High-flying Bayer Leverkusen will have their sights on a fourth win from five to start the Bundesliga campaign, when they welcome Heidenheim to the BayArena on Sunday, September 24th.
Xabi Alonso’s troops have proven one of the surprise packages of the early weeks of the German top-flight campaign, looking like genuine contenders for the title.
After holding reigning champions Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in their return to action post-international break last weekend, Bayer followed up with a scintillating four-goal drubbing of Hacken in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Upcoming opponents Heidenheim, on the other hand, have endured a more hit-and-miss campaign to date.
All told, the newly-promoted outfit have notched four points, courtesy of a record of one win, one draw, and two defeats.
Their solitary victory did come last time out, though, when Frank Schmidt’s side put Werder Bremen to the sword by four goals to two.
The matchup will be part of Gameweek 409 on Sorare Football, and 101 Great Goals has broken down the key statistical takeaways ahead of the game.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Heidenheim Sorare tips
First up on our list of recommended Sorare picks for the upcoming Bundesliga gameweek comes Alejandro Grimaldo. The summer arrival at the BayArena has enjoyed a fine start to life in Germany, starting and impressing in all five of Bayer Leverkusen’s fixtures. Grimaldo remains a major threat in the attacking third, too, as evidenced by his sumptuous free-kick finish at Bayern Munich last weekend. An underrated pick-up, should you be looking for some extra production from the full-back position.
Another integral figure in Xabi Alonso’s backline, Edmond Tapsoba has continued to add to his reputation as one of German football’s standout up-and-coming talents thus far this term. The Burkina Faso international represents one of the first names on the Bayer team sheet, with his last four outings having given rise to solid respective Sorare scores of 79, 66, 67, and 56. Well worth consideration for the weekend ahead.
Another in the midst of a fine start to life in Leverkusen colours, Jonas Hofmann represents a constant threat in the final third. As much is evidenced by the fact that the German has directly contributed to a goal, by way of either his own strike, or an assist, in four of his five appearances for the club to date. After playing just 30 minutes in Europe in midweek, the midfielder is expected to be thrown back in from the off against Heidenheim, looking primed to continue his fine stretch of form in front of goal.
Turning attentions towards the visitors to the BayArena, Heidenheim will be depending on Jan-Niklas Beste to shoulder the offensive burden once more on Sunday. Beste has enjoyed a superb start to life in the top-flight of German football, bagging Man of the Match honours in two of his three appearances to date. The first came by way of a goal and assist en route to a 3-2 defeat to Hoffenheim, with the 24-year-old having been back at it again with a further goal and assist to guide his side to a first-ever Bundesliga victory at the expense of Werder Bremen last time out.
Another vital member of Heidenheim’s attack, Eren Dinkci looks a man reborn on the back of his summer arrival from the aforementioned Werder. After failing to find the net even once last season, the talented Turk has already notched three times in Heidenheim red, including a brace against his former employers last Sunday. Such endeavours have given rise to Sorare scores of 60 and 70 over the last two gameweeks, making Dinkci an increasingly attractive pickup for the slate of fixtures ahead.
Yet another to have made use of last weekend’s victory to add to his early-season stats, Tim Kleindienst is expected to take his place as Heidenheim’s attacking spearhead on Sunday. After going goalless across the first two gameweeks, the German has since burst into life, with successive goals against Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen. He has notched a pair of assists across this time, too, showcasing Kleindienst’s status as an all-round threat. Should Heidenheim emerge from the BayArena with something to show for their efforts, the 28-year-old frontman will likely prove a key reason as to why.