1.FC Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen
Both teams are at the bottom of the table, but Bayer was not expected to be there. Nuremberg is just above the relegation zone before this last duel in the 13th round of Bundesliga, while Bayer has four points more and they are also played very successfully in the group stage of Europa League. On Thursday they played a draw in that competition, and they celebrated in the previous championship round, while Nurnberg has suffered two defeats and they are without a victory for two months. The last time these rivals met was in 2014 when Bayer celebrated with 4-1 in Nurnberg.
Nurnberg has at the beginning of the season managed to stay in the middle of the table, but they are now in a crisis of results and closer to then relegation zone. They are without a win for six rounds, though they in that period managed to pass in the Cup after a penalty against Hansa as guests. They only have two victories in the championship and they were both made at home without any goals received, against the teams that below them on the table before this round, Hannover and Fortuna.
They defeated Fortuna at the end of September and that was their last win, after which they made only two draws. They receive the most goals in the league, and have already been defeated twice. It was 7-0 in Dortmund and 6-0 in Leipzig, while they did not do much better in the last round in Gelsenkirchen. It was 5-2 for Schalke, with the suspension of RoBauer, who will not be able to play now as well as the injured goalkeeper Mathenia.
Probable lineups 1.FC Nurnberg: Bredlow – Valentini, Margreitter, Muhl, Leibold – Petrak – Misidjan, Behrens, Fuchs, Kerk – Ishak
Bayer is playing very changeable this season and they are still in the bottom of the table. In the previous four rounds, they have made some victories and defeats, while they celebrated in the last round after two defeats in a row. Bayer has played great in the Cup against M’gladbach, where they celebrated convincingly, but immediately afterwards they lost to Hoffenheim at home. They were also defeated in Leipzig with 3-0, while they in the last round mastered Stuttgart with 2-0.
Bayer is also playing in Europa League, and they have two rounds before the end secure placement in the knockout stage, so they could on Thursday allow themselves a home draw with Ludogorets. Coach Herrlich has changed the entire team for that match, which reflected on their game and the result itself. They will now have the strongest available forces on the field, because they do not have any major problems with injuries, and only striker Pohjanpalo is still out of action, who is not the first choice for coach Herrlich. Centre-back Retsos is also questionable, so Tah and S.Bender could be on those positions.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – L.Bender, Tah, S.Bender, Jedvaj – Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz – Bellarabi, Havertz, Brandt – Volland
Nurnberg is in a bad shape and they receive goals easily, while Bayer is not at its best, but they are objectively better than the hosts. It is time for Bayer to finally play in line with their individual quality, which is why we expect them to celebrate in this match.