Market: Bayer Leverkusen to score in both halves
Chances: 19/20 @ BetUS
Looking to pick up three Bundesliga victories this weekend, Bayer Leverkusen will host Darmstadt at the BayArena on Saturday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts who ended up frustrated last season by missing out on their chance to win a Champions League spot, Bayer Leverkusen are desperate to take another step forward this time around. Deserving much praise from across Germany on both sides of last winter’s World Cup break, Xabi Alonso’s men have certainly opened the 2023/24 campaign with a real flurry. Last seen at the weekend as they fought their way to a stellar 3-0 win away at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the former Liverpool midfielder will believe his team has another golden chance on Saturday afternoon. Opening the new Bundesliga campaign on 19 August with a big announcement at the BayArena, when they scored a thrilling 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig, it looks like the mood in Alonso’s camp is at its highest. Having scored three consecutive goals in the Bundesliga, Leverkusen is rightfully considered an outstanding opponent here.
On the away side, while Darmstadt may have shocked many last season when they booked a return to the Bundesliga, it’s no secret that the Lilies are already seen as top contenders to be in the middle of an immediate relegation battle. Showing a number of problems since the start of the 2023/24 season, Thorsten Lieberknecht’s men are up against a serious uphill battle this time around. They were last seen at the weekend, putting on a nightmarish performance on home soil, losing a routine 4-1 win against Union Berlin. The Blues are one of four top-flight clubs that have yet to score a single point. With a shocking elimination from the DFP Pokal on August 14 when they lost 3-0 at the hands of minor league Homburg, Darmstadt will be more than aware they have a heavyweight exam on Saturday afternoon.
Bet: Bayer Leverkusen to score in both halves against Darmstadt 19/20 in Saturday’s Bundesliga match @ BetUS