Bundesliga betting preview: Lewandowski and Schick promise goals when top two meet

With the international break having drawn to a close, top-flight soccer returns to Germany, with Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich taking top billing.

There are several tantalising match-ups as the Bundesliga resumes, with a headline top-of-the-table clash between Bayer Leverkusen and defending champions Bayern Munich.

Elsewhere, the ever-improving Union Berlin host VfL Wolfsburg, while high-flying SC Freiburg take on RB Leipzig.

Union Berlin vs Wolfsburg (Saturday, 2.30pm BST)

Taiwo Awoniyi Union Berlin celebration Oct21

Since arriving into the Bundesliga for the first time in their history in 2019, upstarts Union have been steadily, but effectively, making their mark. After an 11th-placed finish in their first season, they concluded last term in seventh.

They come out of the international break in seventh once more, and face a Wolfsburg side who are also on the up, having finished fourth last term - their highest position since 2015. However, defeats in their last two matches have seen them slip to fifth.

Neither of these two have a particularly scintillating attacking record so far, with only 19 goals in 14 games between them, the two lowest totals of any of the top eight. In what is sure to be a tight tussle, that makes the 3/4 for under 2.5 goals an attractive option.

And, if anyone is to break the deadlock, it is likely to be Union striker Taiwo Awoniyi who hit three goals in two games before the break.

Freiburg vs RB Leipzig (Saturday, 2.30pm BST)

Christian Gunter Freiburg Oct21

From the capital, we head south-west to another well-known German region; the Black Forest, where fourth-placed SC Freiburg will aim to continue their fine form against RB Leipzig. In their entire Bundesliga history, which constitutes 21 seasons, Freiburg have never finished higher than third.

Leipzig, on the other hand, have enjoyed better fortunes in the short time they have spent in the top flight, with four top-three finishes in five seasons. However, they have suffered an indifferent start to the season under new head coach Jesse Marsch, and currently sit eighth.

The visitors may have found their shooting boots, with a 3-0 and a 6-0 win in their last two, but - and it's a big but - the last time they came back from an international break, they were mauled 4-1.

Freiburg are unbeaten and boast the joint-best defence in the top flight having conceded just five goals in their seven outings.

And, with home advantage, a 1-0 Freiburg win is tempting at 12/1. However, for acca purposes, odds of 14/5 about a Freiburg win hold more than enough appeal.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich (Sunday, 2.30pm BST)

Robert Lewandowski celebration Bayern Munich Oct21

The real heavyweight encounter in Germany this weekend takes place at the BayArena in North Rhine-Westphalia, with second-placed Bayer Leverkusen taking on giants Bayern Munich. Both sides have identical records, with five wins, one draw, and one loss from seven games.

Bayern's sole reverse came at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in their most recent game before the international break, while Leverkusen were beaten 4-3 in an almighty tussle at home to Borussia Dortmund a month ago.

Anyone who watched the Euros will remember Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick's wondergoal from the halfway line, and he is in fine form, having scored twice in his side's last outing.

With his scoring ability in their side, back Leverkusen to take the fight to Bayern, and score first at 8/5.

That said, this one definitely promises goals, and lots of them, with these two having scored a combined 44 times this season.

Alongside Schick and Florian Wirtz for Leverkusen, Bayern boast league joint-top scorer Robert Lewandowski in their ranks. So with that in mind, over 5.5 goals is our pick at 10/3.

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