26 September 2020
The Bundesliga Matchday 2 pits Bayer Leverkusen against RB Leipzig at the BayArena.
Leverkusen played out a goalless away draw with Wolfsburg in their Bundesliga curtain-raiser and can hardly hope to improve against a team they’ve failed to win against in all four of their previous top-flight H2Hs (D2, L2). Interestingly, none of the hosts’ 13 competitive home games in 2020 has ended in a draw (W10, L3), with eight (61.54%) of those results (wins/losses) yielding a full-time margin of over 1.5 goals. Against this backdrop, three of their last four Bundesliga H2Hs held at this venue have ended separating the sides by under 1.5 goals (D2, L2), with three seeing over 3.5 goals and both teams on the scoresheet. ‘Die Werkself’ will be looking to open the scoring to keep their hopes of landing all three points alive, considering they returned just a single point from four home league fixtures in which they conceded first back in 2019/20 (D1, L3).
As for the visitors, they hammered Mainz 05 3-1 at home on the opening matchday of the season, winning the first half ‘to nil.’ Indeed, Leipzig established a habit of keeping a first-half lead quite stubbornly, having won all but of their Bundesliga matches in which they were leading at half-time back in 2019/20 (W16, D1). But, ‘Die Roten Bullen’ also showed the ability to bounce back after shipping the opening goal, avoiding defeat in 11 of 15 top-flight games in which they conceded first last season (W4, D7, L4). Julian Nagelsmann can also draw on the fact his men allowed a league joint-low 16 away goals in the previous Bundesliga campaign.
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