As the second half of the season starts, many are expecting Bayer Leverkusen to step up its game and return to the Bundesliga elite. Hertha Berlin, on the other hand, is expected to give the host a hard time in snatching all the points.
It is quite unexpected to see Bayer linger in the mid-table knowing that they frequently belong to Bundesliga’s top three. However, things have changed and they are no longer as fierce as they were, this is despite the fact that they have found a great deal in acquiring Chicharito, who, in return, has found a new home at Bayer.
Right now, the team is occupies the 9th spot of the league table. They have only won once in their last six matches and has only earned 21 points. Nevertheless, they remain as the heavy favorite in this game. Yes, Bayer (1.65) is still predicted to win this match due to their history of dominating the capital club.
Bayer has won five of their last six matches against Hertha and they have managed to score at least two goals in all their competitions held at home. But since the visitor is less likely to surrender easily, it is only fitting to expect them to score too. As a matter of fact, the predicted number of goals for this match is three (4.11).
Though they are the favorite, Hertha is seen to be an acid test for Bayer. The former is currently ranked third and is undefeated in four of their last six matches. This readily explains why it is quite impossible for Bayer to keep a clean sheet in this encounter. It is best to go for a correct score of 2-1 (9.11) in this match.
Overall, this encounter promises to be a close one with Bayer, still getting all the points.
Date: 22 January 2017
*All odds may change without prior notice