Fresh off a hugely impressive Champions League win, Bayern Munich looks to keep their tip-top form intact with another good showing against Bayer Leverkusen.
OK, so Bayer Leverkusen is no slouch of a team, and will be at home for this weekend's clash, but this is Bayern Munich we're talking about here. They just made Manchester City look very ordinary away from home, so it's wonder they're favored at soccer odds of -150.
If you like Leverkusen here, you can get them at a very good price in the range of +400 to +450. A draw is also a long-shot at +300 for our soccer picks.
Losing 4-2 to Manchester United in the Champions League could have really damaged Bayer Leverkusen's morale, but the opposite effect has happened.
Since the defeat, the side has won four straight matches, capped off by a 2-1 European win at home over a talented Real Sociedad outfit.
It didn't come easy though. The sides look destined to end in a deadlock, that is until substitute Jens Hegeler brought down the house with a wonderful free kick in stoppage time to seal all three points for the hosts.
So now it's back to domestic competition, and what a return it shall be against the defending champions and one of the most feared clubs in all of football. Still, it's not like Leverkusen is going to back down here, especially since they've been doing great things under Sami Hyppia. They're currently in third place in the Bundesliga, with only one loss in seven matches.
The two to watch for Leverkusen are Stefan Kiessling and Sidney Sam. Both have five league goals to their name so far, while Sam has four assists and Kiessling has three. Surely Pep Guardiola will have something planned to corral the dangerous pair.
If you didn't think Bayern would be as strong with Pep running show, you've quickly been proven wrong.
The Bavarians have adjusted to the new style perfectly and it was all on show in the team's 3-1 dismantling of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. What a performance it was from Bayern Munich.
Yes, there were errors by Joe Hart, but that doesn't take away from the fact the Bavarians controlled the match from start to finish. Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, and Arjen Robben scored the goals in the victory, with Bayern racking up 21 total shots, eight of which were on goal.
In the league, the Bavarians are currently tied on points with Borussia Dortmund, but reside in second because of an inferior goal differential.
So many different players on this incredibly deep squad can find the back of the net. Mario Mandzukic leads with four league goals, while Ribery, Robben, and Muller are in fine form too. Then there's the likes of Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, and Claudio Pizarro, giving Pep an outstanding collection of attacking talent to choose from.
Robben has come out and said he didn't expect it to be so easy against Manchester City. While Bayern most certainly dominated that match, we actually think they'll have a harder time with Leverkusen this weekend.
For one, these two sides know each other very well and the two encounters between them last season were both decided by a single goal. Leverkusen won 2-1 at Allianz Arena and then Bayern returned the favor.
Leverkusen has gone unbeaten at home so far this season, but ultimately we foresee Robben and company winning in a tough battle. The price (-150) is more than manageable, so let's side with Bayern for our sports picks to keep up their winning ways.Free Pick: Bayer Leverkusen 1 Bayern Munich 2