In the top game of Germany, the match between Bayer Leverkusen and SC Freiburg will take place on Saturday afternoon. Before the 13th day, both clubs are just one point away. The difference is that the guests can live with this placement quite well, while the Bayer elite is rather dissatisfied with the current situation and needs a victory. This place is the BayArena.
After twelve game days, Bayer Leverkusen is clearly behind expectations. At the moment they are in the Bundesliga in the tenth place and have a goal ratio of 19:20. Already six defeats had to be accepted in the league. For a Champions League contender this is not satisfactory at this early time in the season. The current form also leaves much to be desired, as they have lost two defeats in series. In front of their home crowd they have a record of three wins, a draw and two defeats. Last weekend, they finished 2-2 at BayArena RB Leipzig. Their top scorer in the league is Chicharito with five goals.
The team of coach Roger Schmidt presented a good side on the last day of the match. Against Bayern Munich, they proved to be a matched opponent and kept the game exciting for a long time. After Mats Hummels scored the 2: 1 lead from the perspective of the Munich team in the second half, they did not manage to pull the rudder. In the Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen is already qualified for the round of last 16. In a group with the AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and CSKA Moscow, the Werkself was second. In the DFB Cup, however, they were already eliminated in the second round against the SF Lotte. In the offensive, Roger Schmidt has to complain about some failures before the match against SC Freiburg. Admir Mehmedi, Karim Bellarabi, Kevin Volland and Joel Pohjanpalo are injured.
SC Freiburg are ranked 11th in the first division. Despite their acceptable table situation, they are currently in a form and result crisis. Lastly, there were three defeats for the “Breisgau”. They had to put in a total of eleven contenders. In total, they already collected seven season-finals and have a goal ratio of 16:24. As a result, they receive an average of two goals per game. They only managed to win a victory (3: 1 against Werder Bremen), otherwise they had to beat each other in front of a different audience this season. With five goals scored, Maximilian Philipp is the best scorer on the side of SC Freiburg.
Last weekend they lost with 1: 4 against RB Leipzig. Already after the first half the team of coach Christian Streich were 1: 3 behind. Overall, they were too passive against strong Leipzig. In the DFB Cup, SC Freiburg already finished the second round. Against SV Sandhausen they failed in the penalty shoot-out. Christian Streich are missing some players for the away game in Leverkusen. Marc-Oliver Kempf, Georg Niedermeier, Lucas Hufnagel, Nicolas Höfler and Maximilian Philipp are sure to come out. The use of Onur Bulut is questionable.