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Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen - Hard fought draw predicted on Monday night

Last updated: 13 Sep 2019
Mat Marshall 13 Sep 2019
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Two struggling sides could cancel each other out with a 1-1 draw the tip
Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Nurnberg and Bayer Leverkusen tipped to draw at the Max-Morlock Stadion in the Bundesliga (Getty Images)

Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Nurnberg have to tighten up as they host Bayer Leverkusen at the Max-Morlock-Stadion on Monday night. Both clubs are in the bottom half of the Bundesliga and might have to settle for a point each with the draw offering value at 4.00

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FC Nurnberg Form & Team News 

‘The Club’ are finding life back in the Bundesliga tough with just 10 points gained after 12 matches. Nurnberg are one point above the relegation zone after losing their last two matches including a 5-2 defeat at Schalke last time out.

Michael Köllner’s side were all over the place defensively and goalkeeper Christian Mathenia had a shocker. Federico Palacios got it back to 2-1 before half-time but Robert Bauer’s 67th minute sending off couldn’t be overcome despite Adam Zrelák making it 3-2 with 12 minutes remaining.

Bauer is suspended here and with Enrico Valentini injured Nurnberg have problems at right-back. Holding midfielder Eduard Löwen is also injured with Köllner needing for find defensive stability.

He could shake things up a bit here with Virgil Misidjan and Adam Zrelák in contention in attack. However, Nurnberg have conceded the most goals in the Bundesliga this season with 29 shipped in at 2.42 a game. 

Nurnberg have to turn things around or face relegation from the Bundesliga (Getty Images)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Form & Team News

Bayer Leverkusen recorded a routine 2-0 home win against Stuttgart in their last Bundesliga match with Kevin Volland scoring both goals. Heiko Herrlich’s side climbed to 12th position on the table which highlights their inconsistency this season. 

The Werkself have been slightly more solid recently with the return of central midfielders Charles Aránguiz and Julian Baumgartlinger. Herrlich made a number of changes in their 1-1 home draw against Ludogorets in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

Mitchell Weiser scored a lovely goal in the 85th minute to rescue a point, and the German club will qualify for the knockout rounds with one match to spare. Panagiotis Retsos started the match but was forced off in the 34th minute and could be set for another spell on the sidelines.

Leverkusen will return to full strength in Nurnberg with Jonathan Tah, Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt, Karim Bellarabi and Kevin Volland all starting. 

Kai Havertz and Julian Brandt will both start for Bayer Leverkusen against Nurnberg (Getty Images)

Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-Head

Leverkusen edge this contest with a 25-12 record and have won the last five matches. However, matches in Nurnberg have been evenly matched with the Werkself having a slight 10-9 advantage.

The last time these clubs met was in the 2013-14 Bundesliga season with Bayer Leverkusen winning 3-0 at home and 4-0 away.

Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Up

Nurnberg will be in a relegation scrap this season with their squad lacking top level quality. Manager Michael Köllner faces a difficult job turning this around but has to start at the back.

Leverkusen are undoubtedly the stronger team here but have shown it doesn’t always count for much. They should be performing better and can’t be trusted at the moment.

Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Key Statistics

  • Nurnberg have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches in the Bundesliga
  • Nurnberg have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 home matches (Bundesliga).
  • Bayer Leverkusen have seen under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions. 

Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Verdict

Nurnberg have shown they can compete at home with convincing wins against Hannover and Dusseldorf and almost beating Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayer Leverkusen can’t be trusted despite having a superior team so a small outlay on a 1-1 draw is advised. 

Best Bet: Draw @ 4.00 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 8.00 - 1 Unit

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