Bayer Leverkusen vs. Stuttgart Soccer Picks

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:00 AM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:00 AM GMT

Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart collide in week 19 Bundesliga betting. Join us as we analyse this matchup, and serve up our verdict and free picks for your consideration. 

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Bayer Leverkusen drop the ball

Bayer Leverkusen are off to a rather disappointing start on the second half of the Bundesliga season with a 3-2 defeat to lightweight Freiburg last weekend, a defeat that saw the gap between Hyppia’s side and Bayern Munich swell to ten points.

The defeat to Freiburg marks their third defeat this season to poor opposition and calls into question their title aspirations, which are now living on a prayer at +6600 soccer odds at Bet365. Clearly, only should the unthinkable happen to the Bayern Munich juggernaut, listed at a whopping -25000 to win outright, would the defending champions falter. As it stands, they have the title practically sewn up, which means that the rest of the field is left to battle for everything from Champion League spots to top-flight survival.

Bayern Leverkusen are sat second in the table with a 12-1-5 mark and 37 points. Fortunately, despite last weekend’s hiccup, they have some breathing room with a four-point cushion over Borussia Dortmund and Borussia M’gladbach as both stumbled – Borussia Dortmund settled on a 2-2 draw to Augsburg while M’gladbach succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.


Stuttgart massive underdogs

In spite of Bayer Leverkusen’s hiccup last weekend, they enter their upcoming clash as the hot favourites to win outright at -200 at Bet365. After all, they are back into the swing of things following an extended four-week winter break. Lack of match play and rust were bound to factor one way or another in week 18 Bundesliga betting.

Stuttgart meanwhile at hefty +525 soccer odds are the quintessential long shots for the upset on the road. Heck, even the draw is a far-flung hope at +320.

Stuttgart are sat 12th in the table with a 5-4-8 mark and 19 points. Only seven points separate the bottom six teams and just three points separate Stuttgart from the relegation cut-off line wherein Hamburger SV are currently ensconced.

They are flush off a 2-1 defeat at home to Mainz 05, marking their second straight defeat, fourth in their last five games. It’s worth mentioning that Stuttgart are in the midst of a tough schedule mainly with dates with top opposition – some of which include Borussia Dortmund, Borussia M’gladbach, Schalke 04, Wolfsburg, and Mainz in their last ten games home and away.

It doesn’t help matters that they are slated to take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday (a reschedule match), as well as Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, practically almost taking on the complete Top Ten Bundesliga set. By that same token however, their poor run of form against the big boys in Germany is telling. Simply put, they are out of their depth.

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Stuttgart betting tips and picks

Frankly, this week looks to be a whitewash affair for Stuttgart in soccer betting circles. Stuttgart struggle with inconsistency, hence their mid-table position. The most worrisome aspect of their game is their unreliable defence that has conceded 33 goals to date – more goals than the 30 their offense accounted for and almost as many as Bayer Leverkusen have scored to date. Such form is hardly a ringing endorsement of their chances against Bayer Leverkusen, never mind Bayern Munich on Wednesday, which will almost certainly be an unmemorable night for Stuttgart.

Only the diehard fan or a real risk taker would back Stuttgart with his soccer picks because any result this week for Stuttgart would be the quintessential upset to send seismic shockwaves through sportsbooks across the board. So take Bayer Leverkusen to win outright at -200 at Bet365 as well as the Over 2.5 at -175.

Soccer Free Picks: Bayer Leverkusen to win outright at -200; Over 2.5 at -175

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