The top 2 teams in the standings, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig lost their fixtures last weekend with Dortmund and Leverkusen closed the gap on them. This weekend Leverkusen travel to play Union Berlin while Gladbach who shocked Bayern Munich, travel to play a still underrated Stuttgart. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Union Berlin vs. Leverkusen
Friday, January 15, 2021 – 02:30 PM EST at Stadion An der Alten Försterei
After the 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg, Union remain in 5th position with 25 points having the 2nd joint attack of the league after Bayern Munich. If we are talking only about their home games, they scored 19 goals in 8 games losing just 1 in the process.
Given this is only Union Berlin's second season in the Bundesliga in their entire history, it has been a simply remarkable season for the club so far. They enter this game on the back of 5 unbeaten games in which they have picked up 9 points being without their injured talisman and top goalscorer Max Kruse. Let’s not forget that they contributed on the scoreboard in each of their 15 games of the season.
On the other side, after the 2-1 defeat to leaders Bayern Munich, Leverkusen can’t find their rhythm. They lost to Eintracht and they were kept to a 1-1 draw at home by Werder Bremen. What’s more concerning is their defensive deficiencies. Peter Bosz will be imploring his side to earn themselves a routine win in order to keep the pressure on the top spots, but it won’t be easy.
Actually, we expect Union to win point/s from this game. Their confidence is at high levels and their fighting spirit is amazing. They beat Dortmund, they kept Bayern Munich and Gladbach to draw game, and we expect them to pull off another upset. But for this parlay, we will go with both teams to score.
Stuttgart vs. Monchengladbach
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 12:30 PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Arena
Gladbach looked to be down and out when they found themselves being 2 goals down after just 26 minutes against Bayern Munich, but Jonas Hofmann proved everybody wrong scoring a brace in just 10 minutes to level things up just before halftime. Florian Neuhaus scored the winning goal in the 2nd half pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the season.
On the other side, after 3 winless games, Stuttgart returned to winning ways beating Augsburg 4-1 on the road. They now travel to play Gladbach and in case of a win, they will equal them on points as they are now sitting just 3 points behind their opponents. The bookmakers learned their lesson with Stuttgart and even though they are the underdogs in this clash, the price is not that big, and we can’t take the +0.5 handicap as a single bet.
Gladbach are a very organized team and they have a huge experience in both the domestic league and European cups. The win against Bayern was a big surprise, mostly because it came from 2 goals down. Victories bring victories, and Gladbach will try to make it 3 in a row and close the gap on the top spots.
We expect an exciting game with at least 3 goals scored and with both teams able to find the back of the net.
Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score at -200 (1.5) with Intertops