Freiburg (4-4-2): Schwolow; Kubler, Lienhart, Heintz, Gunter; Sallai, Koch, Hofler, Grifo; Holer, Petersen.
Subs: Flekken, Abrashi, Frantz, Gulde, Chang, Schlotterbeck, Schmid, Tempelmann, Waldschmidt.
Leverkusen (3-4-3): Hradecky; Tah, S Bender, Dragovic; Amiri, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz, Sinkgraven; Wirtz, Havertz, Bailey.
Subs: Ozcan, Alario, Bellarabi, Demirbay, Diaby, Palacios, Paulinho, Tapsoba, Volland.
I’ve just finished watching Devs, a sci-fi series on iPlayer that lives up to its existential themes by being both very good and very bad at the same time. Tonight, I’ll be watching Bayer Leverkusen, the football equivalent of Devs.
Leverkusen returned from lockdown looking sharp, rising star Kai Havertz at the fore as they won at Bremen and Gladbach by an aggregate score of 7-2. The top four looked a formality; even a late surge for the title looked possible. Then in midweek, they lost 4-1 at home to Wolfsburg.
Under Peter Bosz, Leverkusen often look unplayable, and occasionally appear unmanageable. The coach can’t afford to bring the latter version to Freiburg, routine overachievers looking to improve their own mixed fortunes since the restart.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm BST, 8.30pm local, no matter which strand of the multiverse you call home.