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May 29, 2020 at 7.30pm UK at Olympiastadion
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Preview: Freiburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Bundesliga clash between Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen, including team news and predicted lineups.

Top-four chasing Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to hit back on Friday night when they take on Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.

Leverkusen suffered a heavy 4-1 home loss against Wolfsburg in midweek to drop down to fifth in the Bundesliga, while Freiburg's inconsistent form continued with a 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Kai Havertz celebrates scoring for Bayer Leverkusen on May 23, 2020© Reuters

Peter Bosz's side had hit the ground running upon their return from the two-month break by beating Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach in emphatic style.

The 4-1 win at Gladbach last weekend was particularly impressive given it came against the side directly above them in the table, with Kai Havertz once against stepping up.

However, all that momentum came to a crashing halt on Tuesday with their surprise defeat to Wolfsburg at BayArena.

It was Wolfsburg's Maximilian Arnold, and not Havertz, who grabbed the headlines as he scored one and set up another as the visitors raced into a four-goal lead.

Leverkusen were given a bit of a let-off by Gladbach, though, as their top-four rivals could only draw 0-0 at strugglers Werder Bremen.

Bosz's men are therefore just one point off fourth place heading into Friday's clash with Freiburg, who are winless in three either side of the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

Freiburg attacker Luca Waldschmidt pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Christian Streich's side lost 1-0 to Bremen in their first home game back, but draws away at RB Leipzig and Frankfurt either side of that result show what they are capable of.

Freiburg will look back at their midweek draw against Frankfurt with some disappointment, however, having held a 3-1 lead with a little over 10 minutes remaining.

With six games of the season to go, the hosts are still in contention for a Europa League spot as they find themselves four points adrift of Wolfsburg in seventh.

They are winless in their previous five meetings with Leverkusen, though, with their last two home encounters finishing in goalless draws.

This season's reverse fixture also ended all square, with Moussa Diaby cancelling out Lucas Holer's early goal in November's encounter.

Freiburg's Bundesliga form: LLWDLD

Bayer Leverkusen's Bundesliga form: WDWWWL
Bayer Leverkusen's form (all competitions): WWWWWL

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Bayer Leverkusen celebrate Kai Havertz's second goal against Werder Bremen on May 18, 2020© Reuters

Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland returned to training earlier this week after recovering from an ankle injury, but this game is expected to come too soon for him to feature.

Jonathan Tah is carrying a back injury and remained on the bench for the defeat to Wolfsburg, while skipper Lars Bender has been missing with a foot problem.

Bosz switched to a back four in midweek and may well revert back to the same XI that saw off Gladbach, though Havertz will lead the line regardless of the formation.

As for the hosts, Gian-Luca Waldschmidt sat out the loss to Bremen with an ankle problem but was back involved against Frankfurt, playing the opening hour before being replaced.

Playing twice in the space of a few days will be a big ask, while Christian Gunter is another playing through the pain barrier.

Elsewhere, German attacker Janik Haberer played no part against Frankfurt and that is likely to remain the case here.

Freiburg possible starting lineup:
Schwolow; Schmid, Koch, Gulde, Gunter; Sallai, Abrashi, Hofler, Grifo; Waldschmidt, Holer

Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Tapsoba, Bender, Dragovic; Weiser, Aranguiz, Demirbay, Sinkgraven; Bellarabi, Havertz, Diaby

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We say: Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Even accounting for their surprise midweek loss, Leverkusen have still won 12 of their last 14 matches and will be keen to get back to winning ways on Friday. This fixture often finishes all square, but we are backing the visitors to carve out a narrow victory and climb back into the top four.


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