Two sides that are looking to build on their opening win of the season meet this Saturday at Merkur Spiel-Arena, as Fortuna Dusseldorf face Bayer Leverkusen. Fortuna Dusseldorf started their new season with a win over Werder Bremen, which has rewarded them with fourth place. Leverkusen sit hot on their upcoming opponent’s tails after their exciting win over Paderborn. Neither side will want to give up their perfect record in this fixture which should make for an intense 90 minutes of football.
Fortuna Dusseldorf’s opening win of the season should not have come as a surprise to anyone, as they have been in great form throughout their pre-season. Before their previous victory, Fortuna had won back-to-back games which started with a huge 15-1 win over Benrath. Next up, Fortuna went up against FC 08 Villingen and picked up a simple 3-1 win. Following this, they faced Werder Bremen in the opening game of the season and a dominant 90 minutes saw them ease to another 3-1 victory.
Peter Bosz will fancy his side’s chances against Fortuna Dusseldorf after finishing last season a huge 14 points above them. However, he will be urging his side not to be complacent as their opponents will arrive high in confidence. Over the last three fixtures, Leverkusen have secured two victories alongside one defeat. The first of the three games saw them suffer a narrow 2-1 defeat to Valencia, before then beating Alemannia Aachen 4-1 in the DFB Pokal. Paderborn stood in their way in the opening game of the season and a tight 90 minutes of football saw Leverkusen snatch a 3-2 win.
Fortuna have looked strong in recent games and impressed many during their opening game of the season, so we expect them to trouble Bayer Leverkusen. However, Leverkusen have dominated this encounter over the last three meetings, winning 4-0, 2-1 and 2-0.
Both sides were involved in games which had over 2.5 goals scored last time out and two of their last three meetings have also seen over 2.5 goals.
Bayer Leverkusen have won all four meetings between them and Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Four goals were scored inside 25 minutes during Bayer’s fixture against Paderborn.
Kevin Volland, Leon Bailey and Kai Havertz have all scored in their last two matches.
The hosts have multiple injuries to deal with ahead of this fixture, which include Aymen Barkok, who scored four goals against Benrath. Other injuries include Raphael Wolf (Virus), Kevin Stoger ( Knee), Michael Rensing (Ankle), Georgios Siadas and Nana Ampomah. You can expect to see Rouwen Hennings, Kenan Karaman and Kaan Ayhan in the starting line up against Bayer Leverkusen this weekend, with all three bagging goals against Werder Bremen.
We are expecting to see the same 3-4-3 formation we have grown used to seeing from this Bayer Leverkusen side, with the likes of Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland making up a part of their deadly front three. The two forwards have scored in their last two fixtures for Leverkusen, as well as Leon Bailey, who has scored twice from left-wing. Peter Bosz has no injuries or suspensions to worry about, so expect to see a pretty much identical side to what faced Paderborn.