Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig: All you need to know about this Bundesliga fixture
Leverkusen will host RB Leipzig at Bay Arena on Saturday afternoon in the potential spectacle. Both teams have high aspirations in this season with the visitors being in the superior position, but Leverkusen certainly have the quality to stun the Red Bulls.
German Bundesliga – Season 2017/18
Saturday, 18th November 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET / 20:00 IST
Venue: Bay Arena, Leverkusen
Telecast:SKY Sports 4 Bundesliga, ESPN Play Latin America (no telecast in India)
Before the international break, Leverkusen were in the excellent form as they stood unbeaten in the last five outings while grabbing 9 points from two victories and three stalemates. It is safe to say that along with Bayern and RB, Leverkusen are one of the strongest sides on the home turf – they are yet to face the defeat at Bay Arena while allowing only five goals in addition to eleven tallied.
The visitors will take on Leverkusen before the crucial match in UEFA Champions League. The Red Bulls are aiming to stay behind Bayern Munich as they occupy the second position with a four-point deficit.
Die Rotten Bullen faced three defeats in the recent period – two were inflicted by Bayern Munich while Porto bested them in Champions League group.
Leverkusen: Leno – L. Bender (c), Tah, Retsos, Wendell – Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger – Bailey, Havertz, Brandt – Volland
Absentees: S. Bender (broken ribs), Henrichs (sinusitis)
Coach: Heiko Herrlich
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Sabitzer, Keita, Kampl, Forsberg – Poulsen, Werner
Absentees: Ilsanker (toe)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
The two sides will collide for the third time on Saturday. The Red Bulls already have the 100% performance against Leverkusen as they beat them twice back in the previous campaign. In their latest match at RB Arena, Poulsen netted the late goal in the 93rd minute to seal the minimal victory over Werkself.