Leverkusen and Hamburg Try to Shake off Painful LosesPublished February 3, 2017 by Florin P
Hamburg welcomes Leverkusen in another potentially decisive match for salvaging a disappointing season (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Hamburg is the only German team never to relegate from the first division. The last couple of years have been hard on the Northerners and once again they are in danger of failing this season. There are plenty of rounds left but they need to turn the ship around quickly and the first step is not to lose on Friday against Leverkusen. The visitors are in poor form and are struggling to pick points on the road.
No Draw in Six Consecutive Matches
Hamburg has a hard time winning back-to-back games and won just twice in the last six rounds. All the other games were defeats and this explains why they struggle at the bottom of the standings. Meanwhile, Leverkusen is at the opposite end of form, with four victories and two failures, including the most recent defeat to M’Gladbach. They were up 2-0 at half time only to lose 3-2 in front of their fans.
Leverkusen hasn’t split points in recent games either and won consecutive games before the winning streak ended abruptly. They will stick to the same offensive minded starting formation featuring three strikers, as they can’t settle for one point. The inability to keep clean sheets is their biggest problem.
Favorable Head to Head Record for Hamburg
The hosts will be throwing everything they’ve got in this match, but would gladly settle for one point. They have won half of all the games played at home against Leverkusen, so they are entitled to be optimistic ahead of this fixture. Bet365 sports offers great odds of 4/5 on the home side not to lose, which greatly mitigates the risks of the match ending undecided. For risk-averse players, this is without a doubt the best choice, but those who seek to maximize profits can even push for a straight home win.