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Bayer Leverkusen vs 1. FC Union Berlin: Match Preview, team news, and predicted line-ups

Bayer Leverkusen vs 1. FC Union Berlin: Match Preview, team news, and predicted line-ups

Bayer Leverkusen will lock horns against Union Berlin on the 8th of January (3:30 PM) at the BayArena. This will their first game after the winter break.

Bayer Leverkusen are currently sitting at the 4th position in the Bundesliga with 28 points in their 17 games. Whereas, Union Berlin are in the 7th position with 27 points from 17 games.

Bayer Leverkusen vs 1. FC Union Berlin : Match Preview

Leverkusen are winless in their last 3 games accumulating just 7 points from their last 5 games. They were defeated by SC Freiburg 2-1 in their last game as Kevin Schade scored the winner with just 6 minutes to spare.

Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga form: L D L W W

The visitors have also dropped 8 points in their last 5 games. Union Berlin defeated VfL Bochum 1-0. These two sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season.

Union Berlin Bundesliga form: W D L W L

Team News

Bayer Leverkusen team news

Bayer’s defensive duo of Edmond Tapsoba and Odilon Kossounou have been called for AFCON Cup. Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Julian Baumgartlinger will also be missing their game against Union Berlin as they are still recovering from their respective injuries. Charles Aranguiz and Exequiel Palacios are sidelined until the end of January.

Meanwhile, Piero Hincapie is set to return after testing positive for COVID-19.

Bayer Leverkusen Starting XI

Hradecky; Frimpong, Tah, Hincapie, Bakker; Andrich, Demirbay; Diaby, Wirtz, Adli; Schick

FC Union Berlin team news

The visiting team will be without their top goal scorer Taiwo Awoniyi. The striker will be representing Nigeria in the AFCON Cup. The striker has already bagged 9 goals this season in the Bundesliga. Max Kruse is the most likely replacement for the Nigerian alongside Sheraldo Becker.

Union Berlin Starting XI

Luthe; Jaeckel, Knoche, Friedrich; Trimmel, Khedira, Promel, Giesselmann; Haraguchi; Kruse, Becker

Match Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen vs 1. FC Union Berlin

The fight for the European spots has got even more intense. These two sides are separated by just 1 point. Therefore, Bayer Leverkusen will look to solidify their position with 3 points. Leverkusen (2) – (0) Union Berlin.

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