Freiburg Chasing Champions League Slot
Bayer Leverkusen impressively clinched a Champions League berth even with some of their best players out with long-term injuries. SC Freiburg are still looking to clinch their spot, but they’ll need some help to get there. A Freiburg win over Bayer and an RB Leipzig loss would mean that Freiburg will be playing in the UCL for the first time. The Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg odds are implying a close one, with Leverkusen as very slight favorites.
Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg Game Info
- Location: BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
- Date & Time: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. ET
- TV: ESPN+
Last five Bundesliga meetings:
- Dec 2021: Freiburg 2-1 Leverkusen
- Feb 2021: Leverkusen 1-2 Freiburg
- Nov 2020: Freiburg 2-4 Leverkusen
- May 2020: Freiburg 0-1 Leverkusen
- Nov 2019: Leverkusen 1-1 Freiburg
SC Freiburg picked up a 2-1 win at the Europa-Park Stadion in December as Vincenzo Grifo and Kevin Schade got on the scoresheet. It was just the second time in the last eight meetings that the home side won in this Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen fixture.
Unbeaten in their last two matches at the BayArena, Freiburg will hope to extend their streak to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Leverkusen Set for Third-Place Finish
- Form (All Competitions): W,W,W,L,D
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Kerem Demirbay (toe), M Karim Bellarabi (groin), F Amine Adli (Achilles), D Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Thigh), M Florian Wirtz (ACL)
Bayer Leverkusen officially clinched a spot in next year’s Champions League with a 4-2 win at Hoffenheim last weekend. Patrik Schick scored a double and will most likely finish as the Bundesliga’s second-leading scorer, behind Robert Lewandowski. Schick, a Czech international, has scored 24 goals despite missing seven matches.
Leverkusen will likely have a big decision to make about his future in the summer as he’s likely to be a wanted man. Whether he’ll play the full 90 minutes this weekend is up for debate as Leverkusen have clinched third place in the Bundesliga. It’d be nice to get a last home win in front of their fans but nothing much changes for them, win, loss or draw.
One of the better recent Bundesliga betting tips has been taking the under when Leverkusen play at home. They’ve been shut out in three of their last five matches in all competitions at the BayArena and have averaged under a goal per game in those matches.
Expect Freiburg to be Motivated
- Form (All Competitions): L,W,D,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Noah Weisshaupt (shoulder), F Kevin Schade (abdominal), M Yannik Keitel (toe)
SC Freiburg suffered a setback in their UCL quest last weekend as they fell 4-1 to Union Berlin at home. With their fate out of their hands, all Freiburg can do this weekend is win and hope that RB Leipzig lose to Arminia Bielefeld.
One of the surprises of the season, Freiburg have a lot to be proud of even if they miss out on Champions League. In the preceding four seasons, they finished 15th, 13th, eighth and 10th, and they’re likely to finish fifth or sixth this season. Most impressively, Freiburg have done it without a 10-goal scorer.
The Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg odds list the visitors as slight underdogs, at +155, but they’ve played well recently at the BayArena. Schade scored the winner last time vs Leverkusen, but the young right winger has missed the last nine matches.
What to Watch
We’ve seen some of the top teams in the Bundesliga slip up in recent weeks and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the same happens to Bayer Leverkusen. After clinching the Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich have lost to Mainz and drawn with Stuttgart while Dortmund have lost two of their last three.
The Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg odds list Leverkusen as +150 favorites, which reflects a lack of confidence in the home side. It’s unclear how motivated Leverkusen will be for this match and arguably their best player, Florian Wirtz, is out.
Freiburg, on the other hand, absolutely need to win this match and expect them to throw the kitchen sink at Leverkusen here. Interestingly, the O/U goal total is at 3½, even though Leverkusen have scored just four goals in their last five home matches in all competitions.Follow us on Twitter