Sunday’s clash with Stuttgart is a crucial test for Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, the team atop the Bundesliga standings. After failing to defeat Borussia Dortmund at home, the Black and Reds must win to avoid losing the top spot to Bayern Munich. As for Stuttgart, the Reds must win to remain in the title race. You know what? I’m declaring this the Game of the Week across Europe for our best Bundesliga picks on Dec. 10.
Stuttgart on a Roll
Prior to the start of the season, nobody believed in Stuttgart. Well, nobody except head coach Sebastian Hoeneb and the players. The Reds currently sit in third place and average 2.5 goals per game.
Most recently, they defeated Werder Bremen 2-0 at home with Deniz Undav and Serhou Guirassy as the scorers. Their last match was against Borussia Dortmund, and they also won 2-0. I mentioned the victory over Bremen first because the match against the Black and Yellows was for the DFB Pokal. Either way, the important thing is that the Reds won their last four games in a row.
That streak includes a 2-1 victory over Frankfurt on the road, like we predicted. Undav scored both goals. Precisely, Undav and Guirassy are the main reasons for you to consider betting on the home side. Undav has scored eight goals in the Bundesliga, while Guirassy has scored 16.
Finally, keep in mind that the Reds are 6-0-1 when playing at home. Also, they scored at least two goals in all matches and finished with a clean sheet three times. They managed to turn Mercedes-Benz Arena into a fortress, which makes them a very tempting Bundesliga betting underdog.
Bayer Leverkusen Regaining Confidence
Yes, Bayer Leverkusen is atop the Bundesliga standings. However, the Black and Reds haven’t been able to defeat the two domestic powerhouses, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. They already played host to both and drew 2-2 and 1-1.
Precisely, their last Bundesliga match was against Dortmund. The Black and Reds should’ve won after finishing with 69 percent of possession and 23 shots in total, 17 more than the Black and Yellows. Unfortunately for them, the attacking unit didn’t have a good day.
Don’t panic, we’re still talking about a very good attacking unit. After all, Leverkusen is the second top scoring team in the league with 38 goals. Only Bayern Munich has scored more with 43.
Plus, they regained a lot of confidence by advancing to the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal after defeating Paderborn 3-1. That means that the Black and Reds are still up for the treble since they also advanced to the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.
Finally, besides the fact that they’re favored in the Bundesliga Las Vegas odds, the Black and Reds will have plenty of support in Stuttgart. If that doesn’t motivate them, nothing will.
💬#Alonso: “We are thankful for the great support from the fans. They travel with us to every away game in good numbers. 4,000 will be with us in Stuttgart and I hope that we can give them the best performance, we want to keep the levels of joy within the support high!”#VfBB04… pic.twitter.com/6Z8IN1NxnZ
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) December 8, 2023
Bayer Leverkusen Dominates Head-to-Head
Last season, Bayer Leverkusen had no trouble defeating Stuttgart at home. The Black and Reds ended up winning 2-0 after scoring one goal in each half. Later, they drew 1-1 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. That’s nothing new since the Black and Reds haven’t lost to Stuttgart since the 2017-18 season.
The good news is that both sides scored in five of their last eight meetings. That means you can expect a thrilling back-and-forth battle. It also means you should include the over in your betting online ticket.
Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Information
- Match: Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 10
- Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart
- Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen Live Stream: Fubo.tv
Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Lines
Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen Soccer Betting Prediction
I want to believe Bayer Leverkusen is going to put up a good fight until the very end of the season. However, to do that, the Black and Reds must start winning crucial matches like this. Stuttgart will put up a good fight, no doubt about it, but I think the visitors will get the win. A lot of usual starters didn’t play midweek and they’re eager to prove that their good season has nothing to do with luck.
Considering I already told you to take the over, I like 3-2 for the final score.
Soccer Pick: Bayer Leverkusen by 1 (+330)
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