Bayer Leverkusen will be aiming to hold onto top spot in the Bundesliga as they come up against title favourites Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Peter Bosz’s troops are sitting first, just one point clear of the current league champions, with the weekend’s clash presenting a wonderful chance to put a marker down on their aspirations of lifting the league title. As it stands, Hansi Flick’s troops are the most fancied to once again be named as champions come the end of the season at odds of 1/10 with William Hill. Meanwhile, having enjoyed the best start to a season since 2013/14, Bayer are available at a price of 20/1 to break Bayern’s monopoly and win the league this season, in what would be their first title success since 2011.
One reason behind Bayer’s stunning start to the new season has been their unbeaten record thus far. They are yet to lose in 12 Bundesliga matches, their longest unbeaten run in the league in over two years. As a matter of fact, they are only one of two sides in Europe’s top five leagues, alongside AC Milan to have not lost a single league game in 2020/21. However, it could well be tough for them to continue that on Saturday considering that Bayern have won three of their last four visits to the BayArena. The hosts sit at odds of 29/10 with Betfair to win, whilst a draw is also at the same price. Bayern are meanwhile available at 10/11.
One aspect that will give Bosz’s men confidence is the visitors’ lengthy injury list. Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez are all ruled out in midfield. This could mean that Jamal Musiala could retain his place in the starting XI. In slightly better news however, Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies could be recalled to bolster die Roten’s defence. One man that will also certainly be included is the current Bundesliga top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski. The Polish forward already has 15 goals in 11 league games and sits at odds of 13/5 with Paddy Power to net the opening goal this time around.
Much like Bayern, Bayer are also having their own problems on the injury front. Santiago Arias, Exequiel Palacios and Paulinho all remain out with long-term problems, whilst Sven Bender and Charles Aranguiz are doubtful ahead of the match. Bosz can welcome back Lucas Alario, who despite having already scored eight goals this season, has not started any of the last four league games. The Argentinian is at 6/1 to strike the opening blow in the game.