Bayer Leverkusen vs. VfL Bochum
November 20, 2021 9:30 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -175, Under 2.5 +137
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Bayer Leverkusen is hosting VfL Bochum at BayArena in round 12 of the German Bundesliga. Leverkusen is one of the best teams in the league, they have been excellent in the attacking end, but they have cooled off as of late. Bochum on the other hand is one of the weakest teams in the league, and they will need a lot more than a couple of wins to stay in Bundesliga.
Leverkusen is undefeated in their last 2 games, but they were without a win for a while before that, but hopefully, this international break has allowed them to regroup. With 18 points, 24 scored goals, and 17 conceded goals, Leverkusen is now in 6th place in the Bundesliga standings. In the Europa League, Bayer Leverkusen is in 1st place of their group, and with a positive result out of their next game, they will secure the next stage. In their last game against Hertha on the road, Leverkusen has had 54% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 78% of the correct passes. After conceding a goal in the 42nd minute, Leverkusen was struggling to tie the game, but they did it in the 90th minute, and the final score was 1-1. Schick is the leading goalscorer for Leverkusen with 8 goals, while Wirtz added 4 goals and 5 assists. This is still a very young team, and I think if they are able to keep most of their players, they can become great, but they will need to bring in another defender or two to help them out.
Bochum has 5 wins in their last 6 games, and thanks to that, Bochum has escaped the relegation zone. With 13 points, only 10 scored goals, and 18 conceded goals, Bochum is now in 12th place in the Bundesliga standings. In their last 5 games, Bochum has scored in every game, 8 goals in total, while they conceded 4 goals, which is a massive improvement for this team. Zoller, Blum, and Polter have each scored 2 goals for Bochum so far this season, while Zoller also added 2 assists. The injury list is quite long, and as of right now, all of Bochum’s best players are on the injury list. Bochum was hosting Hoffenheim in their last game, and they have had only 38% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 68% of the correct passes. This wasn’t a good game from Bochum, but they used Hoffenheim’s terrible defense to their advantage, and they ended up winning this game 2-0. It will be a hard and long season for Bochum, but it seems they have what it takes to stay out of the relegation zone.
Bochum is in better form, but Leverkusen is the better team, and they need a win to get back on track. The price on Leverkusen is not great, but this is the game where I expect goals, and for that reason, I will take Leverkusen and add goals to that bet as well.