The race for top four in the Bundesliga heats up with each passing day for Bayer Leverkusen looking to extend their lead this week. The side plays host to Augsburg at the BayArena on Monday with kickoff at 10:30 pm.
Leverkusen recorded their first win of the Bundesliga last weekend with their 1-0 win over Mainz 05. Augsburg’s unbeaten record came to a halt following their unceremonious 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig.
Despite their win over Mainz, it was a hard-fought battle that could have ended in a goalless draw. Lucas Alario’s headed passed through goalkeeper Robin Zentner proving to be the decisive goal of the match.
Being the first win of the Bundesliga, Peter Boss took the win quite satisfied. The side holds an unbeaten record in the league even after drawing in three of their opening matches. Leverkusen will be sure of their defence after conceding only six shots on target in their last four league matches.
A major blow for the side has been the departures of Kevin Volland to Monaco and Havertz to Chelsea. The side recorded a triumphant 6-2 win over Nice in their last Europa fixture midweek.
Heiko Herrlich will not be bothered with their first defeat of the season against RB Leipzig. The side finished last season 15th on the table with only one place above relegation playoff position.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg Head to Head
Both sides have 20 games against each other with Leverkusen taking home 13 wins while Augsburg with only one win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 Nice
Mainz 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
VfB Stuggart 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 RB Leipzig
VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg 0-2 RB Leipzig
Heidenheim 1-1 Augsburg
VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Augsburg
Augsburg 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Union Berlin 1-3 Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen Team News
Injury concerns for the side include Schick out with a thigh injury while Paulinho and Arias are out with a knee and ankle injury respectively. Aranguiz and Jedvaj are doubtful ahead of the clash with abdominal stress and illness, respectively.
Augsburg Team News
Injury concerns for the opponents include Jan Moravek with a muscular problem while Alfred Finnbogason with a thigh injury. Florian Niederlechner is yet to score this season for Augsburg having come off the bench as a substitute in their defeat to RB Leipzig.
Prediction and Odds
Leverkusen will dig deeper than the surface to stay afloat in the Bundesliga with Bosz with more tricks under his sleeve.
Bayer Leverkusen Win
Goals Under 2.5
Away: No Score