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When Bayer Leverkusen hosts Borussia Monchengladbach, a rival team from the Rhine, at the BayArena on Saturday night, they will want to solidify their position atop the Bundesliga standings.

The Foals, who lost to Die Werkself 3-0 at home on matchday two in August of last year, will be looking for retribution.

After overcoming fourth-place RB Leipzig 3-2 at the Red Bull Arena last weekend, Bayer Leverkusen secured their 15th Bundesliga victory of the year and maintained their remarkable undefeated start.

Only one week after Exequiel Palacios’s stoppage-time goal helped Leverkusen defeat Augsburg 1-0 in their opening game of 2024, Die Werkself earned maximum points the hard way, coming back from behind twice in the second half until Piero Hincapie scored a thrilling goal in the 91st minute.

After Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory over Union Berlin midweek, Xabi Alonso’s team’s seven-point lead at the top was reduced to four points. Leverkusen now has two more Bundesliga games to concentrate on before facing the defending champions on home soil on February 10.

Leverkusen has achieved an astounding 48 points from 18 Bundesliga games, making them the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to have not lost this season in any tournament. Only Pep Guardiola’s Bayern in 2013–14 (50) and 2015–16 (49) have amassed more points at this point in the season.

Only one week after Exequiel Palacios’s stoppage-time goal helped Leverkusen defeat Augsburg 1-0 in their opening game of 2024, Die Werkself earned maximum points the hard way, coming back from behind twice in the second half until Piero Hincapie scored a thrilling goal in the 91st minute.


Leverkusen has achieved an astounding 48 points from 18 Bundesliga games, making them the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to have not lost this season in any tournament. Only Pep Guardiola’s Bayern in 2013–14 (50) and 2015–16 (49) have amassed more points at this point in the season.

Despite having to settle for a 2-2 draw in their most recent home match in May of last year, Die Werkself will be optimistic about picking up three more points on Saturday since they have won seven of their past eight Bundesliga encounters against Monchengladbach.

Borussia Monchengladbach bounced back from their opening-round 3-1 victory against Stuttgart, the third-place team, at home in 2024 with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Augsburg at home last weekend.

Theoson Siebatcheu’s goal gave the Foals the lead at the half, but Augsburg came out firing after the break, scoring twice in the opening six minutes of the second half to completely alter the tide of play and secure maximum points.

After 18 Bundesliga games this season, Gerardo Seoane’s team has won five, drawn five, and lost eight. As a result, they are currently sitting in 12th place, eight points behind the top six and nine points ahead of the bottom three.

For the first time since Seoane’s appointment in July of last year, Monchengladbach is attempting to win the title back-to-back under his leadership, although success on Saturday could prove difficult given their appalling road record.

In fact, the Foals have lost their last five away games and have only triumphed in one of their previous 16 away Bundesliga games. Even though they have scored in all of their away league games this year, only four teams in the German top division have accrued more away points than Monchengladbach.

Should they lose on Saturday, they will have lost four straight away games for the first time since 2017–18.

Team News

The midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen, Palacios, suffered a groin injury against Leipzig and will now join Victor Boniface (groin) and Arthur (thigh) on the sidelines. However, the team has confirmed that Jeremie Frimpong, who left the game in the first half after taking a hard blow to his right thigh, did not suffer a serious injury.

Since Jonathan Tah is suspended for receiving too many yellow cards, Edmond Tapsoba, Odilon Kossounou, and Amine Adli are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations on international duty. As a result, midfielder Robert Andrich may be called up to start in the back three with Hincapie and Josip Stanisic.

The midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen, Palacios, suffered a groin injury against Leipzig and will now join Victor Boniface (groin) and Arthur (thigh) on the sidelines. However, the team has confirmed that Jeremie Frimpong, who left the game in the first half after taking a hard blow to his right thigh, did not suffer a serious injury.

Since Jonathan Tah is suspended for receiving too many yellow cards, Edmond Tapsoba, Odilon Kossounou, and Amine Adli are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations on international duty. As a result, midfielder Robert Andrich may be called up to start in the back three with Hincapie and Josip Stanisic.

After undergoing successful treatment for lymphoma, right-back Stefan Lainer made his season debut last Saturday as a second-half replacement. The 31-year-old Lainer will likely play again against Leverkusen.

On Saturday, Alassane Plea—who has tallied a team-high seven goals this season—will attempt to snap a four-game goal drought. The Frenchman will be accompanied up front by striker Siebatcheu, who has scored five goals in his past five games.

Team Form

Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga form:

D D W W W W

Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga form

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Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Stanisic, Andrich, Hincapie; Frimpong, Xhaka, Puerta, Grimaldo; Hofmann, Wirtz; Schick

Borussia Monchengladbach possible starting lineup:
Nicolas; Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Netz; Honorat, Weigl, Kone, Hack; Siebatcheu, Plea


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