Bayer Leverkusen host Hoffenheim on Saturday at the BayArena, with kick off set for 2:30pm in the Bundesliga. At this time, the home side are sitting in fifth spot after two games played having been victorious in each and only off the top by means of goal difference. Hoffenheim have won on one occasion and been beaten once, so they are placed ninth with three points to their name.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Bundesliga campaign got off to a great start when they defeated new boys Paderborn on home soil by three goals to two. Leon Bailey initiated the scoring ten minutes in, but Sven Michel equalized for the visitors. The score remained level for only four minutes as Kai Havertz netted to put his side back on top, however Streli Mamba was on hand to level things up once more just after the midway point of the first half. Kevin Volland stepped up to the plate in the second half, notching his first league goal of the campaign to ensure three points were going the way of his team. Last time out, Leverkusen defeated Fortuna Dusseldorf away from home by three goals to one and Lewis Baker’s own goal, along with Charles Aranguiz’s and Karim Bellarabi’s strikes, brought Peter Bosz his second victory already.
Hoffenheim were seen off by Eintracht Frankfurt on the opening weekend of the season as Martin Hinteregger bagged the opener just one minute into the tie, assisted by Filip Kostic. The visitors couldn’t find a way back into the match, so were forced to wait until matchday two for their first three points of the season. Werder Bremen were the opponents, and despite Niclas Fullkrug putting them in the driving seat just before half time it was Ermin Bicakcic and Ihlass Bebou who made sure the lead changed hands. After the visiting team levelled the scores once again having had a man sent off, Pavel Kaderabek netted three minutes from the end to win the day for Hoffenheim.
Each of the previous three encounters have finished 4-1 with Hoffenheim coming out on top in all of those games, once being away from home. With that in mind there will definitely be a mental edge in their favour and after bagging three in their most recent outing, goals are expected in this one.
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in four of their last six matches and have not lost to Bayer Leverkusen since August 2015. Since then, Hoffenheim have won five out of seven meetings, including two away wins during that time.
Bayer Leverkusen have scored in each of their last seven home games.
Leverkusen have scored ten goals in their past three outings.
Neither side has drawn in their last four matches.
Joel Pohjanpalo may return this weekend after recovering from an ankle problem, but if he features it will likely be from the bench. Jonathan Tah has been ill recently and will be assessed closer to the game in question, but it shouldn’t stop him from taking part here. Mitchell Weiser suffered a bruised foot in July but might make a comeback in this one having begun training again.
Andrej Kramaric (knee) and Benjamin Hubner (neck) are injury worries for Alfred Schreuder going into the weekend’s clash, but we could see Philipp Ochs play for the first time since July following his rehabilitation from a thigh injury. Steven Zuber is another who has been stuck on the sidelines for a little while, with the 28 year old to be checked on this week ahead of Saturday’s matchup.