Bayer Leverkusen takes on Paderborn on 8/17/19 at the Bay Arena in Bundesliga 1 action.
Bayer Leverkusen was founded in 1904 by the employees of the German pharmaceutical Bayer. Since the company’s headquarters are located in Leverkusen, that’s how the club got its name. Die Werkself has never won the Bundesliga 1 before but have finished as runners-up a total of five times. They have won the DFB Pokal once and were runners-up in the DFB-Super Cup once as well. When it comes to European competition, they have won the UEFA Cup in 1988. Bayer Leverkusen finished in 4th place in the Bundesliga 1 last season.
These are the players for Bayer Leverkusen as of July 31, 2019:
1 GK Hradecky, 3 Panagiotis Retsos, 4 DF Jonathan Tah, 5 MF Steve Bender, 6 DF Aleksandar Dragovic, 7 FW Paulinho, 8 MF Lars Bender (captain), 9 FW Leon Bailey, 10 MF Kerem Demirbay, 11 MF Nadiem Amiri, 13 FW Lucas Alario, 15 MF Julian Baumgartlinger (3rd captain), 16 Tin Jedvaj, 17 FW Joel Pohjanpalo, 18 DF Wendell, 19 FW Moussa Diaby, 20 MF Charles Aranguiz, 22 Daley Sinkgraven, 23 DF Mitchell Weiser, 28 GK Ramazan Ozcan, 29 MF Kai Havertz, 31 FW Kevin Volland (vice-captain), 35 MF Adrian Stanilewicz, 36 GK Niklas Lomb, 38 MF Karim Bellarabi
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 8/14/19
Sports Club Paderborn 07 was founded in 1907 and has enjoyed its best success in this millennium by becoming a fixture in the Bundesliga 2 before finally breaking through the Bundesliga 1 in 2013/14. But they were relegated after just one season and even fell to the Liga 3 afterward. However, after placing 2nd in Liga 3 during the 2017/18 season and also 2nd in the 2. Bundesliga during 2018/19, they will make a return to the top flight during the coming term.
These are the names on the roster for Paderborn as of July 31, 2019:
1 GK Michael Ratajczak, 2 DF Uwe Hunemeir, 4 DF Jan-Luca Rumpf, 5 DF Christian Strohdiek, 7 MF Marlon Ritter, 8 MF Klaus Gjasula, 9 MF Kai Proger, 10 MF Cauly, 11 FW Sven Michel, 13 DF Sebastian Schonlau, 14 FW Khiry Shelton, 15 DF Luca Kilian, 16 MF Johannes Dorfler, 17 GK Leopold Zingerle, 19 MF Tobias Schwede, 20 DF Laurent Jans (on loan from FC Metz), 21 GK Janik Huth, 22 MF Christopher Antwi-Adjei, 24 MF Rifet Kapic, 25 DF Mohamed Drager, 27 FW Babacar Gueye, 29 DF Jamilu Collins, 30 FW Streli Mamba, 31 FW Ben Zolinski, 33 MF Marcel Hilbner, 34 GK Leon Bruggemeier, 38 MF Gerrit Holtmann (on loan from Mainz), Sebastian Vasiliadis
Bayer Leverkusen is 6-1-3 SU in their last 10 games played and they are also 2-1-2 SU in their last five games at home. Paderborn is 2-2-6 SU in their last 10 games played and they are 1-0-4 SU in their last five games played away from home. Head to head, Bayer Leverkusen is 1-1-0 in their last three meetings. Die Werkself are the soccer betting favorites in this match.
Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey are going to be the key players for Bayer Leverkusen. Havertz, in particular, will be the one to watch for Die Werkself as the now 20-year old became the first teenager to score 17 goals in a single season during the last term. With Julian Brandt moving over to Dortmund, Havertz becomes more important to Bayer Leverkusen.
Peter Bosz took over from Heiko Herrlich before the 2018/19 winter break and Bosz helped the team move from 9th place to 4th heading to the final day of the season. This was Bosz first job since he was fired as the boss of Borussia Dortmund in December 2017 after six months of struggle as in charge.
Paderborn returns to the Bundesliga 1 for only the second time in their history. The first time around, Paderborn finished last among all teams. But after earning an automatic promotion by defeating Union Berlin by the superior number of goals scored, they are back in the top flight.
Phillip Klement and Tekpetey combined for 26 out of Paderborn’s 76 goals in 2018/19. But the two are now gone after seeking greener pastures. I think the departure of Klement and Tekpetey is going to be key in this match. I think they’ve played the summer well but I don’t think they have done enough to cover lost ground. Bayer Leverkusen looks like a more superior team right here and I think they will beat Paderborn on 8/17/19. Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen