Bundesliga Tips Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:45 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 6:45 PM UTC

Bayer Leverkusen is in the midst of a terrific campaign, but the club faces a stiff test from Hertha Berlin this weekend.

Odds Overview

Little separates these sides in terms of the soccer odds, with Hertha Berlin at +200 to +215 and Bayer Leverkusen at +130 to +145. A draw is listed at +250 and may very well be the best way to go here.

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Hertha Berlin

Hertha was able to recover nicely after consecutive losses to Bayern Munich (3-2) and Schalke 04 (2-0) by beating Hoffenheim 3-2 away from home.

The Old Lady certainly made life difficult by surrendering leads on two occasions, but ultimately Adrian Ramos' influence made the difference.

The Colombian striker scored two goals, one of which was from the penalty spot, and also set up the first goal which was scored by Anis Ben-Hatira. Hertha had seen Hoffenheim level twice, but a late winner from Ramos in the 84th minute sealed the deal.

Ramos and Sami Allagui have been the two biggest attacking inspirations for The Old Lady this term, scoring a combined 12 league goals. Ramos, who scored 11 Bundesliga goals last season, has also chipped in with three assists.

Allagui, a Tunisian international, has jumped around the Bundesliga over the past five years or so, but he's seemingly found a home in Berlin. He scored six times for the club in the highly successful campaign last term and already made a big impact this season.

Bayer Leverkusen

A great response from Leverkusen saw them beat Hamburg SV 5-3 at home, this coming after a 1-0 loss to TSV Eintracht and a 0-0 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Though Stefan Kiessling and Gonzalo Castro scored, the man of the match was clearly Heung-Min Son, who scored his first ever hat-trick in the Bundesliga. He found the back of the net twice in the first half and added his third early in the second.

The defensive shortcomings in allowing three goals to Hamburg will have worried boss Sami Hyppia, but he can't complain about the prowess in front of net.

Leverkusen remains in third place in the table and have already built up a nice gap of six points between them and fourth. Still, there's no room to relax here, especially with the way Borussia Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Schalke have been performing.

Away from home, Leverkusen has won three times and lost twice, while scoring seven total goals and allowing in five. They're hard to break down, making us believe there's a good chance one goal could seal the deal this weekend.

Dortmund and Bayern Munich are also hitting the pitch

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Bundesliga Pick

Leverkusen is the sexy soccer pick for this Bundesliga showdown, but we need to show respect to what Hertha's been able to accomplish so far this season.

The Old Lady have been been an amazing underdog story, gaining promotion (for the second time in three years) into the Bundesliga and proving they're here to stay. They've more than held their own and will want to prove they belong against another top-three opponent in Leverkusen.

It's quite difficult to pick against a tandem like Kiessling and Sam, but Hertha has a great team spirit and we foresee them earning a hard-fought point in front of the masses at the Olympic Stadium this weekend.

Free Pick: Hertha Berlin 1 Bayer Leverkusen 1

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