Soccer Picks: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Real Sociedad

Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:42 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 6:42 PM UTC

The Germans are off to a flying start domestically, but didn't fare so well in their Champions League opener. Can they bounce back at home against Real Sociedad?
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Check out our report on <a href="/soccer/free-picks/free-soccer-picks-champions-league-2014-futures-betting-a-31619/" title="Free Soccer Picks: Champions League 2014 Futures Betting" target="_blank">2013-14 Champions League Betting Futures</a>!</em></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Odds Overview</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">You can never discount how much of an advantage there is when playing at home during these European spectacles. The atmosphere at BayArena is sure to be special for this visit of the Spaniards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">For this second group stage match, Leverkusen are the <a target="_blank" title="For the latest in sports odds, news, picks and predictions, visit!" href="/">sports betting</a> favorites to win, with odds in the -125 to -135 range; Real Sociedad, however are listed at anywhere from +300 to +385. When betting the total, the ‘Over’ 2.5 goals is at -135 and the ‘Under’ is at plus money at +105 in the <a href="/betting-odds/soccer/" title="Free live and updated soccer betting odds, at" target="_blank">soccer betting odds</a>. </span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Bayer Leverkusen</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><img style="font-size:1em" src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />As we noted up top, Leverkusen didn't enjoy the best of starts to their Champions League campaign. They gave it a good fight, but ended up <a href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-manchester-united-vs-bayer-leverkusen-a-33458/" title="Soccer Picks: Manchester United vs. Bayer Leverkuse" target="_blank">losing 4-2 to Manchester United</a> at Old Trafford, with Simon Rolfes and Omer Toprak netting their goals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Since that defeat though, Bayer has been on a roll, winning three consecutive domestic matches on the trot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">In Bundesliga play, Leverkusen <a href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-mainz-vs-bayer-leverkusen-a-33596/" title="Soccer Picks: Mainz vs. Bayer Leverkusen " target="_blank">topped Mainz (4-1)</a> and Hannover 96 (2-0) and in the DFB Pokal, they overcame Arminia Bielefeld by a 2-0 score-line.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The <a href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-bayer-leverkusen-vs-hannover-96-a-33703/" title="Soccer Picks: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hannover 96" target="_blank">most recent win came over the weekend against Hannover</a> and it was a relatively straightforward afternoon for the side. They scored two first-half goals and ended up with 19 total shots, eight of which were on target. Hannover could only muster up eight shots and two on goal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><span style="font-size:1em">It's been a truly terrific league start for Bayer. They're in third place, behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, with 18 points through seven fixtures. Six wins out of seven has extended their best ever start to a domestic campaign.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Real Sociedad</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Like their upcoming German opponents, Real Sociedad was unable to get off the ground running in their group, losing 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk at home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Unlike Leverkusen though, the Spanish outfit has failed to respond in the right way. They've <a href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-real-sociedad-vs-malaga-a-33567/" title="Soccer Picks: Real Sociedad vs. Malaga" target="_blank">tied Malaga</a> and Sevilla and lost 4-1 to Barcelona in the three league fixtures since that European defeat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Against Sevilla, Real looked the part and had their fair share of chances to get all three points. They were at home and dominated the possession, and even held a man-advantage after a late red card.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">However, Sociedad was unable to capitalize, which has been a common early theme for the squad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Draws have been no stranger to Sociedad in the <a href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-betting-la-liga-2013-14-futures-betting-odds-a-32622/" title="Soccer Betting: La Liga 2013-14 Futures &amp; Betting Odds" target="_blank">early stages of 2013/14 season</a>, and with only one win to their name through seven league fixtures, they've already dug themselves a rather large hole in the La Liga standings.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Champions League Pick</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Though Real Sociedad has some high-quality players that will need to be dealt with, starting with in-form Mexican attacking player Carlos Vela, it's going to be tough goings for them in Leverkusen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Not only is Real at home here, but they're coming up against a team that's been playing much better football than they have. Bayer took their loss against United in stride and came back to win three consecutive matches, so they'll be feeling fully confident in their ability to deal with the threat of the Spanish visitors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Sociedad hasn't won away from home since August 20<sup>th</sup> (a Champions League playoff round win over Lyon) and we think that streak will stay alive this week. Look for a narrow Leverkusen victory at home for your <a target="_blank" title="Visit for the latest in soccer odds, info, picks and predictions!" href="/soccer/">soccer betting</a>.</span></p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":244327, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b style="font-size:1em">Soccer Prediction: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Bayer Leverkusen 2 - Real Sociedad 1</span></p> <em>Discuss the Champions League soccer on <a target="_blank" title="Visit SBRForum's Soccer Forum!" href="">'s soccer message boards</a>!</em>
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