Leverkusen’s second German Bundesliga assignment is a lot easier than its first and the Factory Team is one’s main selection as the competition resumes after a short break.
The game of the first German Bundesliga round saw Leverkusen lose 1-2 at Monchengladbach but the Factory Team lost little in defeat to one of the other teams that one expects to push for UEFA Champions League qualification. Eighty-five minutes were on the watch when Monchengladbach notched its winning goal and there was little between the sides statistically.
Leverkusen’s first German Bundesliga home match is against Hamburg on Saturday and one is interested in backing the Factory Team at odds of -189 with Marathonbet. Leverkusen has lost only to Monchengladbach in any type of game since the middle of March and its formlines are head and shoulders above those of Hamburg, which let one down by failing to get the better of Ingolstadt at home in its German Bundesliga curtain raiser, conceding a 79th-minute goal to draw 1-1.
An Albin Ekdal own goal settled last season’s corresponding German Bundesliga fixture in Leverkusen’s favour and the Factory Team has not leaked a goal in any of their last three matches versus the Red Shorts, winning two of them.
Mainz against Hoffenheim is the final game of the German Bundesliga round and one thinks that it is likely to be an entertaining affair, with Marathonbet‘s odds of -125 about over two and a half goals rating as an attractive wager.
Both of last term’s German Bundesliga matches between Mainz and Hoffenheim went over two and a half goals – they ended 3-1 and 3-2 – and, having reviewed the statistical data of their Round One games, one thing stuck out like a sore thumb: the O-Fives and the 1899ers each gave their respective opponents plenty of looks at their goal.
One thinks that Mainz is the probable winner of the German Bundesliga match but the O-Fives lost 1-3 to second-tier struggler Sandhausen in a friendly last week. Consequently, one favours betting on Mainz participating in a high-scoring German Bundesliga game than backing the O-Fives to prevail.
Leipzig appointed former Ingolstadt boss Ralph Hasenhuttl to lead the Red Bull-bankrolled club into its first-ever German Bundesliga campaign. Hasenhuttl was the manager responsible for Ingolstadt being so difficult to break down but, so far, he has been unable to stop Leipzig conceding goals. Leipzig drew 2-2 at Dresden in the German DFB Pokal and then the Bulls shared four goals equally with Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga. Furthermore, Leipzig’s final friendly resulted in a 4-4 draw with Austrian affiliate Liefering.
Dortmund is Leipzig’s visitor in its first German Bundesliga home match and one cannot resist backing Saturday’s game to go over two and a half goals, an option that is available at odds of -156 with, you know who, Marathonbet. Dortmund got its German Bundesliga title challenge under way with a 2-1 home victory over Mainz and the Black and Yellows may challenge Bayern Munchen in the goal-scoring stakes.
Twenty-four of Dortmund’s 34 German Bundesliga matches last term went over two and a half goals, including 11 of its 17 divisional away games. Defending may be in Hassenhuttl’s blood but sitting back and inviting pressure from Dortmund is unlikely to pay dividends for Leipzig so one is expecting an open match in which there are chances at both ends.
Bayer Leverkusen to beat Hamburg
Saturday 10th September, 14:30 GMT
RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund – Over 2.5 Goals
Saturday 10th September, 17:30 GMT
Mainz v Hoffenheim – Over 2.5 Goals
Sunday 11th September, 14:30 GMT