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Heidenheim vs Leverkusen Preview: Heidenheim aim to upset unbeaten Leverkusen in Bundesliga clash

Heidenheim have defied expectations this season, sitting comfortably in the top half of the Bundesliga table. Unbeaten in eight league games (4 wins, 4 draws), they face league leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who are on a record-breaking run of their own.

Heidenheim will be eager to avenge their 4-1 defeat in the reverse fixture in September. They can take heart from the fact that they won the only previous meeting at this ground in 2019. The Voith-Arena has been a fortress for Heidenheim this season, with only one defeat in their last six home games (3 wins, 3 draws).

Leverkusen are in scintillating form, five points clear of defending champions Bayern Munich. Under Xabi Alonso, they seem to be “getting better every time.” With three trophies still in play, “Die Werkself” must keep the momentum going if they want to create history.

They have a chance to do so here. Another unbeaten match would extend their streak to 32 games without a defeat in all competitions to start the season, equaling Bayern’s German record. Leverkusen are also the only team in the division to have scored in every away league game this season. They also boast the best defense, making them clear favorites.

Key Players:

Jan-Niklas Beste: The Heidenheim winger has been directly involved in 17 goals in 20 appearances this season, including two in the win against Bremen last week (1 goal, 1 assist) and one in the reverse fixture (1 assist).

Nathan Tella: The English forward has made an impact for Leverkusen, scoring three goals in his last two away games.

Key Stat: Leverkusen have scored in both halves of 16 of their 21 games, the highest total in the Bundesliga.

This promises to be an exciting encounter between two teams in excellent form. Heidenheim will be determined to cause an upset, but Leverkusen’s incredible run makes them the favorites.

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