13/04/13 – Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga)

Schalke vs Bayer LeverkusenJens Keller is without Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Jefferson Farfan, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ibrahim Afellay, so Raffael should come in behind Ciprian Marica in attack, with Julian Draxler moving to the right wing. Marco Hoger will replace the suspended Roman Neustadter in midfield.

Bayer Leverkusen’s management team of Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski are without the suspended Stefan Reinartz, so Gonzalo Castro is likely to drop back into midfield, with Sidney Sam replacing him in attack. In defence, Michal Kadlec will replace the also suspended Sebastian Boenisch at left back, while Daniel Schwaab may continue to get the nod ahead of Omer Toprak.

With six games to go in the Bundesliga the title may be over but the competition for Champions League places is still alive. Leverkusen in 3rd currently have a 4 point lead over 5th placed Freiburg, who are level on points with Schalke but trail on goal difference. With Freiburg having played a game more, Schalke can put clear air between themselves and 5th place with a victory, whereas a win for Leverkusen would give them a 7 point cushion and all but confirm their place in the top four… (Read more)

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03/02/13 – Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)

Leverkusen vs DortmundSecond hosts third in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund have lost once away all season, whereas Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten at home. This is a contest between one of the league’s most proactive sides – Dortmund – against one of its most reactive – Leverkusen. This will be marginally tested by Leverkusen being at home, but still expect Dortmund to monopolise possession and the home side to attack on the break. However the most intriguing aspect of the fixture will be whether joint managers Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski will stick with Leverkusen’s usual 4-3-3 system, or switch to the 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 formation that they used against Dortmund earlier in the season. Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund will play in their usual way, so the pattern of the game will depend on Leverkusen’s choice of system… (Read more)