Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen Preview

The Nations League provided a chance to take a breath after a riveting start to the Bundesliga campaign, but the German top flight is back this weekend and Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen is perhaps the pick of the bunch on Saturday.

Can Kovac bring more success to Bayern?

After a less than convincing 3-1 triumph over Hoffenheim on the opening night, Bayern looked more like their usual selves in the 3-0 triumph at Stuttgart. Nico Kovac appears to be settling in and his rotation system should help keep a squad who have struggled in the latter stages of recent seasons, to stay fresh.

Kovac will again switch between Jerome Boateng, Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels in defence, especially with the Champions League trip to Benfica next up on Wednesday, while his countless midfield options make further rotation likely.

Bayer have been woeful in defeats to Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg and are perhaps unsurprisingly the massive 13.25 underdogs heading into the game, having not won at the Allianz Arena since 2012.

Lukas Hradecky could be fit enough to make his debut in goal, while Sven Bender may start in central defence, with twin brother Lars and Charles Aranguiz providing stability in the middle of the park.

However, with Bayern just 1.24 and the draw 6.90, it looks like a home win will be on the cards so value needs to be sought out elsewhere.

Expect goals in Bavaria

FC Hollywood have won the last three meetings between the sides, but interestingly they have done so with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

Bayern won both Bundesliga games last season 3-1, an outcome that is a tempting 11.25 in the ‘Exact Score’ market, while their 6-2 DFP-Pokal victory suggests punters should err on the side of a home win and both to score at 2.15.

With a minimum of over 3.5 goals in their meetings last season, 1.86 seems a fair price but more positive punters, or perhaps negative ones from a Leverkusen viewpoint, may look at over 4.5 at 2.95.

There may be some caution in that Bayer have not scored in their last three on the road but for all their dominance, Bayern do give you a chance on the break, with their full-backs prone to staying up field.

Rocking Rob raring to go

Robert Lewandowski has made a stunning start to the season, netting six times in his four club outings.

The Polish striker failed to add to his tally during the international break but when it comes to goalscorers on the German-scene, he is by far the best of his generation.

Leverkusen have been a bit of a bogey team for him in recent years, but his three goals in two appearances against them last term suggest the times are changing on that front.

Lewandowski can be backed at 2.75 to open the scoring, while a brace or more for the 30-year-old can be backed at 1.83.

Alternatively, Sandro Wagner may get the nod up front with that Benfica came to come and he is 4.75 to open the scoring, with Thomas Muller 5.50 in the same market.