Xabi Alonso continues building on his solid work at Bayer Leverkusen from last season and his team now finds themselves on top of the 2023/24 Bundesliga with 25 points after nine matches, two points ahead competitors Bayern Munich.
On Saturday, November 4, the Schwarzroten will pay a visit to Hoffenheim who are having a decent campaign so far and currently sit in sixth place. The game will kick-off at 3:30 pm local time.
In our Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen tips, we will dwell on the importance of the match as well as the recent form of the two teams.
Bayer Leverkusen win
As blunt as this part of our Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen tips may seem, we simply expect Xabi Alonso’s team to come out victorious no matter the score. Bet365 offers 1.57 odds on the Schwarzroten getting the full three points at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Bayer have won all of their 2023/24 Bundesliga games to date but the home clash with Bayern Munich which ended in a 2-2 draw. Hoffenheim, on the other hand, have already suffered three defeats in the league this season, including in their previous home match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
What is more, Hoffenheim are likely to be more tired than the visitors going into the match so the visitors cannot afford to drop points here. While both sides played in the DFB-Pokal midweek, Hoffenheim had a tough encounter with Borussia Dortmund while Bayer could rotate the regular starters against third-tier Sandhausen.
Victor Boniface to score anytime
One player who was rotated against Sandhausen and who will be at his freshest this weekend is Victor Boniface. After joining from Union Saint-Gilloise over the summer, the 22-year-old striker is having an incredible start in Germany. In 13 appearances for Bayer to date, the Nigeria international has contributed with 10 goals and four assists.
Boniface will be extra-motivated to score against Hoffenheim as he did not find the net in the two previous Bundesliga outings. If he wants to remain involved in the Golden Boot race – Serhou Guirassy with 14 strikes is currently first – the Nigerian needs to start scoring again.
Be it as a result of a quick counter or following a cross into the box, Victor Boniface will certainly get his chance against Hoffenheim. Bet365 give 1.72 odds on him scoring anytime during the game.
Over 3.5 goals
Finally, we expect a high-scoring game on Saturday with at least four goals, no matter who scores them. Bet365’s odds on it happening stand at 1.80 odds. The reason for this is rather simple – both Hoffenheim and Bayer are goal-happy teams that do not park the bus, they prefer to attack from the first to the last minute.
This approach has resulted in 20 goals scored and 16 conceded for Hoffenheim and 27 scored and eight conceded for the visitors. That is almost four goals per game for both teams. Have those teams play against each other, and a high-scoring match is guaranteed!
Moreover, Bayer Leverkusen have failed to keep a clean sheet in two consecutive matches which suggests that Hoffenheim, with their solid attack, will be able to score too. But the difference in class should tip the balance in Bayer’s favour in the end.
Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen tips are mere suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.