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Betting Tips for Today: Even contest expected as Hoffenheim host Bayer Leverkusen

4:00 am AEDT 30/3/19
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The home side have become the Bundesliga's stalemate specialists and with Peter Bosz's men chasing a European spot, another draw looks worth backing

Hoffenheim host Bayer Leverkusen as the Bundesliga gets back up to speed following the final international break of the campaign.

The hosts have endured a frustrating time of things in recent months, winning only three of their league matches since late November. Despite that, it's 5/4 (2.25) about a home win with 888Sport on Friday evening.

Hoffenheim have become the division’s draw specialists with 11 stalemates in total this term and 10 of those coming in their previous 15 games. Another share of the spoils is a 27/10 (3.70) shot.

In stark contrast, Leverkusen rarely settle for a point. The visitors have drawn just three times this season and have won six of their last eight outings in this competition. They're outsiders but at 9/5 (2.80) this is predicted to be a relatively close encounter.

This clash sees the fourth-best attack in the Bundesliga host the fifth most potent, so it's no surprise to see over 2.5 goals at just 4/11 (1.36) while over 3.5 is still a shade of odds-on at 19/20 (1.95). That’s a pick that has paid out in each of the last three head-to-head meetings.

The previous match ended 4-1 to Hoffenheim but they've lacked a killer instinct in recent weeks and Leverkusen have been surging up the table and into European contention.

The hosts look too short in the betting at 5/4 (2.25) and this game could be the latest in a long line of stalemates. With that in mind, taking the 3/1 (4.0) about a score draw with 888Sport could be worth a small bet, adding a little extra juice to the usual draw quote of 27/10 (3.70).

This wager has paid out in 10 of Hoffenheim's 26 Bundesliga matches this term and with a quick turnaround for some players following the international break, some lack of intensity would be no surprise.

The pair sit four points apart in the German top-flight and there could be little to separate them once more at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Score draw at 3/1 (4.0) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport