Fifth meets sixth in Bundesliga action as Bayer Leverkusen host Wolfsburg. The home squad are a point adrift of the Champions League places and hold a sizable advantage over Oliver Glasner’s troops who are on course to replicate last season’s Europa League finish. Both clubs won their fixtures on Matchday 26 of the calendar.
Where and when: BayArena, Leverkusen – 26 May, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Bayer Leverkusen vs. Wolfsburg: BT Sport 2
Last time: Leverkusen ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Karim Bellarabi and Paulinho when the teams met in November.
Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg Predictions and Preview
Confidence is high in the Bayer camp after thrashing relegation threatened Werder Bremen 4-1 last weekend. The plaudits invariably went to the players but Die Werkself boss Peter Bosz deserves immense praise for his belief in his young stars.
Leverkusen are genuinely in top-four contention and the Dutchman could field a number of experienced pros to guide the squad through until the end of the season but the ex-Ajax manager continues to go with his gifted starlets.
The front four of Kai Havertz, Moussa Diaby, Florian Wirtz and Nadiem Amiri who featured against Bremen were aged 17, 20, 20 and 23, respectively, and with the exception of perhaps Borussia Dortmund, there is no younger attack in Europe.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Moussa Diaby to score last||15/2||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||15/1||Offer|
Havertz is the jewel in the crown and is admired by Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. The German talent has 18 goal contributions in the Bundesliga and is 19/4 favourite to open proceedings. Leverkusen are 17/20 to clinch victory number 16 of the campaign and the draw is 3/1.
Visitors Wolfsburg squeezed past Augsburg in dramatic fashion. Daniel Ginczek’s stoppage time winner secured the spoils in a gripping encounter but the forward is unlikely to be rewarded for his efforts.
Top scorer Wout Weghorst will go straight back in to the eleven after serving suspension and has 13 goals and five assists to his name. The 6ft 6in striker is 23/4 to net first and his deputy, Renato Steffen, is 19/2 to score last. The Wolves are 13/8 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Bayer Leverkusen: Jamaican speedster Leon Bailey has lost his starting role but is still an asset. The winger is one of the quickest players in the game and his introduction against tired legs could help alter the tie. Bailey is 6/1 to register the final goal.
One to watch for Wolfsburg: Josip Brekalo has drawn comparisons to Arjen Robben for his style of play and the Croatian could follow in the legendary Dutchman’s footsteps and turn out for Bayern Munich in the near future. The wideman is 10/1 in the same last goalscorer market.
Long shot: A draw would not be the worst outcome for Bayer, despite their Champions League ambitions. Die Werkself know either Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich will drop points in their titanic matchup, and the emphasis is firmly on Wolfsburg to dictate the tempo as the Wolves are in a six-way battle for the final Europa League berth. A priceless 1-0 success for the visitors is 15/1.