Leipzig can be content with how the things eventually developed in their respectful group, as they are currently at the 3rd spot and will most likely continue to compete in the knockout phase of the Europa League this season.
Their latest 0:5 victory against Club Brugge on the road is definitely encouraging and is certainly giving them a morale boost for the upcoming clash, in which in case of a victory, they will get more seriously involved for the European exit next season, as only two points are separating them and Wolfsburg.
Goalkeeper Gulacsi (12/0) is out, as well as long-term absentee defender Halstenberg (no performance so far), offensive midfielder Olmo (4/0), and forward Poulsen (10/4). Midfielders Haidara (11/2) and Szoboszlai (11/3).
Leverkusen did their part of the job in their Europa campaign, as they secured their ticket for further progress, and can approach this clash with one worry less, at least for now.
They are currently sitting at the 4th spot in Bundesliga rankings, having seven points less than leaders from Munich, heading towards a pretty tough fixture at Red Bull Arena.
The visitors from Leverkusen miss defender Bakker (9/0), right-back Fosu-Mensah (no play yet), and defensive midfielder Baumgartlinger (2/0).
Head to Head matches
30.01.21 RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen 1 : 0
26.09.20 Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig 1 : 1
01.03.20 RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen 1 : 1
05.10.19 Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig 1 : 1
06.04.19 Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig 2 : 4
Quite confident at home
Leipzig proved that they are a tough nut to crack when performing at Red Bull Arena, and are deservedly holding the bookmaker’s trust in this one, an opinion which I share as well.
Even so, Leverkusen’s good away appearances can not be left out here, so in my eyes, this clash has a high goal potential too. The hosts have a few absent players (a couple in quarantine too), and the game now looks as appealing as possible regarding goals.