An empty Schwarzwald-Stadion will play host to this Friday’s fixture between seventh-placed Bundesliga side Freiburg and Champions League-chasing Bayer Leverkusen.
The home side who sit on 38 points after 27 league matches go into the encounter on the back of a three game streak without a win (D1, L2). They however remain in the hunt for a top six finish despite their three-game winless run and will fancy their chances against a Leverkusen side that were stunned at home by Wolfsburg in their most recent outing.
The away team who remain in hunt for Champions League football will look to set the records straight after suffering a shock 4:1 loss to Wolfsburg last time out. They go into the game on 5th place and level on points with 4th placed Bayern Monchengladbach
Christian Streich’s side will be without Janik Haberer, while Christian Gunter is unlikely to feature as he reportedly played through the pain barrier last time out. Lukas Kubler and Yoric Ravet are also out.
Peter Bosz remains without the services of club captain Lars Bender, who remains out with a foot problem.
This match will probably be too soon for striker Kevin Volland, who returned to training earlier this week after recovering from an ankle injury. Jonathan Tah is unlikely to feature as he fights a back injury that kept him on the bench against Wolfsburg.
Head to Head
The last five meetings between both sides have produced four clean sheets and two victories for Leverkusen, with the others ending in a stalemate.
Freiburg last five matches in all competitions: DLDWL
Bayer Leverkusen last five games in all competitions: LWWWW
Despite their three game winless run, Freiburg still have their eyes set on the top-six finish and a spot in Europea next season as they sit just four points adrift of 6th placed Wolfsburg with six games to go.
The home team has been in an inconsistent form recently, having picked up one win in five league games (W1, D2, L2). In their last outing, the hosts threw away a two go lead with just 10 minutes to go meaning that they have thrown away three points from winning positions in two of their last three games. In those three games, they drew two and lost the other.
A porous defence and a drab attack has made the home team inconsistent and struggling to make a statement of intent in recent games. Having conceded 40 goals in 28 games, the hosts have scored just 38 goals.
The home team are also winless in five games against Leverkusen failing to score in four games within that period.
Christian Streich‘s side has failed to keep a clean sheet in seven league games, having kept only one in ten games.
Leverkusen meanwhile enjoy an impressive record as they sit on the 5th place with 53 points. The hosts are on an impressive run of form, having picked up 12 wins from 14 games in the league.
With 53 goals in the league this season, Leverkusen are the leagues fourth best side for goals. They also boast a strong defence with eight clean sheets and 36 goals against.
The visiting side are masters of the road as they remain unbeaten in their last four away matches, having won two of the last two on the road.
With an explosive attacking unit led by the sensational Kai Havertz, Leverkusen have scored at least one goal in their last 15 games in all competition, scoring 39 times in this period.
Bayer Leverkusen to win @ 7/10
Over 2.5 Goals @ 3/5
Kai Havertz to score @ 6/5