RB Leipzig claimed an impressive 3-1 win against Mainz on matchday 1 of the Bundesliga season. Julian Nagelsmann’s team now head into matchday 2 with a big test against Bayer Leverkusen. The Company XI didn’t have quite as much success on matchday 1. They only managed a nil-nil draw against Wolfsburg.
Bayer Leverkusen are in the post-Kai Havertz era. Their lack of cutting edge against Wolfsburg showed on opening day. Bayer Leverkusen’s shooting chances were poor and they claimed a mere 0.44 expected goals total during the 90-minute match.
RB Leipzig are unbeaten in four straight games against Bayer Leverkusen. Peter Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen did claim two draws against RB Leipzig last season, however. Both Bundesliga games between the clubs finished 1-1.
Bayer Leverkusen are still moulding their squad after the departure of Havertz. Even without the forward, Bayer Leverkusen still have a strong team that should push for a European place this season. RB Leipzig will fancy their chances of challenging for the Bundesliga title once more. They need another big win on matchday 2 to ensure they stay with Bayern Munich.
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When these teams met last season at the BayArena, the match finished 1-1 with both goals coming in the second half. Bayer Leverkusen opened the scoring through Kevin Volland on 66 minutes but RB Leipzig came from behind to equalise through Christopher Nkunku on 78 minutes.
Their second match, played at Red Bull Arena, once again saw Bayer Leverkusen take the lead. Leon Bailey scored in the 29th minute but Patrik Schick score three minutes later to give RB Leipzig a share of the spoils. Will these teams repeat last season’s 1-1 draws or will there be a winner?
Since earning promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016, RB Leipzig have lost just once to Bayer Leverkusen in eight meetings. RB Leipzig have posted a 4W-3D-1L record against the Company XI. They have won twice and drawn twice at the BayArena.
RB Leipzig have a lot to be proud of since joining the Bundesliga in 2016. They reached the Champions League semifinals August and should be buoyed by that performance. The Red Bulls could fight for the title in Germany this term. They do need to win against Bayer Leverkusen to keep pace with Bayern Munich. RB Leipzig won’t play Bayern Munich until early December.
Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig Team News
RB Leipzig sold Timo Werner during the transfer window. They also lost striker Patrik Schick; whose loan spell ended in August. He was subsequently sold to Bayer Leverkusen by Roma. To make up for the lack of goalscoring in the side, RB Leipzig signed Alexander Sorloth from Crystal Palace this week.
Sorloth was on loan at Turkish club Trabzonspor last season. He scored 33 goals in 49 appearances for the Turkish team. RB Leipzig signed the Norwegian to a five-year contract. His addition is exciting as Sorloth is part of Norway’s current golden generation of players.
Nagelsmann is without Hugo Ramos and Joseph Martinez due to positive COVID-19 tests. Dani Olmo and Ibrahima Konate are both doubts currently.
Schick came on as a substitute for Bayer Leverkusen on matchday 1. Peter Bosz started striker Lucas Alario in attack but brought Schick on in the second half. Schick could get the start against his former club. Bayer Leverkusen are still putting their team together. Centre-back Jonathan Tah is likely to leave with Leicester City in the mix for €40 million. Meanwhile, the Company XI are attempting to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Santiago Arias. They are battling Everton for his signature.
Leon Bailey, who is also expected to move this transfer window, is ruled out after a positive COVID-19 test. Paulinho will also miss the match due to an ACL injury.
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Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig both found the back of the net when the teams met in the 2019-20 season. The two Bundesliga matches finished 1-1 each. Last weekend, RB Leipzig claimed a 3-1 win against Mainz. Bayer Leverkusen’s attack is better than Mainz’s offence. The Company XI should be able to get on the scoresheet. Six of the eight all-time games between the clubs finished with both teams scoring goals.
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RB Leipzig saw their matchday 1 game against Mainz finish with over 2.5 goals scored. They are capable of running riot against opponents even without Timo Werner in the team. This is still a very good RB Leipzig team. They may not have the talent to win the Bundesliga this term, but should challenge the top four. Bayer Leverkusen are a direct top-four rival. Getting a win this weekend will be a big step toward Champions League qualification once more. Five of the eight all-time meetings between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
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Yussuf Poulsen got his account up and running last weekend in the Bundesliga with a first-half goal. His strike in the 21st minute turned out to be the winner as RB Leipzig claimed a 3-1 victory. Poulsen took a step backwards last season with just five Bundesliga goals. The return of five goals came after scoring 15 Bundesliga goals in 2018-19. The reason for his lack of goals in 2019-20 was certainly due to Schick and Timo Werner getting the majority of the playing time under Nagelsmann. Still, Poulsen is a key player and contributor to RB Leipzig.
RB Leipzig could only muster two draws last season against Bayer Leverkusen. This time out, the Red Bulls should do much better. Bayer Leverkusen were stifled away to Wolfsburg on matchday 1. Now, they should be stifled again. Removing Havertz from the team took away their chief goalscorer. They are also without Leon Bailey, another attacking threat.
The Red Bulls should get a fifth win in nine all-time Bundesliga games versus Bayer Leverkusen. The win will keep them close the Bayern Munich.
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