Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hoffenheim Bundesliga Picks

Nikki Adams

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:30 PM GMT

Bayer Leverkusen kick statheir Bundesliga campaign on Saturday when they take on Hoffenheim. With soccer odds in full swing, we preview this matchup and serve up choice soccer picks.

Bayer Leverkusen In Good Form Ahead Of Opener
Bayer Leverkusen are coming off a solid season, finishing fourth in Bundesliga with a 17-10-7 mark and 61 points. While they were a whopping 18 points behind champions Bayern Munich, they were just five points adrift of third-placed Borussia M’gladback and eight points behind second-placed Wolfsburg. That’s typical of the Bundesliga these days with Bayern Munich the untouchable benchmark, leaving all the other clubs to fight it out in the battle for the best of the rest.

Pre-season preparations by Bayer Leverkusen got off to a slow start, without a win in their first four games. They finished strong though with back-to-back wins over Levante and Chievo. They carried that form into last week’s round of DFB Pokal and won their first clash 3-0 over Sportfreunde Lotte.

 

Hoffenheim Lose In DFB Pokal
So much for an auspicious pre-season as Hoffenheim crash out of DFB Pokal to second-tier 1860 Munchen without striking an audible chord in a 2-0 loss. An undefeated preseason, which included absurd wins over Baiertal (16-0), Zuzenhausen (14-0) and Weinheim (15-0) were shown up for what they were: meaningless wins in club friendly action over decidedly lesser opposition.

Indeed, the loss in DFB Pokal marks a poor start to the 2015-2016 season. It certainly doesn’t augur well for Hoffenheim, who are merely middleweights in Germany’s top flight, when they come up against Bayer Leverkusen.

Hoffenheim finished eighth in the league with a 12-8-14 mark and 44 points. At home, Hoffenheim enjoyed the bulk of their success with a 9-3-5 mark but on the road they struggled mightily with a 3-5-9 mark.

 

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hoffenheim Match Betting Tips and Picks:
There are no real surprises about the soccer betting market on this matchup. Bayer Leverkusen are the deserved runaway favourites at -200 soccer odds to win outright, while the visitors Hoffenheim are matched at whopping +550 soccer odds with the draw trading at +333 soccer odds.

Head-to-head, Bayer Leverkusen are dialled into this clash having won 12 of their 14 meetings with Hoffenheim, including both meetings last season without conceding a goal (3-0 combined). Indeed, Bayer Leverkusen boasted a stout defence last season, allowing the third fewest goals against (37).

Hoffenheim are going to be hard pressed to gain a result at the expense of Bayer Leverkusen, so the only soccer pick that can be considered reasonable is Bayer Leverkusen to win outright at -200 soccer odds on the Bundesliga betting board at bet365. That said, soccer bettors will find better value in periphery markets. We like the look of the OVER 2.5 at -188 because it falls in line with Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking brand of football, plus Hoffenheim’s suspect defence. As well, we like Bayer Leverkusen to win combined with the ‘No’ for both teams to score at +188 soccer odds at bet365.

Soccer Picks: Bayer Leverkusen to win at -200. 

Additional Soccer Picks: Over 2.5 at -188 and Leverkusen to win combined with ‘No’ for both teams to score at +188.

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