Kai Havertz will be looking to continue his spell of red hot form in new-found role as captain against Europa League battling VFL Wolfsburg.
The young German midfielder has drawn much attention to himself, even more as of late, for his eye for goal and ability to mould into any position across midfield and attack.
In contrast to the home side, Wolfsburg began the rebirth of the Bundesliga with a well-earned three points but fell short to Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund.
The much-anticipated clash could prove to be integral to Leverkusen’s brawl for a Champions League spot, and, equally as significant for the visitors who looks to spend another season in Europe.
Bayer Leverkusen hit the ground running upon the resurrection of the Bundesliga with an initial 4-1 demolition over Werder Bremen and a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
The home side have looked particularly good in the final third with the likes of Havertz and Moussa Diaby posing constant threats in the opposition third. Since the return of the Bundesliga, 20-year-old Havertz has been handed the baton, the captain’s armband, flourishing with four goals in two games.
The pace and trickery of French winger Diaby, has also caught the eye of many new Bundesliga fans, will likely pose a frequent threat to Wolfsburg’s backline.
The visitors, Die Wölfe, will be returning to West Germany on Tuesday having been beaten by Dortmund 2-0 on Saturday. Wolfsburg have proven themselves to be the league’s ‘wildcard’ having won, drawn and lost as many games one another.
The northern based side, Wolfsburg, began their return to the Bundesliga without top scorer Wout Weghorst. However, the number nine is yet to score his first ‘behind closed door coronavirus goal’.
Peter Bosz’ side are set to be, once again, without Lars Bender and Kevin Volland meanwhile centre half Jonathan Tah remains a doubt due to a back problem. With Volland set to remain out of the equation, head-turning Havertz looks set to lead the line.
Felix Klaus was sent off in Saturday’s loss to Dortmund and will therefore miss the trip to the BayArena. Wolfsburg are without six players due to injury: Mamoudou Karamoko, Yannick Gerhardt, Joshua Guilavogui, William, Ignacio Camacho.
The home side have won three of the previous five meetings between the two sides, drawing once and handing three points to Wolfsburg just once.
There has been an average of 3.2 goals a game in the last five meetings, teeing up the clash to be a feisty affair.
How and where to watch
Bayer Leverkusen vs VFL Wolfsburg will be televised on BT Sport 2HD for viewers in the UK.