Betting round-up: Kruse, Leverkusen to face Bayern

Could the young Australia international hit the back of the net against the Bundesliga champions this weekend? Paul Gough takes a look at the markets in Germany

Former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory star Robbie Kruse will celebrate his 25th birthday on Saturday night by playing in arguably the biggest club game of his career to date - if the Socceroo forward gets on the pitch.

Kruse's much-improved Bayer Leverkusen team will start underdogs at home against defending German and European champions Bayern Munich in a much-anticipated Bundesliga clash.

After seven matches Bayern - which last season became the first German club to complete the treble of Bundesliga title, German Cup and Champions League success - sit in second place on 19 points and only trailing arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.

But Leverkusen, which have never won the German title but have finished runners-up on five occasions since 1997, are in third spot just one point further adrift.

However even with home ground advantage on Saturday they are paying $5 at bet365 to upset Bayern Munich, who are the $1.60 favourites with the draw priced at $4.20.

And as far as title betting is concerned, Bayern remain the dominant $1.20 favourites at bet365 ahead of Dortmund at $4 and Leverkusen at $26.


Back Bayern Munich to win


Go for Bayern to win 2-1 in correct score betting at odds of $8 at bet365

Incredibly Bayern Munich - now with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola in charge - look even better this season.

They have already added the European Super Cup - at the expense of Europa League winners of last year Chelsea - to their bulging trophy cabinet.

And in this season's Champions League they have already hammered CSKA Moscow 3-0 and English giants Manchester City 3-1 away in midweek while they recently smashed four away to another of Germany's Champions League representatives this season in Schalke.

But Bayer Leverkusen have won their past four matches - since losing 4-2 away to Manchester United on matchday one in the Champions League - and have won two of their past three matches against Bayern Munich.

However if you want to back the underdogs do it in the draw no bet market at $3.75, where you will at least get your money back if the game ends in a draw.

Bayern to win 2-1, as they did at Leverkusen last season, is the favoured option in correct score betting at odds of $8 and is the most likely result.

As for first goalscorer markets, Kruse is big odds at $11 given he is unlikely to start but he could be worth a bet at $3.60 at bet365 to score at any stage of the game.

The Socceroos' star is one of those players that seems to thrive on the big stage and he recently scored twice for Leverkusen in a 4-1 win over Mainz on September 21.

However Bayern players dominate the betting with Mario Mandzukic the $4.50 favourite to score the game's first goat at bet365 ahead of teammates Thomas Muller at $6, Claudio Pizarro $6.50 and Arjen Robben at $7.50.

*Note prices subject to change

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