Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburg
BayArena – Leverkusen, Germany
14 March 2010 – 16:30 GMT
Third place Bayer Leverkusen will host fifth place Hamburg in the German Bundesliga on Sunday at the BayArena.
Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburg Preview
Leverkusen his in third place heading into the match and can move within one point of second place and three points within Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. Hamburg are in fifth place heading into the match but can move into fourth place with a win on Sunday.
Both teams are heading after European football next season but whether its the Europa League or Champions League is yet to be determined. Leverkusen has been impressive at home with a 9-3-0 record and +20 goal difference. Hamburg has been average on the road with a 4-6-2 record and +8 goal difference.
Toni Kroos and Stefan Reinartz will be unavailable for Leverkusen due to suspension while Simon Rolfes and Lars Bender are out with injuries. Hamburg will be without Tomas Ricon because of suspension and without Tolgay Tolgay Arslan, Bastian Reinhardt, Jose Paolo Guerrero, Romeo Castelen, and Colin Benjamin due to injury.
Leverkusen should get at least a draw in the match but need a win if they want to keep pace with Schlalke and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race. Hamburg will want at least a draw to keep some space between them and sixth place Werder Bremen for the last Europa League spot. It should be an even match but the home team should have the slight advantage.
Last 5 Matches
7 Mar v Nuernberg (A) LOST 3-2 (Bundesliga)
27 Feb v Koeln (H) DREW 0-0 (Bundesliga)
21 Feb v Werder Bremen (A) DREW 2-2 (Bundesliga)
13 Feb v Wolfsburg (H) WON 2-1 (Bundesliga)
6 Feb v Bochum (A) DREW 1-1 (Bundesliga)
11 Mar v Anderlecht (H) WON 3-1 (Europa League)
6 Mar v Hertha Berlin (A) WON 1-0 (Bundesliga)
28 Feb v Bayern Munich (A) LOST 1-0 (Bundesliga)
25 Feb v PSV Eindhoven (A) LOST 3-2 (Europa League)
20 Feb v Eintracht Frankfurt (H) DREW 0-0 (Bundesliga)
Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburg Prediction
Bayer Leverkusen will win 2-1.
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