Goals on the cards as Bundesliga returns
Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga action on Friday evening in aiming to bounce back from a slow start to the season, by their usual very high standards.
Three wins, three draws and one loss from their opening seven league outings has the Bavarians five points behind first placed Union Berlin in fifth place.
Julien Nagelsmann’s side will have taken some confidence from their 2-0 win over Barcelona in the last Champions League matchday, however they followed it up with a 1-0 defeat at Augsburg on the cusp of the international break.
Bayer Leverkusen have not been able to build on a promising 2021/22 campaign at the start of this one, but too were impressive in the Champions League, beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 to fuel belief in the week before the break.
The tired legs in the Bayern camp from international duty could make this one closer than the two sides’ form and quality of squads suggests.
However, they are often more dangerous when looking to make amends, and the pressure will be on the hosts to win in style given where they sit in the table, even at this early stage.
Unsurprisingly, the Bavarians are the best attacking team in the Bundesliga, scoring 19 goals from 17.9 expected goals (xG) for in seven games, creating chances at an average of 2.66 xGF per game.
Defensively they have been strong, and they rank first based on expected points so far, but are third for the process of their rearguard, allowing 0.96 xGA per game on average.
Leverkusen rank inside the relegation places for their defensive process so far in the league, conceding 12 goals from 12.4 xGA at an average of 1.77 xGA per game, a more assured display will be required to take anything from the Allianz Arena.
Leverkusen have been encouraging enough in the final third so far this term, to persuade me to take an overs angle, though the lines are already fairly high.
Bayern have scored in nine of ten.
Bayern have conceded in five of ten.
Bayern have seen both teams score in four of ten.
Bayern have seen over 2.5 goals in four of ten.
Leverkusen have scored in seven of ten.
Leverkusen have conceded in eight of ten.
Leverkusen have seen both teams score in five of ten.
Leverkusen have seen over 2.5 goals in six of ten.