Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:53 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 6:53 PM UTC

Bayer Leverkusen should beat their local rivals...
<div><div><div><div id=":ol"><div id=":rr"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/de/bundesliga/bayer-04-leverkusen-vs-1-fc-cologne-3841417/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, December 14, at RheinEnergieStadion</strong></a></p><p>Local rivals Koln and Bayer Leverkusen will lock horns for an eagerly anticipated showdown at RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday. Newly promoted Koln are in serious danger of being relegated straight back down to the second tier of German football after embarking upon a miserable start to the season. They have taken just one point from their last five games and they are rock bottom of the Bundesliga table. Bayer Leverkusen are heading in the opposite direction following back-to-back wins over Bayern Munich and Schalke. They have a big midweek Champions League game to contend with, so fatigue could be an issue, but Peter Bosz’s men should still be able to get the job done.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Koln spent less than €20 million bolstering their squad after gaining promotion to the Bundesliga, and it shows. The main arrivals were Sebastiaan Bornauw, Ellyes Skhiri and Birger Verstraete, which should have made them tougher to break down. However, they have the second worst defensive record in the league, with 30 goals conceded in 14 games. They also have the weakest attack, as they have managed to score just 12 goals in that time. Simon Terrode is their top scorer with three goals, followed by Jhon Cordoba, who has two. No other player has scored more than once.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Bosz has rotated his squad with aplomb over the past couple of weeks. The fixtures have come in thick and fast, but Bayer keep winning and Kai Havertz’s reputation keeps growing. The wunderkind has been devastating in the number 10 role, regardless of whether he plays behind Lucas Alario or Kevin Volland. The Bender twins are the team’s defensive lynchpins, while Jonathan Tah is also a very strong centre-back and Aleksandar Dragovic offers another option.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Koln beat Bayer Leverkusen on their last meeting at RheinEnergieStadion. That came in 2018, but it was not enough to stop them being relegated. They have a poor record against their local rivals as a newly promoted side, with zero wins, three draws and seven defeats. This is a great opportunity for Bayer to muscle their way into the title race and assert their superiority over their regional rivals. They have a Wednesday night game against Juventus to contend with, but a couple of tweaks to the starting 11 should freshen things up. Koln have the worst record of any team in the Bundesliga over the past six games, and the visitors should battle to victory in this game.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bayer Leverkusen to win at 1.85 (17/20) with Bet365</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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