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In the highlight game of the weekend, two of the Bundesliga’s European season hopes will meet on Saturday evening Bayer Leverkusen host Borussia Monchengladbach.
Both teams started their season with a 1-1 draw on the opening weekend and will be looking for their first league wins at the BayArena.
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New Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane His Bundesliga time began with a 1-1 draw at Union Berlin last weekend, which is a positive result given the Berliners’ home record.
His team dominated possession for much of the game and created many opportunities in an impressive performance at the start of the season.
Seoane arrived after being laid off this summer Peter Bosz in March and the transition from Hannes Wolf comes to an end in June. The Swiss coach left Young Boys, where he won three Swiss Super League titles in a row, to move to Germany, leaving the best points-per-game ratio in the league’s history.
He will try to improve his disappointing sixth place last season by looking to lead his Leverkusen back to the Champions League.
Before the Union Berlin draw, the preparation for the season in Leverkusen was rather short. A single draw, followed by an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat to FC Utrecht, meant that the preparation was not optimal.
A sovereign 3-0 win against the amateur club Lokomotive Leipzig in the first round of the DFB Cup followed, however, to end the warm-up for the new Bundesliga season on a positive note.
With a 1-1 draw in his first league game of the new season, a new man started his tenure in Mönchengladbach. Adi Hutter his team saw an entertaining encounter with champions Bayern Munich at the season opener last Friday evening.
Hutter has big footsteps to fill after replacing the deceased Marco Rosewho moved to Borussia Dortmund despite the disappointing season last year.
The form of The Foals weakened significantly towards the end of the season, which coincided with the announcement of Rose’s impending departure. Eighth place was well below average for a team that, after having played regularly in the Champions League and Europa League, would completely forego the European competition in recent years.
The draw against Bayern started positively for Mönchengladbach and they took advantage of their good start by taking the lead after just 10 minutes Alassane Plea. However, when Bayern grew into the game, most of them had their backs to the wall and the goalkeeper Yann summer‘s exploits ensured that the points were shared.
Before the start of the league, Hutter prepared optimally for the new season, because his new team celebrated three wins from five test matches in the previous season, followed by a 1-0 win against FC Kaiserslautern in the first DFB round. Cup.
The new man will try to improve the current form of his new team against their opponents on Saturday, as they have lost the last three meetings with Leverkusen and conceded eight goals in the process.
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Leverkusen striker Patrick Schick has struggled to repeat his stunning goalscoring form at Euro 2020 during his club career so far in Germany, but he started the opening game last weekend and will continue to do so.
Coach Seoane faces a number of absenteeism ahead of Saturday’s game.
The young star of the last season Florian Wirtz missed the start of the season with a groin injury, but recently returned to individual training. He remains doubtful and will most likely have to settle for a place on the bench when he’s fit enough for a place on the squad.
Full-back Jeremie Frimpong is also a doubt while newcomer Piero Hincapie cannot be reached after his arrival due to quarantine.
Lucas Alario (Strip), Karim Bellarabi (Leg), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Knee) and Edmond Tapsoba are also excluded from visiting Mönchengladbach.
Meanwhile, teenagers Joe Scally made his Bundesliga debut for Mönchengladbach last Friday in the absence of a regular full-back Ramy Bensebaini; he will keep his place despite the regular’s recent return to training.
Denis Zakaria Game fitness continues to be lacking and is reportedly also looking to withdraw from the club so he may not get back on the squad.
Mamadou Doucoure (Achilles), Breel Embolo (Thigh) and Kouadio Kone (Knee) are not available to visitors.
Bayer Leverkusen possible starting line-up:
Hradecky; Retsos, Kossounou, Tah, Bakker; Aranguiz, Palacios; Diaby, Demirbay, Amiri; Fancy
Borussia Mönchengladbach possible starting line-up:
Summer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Scally; Kramer, Neuhaus; Hofmann, Stindl, Thuram; plea
Probability: Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
We expect Leverkusen to continue their impressive record over Mönchengladbach from the last time, whereby the home advantage plays an important role. It will likely be a close match between two of the European Championship qualifying teams, but Leverkusen should only narrowly beat it.
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