It has been quite the start to our Bundesliga coverage and betting here at The Sports Geek. A red-hot run now has up to a perfect 4-0 record over the last two days. Yesterday Bayern Munich got the job done for us, covering the spread easily in the final fifteen minutes of their clash against Union Berlin. Bayern proved again why they’re the current kings of Germany, and will also be pining for further European glory down the road.
Another club looking for those coveted European spots will be Bayer Leverkusen. The pesky group currently sit 5th in the Bundesliga, and are well-aware that if they want to qualify for the Champions League, they can ill afford to leave points on the board. It is going to be a tight race, and with Dortmund and Monchengladbach winning on Saturday, the pressure is already on Leverkusen to secure three points on Monday.
Standing in their way will be a once proud club that has fallen on tough times in Werder Bremen. Bremen have long been a staple in the Bundesliga, though this season they mired in a tight relegation battle. They have just 18 points from 24 games, and they’ve scored the fewest amount of goals, while conceding the most – truly a recipe for disaster.
The first time these squads met, it was a 2-2 draw in Leverkusen. That’s likely a result Werder Bremen would gladly take on Monday, though Leverkusen have to know that a full three points should be the priority. Read on below for full match details and a betting prediction, as we look to close out Matchday 26 with a perfect record.
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen Betting Odds:
Werder Bremen (+340)
Bayer Leverkusen (-132)
Over 3 (-104)
Under 3 (-116)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen Pick:
It has been a disastrous season for Werder Bremen thus far. Disarray off the pitch has spilled out to pure calamity on the pitch. Manager Florian Kohfeldt has been unable to get any string of results going, and it’s not going to get easier with Leverkusen coming to town, and Bremen likely being without six first-team players.
Kohfeldt will have Bremen in a 3-4-3, though with a depleted defense you have to wonder their ability to limit and slow down a high-powered Leverkusen attack. The visitors aren’t coming in with quite as many fitness concerns, though they will be without their top scorer in Kevin Volland. But the depth of Leverkusen has become much better in recent months, and they’ll still be able to generate their fair share of chances.
Look for Leverkusen to lineup in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with Lucas Alario leading the line, in support by Karim Bellarabi, and one of the top players in the Bundesliga, Kai Havertz. Bremen likely won’t have anybody to answer to the speed and creativity of that duo, and they should be able to provide excellent service up top to the pacy Alario.
Expect Leverkusen to be able to control the majority of possession, and their formation is well-suited to add to Bremen’s misery. They have active wing-backs in Lars Bender and Wendell and that should stretch Bremen quite thin, especially at the back. If Leverkusen can control the flanks, expect this one to be a rout.
Bremen is in desperation mode, though that doesn’t mean they can get the results they crave. Leverkusen are solid at the back, and excellent with their depth of attacking options. They’ll take full advantage of a beat-up Bremen first-team, and with Bremen losing their past six league games at home, expect that run of rutility to continue. Look for a big win Monday for Die Werkself, and at just a short road favourite price, this is one of my top plays of the week!
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 3-0