There was little to separate Union Berlin and Leverkusen last season. The home team finished seventh in the German Bundesliga which was a fantastic effort from this modest club and earned them a shot at the Europa Conference League. Indeed, only eight games were lost all season.

Urs Fischer will now attempt to repeat the act for the 2021/22 campaign, with a number of eye-catching captures being made and that includes Awoniyi of Liverpool for £5.8 million, with the team having been unbeaten at home during the second half of the season to illustrate how far they have come.

Leverkusen are part of the Bundesliga furniture and they finished two points better off than their opponents last season, with star defender Odilon Kossounou having arrived for £20 million from Brugge in an attempt to bolster the rearguard.

However, the best bet is for both teams to score. Both sides have an attacking philosophy in terms of getting among the goals and they’ll want to start the campaign on the right footing, with the Leverkusen defence certainly not watertight during the back end of the previous term.

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