Bayer Leverkusen hosts Bochum at the BayArena in the German top-flight league on Wednesday, looking to extend their winning run to five games. Our sportsbook offers the best Bundesliga markets and bonuses.
Leverkusen: Scoring Goals for Fun
After winning three successive Bundesliga fixtures before the World Cup break, Leverkusen picked up from where they left off with a 3-2 victory away at Gladbach on Sunday. Xabi Alonso must be tempted to stick with the same starting lineup that earned three points against their local rivals, yet with the knowledge that Bochum will take a very different approach.
Leverkusen has picked up 16 points from eight games under Alonso, after earning just five from the first eight matches this season under Gerardo Seoane. Alonso’s side has yet to lose at home in the Bundesliga, winning three of their four fixtures during this period by an aggregate score of 11-0.
With 18 Bundesliga matches still remaining this term, the hosts will hope to build on their positive form as they look to close in on the European places. A win on Wednesday against Bochum could move them to within four points of the top six so we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
The Leverkusen duo of Patrik Schick and Charles Aranguiz both missed last weekend’s match due to respective groin and calf injuries and will remain sidelined for Wednesday’s contest. Florian Wirtz made his long-awaited return to the first team as a late substitute against Gladbach, and Alonso has suggested that the highly-rated 19-year-old will be fit to start against Bochum.
Bochum: Awful on the Road
With one point on the board and a -19 goal difference after their first eight Bundesliga matches, second-season syndrome appeared to have struck Bochum. Their supporters feared for the worst.
The visitors beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 in their first game back in the saddle, but they have lost seven out of eight away assignments this term and they cannot be relied upon on the road. They are on a roll right now with three league wins on the trot. It has propelled them out of the relegation zone and into 14th place, but they remain only two points clear of the bottom two.
Bochum will now hope to improve their away form, although coming away with maximum points on Wednesday could prove challenging as they have failed to win any of their last six competitive meetings with Leverkusen. If you’re betting online, you should start fading them on the road. Cristian Gamboa and Paul Grave are ruled out with respective knee and shoulder injuries while Michael Esser and Dominique Heintz are both doubtful and will be assessed ahead of kickoff.
Leverkusen vs Bochum Head-to-Head
There has been only one draw in the last eight clashes between the sides and, interestingly, it came in their last encounter in April 2022. After failing to win any of their opening eight games, Bochum has won five in their next eight. Leverkusen has scored in each of their last 18 Bundesliga home games against Bochum, their longest ongoing scoring run at home to any current top-flight side. Bochum has won three Bundesliga games in a row for the first time since November 2007.
Leverkusen vs Bochum Match Information
- Game: Leverkusen (6-3-7) vs Bochum (5-1-10)
- Location: BayArena, Leverkusen
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2:30 a.m. ET
- Leverkusen vs Bochum Live stream: fubo.tv
Leverkusen vs Bochum Betting Lines
Leverkusen vs Bochum Picks and Prediction
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -230 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
Leverkusen’s defending still isn’t right under Alonso. However, they should have enough to pick up the three points on Wednesday. They can play some excellent attacking football under their Spanish coach, though he hasn’t quite had the same positive effect on the team’s defense and, as a result, many of their matches have been high scoring. They always press high from the start and they have a great pace in the final third. They have scored many goals lately and they also have Wirtz back.