Top Four Bundesliga Matchup
A last-minute winner sealed another victory for Bundesliga leader Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Xabi Alonso’s side has extended their German top-flight record unbeaten run, which will be tested on Saturday. In a top-four Bundesliga matchup, RB Leipzig host Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 18. This is one of the can’t-miss matches of the weekend between two sides who play attacking football. Ahead of the match, we’ll dive into the RB Leipzig vs Leverkusen odds.
Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
Streaming: Live Sports Stream
This is the second soccer betting opportunity on the RB Leipzig vs Leverkusen odds this season. In the first match of the 2023-24 season, Bayer Leverkusen defeated RB Leipzig 3-2 in a five-goal thriller. Leverkusen entered the match as +140 favorites, and they’ve won their last two matches vs. Leipzig. Notably, Bayer Leverkusen have won on just one of their previous five trips to the Red Bull Arena.
RB Leipzig Fall Flat Over Weekend
RB Leipzig put in a flat performance on Saturday vs. Eintracht Frankfurt. They created a ton of chances but didn’t have a cutting edge in the 1-0 defeat. Frankfurt stunned Leipzig early on as Ansgar Knauff finished off a Niels Nkounkou cross in the seventh minute. It was Frankfurt’s only shot on target of the match, and it was enough to seal all three points. It was also just the third time all season Leipzig failed to score in the Bundesliga.
Still, Leipzig managed to finish the weekend in the top four, three points ahead of fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund. With some difficult Bundesliga fixtures over the next month or so, Leipzig have their work cut out for them. There have been a number of departures over the last month as Fabio Carvalho returned to Liverpool, Timo Werner went on loan to Tottenham, and Emil Forsberg joined Red Bull New York permanently.
Midfielder Amadou Haidara is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, which means that Marco Rose could rely heavily on Kevin Kampl and Xaver Schlager in midfield in the coming weeks. Defender Willi Orban is also out injured until February. Lois Openda and Xavi Simons have been Leipzig’s most dynamic players this season. Openda has scored 11 Bundesliga goals, while Simons has provided seven assists.
Bayer Leverkusen Grab Last Minute Winner
On Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen went on the road to Augsburg for their first Bundesliga match of 2024. Leverkusen hit the woodwork on three occasions and couldn’t manage to find a breakthrough through 90 minutes. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, though, Exequiel Palacios controlled a cross from Alex Grimaldo and thumped the ball into the back of the net. Wild Bayer Leverkusen celebrations followed as they came away with a 1-0 win.
Bayer Leverkusen became Hinrunde, or first half of the season, champions with 45 points through 17 games. There’s still a long way to go, but early signs are certainly promising from Xabi Alonso’s side. The Bundesliga stats show they’ve scored 47 goals through 17 matches, with a +35 goal difference. Leverkusen have kept three straight Bundesliga clean sheets, but bettors should know a couple of their starting defenders are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Odilon Kossonou and Edmond Tapsoba are away for the next few weeks, and Leverkusen’s backline looked a bit shaky at times vs. Augsburg. Amine Adli and leading scorer Victor Boniface are also at AFCON, which means Patrik Schick and Adam Hlozek will continue to receive minutes upfront.
Match Analysis & Odds
Last time these teams met, it was a five-goal thriller and it wouldn’t at all be surprising if a bunch of goals are scored here. Bayer Leverkusen have some defenders missing and both teams are capable of creating quite a lot of chances. Still, under three goals show -115 odds for Saturday’s match. Even though Leverkusen are still unbeaten this season, the RB Leipzig vs Leverkusen odds price hosts Leipzig as +145 favorites.
Leverkusen come in as +170 underdogs without Boniface up front. Even though Boniface is missing, Schick is capable of scoring goals and recently returned from a long-term injury. Neither team would be too disappointed with a draw, and one sits at +275 odds. Bettors should also note that Leipzig haven’t lost two games in a row in the Bundesliga all season. After their three previous losses, they won their next league match.
In this pick’em, Leipzig pk displays -120 odds, and Leverkusen pk is priced at even odds. Bayer Leverkusen have scored in every single match they’ve played this season, and both teams could certainly get on the scoresheet here.