Undoubtedly the marquee matchup of the Saturday slate of Bundesliga games will occur in the early slot, as Bayer Leverkusen host Bayern Munich for a top-of-the-table clash.
Bayern Munich have been in fine form for a long while now, really ever since Hansi Flick took over. They’ve been clinical with their finishing and stingy at the back, and will be looking to seal an eighth straight Bundesliga title. With a hefty lead at the moment, it is quite likely a matter of when, not if – though Bayern known getting this resolved quickly, and then focusing on the Champions League – is within their best interest.
And while Leverkusen cannot win the league, they can still fight hard for a top-4 position and more Champions League soccer themselves. They too have been in excellent form since the restart, and have done well to overcome some key injuries. Star striker up top Kai Havertz has been in sensational form, seemingly scoring at will – though it remains to be seen if his tricks can work on Bayern’s pacy defense.
For all the lopsided German football matches, this definitely shouldn’t be one of them. Two talented teams, both with desires and heavy motivations to keep playing until the end of the season. It should provide for a fascinating affair, and one which has loads of skill on display as well. Keep reading beneath the posted odds for game action, tactical analysis, and a betting preview for Bayern vs. Leverkusen on Saturday morning!
Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen Betting Odds:
Bayern Munich (-233)
Bayer Leverkusen (+560)
Over 3.5 (-130)
Under 3.5 (+110)
Bayern Munich -1.5 (+102)
Bayer Leverkusen +1.5 (-122)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen Pick:
This should be an absolute cracker of match, one filled with high quality offensive displays, and goals from both sides throughout. Look for an attacking showcase from these immensely talented groups.
One big thing going in favour of Leverkusen is they finally have no main injury concerns within the first team. They’re fully healthy as they prepare to play Bayern for the first time in a while, as star striker Kevin Volland is ready to return, as is Lucas Alario in the midfield. That tandem should inject even more life into the Bayer Leverkusen attack.
Will that be enough though to dismantle one of Europe’s hottest clubs? Likely not. And though manager Peter Bosz has all his reinforcements, and will lineup in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation which should lead to chances, the Munich machine is likely too much to overcome.
It’ll be up to Leverkusen’s right-back, Mitchell Weiser to slow down the speed of Alphonso Davies and keep him in check. Newsflash is, he won’t. Davies will generate tons of quality chances and opportunities front the left flank, further stretching and exposing an unproven Leverkusen back-line.
Though Leverkusen is at home here, we’ve seen that playing in your own stadium without fan presence hasn’t been that much of an advantage thus far. Expect a back-and-forth encounter, with both teams scoring. While the over 3.5 seems quite steep, the hefty price on Bayern Munich makes us look toward the total goals market. Over 3.5 in a wide-open Bundesliga showdown shouldn’t scare anybody, and with the attacking merit of both sides, expect this one to cash on Saturday morning.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-2