Sunday’s pick of matches in the new Bundesliga Season is Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen locking horns at the Wolkswagen Arena in Wolfburg.
Wolfsburg finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season to earn themselves a berth in this season’s Europa League competition. They took part in last season’s Europa League competition and made it all the way to the knockout stages where they exited at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat them at home and away, in the round of 16, with the two legs being played either side of the enforced break.
They did well to hold onto some of their key players like striker Weghorst who tallied 20 goals in the Bundesliga last season. They’ve also tried to add a bit more depth in the squad, particularly in defence where they struggled particularly against the top sides and in the second half of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, just missed out on a place in the Champions League last term, as some disappointing results at the tail end of the season saw them lose their grip on 4th place and allowed Monchengladbach to snatch it from them by the thinnest of margins, finishing just two points above them.
This saw them drop to the lower-tier Europa League positions but there is no doubt Peter Bosz’s target is to get back to the top four and guarantee themselves Champions League positions.
That might be a harder task than last season though given the fact that they have lost two key players in Kai Havertz and striker Kevin Volland, both of whom left for greener pastures in the summer. The task to lead the attack now falls on their new signing, Czech international Patrick Schick who has been signed from Roma after spending last season on loan at RB Leipzig. They will need him to settle in fairly quickly if their ambitions for the season are to be realized.
Wolfsburg had a great start to the 2019/20 season but faded away badly at the end to only finish 7th at the end of the season. That inconsistency is what Oliver Glasner is hoping to improve upon as he looks to start strongly yet again this season. They are up against a Leverkusen team that has performed well here in recent matches, winning the last 4 straight league games in Wolfsburg, going back to October 2016. They did, however, return the favor last season with a 4-1 win in the last encounter at Leverkusen. This Leverkusen team is short of two key players that were an integral part of their top-four push last season and we feel Wolfsburg has an opportunity here. We are backing Wolfsburg to Win or Draw @ 1.61 with 1xBet as our first betting tip for the game.
Both teams have looked sharp in pre-season matches and their first-round German Cup fixtures and we are backing the trend to continue. 13 of their last 14 encounters have had Over 2.5 goals and we fancy the same outcome here @ 1.81 with 1xBet betting app as our final tip for this clash.
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