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Leverkusen will be looking to register its first points of the Bundesliga 2022-23 season, as it hosts Hoffenheim on match day 2.
After finishing 3rd on the Bundesliga tables in the previous season, Leverkusen is off to a disastrous start in its second top-flight season under Gerardo Seoane. Leverkusen faced heavyweights Dortmund in their opening game, losing the game 1-0. However, the fans will be even more disappointed with the club’s performance last weekend, when it hosted Augsburg.
Both the teams were going neck and neck at halftime, but a goal by Andre Hahn in the final minutes of the match denied the hosts, what should have been an easy win. With consecutive losses, Leverkusen now finds themselves at the bottom of the table, with nowhere to look but upwards.
TSG Hoffenheim lost its first match of the season, despite scoring first against Borussia Monchengladbach. However, Andre Breitenreiter, who is playing his first season as Hoffenheim's coach, managed to turn things around in the very next game, as Hoffenheim overcame Bochum despite a 2 goal deficit. Baumgartner, Kabak, and Dabour each scored a goal, giving Hoffenheim its first points of the season. Hoffenheim had missed out on a European spot by just 6 points in the previous season, and fans will be hoping for at least a top 6 finish, if not for a Champions League spot.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Bayer Leverkusen vs TSG Hoffenheim, Bundesliga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at the Bay Arena Stadium, Leverkusen, on 20th August 2022.
The hosts do not seem to have any injury concerns, and coach Gerardo Seoane is likely to have a full squad at his disposal for this key encounter. He is likely to feature a 4-2-3-1 formation for this match.
On the other hand, the visitors are likely to have a long list of unavailable players, as Ermin Bicakcic, Philipp Pentke, Ihlas Bebou, and Benjamin Hubner are all nursing injuries.
After a harsh start, Leverkusen is back again on home turf, and we predict that they are likely to start a turnaround from this match.
Bet on Bayer Leverkusen to win.
4 of the last 5 head to head encounters between the two clubs have seen an aggregate score of at least 3 goals. Each of the opening two matches for Hoffenheim, and the previous game for Leverkusen saw a score higher than 2.5. With Leverkusen desperate for a victory, we are likely to see attacking gameplay, with plenty of goals being scored.
4 of the last 5 head to head encounters between the two clubs have seen goals scored at both ends. Leverkusen has scored in 5 of its last 6 top-flight matches, while Hoffenheim has done so in each of its past 6 such games, making us recommend a BTTS bet.