The Bundesliga title race has been one of the most interesting stories to follow this season, but the battle for a place in the Champions League has also intensified over recent weeks. Bayer Leverkusen are one of the sides in contention for that place and they travel to Hoffenheim this weekend.
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Bayer Leverkusen have been in tremendous form since the Bundesliga resumed after the international break. They have won both of their fixtures since the winter break and have scored seven goals. They are one of the most exciting teams to watch in Germany, but its their defensive record which stands out the most.
They have the second-best defensive record in the Bundesliga. They also boast one of the most impressive young players in world football within their ranks. Kai Havertz has been watched by many of the leading sides around Europe, and he has been the best player for Leverkusen this season. He has added more to his game this season, which has enabled him to make two assists and scored four goals. He is certainly a player to watch out for in this fixture, as he looks to cement his place in the Germany team for the upcoming European Championships.
Hoffenheim are still in with a chance of qualifying for Europe next season themselves as they sit seventh in the league table. However, their form has been stuttering since the winter break. They returned to Bundesliga action with a 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, before registering a 3-0 win away from home against Werder Bremen. A Davy Klassen own goal put them on their way in that game, before late goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Sargis Adamyan wrapped up the win. However, this will be a much sterner test for them.
Head to Head
There has been 23 previous meetings between these two sides, with Leverkusen holding the dominant advantage. They have won on 14 occasions, while Hoffenheim have won on five occasions. There have been four draws in this fixture. Bayer average two goals per game in this fixture, while Hoffenheim average 1.2 goals.
Hoffenheim Team News
Oliver Baumann, Ishak Belfodil and Phillip Ochs will be missing for the hosts. However, they could have Robert Skov back on the bench.
Bayer Leverkusen Team News
The traveling side will be without Exequiel Palacios, who will be missing after being sent off in their last fixture. Meanwhile, Charles Aranguiz remains on the treatment table.
Hoffenheim vs Leverkusen Prediction
This will be an entertaining fixture between two sides that have young and energetic squads. The forward players for Bayer could be the game-changing aspect that ensures they register a fourth win in a row.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen to win.
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