The Frauen Bundesliga restart continues with a relegation dogfight between Bayer Leverkusen and MSV Duisburg.
Fight for survival
The visitors are only two points clear of the drop zone; however, Thomas Gerstner’s side does have a game in hand on their hosts. Victory for Duisburg would send them five points clear of Koln in 11th place. However, they were winless in their previous eight matches before the suspension of the season.
Leverkusen, meanwhile, were beginning to make progress in pulling away from trouble. They managed to gain a six-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone with two wins and a draw from their previous eight matches. However, form will count for very little given how long the players have been away.
Duisburg have had a shocking record in front of goal so far this season, averaging less than a goal a game with 13 goals in 15 matches. They have the second worst scoring record in the Frauen Bundesliga, with only USV Jena scoring less with 12. Leverkusen haven’t been prolific either, scoring 17 goals across their 16 matches, but they have got the highest scoring player out of the two. Leverkusen’s Ivana Rudelić has bagged six goals so far this season, with Milena Nikolic also netted five times. Duisburg’s top scorer is youthful striker Antonia-Johanna Halverkamps with three strikes.
However, the two sides are much more comparable in terms of defensive stats. They have the eighth and ninth worst defences in the leagues respectively, with Leverkusen conceding just two less goals than their visitors with 34 as opposed to Duisburg’s 36.
The visitors have also struggled away from home, possessing the tenth worst away record in the division. Duisburg have picked up just four points away from home so far this season. Leverkusen have a passable home record, with nine points gained at home.
While Leverkusen did enjoy the better form before the season was suspended, they will have to find their momentum again as they get back to grips with football again.