Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen / Bundesliga – This was supposed to be the derby of the third round but a quick glance at the table reveals a different truth as the teams opened the new season in totally different ways. Bayern is expectedly dominant and it won all four matches played so far, out of which two were won in the Bundesliga and by one in the DFB-Pokal and the Super Cup. Bayerf won only in the DFB-Pokal but not easily, while it lost both league matches. The two teams met three times last season and Bayern won each time without breaking a sweat.
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen begins 15.09.2018 at 15:30 CET
The Bavarians have no problems at the beginning of new season. They started with the title defence with two fairly sound victories. The season started with very sound victory as they demolished Eintracht in Frankfurt by even 5-0 in the Super Cup. Bayern had the most problems in the DFB-Pokal where it underestimated a bit second-divison Drochtersen but nevetheless they won 1-0. Bayern scored by three goals in both league matches.
Hoffenheim had managed to score a goal in Munich and it kept the result tied for a long time, while in Stuttgart everything went easier for Bayern and the result read in the end 3-0. Pause caused by obligations of its players toward the German national team had perhaps slowed their rhythm a bit but for manager Kovac it is the most important that there are no problems with injuries and right now only Coman is out of action. T. Muller and Lewandowski have distinguished themselves in first two rounds, while newcomer Goretzka played well in Stuttgart.
Probable lineups Bayern Munich: Neuer – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – J. Martinez – Robben, T.bMuller, Goretzka, Ribery – Lewandowski
Unlike their hosts, Bayer is facing plenty of trouble at the very beginning of season and the last thing it needed at the moment is this away match in Munich. Bayer urgently needs a victory to re-establish self-confidence after three weak matches at the beginning of season but the opponent should be easier for something like that. After they struggled against Pforzheim in the DFB-Pokal, lower-league team whom they won by mere 1-0, Bayer faced two strong teams in the league.
They parried well Borussia in M’gladbach in the first half when goalkeeper Oczan defended the penalty, but they received two goals in the second half and lost. Bayer faced Wolfsburg at home in the second round and their fans expected victory, especially after Bailey scored Bayer’s first goal this season. No one could predict a great drop in their performances after that, which translated later on into 3-1 defeat. L. Bender and Weiser did little to prevent defeat, while now S. Bender , goalkeeper Hradecky and midfielder Aranguiz are back in the team.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, L. Bender, Wendell – Aranguiz, L. Bender – Brandt, Havertz, Bailey – Alario
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen PICK
Bayern enjoys a perfect start of new season but it can be expected to have problems in some matches, where one of them is this with Bayer. The team from Leverkusen didn’t start well but they have quality to score in Munich and perhaps make the match uncertain.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.85 at sportingbet (down to 1.75 can be played)
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