Sami Hyypia's side were the last team to beat the champions in the Bundesliga 33 games ago, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to come up short this time in a high-scoring encounterBayer Leverkusen have the opportunity to overtake Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table when they welcome the champions to the BayArena on Saturday.
Sami Hyypia’s men have won their last seven consecutive league games in front of their own fans but are7/2 (4.50) outsiders with William Hill to emerge victorious in this one.
That is probably because their visitors have not tasted defeat in their last 32 league fixtures and are clear 4/6 (1.67) favourites to extend that run with their 28th win in 33.
This pair have not played out a draw in any of their last five encounters, but you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them sharing the spoils in this one.
While Bayern have proved themselves to be head and shoulders above the competition at home and abroad over the past couple of seasons, few teams have run them closer than Saturday’s opponents.
The hosts’ shock 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena last October represents the European champions’ only defeat in their last 45 Bundesliga fixtures, while they also ran out 2-0 winners in front of their own fans the previous February.
Having won three and drawn three of the last 10 encounters, Hyypia’s side can be more confident than most of causing Pep Guardiola’s men problems, particularly as they have not failed to score in 24 home league fixtures.
With both sides in high spirits following exhilarating Champions League victories in midweek, another entertaining encounter looks likely between sides who have provided goals at both ends in six of their last eight meetings.
However, Bayern’s away win against Manchester City was a masterclass in football, and in such irresistible form it is difficult to see any side standing between them and their 23rd win in 25 league games.
Having scored 17 and conceded just twice in seven Bundesliga matches and with six consecutive competitive wins behind them, Guardiola’s side offer excellent value at 21/10 (3.10) to come out on top in a match featuring goals at both ends.