Bayer Leverkusen-Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Preview: Expect Hyypia's men to strike early

The hosts are riding high in the Bundesliga this season and Al Hain-Cole expects them to waste no time in finding the net against Mircea Lucesu's side
Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to extend their impressive Champions League home record when they welcome Shakhtar Donestk to the BayArena on Wednesday.

Sami Hyypia’s men have won their last seven consecutive group games on home turf and are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with Betway to make it eight in a row this evening.

However, Hrniky are currently sitting top of the pile with four points from their opening two games and are available at 16/5 (4.20) to retain that position with victory in Germany.

Bayern Munich became the first visitors to leave the BayArena with a point this season, after a 1-1 draw earlier this month, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) the sides cancelling each other out here.

Having spent last season managing the team alongside Sascha Lewandowski while he worked towards his coaching badges, Hyypia took sole command this summer after earning the required qualifications.

The former Liverpool defender has enjoyed a dream debut in the driving seat, leading Bayer to their best ever start to a Bundesliga season with seven wins and just one defeat from nine games as they trail leaders Bayern by a single point.

However, the opening Champions League defeat against Manchester United put the hosts on the back foot in Group A and they will be desperate to bolster their chances of qualification by securing a win before travelling to Ukraine in a fortnight for the rematch.

Considering only Borussia Dortmund have scored more goals than Hyypia’s outfit in the Bundesliga this season, they will certainly fancy their chances of finding the net against a team with just one clean sheet in their last eight European fixtures and are sure to come out all guns blazing in search of victory.

A bet on Leverkusen to score one or two first-half goals would have paid out in eight of their 12 league and European matches this season, and offers solid value at 17/20 (1.85) against Mircea Lucescu’s men, who have conceded that number before the break in three of their last four competitive games.

For those after a longer shot, odds of 25/4 (7.25) are well worth considering on the hosts running out 2-1 winners considering that has been the scoreline in three of their last four Champions League home games and two of their last three fixtures.

Bayer Leverkusen to score 1 or 2 first-half goals for a 1.5pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with Betway
Bayer Leverkusen to win 2-1 for a 0.75pt stake at 25/4 (7.25) with Betway

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.