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  • March 5, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • BayArena, Leverkusen
  • Referee: F. Zwayer
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Wolfsburg

Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen - Wolfsburg


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Bayer Leverkusen: Adler; Schwaab, Reinartz, Hyypia, Kadlec; Bender, Rolfes; Sam, Renato Augusto, Castro; Kiessling.

Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Pekarik, Friedrich, Kjaer, Schaefer - Polak, Cicero, Riether, Hasebe; Diego; Helmes


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won their last three encounters with Wolfsburg, and completed a memorable comeback the last time the two sides met in October when a Simon Rolfes double and Arturo Vidal penalty saw Jupp Heynckes' men comeback from 2-0 down to earn a late victory.
  • The fixture can usually be relied upon to bring goals. There has never been a goalless meeting between the two teams in 27 games.
  • The fixture is one of the highest scoring in the Bundesliga calendar with an average of 3.22 goals being scored per game. Nil-nil anyone?
  • Leverkusen are without top-scorer Arturo Vidal for the crunch tie this weekend. The Chilean midfielder has 10 goals in all competitions but must serve a one-game suspension after picking up two yellow cards in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Bremen.
  • The two sides have met on 27 occasions and Bayer have the edge with 14 wins to Wolfsburg's nine.
  • Wolfsburg have never beaten Leverkusen at the BayArena with 10 defeats and three draws highlighting a dreadful record in North-Rhine Westphalia.
  • Striker Patrick Helmes averaged a goal every other game in his time at Leverkusen with 28 goals in 56 games. This will be the first time the German international has played against his former side since his €8 million January switch.
  • Pierre Littbarski's men have one of the worst away records in the Bundesliga this season, picking up only two wins on the road.
  • Grafite scored a double the last time Wolfsburg beat die Werkself in a 2-1 win back in April 2009. The Brazilian is a major doubt for the game after picking up a thigh strain a fortnight ago.
  • Apart from Grafite, Diego and the now-depart Edin Dzeko, no other Wolfsburg player has scored more than one league goal this season.


LAST MEETING

October 16, 2010: Wolfsburg 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Wolfsburg looked to be in cruise control with a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Diego and Grafite with 20 minutes to go. However, a Arturo Vidal penalty sandwiched between two late headers by substitute Simon Rolfes gave Jupp Heynckes' side all three points.

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Available Squads
15René AdlerGoalkeeper
-Michal KadlecDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
10Renato AugustoMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
11Stefan KießlingStriker
20D. da CostaDefender
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
33Tomasz BobelGoalkeeper
18Nicolai JörgensenStriker
17Domagoj VidaDefender
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
4Marcel SchäferDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
14Simon KjaerDefender
2Peter PekarikDefender
17CíceroMidfielder
8Jan PolakMidfielder
-Diego RibasMidfielder
17Makoto HasebeMidfielder
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
17Patrick HelmesStriker
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
39Michael SchulzeDefender
-Tuncay ŞanlıMidfielder
25MbokaniStriker
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
23GrafiteStriker
Players to Watch
Simon Rolfes
Simon Rolfes
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The captain made his return from injury in the reverse fixture back in October. The box to box midfielder came on with 20 minutes to go and scored two vital goals to earn a memorable comeback for Jupp Heynckes' men. Wolfsburg will be wary of losing the midfield battle especially with Leverkusen looking very strong in the middle of the park.
Patrick Helmes
Patrick Helmes
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
It is unsure whether the striker will start the game but if he does play some part in the game, all eyes will be on the former Leverkusen man who only departed die Werkself in January. With his fine goalscoring record, who would bet against the German international making an impact against his old employers?
Prediction
With Wolfsburg failing to ever beat Leverkusen away, it looks unlikely that the 2008-09 Bundesliga champions will break their duck this weekend with die Werkself flying high. Expect a close game with Wolfsburg looking like an improved team last week but Bayer to prevail.
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