Death, taxes, and Bayer Leverkusen winning. Xabi Alonso’s side has established itself as one of the finest teams in Europe over the first trimester of the 2023-24 season. With the exception of their 2-2 draw to Bayern Munich, they have won each of their 16 matches in all competitions, scoring 59 goals and conceding 14, and they are the only undefeated team in Europe’s top five leagues alongside Nice. They look headed for their first top-four finish in five years, but just how far can Alonso take this team?
You don’t need to be a hardcore Bundesliga betting aficionado to know that the odds are still backing Bayern to win the title, with Thomas Tuchel’s side valued at -400 to win a 12th consecutive championship as opposed to Leverkusen at +300. After all, Bayern are the kings of German football, whilst Leverkusen are the ultimate bridesmaids whose most memorable moment came in the 2001-02 season, when they threw away a chance to win a treble in a matter of weeks. That Neverkusen tag has stuck like glue, but it may just be wearing off under Alonso.
Since being founded in 1904, Leverkusen have won just two major trophies, but today, they look set to challenge for silverware on multiple fronts. They have all but secured first place in their Europa League group, they are amongst the frontrunners to win the DFB-Pokal, and they sit atop the Bundesliga table, two points above Bayern.
Bolstering an attacking core featuring Florian Wirtz, Victor Boniface and Jonas Hofmann, as well as Alex Grimaldo who has chipped in 8 goals and 6 assists in 17 matches, Die Werkself are a surefire addition to your soccer picks on any day of the week, especially on Saturday, when they will travel to Werder Bremen.
After beginning October with a 4-2 loss to newly promoted Darmstadt, Werder Bremen sits 12th in the table, four points above the relegation play-off spot.
Leverkusen looks set to lose several key players due to AFCON, including Boniface and newly minted Nigeria international Nathan Tella, and as such, it is imperative that they keep up the momentum over the next few weeks. Getting a win against Werder Bremen is a necessity ahead of a week that will see them host Borussia Dortmund – I’m expecting them to take care of business and continue to push for their first-ever Bundesliga title.
First Parlay Pick: Leverkusen ML (-215)
Both Teams to Score in Betis–Las Palmas
When it comes to the breakout stars of the La Liga season, there’s no debate that league leaders Girona have been the season´s revelation. However, Las Palmas are a distant second with an impressive start that has seen them take 18 points from 13 matches.
Las Palmas are back in the top-flight for the first time in six years, and they have certainly caught our eye under García Pimienta. They sit eighth in the table, level on 18 points with Valencia and Rayo Vallecano.
Las Palmas closed out September with a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid and have kept just one clean sheet since – a 3-0 win at fifth-tier Manacor in the Copa del Rey on Oct. 31. I don’t see them ending that drought anytime soon as they travel to Real Betis on Sunday.
There are quite a few reasons to add this one to your La Liga betting picks, but one thing’s likely: there’s bound to be goals for both teams.
Apart from a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, Las Palmas have scored in every single match since the start of October, winning four matches by a scoreline of 2-1 before heading into the break with a 1-1 draw in Osasuna.
Alvaro Valles, 26, has emerged as one of the finest goalkeepers in the division this season. Apart from their 2-0 loss to Real Madrid, Las Palmas are yet to concede over one goal this season, and they’ll be going up against a Betis side that has been held scoreless three times this season
On the other hand, Betis have kept just three clean sheets since the start of October, with Betis’ most common result this season being 1-1 (5), followed by 2-1 (3), and I’m expecting something similar on Sunday. Las Vegas odds have both teams scoring valued at Even.
Betis have dropped points at home just twice this season, and whilst our betting lines are heavily backing Manuel Pellegrini’s side to come away with a victory at -145, this feels like it could go either way. The smarter money is on both teams to find the back of the net in what should be an intriguing showdown between eighth and seventh at Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Second Parlay Pick: Both teams to score (Even)
Questions Of The Day
Which soccer teams are most likely to win their matches this weekend?
Bayer Leverkusen have won 16 matches of 17 and are the last remaining undefeated team in Europe alongside Nice, and I’m expecting them to get another win at Werder Bremen.