Bayer Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg: Predictions & Odds
- Leverkusen has hit form at just the right time as it seeks a second top-four finish on the bounce
- Wolfsburg is also in the European picture but was dispatched by Borussia Dortmund last time out
- In-form Bayer will be targeting a win and a clean sheet in Tuesday’s encounter
|What||Bayer Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg|
|Where||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany|
|When||Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 12:30 PM EST|
|How to watch||Stream live on DraftKings, Fox Sports, Fox Deportes|
A challenge for the Champions League places looked improbable when Bayer Leverkusen slipped to 10th in the table following a 2-1 home loss to Borussia Monchengladbach back in November. But after a 3-1 triumph over the same opponent in this weekend’s return fixture, Leverkusen is dreaming of a place at European soccer’s top table.
Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich all won on Saturday, but Bayer was the day’s most impressive victor. Kai Havertz was again the star of the show, scoring twice at Borussia-Park to help Peter Bosz’s side climb above its opponent and into the top four.
The games cannot come quickly enough when a team is in good form, so Bayer will be relishing the opportunity to go again on Tuesday. Victory over Wolfsburg would further boost the team’s chances of a top-four finish, and Bayer could even end the game week just one point off second.
Wolfsburg can be a tough nut to crack, but that was not the case in a 2-0 loss to Dortmund on Saturday. Leverkusen will fancy its chances of collecting another three points here.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg Odds
|Match winner and Both teams to score||Odds|
|Bayer Leverkusen and Yes||+210|
|Bayer Leverkusen and No||+250|
Odds taken on May 25 from bet365 NJ Sportsbook.
Leverkusen has not kept a clean sheet since the Bundesliga’s return, but it did manage two shut-outs in its three games before the season was put on hold.
Given that Wolfsburg is not exactly the freest scorer in the Bundesliga, it is worth backing Bayer to emerge victorious without conceding on Tuesday.
It is difficult to look past a home win, but the odds on that are much more favorable when combined with the ‘Both teams to score’ market.
Bayer Leverkusen Looked to Have Clicked Under Bosz
Bosz has had his fair share of criticism in Germany, most of which dates back to his disastrous spell at the helm of Borussia Dortmund. But the former Ajax head coach has got Leverkusen moving in the right direction, as demonstrated by recent wins against Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach
Havertz has deservedly received much of the attention of late, but credit is also due to several of his team-mates: Karim Bellarabi made a successful return to the starting XI against Gladbach; Moussa Diaby was a constant threat on the left flank, and 21-year-old defender Edmond Tapsoba plays with a maturity beyond his tender years.
It would be an exaggeration to say that Leverkusen looks unstoppable right now, but it is certainly true that Bosz’s men are playing some of the finest attacking soccer in the Bundesliga. That stands them in good stead for the run-in.
Wolfsburg’s Attack Has Let Them Down at Times this Term
Wolfsburg lost 2-0 to Dortmund on Saturday. There is no shame in coming unstuck against one of the division’s best teams, but Oliver Glasner’s team was once again disappointing in front of goal.
Wolfsburg may be sixth in the standings but they have scored fewer goals than Hertha Berlin in 10th, Koln in 11th, Augsburg in 12th, and Eintracht Frankfurt in 14th. Saturday’s scoreless defeat by BVB was the seventh match in which the Wolves have failed to put the ball in the back of the net this term.
That may not sound like a particularly bad figure, but the statistics clearly show that Wolfsburg’s attack has been its weakness this season. When striker Wout Weghorst fails to score, his team often does – the Dutchman has been responsible for 36 percent of his side’s 36 Bundesliga goals in 2019/20.
Wolfsburg will have to demonstrate a significant improvement in forward areas to triumph at the BayArena this midweek.
Leverkusen Have Tightened Up at the Back and Will Want a Clean Sheet
After scoring seven goals in back-to-back away games, it is no surprise that Leverkusen’s attack has attracted praise in recent days. Pleasingly for Bosz, the defense is starting to look more resolute than it has done on other occasions this term.
When Bayer gets things right, the result is an irresistible brand of attacking soccer. But when things go wrong, the team is often far too open. Not many top-four contenders around Europe have conceded two goals or more in eight matches this campaign.
In its last five outings, however, Bayer’s backline has been breached just three times. The defense has been more secure regardless of whether Bosz has opted for three or four men at the back, with the experienced Sven Bender having done a fine job of marshaling those around him.
Leverkusen’s improvement in that regard is not solely down to the team’s defenders, though. Die Werkself defends from the front, pressing opponents high up the pitch and looking to keep the action away from their own goal. Such a strategy should bear fruit again on Tuesday.
Take the Leverkusen win without conceding here – Wolfsburg can be blunt in attack and Bayer has been improving in defense.