This Sunday starting 6:00pm local time Peter Bosz's students meet their Dusseldorf rivals at BayArena from Leverkusen in a match counting for the 19th round of the first German league. At the center the whistle knight is Daniel Schlager.
Leverkusen have won each of the last 5 games against Fortuna scoring at least 2 goals per game. Overall Leverkusen showed a severe inconsistency in their home matches but their opponents are the weakest away team this season.
Many absentees among the hosts, most suffering injuries to which are added the suspension of Palacios and Paulinho's national summons. Dusseldorf is actually almost complete except for Karaman and Zimmer, both diagnosed with pneumonia.
Havertz has scored 18 goals this season being in the top of the Bundesliga scorers while Volland has 3 goals and 3 assists in front of Dusseldorf. Although Fortuna has a weak season it is the most cynical team in front of goal transforming 82% of their chances.
Leverkusen: Hradecky - L. Bender (c), Tah, S. Bender, Weiser - Baumgartlinger, Demirbay - Bellarabi, Havertz, Diaby - Volland
Fortuna Dusseldorf: Kastenmeier - Zimmermann, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Suttner - Bodzek, Morales - Skrzybski, Thommy, Kownacki - Hennings (c)