Free-scoring Germany international Sidney Sam sits joint-top of the Bundesliga scoring charts in 2013/14 and is a cracking price at 5/1 to open the scoring when Manchester Utd’s Champions League Group A opponents Bayer Leverkusen visit Hoffenheim.
With bwin money back specials, stakes will be returned on losing first goalscorer, correct score, to score two or more and to score three or more bets if striker Stefan Kiessling – who is 7/2 favourite to open the scoring at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena – hits the back of the net at any point in the match, which makes this an offer not to be sniffed at.
Bayer are 21/20 for the win that would keep the pressure on Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who are the only sides above them in the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim can be backed at 13/5 to take all three points, with the draw at 9/4.
Sam will be buoyed by his involvement with the national team in the recent World Cup 2014 qualifiers.
The 25-year-old may only have got on the pitch for 10 minutes over two matches during Germany’s highly successful qualifying campaign, but with competition in Die Mannschaft’s attacking midfield ranks particularly fierce Sam will be pleased that he has caught the attention of coach Joachim Low.
Kiessling seems to have burned his bridge to Brazil next summer by refusing call-ups to the national side after feeling underused in South Africa four years ago, but last season’s Bundesliga top scorer hasn’t let that affect his form and the former Nurnberg forward has scored 53 goals in 98 league games for Bayer since World Cup 2010.
The strike duo have managed 11 goals between them in the German top flight so far this season.
Sam’s equaliser at home to Bayern Munich last time out was his sixth Bundesliga goal so far in 2013/14 and he scored two goals in his side’s 6-1 thumping of Regionaliga West side Lippstadt in the German Cup, as well as the second in their 2-0 win over second division Arminia Bielefeld in the same competition.
Kiessling is just a goal behind him on five Bundesliga strikes, despite not finding the net in Bayer’s last three league games and also grabbed a brace in their DFB-Pokal Cup win against Lippstadt.
Three of those strikes opened the scoring in their respective matches.
Toni Kroos’ goal for Bayern on the half-hour mark in Bayer’s last game deprived Sam of his second deadlock-breaker of the season when he hit the net a minute later.
Against a Hoffenheim side that have conceded first-half goals in five of their eight Bundesliga games this term the winger should find the going a little easier and is a confident pick at 5/1 to strike first here.