Odds: Munich 11/50, Draw 21/4, Leverkusen 21/2
Kick Off: 1930, 18/08/2017
Stadium: Allianz Arena
TV: BT Sport
Bayern Munich begin their bid for a sixth straight Bundesliga title by entertaining Bayer Leverkusen and few will be opposing the champions in Friday night’s fixture.
FC Hollywood have won this corresponding fixture for the past four years by an aggregate score of 8-2, although those figures are boosted by a 3-0 success two seasons ago.
The other three victories all came by a single-goal margin, so 29/10 for that to happen again could be value for our Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen betting predictions.
A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds
Bayern Munich have invested in youth this summer, bringing in 22-year-old Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso for £37million and 21-year-olds Kingsley Coman and Niklas Sue from Juventus and Hoffenheim respectively.
Taking James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid was Carlo Ancelotti’s other big move, but he is currently injured, along with Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara.
However, Arjen Robben and David Alaba did make welcome comebacks in last weekend’s 5-0 German Cup win at Chemnitzer, which featured a brace for Robert Lewandowski.
The Poland striker also netted in a 2-2 Super Cup draw with Borussia Dortmund before Bayern prevailed on penalties, so all looks well ahead of the new campaign.
We like 8/1 for the hosts to oblige 2-1 for our Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen betting tips.
A Look At Bayer Leverkusen’s Betting Odds
Bayer Leverkusen fell from finishing third a couple of seasons ago all the way down to 12th last term, but a large part of that slide was due to struggling at home.
On the road, only Bayern and runners-up RB Leipzig secured more than their six away victories, with 26 goals scored on those travels another solid return.
Former Leverkusen forward Heiko Herrlich has now taken over as manager and must cope without Javier Hernandez, following his switch to West Ham, while attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has been snapped up by AC Milan.
There is still plenty of talent in this squad, though, with Sven Bender arriving from Dortmund to join a team with a strong spine, notably keeper Bernd Leno, defender Jonathan Tah, midfielder Kevin Kampl and striker Kevin Volland.
They warmed up with a German Cup win at Karlsruhe, prevailing 3-0 after extra time, and we reckon Evens for both teams to score is a fair price from the Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen odds.
Chemnitzer 0-5 BAYERN MUNICH – Robert Lewandowski (2), Kingsley Coman, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels
Karlsruhe 0-3 BAYER LEVERKUSEN (AET) – Dominik Kohr, Joel Pohjanpalo, Leon Bailey
Head-to-head: Leverkusen 0-0 Munich, Munich 2-1 Leverkusen, Leverkusen 0-0 Munich, Munich 3-0 Leverkusen.
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