Kick Off: 1730, 15/04/2017
TV: BT Sport 2
Bayern Munich have a poor record at the BayArena, having won just one of their last seven Bundesliga games against Bayer Leverkusen at this venue, and could be worth taking on there again this weekend.
The runaway leaders had a hard night when losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday and will surely have one eye on recuperating in time for next Tuesday’s second leg.
Looking at the Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich odds, we’re backing the hosts to win or draw at 5/4.
A Look At Bayer Leverkusen’s Betting Odds
It has been a frustrating domestic campaign for Bayer Leverkusen, who have finished in the top four for the last four years but go into Saturday’s clash with Bayern Munich down in a moderate 12th place.
However, they did show there is still plenty of talent in this team when qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League, taking four points off Tottenham and beating Monaco 3-0 in Germany.
A goalless draw at Atletico Madrid wasn’t enough to turn around a 4-2 home loss to the Spanish outfit but that was another performance that showed Leverkusen are much better than their Bundesliga form suggests.
Kevin Volland’s progress up front has also been a plus point and the 24-year-old Germany international appeals at 13/4 to score at anytime after netting in four of his last seven appearances.
A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds
Bayern Munich are 10 points clear and on course for a fifth straight Bundesliga title but they were made to work hard for a 2-1 win over Leverkusen at Allianz Arena in November and never find it easy against this weekend’s opponents.
Although impressive early on against Real Madrid in midweek, when Arturo Vidal had the chance to put them 2-0 ahead but followed up his fine header with a wild penalty miss, Carlo Ancelotti’s side fell apart after the break.
It’s also worth noting they have been held to draws by Cologne, Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin immediately after European Cup fixtures this season and we reckon they will be vulnerable again here.
For correct score punters, we like 15/2 for a 1-1 stalemate.
Leipzig 1-0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN
BAYERN MUNICH 1-2 Real Madrid – Arturo Vidal
Head-to-head: Munich 2-1 Leverkusen, Leverkusen 0-0 Munich, Munich 3-0 Leverkusen, Leverkusen 2-0 Munich, Leverkusen 0-0 Munich, Munich 1-0 Leverkusen.