Bayern Munich-Bayer Leverkusen Betting Preview: Hyypia's men to run the champions close once again

The visitors have a better record than anyone against Pep Guardiola's men in recent encounters but Al Hain-Cole expects them to score - yet lose
Bayern Munich will be looking to tighten their vice-like grip on the Bundesliga title when they welcome third-placed Bayer Leverkusen to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

The champions currently boast a 20-point lead at the top of the table and are clear 1/6 (1.17) favourites with William Hill to move one step closer to retaining the trophy with an astonishing 17th consecutive league win.

Despite putting up a creditable fight at the Parc des Princes, Sami Hyypia’s men crashed out of the champions league with a sixth defeat in seven fixtures against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, and are huge 14/1 (15.00) underdogs to get their league campaign back on track with a shock win here.

The visitors were the last Bundesliga team to stand between die Roten and victory with a 1-1 draw back in October and are available at 13/2 (7.50) to earn a share of the spoils once again this time out.

It was not so long ago that Leverkusen were threatening to usurp Borussia Dortmund as Germany’s second team after a blistering start to the campaign, but a horrendous recent run of results has now left them sweating over their hopes of even qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Six defeats - including an embarrassing cup exit to second division Kaiserslautern - and one draw in their last seven fixtures is hardly ideal preparation for a visit to the best team in the world, meaning Hyypia will be relying on his team continuing their impressive habit of raising their game in these fixtures.

October’s 1-1 draw was the third time in four encounters that Leverkusen managed to take points off Pep Guardiola’s side, having won two of the previous three, reinforcing their reputation as Bayern's bogey team.

While it would surely be too much to expect the visitors to snap out of their recent slump by claiming anything tangible against a majestic Bayern, a goal is far from beyond them given their haul of six in the four previous encounters.

With this in mind, odds of 29/20 (2.45) offer excellent value on the hosts coming out on top despite failing to keep a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive match.

Bayern to win and both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 29/20 (2.45) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an 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.