Leverkusen's downward trend isn't quite as severe, though two successive Bundesliga defeats is new territory under Alonso. Bayer were enjoying a five-match winning run before losing 2-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund, while last weekend's 1-0 reverse in Augsburg has seen them fall to 10th in the standings, 10 points adrift of the top six. Florian Wirtz started that one on the bench, but is expected to be recalled to the starting line-up as part of a tactical reshuffle from a 3-4-3 to 4-2-3-1 formation.
Hoffenheim vs. Bayer Leverkusen: probable teams, match stats and LIVE blog! Will Xabi Alonso's (pictured) Bayer Leverkusen return to winning ways on Pellegrino Matarazzo's Hoffenheim debut? - © Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images Will Xabi Alonso's (pictured) Bayer Leverkusen return to winning ways on Pellegrino Matarazzo's Hoffenheim debut? - © Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Imagesbundesliga4 hours agoXabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen are hoping for a return to winning ways at the expense of Pellegrino Matarazzo's Hoffenheim on Saturday (kick-off: 3. 30pm CET). Latest Click here for the Hoffenheim vs.
Leverkusen LIVE blog! After four months without a job, former VfB Stuttgart coach Matarazzo has been parachuted in to arrest Hoffenheim's alarming slide towards the relegation zone. Last weekend's 5-2 loss to Bochum cost Andre Breitenreiter his job, whilst leaving the Sinsheim club in 14th place, only three points clear of the relegation play-off spot, and winless in nine matches. Forward Andrej Kramaric could be recalled to the starting line-up in a bid to deliver the sought-after new-coach bounce.
The 2022 World Cup bronze medallist dropped to the bench last time out, despite being the club's all-time top scorer and joint-best marksman this term. Denmark international Robert Skov is also set to make a timely return from injury, with wing-back Pavel Kaderabek a doubt. Kevin Vogt is still a doubt but would slot into central defence between Ozan Kabak and USMNT international John Brooks if fit.
There was hope striker Patrik Schick would be back after a three-month spell on the sidelines with a groin injury, but the Czech Republic international isn't ready yet. It leaves the likes of Amine Adli, Adam Hlozek and six-goal top scorer Moussa Diaby to shoulder responsibilities in attack. Watch: Leverkusen lost 3-0 to Hoffenheim earlier this seasonMatch stats Christoph Baumgartner is Hoffenheim's biggest goal threat this season with five of his own and three assists. Kramaric has five goals and two assists, including one of each in a 3-0 win in Leverkusen earlier this season. Matarazzo is winless in nine Bundesliga matches, dating back to the final day of last season, and has never beaten Leverkusen as a head coach (D1, L4).
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