front of them additionally dropped points is a fortunate reward for them.
Freiburg, then again, have not glanced in the best of contacts since coming back to activity. Yet, their energetic exhibitions against RB Leipzig will prod them on to do a repeat – or maybe proceed – against Bayer Leverkusen.
Expect a challenging undertaking at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Friday. In any case, Kai Havertz will be back at his highest level, motivating Leverkusen to a 2-1 win over Freiburg, an outcome that would briefly send them up to third on the table.
Streich’s men were held to a 3-3 draw on the road the last match-day by Frankfurt. The visitors had discovered the back of the net first, yet it was soon leveled by the host team. Along these lines, the first half finished with a 1-1 scoreline. Notwithstanding, Streich’s men scored two quick-fire goals in the second half to take a lead of 1-3.
Tragically, Frankfurt scored two additional goals late into the game to indeed balance the scorecard. Then, the Company’s Eleven lost 1-4 at home the past game week, against Wolfsburg. It was an uncommon misfortune for the team in recent times, however, they were exhaustively beaten.
We can rely on the Company’s Eleven to recover and return to its target of qualifying for the Champions League. They do have a wonderful h2h record against Streich’s men, which moves the scales in support of them this Friday.
Indeed, they recorded 13 of the former 16 h2h wins, and have conceded a single goal from the last five such experiences. They have additionally lost against this opponent only thrice in the previous 16 years, and have lost at this venue only twice since 2004. Also, Streich’s men had failed to score in seven of the previous ten h2h meetings at this ground.
Going on, the Company’s Eleven were likewise unbeaten in 12 of their earlier 13 overall games, of which 11 were wins, and they are on an unbeaten run of six fixtures on the road, of which five were wins. Then again, their counterparts were winless in 16 of their last 20 overall matches, and they had lost four of their past six home appearances too.
Midweek wasn’t useful for both of these clubs. Bayer Leverkusen’s good run reached a conclusion when losing to Wolfsburg. Freiburg saw their expectations of Europa League football next season diminished in the wake of parting with that lead at Frankfurt. Leverkusen are solid on their travels and with Freiburg’s defence looking shaky at present, an away success is the tip for this game.
SC Freiburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Probable lineups
Probable lineup: Günter (c) – Grifo, Schwolow – Gulde, Höler, Heintz – Schmid, Koch, Höfler, Petersen, Lienhart
Out: Kübler (knee)
Doubtful: Ravet (muscular), Haberer (ankle)
Coach: Christian Streich
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Probable lineup: Sinkgraven – Havertz (c), Hradecky – Tah, Diaby, Tapsobah – Amiri, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Alario, S. Bender
Out: Volland (foot)
Doubtful: L. Bender (foot)
Coach: Peter Bosz