Monday, July 4, 2022

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen

Verdict: Bayern Munich win & Both teams to score

Best Odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a real battle at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday afternoon, Bayern Munich will welcome Bayer Leverkusen to the Allianz Arena this weekend.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, while Bayern Munich might have struggled to find top gear with much stability over recent weeks, the defending German champions will be boosted by a rugged display last weekend. Eventually claiming a gritty 1-0 win away at Eintracht Frankfurt, Head Coach Julian Nagelsmann has seen his side lose just one of their last seven matchups across all formats. Just about managing to snatch a 1-1 draw when opening their Champions League knockout stage run away at Salzburg last month, the former RB Leipzig boss does find his side storming towards another domestic crown. Looking to lay down a marker on home soil this weekend, Munich are holding a commanding eight-point buffer over the chasing pack. If Saturday’s hosts are to make it three Bundesliga wins on the bounce, Nagelsmann will be calling on Robert Lewandowski to spearhead their charge. The Polish superstar has racked up 28 top-flight strikes in just 24 appearances this season.

Team News

Despite returning to training earlier in the week, German international keeper Manuel Neuer is not expected to feature here.

Bayern Munich will once again be without the trio of Alphonso Davies, Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso this weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen

As for the visitors, managing to make an immediate return to winning ways last weekend, Bayer Leverkusen have continued to gain a host of plaudits from across Germany this season. Eventually claiming a 3-0 romp against Bielefeld on home soil, Head Coach Gerardo Seoane has seen his side win five of their previous six Bundesliga outings. With their recent purple patch highlighted by a stunning 5-2 win away at heavyweights Borussia Dortmund on February 6th, Die Werkself find themselves sat in pole position to clinch a Champions League spot this year. With the mood in their camp still at a red-hot high, Saturday’s guests will be desperate to lay down a marker away at the defending champions. However, suffering a 5-1 drumming when they faced off against Bayern earlier in the season, it should be highlighted that Seoane’s side have lost each of their previous five meetings against the runaway leaders.

Team News

Bayer Leverkusen will once again be without attacking talisman Patrik Schick this weekend.

However, after overcoming a minor knock, midfielder Robert Andrich has been given the green light to make his return here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Saturday’s opponents faced off for their reverse meeting back in October, Bayern Munich picked up a thumping 5-1 win on the road.
    • Likewise, the defending German champions have won each of their last five meetings against Bayer Leverkusen.
    • However, Die Werkself have won five of their previous six Bundesliga outings.
    • Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has racked up 28 top-flight strikes in just 24 appearances this season.
    • 10 of the last 11 meetings between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen have finished with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    On paper, neutrals from across Europe should be expecting another lively affair on Saturday afternoon. In a showdown between two sides battling it out at the top of the Bundesliga table, Bayern Munich will be desperate to widen their buffer over the chasing pack to double digits this weekend. However, with Leverkusen laying down their own marker away at Bielefeld last time out, Gerardo Seoane’s men are storming their way towards a Champions League finish. It should be noted, in a contest that tends to produce fireworks, 10 of their last 11 meetings have seen over 2.5 goals by the final whistle. Likewise, with Bayern claiming that action-packed 5-1 victory back in October, we’re backing another enjoyable affair here.

    Verdict: Bayern Munich win & Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 6/4

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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