Bayer Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig Betting Preview – Bundesliga, September 26, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| September 25, 2020 3:13 am PDT

The second round of the 2020-21 German Bundesliga season brings plenty of interesting matchups including the marquee showdown at BayArena where Bayer Leverkusen host RB Leipzig.

Leverkusen finished the previous season at the fifth spot of the Bundesliga standings, just three points behind the third-placed RB Leipzig. Therefore, Bayer failed to qualify for the Champions League, so the hosts will be fired up to get revenge Saturday.

I bring you the best Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig betting pick and tips for their upcoming clash, as it should be a great game between two talented teams that will search for the Champions League qualification once again.

Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig Odds

BTTS YES-200
BTTS NO+150
Leverkusen to Win+200
RB Leipzig to Win+250
Over 3.0-105
Under 3.0-105

The Red Bulls are slight road favorites in this one, but when you see a fave above +100 in soccer, it means the bookies expect to see a very tight contest that can easily go either way or end in a stalemate.

Both last season’s duels between Leverkusen and RB Leipzig were finished in a 1-1 tie, while the Red Bulls have won four of their eight encounters with Bayer over the previous five years along with three draws and one defeat.

Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig Preview

Leverkusen started the new Bundesliga campaign with a goalless draw at Wolfsburg. Bayer took only six shots while keeping the ball in possession for 58 percent of the time. They controlled the game but really struggled in the final third against Wolfsburg’s stout defense.

Bayer spent $26.5 million on striker Patrik Schick this summer, and the 24-year-old Czech is expected to lead the frontline this term. On the other hand, Bayer lost playmaker Kai Havertz who was their best player over the last two years, so Leverkusen will need some time to pick up the pieces.

The Red Bulls, on the other side, opened the new Bundesliga season with a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Mainz. They hit a couple of goals early in the first half while finishing the contest with 23 shots towards Mainz’s goalie, and 10 of those 23 attempts went on target.

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann continues to play with three at the back and just one up front, but the Red Bulls can count on some pacey and skillful midfielders like Dani Olmo, Emil Forsberg, and Kevin Kampl.

Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig Betting Pick

I’m a big fan of Julian Nagelsmann. This 33-year-old guy led Hoffenheim to the Champions League a few years ago as the youngest manager in Bundesliga history.

Nagelsmann always demands counter-pressing from his players. He doesn’t care for ball possession as long as his team creates chances in sequences. RB Leipzig prefers to play a direct-passing game, and I would be surprised if they fail to score at BayArena.

In five of the previous six meetings between Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, both teams managed to find the net. I’ve mentioned that both last season’s duels ended in a 1-1 draw, so my best Bayer Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig betting pick is both teams to score YES.

I know that the odds are not tempting, but you cannot expect more when Bayer and RB Leipzig take on each other. 

Pick
  • Both Teams to Score YES
    -200

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