Soccer Picks: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia M’gladbach

Nila Amerova

Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:42 PM GMT

Bundesliga action hits the books this weekend with a whole slew of week 3 fixtures soccer bettors should spot, including the clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia M’gladbagh.

Bayer Leverkusen look to extend their winning form

Bayer Leverkusen look to continue their strong start on the season when they host Borussia M’gladbach on Saturday and, predictably, online bookies tip them as the favourites at -163 to win outright.

Bayer ran away comfortable winners against Freiburg to start the season and then followed up with another straight win on the road against Stuttgart, a match where they were listed as the favourites albeit on the long side of even money at +110 and where we picked them as our value play.

Truth be told, the victory over Stuttgart was a rather dubious one as the match ended 1-0 with the lone goal being an own goal. But hey, Bayer isn’t complaining. Another three points on the season sees them keep pace with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich going into week 3.

Borussia M’gladbach bounces back

Borussia M’gladbach had the misfortune of starting the season against the defending champions Bayern Munich, a match that was impossible theoretically and literally for them to win. And they didn’t of course, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat. That said they played well against their lofty rivals and that most likely led to their bounce-back performance the following week.

All credit goes to Borussia M’gladbach for a solid 3-0 victory over Hannover 96. The performance was impressive and they gave their home fans something to cheer about in their home season debut. Throughout the match, they controlled possession and were clearly the better side. Kruse was the hero of the day scoring the first goal and assisting on the second.

The clean sheet and win also showcased goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s obvious worth. The 21-year-old has been one of the league’s three best between the posts over the last three seasons and he’ll be integral to their continued success in Bundesliga that is if he remains. Recent rumours have linked the young keeper with Barcelona but the club is looking to extend his contract this week.

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Bayer vs. Gladbach Odds and Predictions:

Gladbach gets no love from the oddsmakers this week as they are installed as the +425 road underdogs at Bet365 but we expect this match to be one for the books this season. Gladbach with goalkeeper ter Stegen should prove a tough ask for the hosts and give them a run for their money. The question is whether they’ll be able to create many quality chances against a tough Bayer to win. Probably not. The draw however, which is trading at +300, would be a huge result for Gladbach on the road and if you are banking on a surprise result that would be a good coice for your soccer picks.

There are many that are quietly optimistic about Bayer’s chances this season to break the duopoly of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Bundesliga action. In order to do so they must keep pace with them at this early stage of the season. That’s why we feel they’ll come through on their soccer odds of -163 to win outright. Home ground advantage will be huge for Sami Hyypiä’s men in this fixture as well. Going back to our opinion that it won’t be easy given the quality of Gladbach that can’t be overlooked we are plumping to a tight affair and that’s why we like the draw-Bayer (halftime-fulltime) result at +333 as well as the Over 2.5 at -154 because there should be goals on both ends of the coin.