Verdict: Bayer Leverkusen win & Both teams to score
Best Odds: 13/8
Simply looking to widen their buffer at the top of the Bundesliga table, a high-flying Bayer Leverkusen will welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach to the BayArena.
Starting with the hosts, only continuing to break a string of records this season, Bayer Leverkusen have certainly cemented their spot as one of Europe’s surprise packages. Last seen putting in another stunning display as they snatched a last-gasp 3-2 victory away at RB Leipzig, Xabi Alonso’s side have rightfully received a string of plaudits from across the continent. Opening this weekend’s fixtures holding a famous seven-point buffer over defending champions Bayern Munich, the one-time Liverpool midfielder finds his side sat in the driving seat to get their hands on a first Bundesliga crown since 2011. Gaining a fearsome reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third, Bayer Leverkusen are yet to suffer a single defeat from any of their first 18 Bundesliga showdowns this season. Breezing their way to a Europa League knockout stage ticket last month, Alonso’s record-breaking squad should be smelling a golden opportunity here.
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