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Leverkusen Making a Run

European Banker of the Week: One for the Road in Bundesliga

Leverkusen: Red-Hot

Bayer Leverkusen will be looking for a fifth consecutive win in the German Bundesliga when they travel to play mid-table side Mainz on Friday evening. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of markets and props for the top European soccer leagues.

Bayer Leverkusen continued their fine recent form with a 4-2 victory over Stuttgart in the Bundesliga last weekend, their fourth successive league victory. Moussa Diaby opened the scoring for Leverkusen in the 41st minute netting his 10th league goal after the hosts had hit the woodwork twice in the first half. Diaby’s goal means he now scored more times this season than in his first two Bundesliga campaigns combined. He has scored in three domestic league games in a row for the first time in his career.

Leverkusen eager to maintain their outstanding run
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Despite playing on the road, Leverkusen enters this clash as +115 favorites on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. Leverkusen have scored 58 goals in 22 rounds, a club record. Their previous best at this stage of a season was 10 years ago, when they scored 51 times. If we are talking only about the fixtures played in 2022, Leverkusen is the most in-form team in the league with 13 points picked up in five games, almost a perfect record. They only dropped points in the 2-2 draw against Union Berlin.

The 4-2 win over Stuttgart helped them secure their third position in the standings maintaining the pressure on Dortmund. They are trailing second-place Dortmund by five points, but they are seven points clear of fourth-placed RB Leipzig. Czech striker Patrik Schick added one more goal to his season tally, sitting second in the top scorers’ chart with 19 goals, seven less than Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski. The attacking duo (Schick and Diaby) combined has scored almost the same number of goals this term as Friday’s opponents, Mainz.

Once again, Diaby and Florian Wirtz are expected to provide support for Schick in what is expected to be an unchanged starting lineup. Goalkeeper and captain Lukas Hradecky missed the game against Dortmund from two rounds ago with an injury but helped his side beat Stuttgart after another clinical performance. Leverkusen are the team to watch and bet on, so we will follow the trend and include them to our soccer picks and parlays. Let’s not forget that they qualified in the Europa League knockout stages, and they are priced at +2000 to win the competition.

Mainz: Ups and Downs

Mainz has enjoyed a solid start to the Bundesliga campaign. The 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim from two rounds ago was just their second in their last seven games, with four games ending in defeats. They are one of the best home teams in the league, losing just one of 11 home fixtures and conceding just five goals in the process. Their last defeat in front of their fans came in October 2021 when Union Berlin managed to beat them by scoring two late goals.

They certainly do not expect to achieve an unlikely European spot, but for a side usually fighting it out at the wrong end of the table, always trying to remain in the top tier league and avoid relegation, this season appears to be their best opportunity to finish in top six and play in the European competitions. Jeremiah St Juste remains on the sidelines following his shoulder surgery, meaning Alexander Hack will continue alongside Niakhate and Stefan Bell in the three-man backline.

When you’re betting online and find such a consistent home team, you normally back them every time they are playing on home soil, but we simply can’t oppose Leverkusen right now. Their pace, their attitude on the pitch, their form and attacking firepower are all amazing. That’s why we are backing them to win their fifth game in a row and maintain the pressure on Dortmund. You could also go for Leverkusen to score at least two goals on their own at -110, an amazing price given their outstanding goal-scoring run.

Pick: Leverkusen (+115)

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