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The Bundesliga game at Vonovia Ruhrstadion on Saturday sees visitors Bayer Leverkusen facing home side Bochum.

The match on Saturday has all the makings of a tight battle as Bochum and Bayer Leverkusen look to bag a crucial win in the process.

Bochum are relatively average in the art of goal-scoring these days. They scored a steady 13 goals in their previous ten matches, for an average of 1.3 per game. They simultaneously allowed their opponents 16 goals, or an average of 1.6 a game. Furthermore, they fought their way to two clean sheets in this run.

Bayer Leverkusen scored 17 goals, conceded nine and kept their opponents from scoring four times in their last ten matches.

The last time these two sides facing off here came up against each other, Bayer Leverkusen came away with a 2-0 win. Rest assured they have a similar outcome in mind at Vonovia Ruhrstadion.

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

Bochum Form

Bochum collected four points from their previous three matches, as they were defeated 2-0 against B. M'gladbach. They retaliated in a 3-2 win against Augsburg, before drawing 1-1 with Hertha Berlin. Bochum only pulled off two wins from a possible six in recent Bundesliga matches on home soil. Of the remaining four matches, they drew one and lost three, as they scored eight and conceded 13 goals.

They went into the season as candidates for the drop, and unfortunately for Bochum, they have lived up to expectations. As the season draws to a close, they are still in with a chance of escaping relegation, though.

Bayer Leverkusen Form

Following three draws in their last three matches, Bayer Leverkusen could do with a win again. Against VfB Stuttgart, they shared the points in a 1-1 draw, before splitting the points in a 0-0 with Roma. Another 2-2 stalemate against B. M'gladbach followed. Bayer Leverkusen won twice, while also recording four draws, and zero defeats in their last six away matches in the Bundesliga. The scoreline from these matches says four goals conceded and eight scored.

This particular encounter between Bochum and Bayer Leverkusen looks a little trickier for the favourites, than prices with the bookmakers suggest. All things considered, though, we still believe, the visitors have enough about them to pull off a win this coming Saturday.

Bayer Leverkusen recorded six wins from their last 11 games against teams placed in the bottom six and collected 20 points. They scored 22 goals while conceding 11. Bochum are looking at a record of nine wins, five draws and 19 defeats in the Bundesliga this season. Bayer Leverkusen have a record of 14 wins, eight draws and 11 defeats in the Bundesliga.

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Stats

  • Bochum have conceded in 28 of the last 30 home matches
  • Bochum have conceded in 24 of the last 26 matches
  • In 7 of the last 8 matches Bochum played, both teams scored
  • In the last 4 home matches in a row Bochum played, both teams scored
  • Bochum have scored in 9 of the last 10 matches
  • Bayer Leverkusen have not lost 16 of the last 18 matches
  • In 11 of the last 13 Bayer Leverkusen matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Bayer Leverkusen have not lost 10 of the last 11 away matches
  • In 7 of the last 9 Bayer Leverkusen matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
  • In 6 of the last 7 Bayer Leverkusen away matches the sum of goals was under 3.5

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Squads

Bochum Squad

The 54-year-old Letsch will select the starting eleven against Bayer Leverkusen from this squad. The statistics represent goals scored and matches played in the Bundesliga this season:

Manuel Riemann (0/33), Marko Johansson (0/0), Michael Esser (0/0), Paul Grave (0/0), Cristian Gamboa (0/19), Danilo Soares (0/23), Dominique Heintz (0/10), Erhan Masovic (4/28), Ivan Ordets (0/29), Jordi Osei-Tutu (0/20), Keven Schlotterbeck (2/14), Konstantinos Stafylidis (0/19), Mohammed Tolba (0/0), Saidy Janko (0/19), Vassilios Lambropoulos (0/14), Anthony Losilla (2/30), Jacek Goralski (0/4), Kevin Stoeger (4/31), Patrick Osterhage (0/22), Philipp Foerster (2/24), Pierre Kunde (1/12), Christopher Antwi-Adjej (3/28), Gerrit Holtmann (1/23), Moritz Broschinski (2/10), Philipp Hofmann (8/33), Silvere Ganvoula (0/16), Simon Zoller (3/26), Takuma Asano (2/24).

Bayer Leverkusen Squad

Here is the full squad of the away team. The 41 year-old Bayer Leverkusen manager Alonso will select his starting XI from these players:

Andrey Lunev (0/1), Lukas Hradecky (0/32), Niklas Lomb (0/0), Patrick Pentz (0/0), Daley Sinkgraven (0/12), Edmond Tapsoba (1/32), Jeremie Frimpong (8/33), Jonathan Tah (1/32), Mitchel Bakker (3/27), Noah Mbamba (0/0), Odilon Kossounou (0/24), Piero Hincapie (1/30), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (0/11), Ayman Azhil (0/0), Exequiel Palacios (4/24), Florian Wirtz (1/16), Joshua Eze (0/0), Kerem Demirbay (4/25), Nadiem Amiri (4/24), Robert Andrich (2/29), Adam Hlozek (5/28), Amine Adli (5/25), Callum Hudson-Odoi (0/14), Karim Bellarabi (0/8), Moussa Diaby (9/32), Patrik Schick (3/14), Sardar Azmoun (4/22).

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News

Bochum are as close to an entire squad as they can with only one player unavailable for the side which faces Bayer Leverkusen.

Sidelined with an injury, Bochum can't field Paul Grave this coming Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen have three on the list of injured and absent players before their next match against Bochum on Saturday.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Joshua Eze and Patrik Schick all face a spell on the sidelines for Bayer Leverkusen due to various injuries.

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Lineups

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen H2H

The last time the pair played each other, Bayer Leverkusen came out the other side as 2-0 winners and surely won't mind a repeat of that result. In last ten encounters between the clubs, Bayer Leverkusen have been the dominant force winning five matches against Bochum. The bookies have Bayer Leverkusen to win this match at best price odds of 19/20.

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Results

A high scoring match is a fairly rare occurrence when Bochum face Bayer Leverkusen as under 2.5 goals happened in seven times in the last ten matches. Under 2.5 goals is best priced at odds of 3/2 with the bookies.

Bochum vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips

Anthony Losilla is the most prolific Bundesliga marksman for the home team, scoring twice recently. Bayer Leverkusen look to Amine Adli, hoping he can add to his current total of two Bundesliga goals in his latest games.

Bochum claimed four wins in the previous 10 matches at home across all tournaments, as well as drawing one and losing five. Bayer Leverkusen won five of their last 10 away games, as they also drew four and lost one of these matches. Goals should be on the menu at Vonovia Ruhrstadion, with both teams scoring in seven of the last 10 matches at home for Bochum. The same outcome paid dividends in five of the last 10 away games for Bayer Leverkusen.

Less than three came out three times in the past ten encounters between Bayer Leverkusen and Bochum, as both teams not to score was a winning bet five times. Bochum performed 1.1 goals on average, whereas Bayer Leverkusen averaged 1.3 goals. Bochum saw over 2.5 goals in three of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.3 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals came up in three of Bayer Leverkusen's previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 1.1 goals in these matches.