Bayer Leverkusen can move into the top-five when they host Augsburg in the crunch Bundesliga match at WWK ARENA (Augsburg Arena), in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? Bundesliga
Teams: Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen
Kick Off: Saturday 27 April
Match Timing: 12:00 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Augsburg Arena (30,660)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Bundesliga matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
The season is heading towards the business end and with each passing game, the table is starting to take the shape.
For the most part of the season, Augsburg have been flirting with the relegation. But after picking up 9 points from the last 15 available, they have managed to pull themselves clear of the danger.
The hosts will be brimming with confidence after mauling VfB Stuttgart 6-0 in the last game. The win saw them moving to 14th on the table, and more importantly, a huge 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
The result followed an important 3-1 win over fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. That was the big win, which came out nowhere considering the form and the position of both the teams.
The win was even better and tells a lot about the team's newly found mojo as Frankfurt took an early lead. Marco Richter scored twice in the first half on either side of Gelson Fernandez's red card.
Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile recorded their second successive win after a hard-fought 2-0 win over doomed Nurnberg in the last match.
Lucas Alario came off the bench to break the deadlock in the 61-minute before Kevin Volland put the game beyond doubts four minutes from the regulation time.
The win kept Bayer within the touching distance of the top-five as only three points separate them from Borussia Monchengladbach in fifth place.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Augsburg – W L L L W W
Bayer Leverkusen – W L L L W W
LEV vs AUG Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Augsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News:
Injured – Augsburg have been battling with a long injury list all season. It's not easing up by any means as five players are out of this match.
Raphael Framberger (cruciate ligament), Sergio Cordova (groin), Alfred Finnbogason (calf), Fabian Giefer (ankle), and Felix Götze (hip) are all out of this game.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Three more players in the shape of Fredrik Jansen, Dong-Won Ji and Jan Moravek will be assessed before the game.
Note: Gregol Kobel is fit and should start between the posts. In addition, Ja-Cheol Koo has recovered from the flu to start in central midfield, while Marco Richter could lead the side in the absence of Marco Richter.
Key Players – Philipp Max, Michael Gregoritsch
Injured – Leon Bailey was subbed off in the last match due to a muscular injury. He is out of this match and joins Joel Pahjanpolo and Karim Bellarbi in the treatment room.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – While Isaac Kiese Thelin (calf) and Panagiotis Retsos (toe) will be monitored before the game.
Note: Lucas Alario broke the deadlock in the last game and could replace the injured Leon Bailey in the starting 11.
Key Players – Kevin Volland, Lucas Alario
LEV vs AUG Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Augsburg– Kobel (GK), Schmid, Gouweleeuw, Khedira, Stafylidis, Baier, Hahn, Koo, Gregoritsch, Max, Richter
Bayer Leverkusen– Hradecky (GK), Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Brandt, Havertz, Alario, Volland
LEV vs AUG Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten in the last 15 Bundesliga games against Augsburg (W9, D6). No other side in Bundesliga history has managed a longer unbeaten streak.
That said, Augsburg must have the wind in their sails after claiming their biggest ever victory in the last match and looks a good bet to earn at least a draw here.
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