Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg preview & predicted XI: Boniface, Tella eye league invincibility

All eyes will be on the BayArena as Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg go head-to-head on Saturday.

Only one team across Europe is currently in contention for a treble this season, and that has partly been made possible by the contributions of Nigeria duo Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella. Bayer Leverkusen have been exceptional this season, holding their own against every opponent they've faced in Germany and Europe.

Ninety minutes away from completing an unprecedented unbeaten Bundesliga season, Bayer Leverkusen host Augsburg at the BayArena in Saturday's closing act.

Xabi Alonso's men put in a five-star display against VfL Bochum last weekend to rack up 50 games without defeat, while their visitors can still gatecrash the European party.

We'll preview the Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg game, providing a prediction of the most likely outcome of this Bundesliga fixture.

Bochum vs Leverkusen prediction and preview: Boniface, Tella aim to extend unbeaten record
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  • Bayer Leverkusen haven’t lost in 50 matches, the longest unbeaten run in European football history 
  • Augsburg are aiming to break their four-game losing streak in the Bundesliga, after losing to Eintracht Frankfurt, SV Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, and VfB Stuttgart, conceding 12 goals in the process..
  • Bayer Leverkusen have scored at least two or more goals in their last four matches, while Augsburg found the back of the net just twice in their last four games.
  • Augsburg do not have a good away record, having amassed just 15 points out of a possible 48 in the Bundesliga this season
  • Leverkusen have not missed a beat all campaign, and have scored five goals in each of their last two league matches, both of which were on the road, against Eintracht Frankfurt and Bochum.

Match preview

Bayer Leverkusen are on the cusp of an extraordinary achievement. Just three games remain in their historic 2023-24 season, and they have a chance to cap it off with an unprecedented treble—Bundesliga champions, Europa League winners, and DFB-Pokal victors.

Xabi Alonso's men have been rewriting the record books all season. Their relentless march continued with a dominant 5-0 win over Bochum in the penultimate Bundesliga match. This victory not only cemented their league title but also extended their unbeaten run across all competitions to a staggering 50 games. Incredibly, this streak began with a defeat to the very same Bochum side a year ago.

While a new unbeaten record remains tantalizingly close, Leverkusen can't quite reach Bayern Munich's all-time high of 91 points in a single Bundesliga season. They can, however, reach a maximum of 90 points, a feat no other team besides Bayern has ever achieved.

The most important fixtures lie ahead for Leverkusen. First up, they face Atalanta BC in the Europa League final next Wednesday, followed by a DFB-Pokal showdown with Kaiserslautern. Victories in both these matches would solidify their place as one of the greatest sides in football history.

Leverkusen's final Bundesliga opponent, Augsburg, are facing a different reality. Their season has taken a nosedive, with four defeats in their last four league matches. Their European ambitions are fading fast, sitting in 10th place with a mere 39 points.

However, a win at the BayArena could pull off a remarkable feat. Should Leverkusen lose, Augsburg could sneak into the Europa Conference League if Freiburg and Heidenheim also lose their final matches. The odds, however, are heavily stacked against them, with Augsburg struggling offensively and conceding goals in droves.

Boniface and Tella's Bayer Leverkusen
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Despite Augsburg's recent woes, they can draw some confidence from their victories over Leverkusen in the previous season. However, Leverkusen triumphed 1-0 in their most recent encounter in January, with Exequiel Palacios snatching a dramatic winner in the 94th minute.

All eyes will be on Victor Boniface as Leverkusen chase the treble. The Nigerian striker has been a key contributor this season, and his goalscoring prowess will be crucial in the upcoming finals. Nathan Tella, another Nigerian talent, has also earned his place in Alonso's plans, contributing significantly with seven goals and five assists across all competitions.

The stage is set for an epic conclusion to Leverkusen's season. Can they rewrite history and claim the coveted treble? The world will be watching.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg H2H (Last 10 games)

January 2024: Augsburg 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

February 2023: Augsburg 1-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

August 2022: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-2 Augsburg

January 2022: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-1 Augsburg

August 2021: Augsburg 1-4 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

February 2021: Augsburg 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

October 2020: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 Augsburg

February 2020: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 Augsburg

September 2019: Augsburg 0-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

April 2019: Augsburg 1-4 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg prediction

Bayer have broken record after record this campaign, and they should complete an unbeaten Bundesliga season on Saturday.

Their 33 matches in the top flight have yielded 27 wins and six draws, and they can finish the season in style against Augsburg.

Leverkusen scored five goals in each of their last two league matches, both on the road, against Frankfurt and Bochum.

This time, they will be back on their own pitch and should not be fazed by the challenge ahead of them.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg
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Alonso has crafted an incredibly well-drilled and well-organised unit, who will not yet be thinking about their upcoming finals and should get the job done with ease.

Leverkusen have scored 87 goals in the Bundesliga this season, and can win by at least three goals against an Augsburg team who are missing key personnel at the back from Mbabu to Gumny.

Jess Thorup's side are in no position to cause Leverkusen problems, having lost four matches on the spin, and their last away fixture ended in a 5-1 humbling by Borussia Dortmund.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg predicted line up

Bayer Leverkusen:
Hradecky; Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie; Stanisic, Xhaka, Palacios, Grimaldo; Hofmann, Adli; Schick

Koubek; Iago, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Pedersen; Engels, Jakic, Breithaupt; Maier; Tietz, Demirovic

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