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UCL Preview: Can Werkself Cause a Shock in Catalunya?

Roger Schmidt takes Bayer 04 Leverkusen to Barcelona as group leaders this evening. Can they take a point or three off the depleted European Champions? Continue reading UCL Preview: Can Werkself Cause a Shock in Catalunya?

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Fascinating Start in Group E

Wednesday night saw Bayer 04 Leverkusen kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign with a home match against BATE Borisov, whilst in Rome AS Roma hosted FC Barcelona Continue reading Fascinating Start in Group E

Last Eight Beckons for Leverkusen – UCL Preview

Tuesday night sees Bayer 04 Leverkusen visit the Spanish capital for a nervy and tense Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. Armed with a slender but deserved 1-0 lead from the first leg three weeks ago, Roger Schmidt’s team have every reason to be optimistic. Continue reading Last Eight Beckons for Leverkusen – UCL Preview

Local and Leverkusen: Plenty of Football Ahead!

The next few days see plenty of football in Bracknell, and involving Bayer Leverkusen, starting tonight!

Friday – Bayer Leverkusen

B04First up is the opening game of Bundesliga Matchday 3. Bayer Leverkusen host Werder Bremen looking to maintain their excellent start to the season. Under new coach Roger Schmidt, the Werkself have won all five competitive games so far and top the fledgling Bundesliga table, and will be favourites in this match too. New signing Hakan Calhanoglu has lived up to the hype and the expectations following his summer move from Hamburg, while Karim Bellarabi – back after a season on loan at Eintracht Braunschweig – has been in scintillating form, keeping the other big new signing Josip Drmic out of the team.

The two sides met in the final game of last season, with Omer Toprak and Heung-Min Son securing a come-from-behind win to secure fourth spot and qualification for the Champions League. This season, Bremen have drawn both of their games, but this will be a hard match for them to get their first W.

If Leverkusen do find the net, then it will be an historic occasion. So far, the Werkself have played 1196 Bundesliga matches, and scored 1999 goals. But even if Stefan Kiessling or another player do score, they should be wary; Bremen have rescued a draw from losing positions in both league games so far.

The game is on BT Sport, with a 7:45pm kickoff.

Saturday – Bracknell Town Dev or Binfield FC

Bracknell town BadgeIf you can’t make the trip to Cheltenham Saracens to cheer on Bracknell Town’s first team, the Robins’ development side are in action at Larges Lane on Saturday. They take on Holyport Reserves in the first round of the Berks & Bucks FA County Intermediate Cup.  They achieved an astonishing comeback in their first game of the season, coming from three goals down to beat Rayners Lane 4-3, and confidence will be high going into this game.

On the other side of Bracknell, Binfield FC host Shrivenham at Stubbs Hill in the Hellenic Premier Division. Both sides have had mixed starts to the campaign, with Binfield four points ahead of their opponents going into the game. This game promises goals, though, as in their twelve combined games this season, there have been forty goals scored.

Monday – Binfield

binfield fcNo rest for The Moles, as they play forty eight hours later, this time entertaining Kidlington. Before Saturday’s matches, they lay sixth in the Premier Division table, but come into the back of this game two days after a huge clash with Ascot United. Two wins for Mark Tallentire’s team would catapult them amongst the early pacesetters.

Tuesday – Bracknell Town & Bayer Leverkusen

After a (hopefully) resounding win at bottom club Cheltenham Saracens, Ed Carpenter’s Robins welcome Newbury to Larges Lane. The Town have one win and one draw to their name so far this season – before Saturday – but Bracknell’s home form has been patchy at best.

While Carpenter’s side head to the bottom side at the weekend, Newbury come into this midweek encounter on the back of a tough home match with leaders Highmoor Ibis. If results go to form, Bracknell could be in the top four or better by the end of these two games.

As for Bayer Leverkusen, unfortunately they also play on Tuesday night, as they kick off their Champions League Group C campaign with a match in Monaco. This is a game that, a couple of weeks ago looked extremely tough, but with the French side losing their best two players, it looks a whole lot more winnable. It will still be a hard fought match, but Schmidt will be confident of returning with at least a point.

This game will be on Sky Sports via the Red Button, but if you can get out of the house, get along to Larges Lane!