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  • Essen vs Bayer Leverkusen predictions for Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal match at Stadion Essen
  • Bayer Leverkusen have seen BTTS & over 3.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches against Essen
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Essen are undefeated in their last 31 matches (Getty Images)

Rot-Weiss Essen Form

Rot-Weiss Essen sit second in the Regionalliga West, the 4th division in German football. They haven’t lost in 27 competitive matches this season.

Christian Neidhart’s side won four straight matches in December. They beat Koln II 3-1, Straelen 4-1, Sportfreunde Lotte 2-0 and Wegberg-Beeck 3-2.

Essen ended the year with a 3-2 home win against Fortuna Dusseldorf in the German Cup. Simon Engelmann opened the scoring with Marco Kehl-Gómez and Oguzhan Kefkir on target against the second division club.

Essen returned to the Regionalliga West with a 0-0 draw at Wiedenbrück after Simon Engelmann saw a penalty saved. They bounced back with a 2-0 home win against Bonner SC with Engelmann scoring his 21st and 22nd goals of the season.

Rot-Weiss Essen Team News

Right back David Sauerland is out with a cruciate ligament rupture and striker Maximilian Pronichev has an ankle injury.

Simon Engelmann has been the main man for Essen this season with 22 goals in 24 appearances. 

Bayer Leverkusen Form

Bayer Leverkusen have been in poor form since late January, winning 2 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.

The Werkself failed to win in three Bundesliga matches but advanced in the DFB-Pokal by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 at home. They fell behind early but hit back with goals to Lucas Alario, Edmond Tapsoba and Moussa Diaby (2).

Peter Bosz’s side returned to the Bundesliga with a 1-0 defeat at Union Berlin. They appeared to have turned a corner with a 2-1 home win against Borussia Dortmund before two straight defeats.

Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at home against Wolfsburg before a 1-0 defeat in Leipzig. They were second best on Saturday with strikers Patrik Schick and Lucas Alario both coming off the bench.

Bayer Leverkusen Team News

Right backs Santiago Arias and Mitchell Weiser are injured with Lars Bender battling calf problems. Timothy Fosu-Mensah should continue in the starting side.

Centre back Jonathan Tah is suspended and Sven Bender is injured. Expect to see Aleksandar Dragovic partner Edmond Tapsoba in central defence.

Midfielder Exequiel Palacios made the bench in Leipzig after a long lay off. He is a chance to start here with Julian Baumgartlinger out until May with a cruciate ligament injury.

Forward Paulinho is injured and midfielder Nadiem Amiri is doubtful after testing positive for COVID-19.

Expect to see winger Karim Bellarabi and striker Patrik Schick start in Essen.

Head to Head

These clubs have met 3 times in the German Cup. 

Essen won 4-1 in 1982, Bayer Leverkusen advanced in a penalty shootout in 1996 after a 4-4 draw and won 1-0 in Essen in 2003.


This is a danger match for Bayer Leverkusen with BTTS the best bet in Essen.

  • Essen have won their last 12 home matches (all competitions).
  • Essen are undefeated in their last 31 matches (all competitions).
  • Essen have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 home matches (all competitions).
  • Essen have scored 2+ goals in 11 of their last 13 matches (all competitions).
  • Bayer Leverkusen have seen BTTS & over 3.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches against Essen (German Cup).
  • Bayer Leverkusen have lost 3 of their last 4 matches (Bundesliga).
  • Bayer Leverkusen have seen BTTS in 4 of their last 6 matches (German Cup).

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Essen are a dangerous proposition after going undefeated this season. Bayer Leverkusen are playing below their best with BTTS the best bet.

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