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Bayer Leverkusen host Kaiserslautern at Bay Arena in an attempt to wash some of the last year’s embarrassment away. The fourth placed Bundesliga team crashed in the quarter finals against Kaiserslautern after a 0-1 loss in extra time, avoiding a 5-1 defeat in the semifinals at the hands of last year’s winners of the competition.
Kaiserslautern are third in Bundesliga’s second tier and are two goals away from a direct Bundesliga qualification. They have four wins in their last five matches and have conceded only three goals. This stage of the competition was reached after another extra time win over Wehen Wiesbaden and a 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth. Alex Ring is keen to repeat last year’s sensational result, even if Jenssen is yet to find the back of the net this year. Kaiserslautern are not having a good record in away games in the second Bundesliga with only two wins since April of last year, and with only four matches since the beginning of the year they could see themselves victims of Leverkusen’s attacks from the wings.
After the 4-5 defeat against Wolfsburg and the 2-2 draw against Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen went on to somehow win against Atletico Madrid and Freiburg with the same 1-0 score. When playing at Bay Arena they have only one loss in 12 Bundesliga matches, which is why they will be confident of being able to overcome their last year’s nemesis. Calhanoglu, Bellarabi and Son are Leverkusen’s midfielders with 22 goals, and should find no trouble scoring early in the game. Schmidt received the news of having to start in the DFB Pokal without Bender who has a bruised ankle, and Kiessling was left frustrated with the shaky approach his team had to the game against Freiburg. The striker admitted his team were lucky not to concede in the last minutes of the game and asked for improvement against Kaiserslautern.
The bookmakers favor the hosts to win and offer them 1.44 odds to win as opposed to Kaiserslautern’s 7.50. A draw at the end of the regular time has 4.50 odds, and Bayer Leverkusen were given 1.20 odds to qualify, Kaiserslautern 4.33. A minimal 1-0 Leverkusen win has 7.50 odds; the hosts for both halves have 2.15 odds, Leverkusen as the last team to score 1.42 odds, Kaiserslautern 3.40 and we’re going to bet 7 units on Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half with 2.70 odds from Titan Bet, because they have good players and a Stefan Kiessling who is hungry for goals.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Kaiserslautern: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half