Bayern Munich expected to bounce back with victory over Bayer Leverkusen
The Bundesliga returns on Friday following the international break, with Bayern Munich welcoming Bayer Leverkusen to the Allianz Arena in an encounter which will be obviously filled with tired legs after the international break.
As we head into Matchday 8, Bayern Munich find themselves in an unusual position. The defending champions sit fifth, five points behind first-place Union Berlin.
That said, Bayer Leverkusen have also endured a below-par start to the season. Gerardo Seoane’s side find themselves fifteenth, four points above last-place Bochum and seven points behind Bayern.
Believe it or not, Bayern Munich have only managed to win three of their seven Bundesliga games this term – recording three wins and one draw in the process.
Although the Bavarians are the top scorers with 19 goals to their name (2.7 goals per game), they have struggled for consistency of late.
Bayern started the season strongly, dispatching Eintracht Frankfurt (1-6), Wolfsburg (2-0) and Bochum (-07). But they have since recorded three draws and a loss.
It is worth noting, however, that Bayern have avoided defeat in each of their past 13 home games across all competitions.
On the flip side, Bayer Leverkusen have only managed to win one of their seven league outings this term – registering two draws and four defeats along the way.
Leverkusen have conceded 12 goals across their seven Bundesliga clashes (1.7 goals per game), meaning only two sides have a poorer defensive record.
Not only did Bayer lose each of their opening three games this season, but they also lost four of their opening five.
Following back-to-back draws against Hertha Berlin (2-2) and Werder Bremen (1-1) before the international break, Leverkusen are not in a good place right now.
Head-to-head: Bayer Leverkusen have managed to win just seven of their previous 44 Bundesliga meetings with Bayern, suffering 28 defeats in the process.
Bayern Munich have won four of the last five league meetings between the teams, scoring over 3.5 goals on two occasions in that time.
Team news: Lucas Hernandez (muscle), Kingsley Coman (hamstring) and Bouna Sarr (patella) are all unavailable for Bayern Munich.
As for Leverkusen, they will be without Florian Wirtz (cruciate ligament), Amine Adli (collarbone), Andrey Lunev (hamstring), Karim Bellarabi (meniscus) and Exequiel Palacios (hamstring).
There is no denying that Bayern have made a slow start to the season, but Leverkusen have made an even poorer start to the campaign.
With that in mind, Betgaranteed predicts that Bayern Munich will return to winning ways on Friday – scoring over 2.5 goals on their way to victory.