Bayern Munich aim to extend unbeaten run against Leverkusen
It’s first against third in the Bundesliga, as leaders Bayern Munich battle Bayer Leverkusen on their home patch. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten so far in the league this season, and have a goal difference of plus 29, having conceded on only three occasions.
Previously, the Bavarian giants edged out a narrow 1-0 away win against Hertha Berlin, with Arjen Robben netting the winner, and his eighth in all competitions. The flying Dutchman is 7/2 to open the scoring this time.
Last season, in the same fixture, Bayern recorded a 2-1 win, with now Atletico Madrid player Mario Mandzukic, and Bastian Schweinsteiger getting on the scoresheet. For the latter to do so again, he is 19/10 with Coral in the anytime market.
For Leverkusen, they beat Cologne last time out 5-1, with Josip Drmic and Karim Bellarabi bagging braces. They are both priced at 7/2 to score anytime in the Allianz Arena, while veteran striker Stefan Kiessling is 14/5 in the same market.
Bayern’s star striker Robert Lewandowski netted in the club’s last home match against Hoffenheim when Guardiola’s side ran out 4-0 winners, and the Poland poacher also provided an assist. The former Borussia Dortmund man is 3/1 to make the net bulge first and take his tally across all competitions to 10 goals this season.
Also never far from scoring action is the irrepressible Thomas Muller, who always seems to come up trumps whether he’s playing for club or country. He has a strike rate of 50 per cent domestically so far this season, with nine goals in 18 appearances. He is 10/3 to break the deadlock.
Munich defender Jerome Boateng, 8/1 to net anytime, is upbeat ahead of the game. “We have to take Leverkusen very seriously, but if we play to our best then I’m sure we’ll win,” he said.
Leverkusen coach, Roger Schmidt, meanwhile, knows the task that his team face: “It’s a huge challenge to go to Munich. Bayern are a very strong team with a great deal of individual quality.”