In the final fixture before the winter break, Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen host VfL Bochum at the BayArena on Wednesday.
Leverkusen clinched the Herbstmeisterschaft with a convincing 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, solidifying their position at the top of the league.
Bayer Leverkusen enters this match aiming to complete the first half of the season unbeaten after their recent 3-0 triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Their exceptional home form, winning 11 out of 12 games and drawing one at the BayArena, has been a key factor in their success.
Maintaining a four-point lead over Bayern Munich, Leverkusen’s focus will be on sustaining their impressive run as they head into a month-long break.
On the other hand, VfL Bochum, after an early-season struggle, has shown resilience lately, securing 12 points from their last seven games.
Their recent 3-0 victory against Union Berlin propelled them six points clear of the relegation zone.
Despite notable defeats against top sides like Bayern and Stuttgart, Bochum has displayed commendable performances against tough opponents like RB Leipzig and Dortmund this season.
Leverkusen will be without Exequiel Palacios due to suspension, while Arthur remains the only injury concern. Manager Xabi Alonso might opt for minimal changes, with Boniface, Wirtz, and Grimaldo likely to start.
Bochum faces several absences, including Kevin Stoger, suspended due to accumulated yellow cards. Erhan Masovic and Jordi Osei-Tutu hope to recover in time, while Philipp Forster and Ivan Ordets remain sidelined.
Bayer Leverkusen: (3-4-3)
Kossounou, Tah, Tapsoba;
Frimpong, Andrich, Xhaka, Grimaldo;
Hofmann, Boniface, Wirtz
VfL Bochum: (4-3-3)
Gamboa, Oermann, Schlotterbeck, Bernardo;
Osterhage, Losilla, Bero;
Asano, Goncalo Paciencia, Antwi-Adjei
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 VfL Bochum
Leverkusen’s dominant home performances and their goal-scoring prowess make them clear favorites.
Bochum faces an uphill battle, and despite their resilience in recent games, Leverkusen’s attacking threat is likely to overpower them, resulting in a convincing win for the hosts before the winter break.