Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen Need a Win Over Hamburg
The past several weeks of results for Bayer Leverkusen have been less than stellar as they have moved from second to fourth in the standings. Fourth place happens to be a Champions League qualifying position, but the difference between fourth and sixth is only three points. Even though their match is away, Leverkusen has a decisive advantage on paper. Leverkusen must win this match to have a chance to stay in the top four and begin to salvage a horrible second half.
Leverkusen travels to Hamburg to take on a side that is firmly in the relegation discussion. The away side has the third-best record away from home in the league, and Leverkusen has also scored in each of their last six away matches. A win for Leverkusen could mean a four-point cushion on the competition. They have to take advantage of this matchup and put Hamburg in more trouble at the bottom of the table.
Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg
The team chasing Leverkusen is Wolfsburg, and now they travel to the home of the yellow wall and second place Dortmund. Wolfsburg is one of the bigger surprises in the league, and their play has given them an outside chance at the Champions League. Meanwhile Dortmund can feel the pressure behind them as the try to hold onto second place. Wolfsburg has not been shut out for 20 matches while matches featuring Dortmund are averaging 2.5 goals a game, so expect some scoring.
Hertha Berlin vs. Hoffenheim
This match potentially pits two USMNT pool players against one another as John Brooks and Fabian Johnson have a good chance to be in the starting lineup. Hertha has lost their last four matches and failed to defend their home field very well this season. Hoffenheim’s form has been better as they have now leaped over Hertha in the standings based on goal differential. Johnson has been seeing time as right back for Hoffenheim.
Leverkusen 3 – Hamburg 1
Freiburg 1 - Stuttgart 1
Bayern Munich 2 - Augsburg 0
Mainz 2 - Frankfurt 1
Schalke 2 - Werder Bremen 2
Mönchengladbach 2 - Frankfurt 1
Dortmund 1 – Wolfsburg 1
Hannover 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0
Hoffenheim 3 – Berlin 1