Bayer Leverkusen visited Borussia Dortmund and lost last week to open the 2022-23 Bundesliga season. Considering the Black and Yellows are among the favorites to dethrone Bayern Munich, that was expected.
As for Augsburg, the White and Reds played host to Freiburg and were humiliated. That wasn’t expected. Now, they must defeat Leverkusen for the first time ever — at least if they don’t want to fall into the abyss.
Bayer Leverkusen: High Expectations
Last season, Bayer Leverkusen finished third behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. That means the Company’s Eleven will also play in the UEFA Champions League. Domestically, that means anything other than second place will be considered a failure. In other words, expectations are extremely high.
Yes, they lost 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the opener, but they played in great fashion. They gained possession with 55 percent and made almost 100 more passes. They just need to be more effective in front of the goal.
That’s just a matter of time. Let’s not forget that Leverkusen’s attacking unit is led by Patrik Schick, who last season scored 24 goals. Only Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) scored more with 35. Considering the mighty No. 9 moved to Barcelona a couple weeks ago and Erling Haaland now plays for Manchester City, Schick is now the favorite to win the Bundesliga Golden Boot.
There’s also Sardar Azmoun, who started the game against Dortmund on the bench but is also a certified scorer. Schick and Azmoun could become a dynamic duo that is more heroic than Batman and Robin.
“We saw the qualities he has in the second half of the game against BVB and how he can be effective in well-structured positional play. He has a presence in the box, is good in the air, and good at making runs. He is also very much capable of bringing Patrik into the game,” said manager Gerardo Seoane about Azmoun.
You can expect both to be in the starting lineup on Saturday. The one who won’t be available is goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. Last week, he got a red card. Even so, Leverkusen totally deserves to dominate the soccer lines at -300.
Augsburg: Navigating Troubled Waters
Augsburg arrived at the Bundesliga in the 2011-12 season. Three seasons later, they finished fifth. Since then, the White and Reds haven’t been able to finish in the top 10. Last season, they finished 14th, only five points ahead of Hertha Berlin, the last team to get relegated.
Nobody is expecting Augsburg to make a run for the title or anything like it, but they shouldn’t suffer so much either. Last week, they lost 4-0 to Freiburg. The defense collapsed after the first half and allowed all four goals in the second.
“Unfortunately, the game did not go as we would have wanted it to. We had a couple of positives in the first half, including limiting Freiburg’s chances. The second half was frustrating, as we conceded easily – we’ve analyzed this and now we’re working on it so that we can play better in Leverkusen,” said midfielder Elvis Rexhbecaj in an interview.
Rexhbecaj is one of Augsburg’s most recent signings. The White and Reds also signed Arne Maier, Ermedin Demirovic and Maximilian Bauer. Summing up, we’re talking about an experienced, well-balanced team.
The visitors are offering a very tempting price, +875. If you include them in your soccer picks and they pull off the stunner, your payout will be $975 for a $100 wager.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 24
- Bayer Leverkusen Victories: 16 (54 goals)
- Augsburg Victories: 0 (19 goals)
- Draws: 8
That’s right, Bayer Leverkusen has never lost to Augsburg. Last season, the Company’s Eleven won both Bundesliga meetings by a 9-2 aggregate. First, they crushed them 4-1 at WWK Arena. Later, they won 5-1 at BayArena with Moussa Diaby as the Man of the Match thanks to his hat trick.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg Match Information
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 13
- Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
- Location: BayArena, Leverkusen
- Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg Live Stream: fubo.tv
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Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg Prediction
Forget about a betting online upset: Bayer Leverkusen will go all-in right from the start. Last season, they finished with a 10-2-5 record when playing at home, 40 goals for and 24 against. The Company’s Eleven attacking units are just too much for the White and Reds to handle, so you can also expect a goal-fest, similar to Augsburg’s season debut. The only difference will be that the Reds and Whites will also score.
Score Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 4, Augsburg 1