Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Merkur Spielarena (Dusseldorf).
Bayer Leverkusen bagged their maiden victory of the season on Sunday afternoon when they saw off Mainz 1-0 at BayArena. It was Kai Havertz who made the difference netting the only goal of the game just after the hour-mark.
The win gave some breathing space to Heiko Herrlich and his men, but can they get the campaign completely up and running with success on Wednesday evening when they take on the recently-promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf at ESPRIT arena?
It will be anything but an easy task for the visitors given Flingeraner come into this undefeated in three Bundesliga affairs. The hosts do not look to be intimidated by the top flight football as they avoided defeats in subsequent matches against the big guns – RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head
The two teams will take on each other in an official contest for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign when Flingeraner last featured the elite class of German football.
The draw was generally the most frequent of outcomes in H2H games between these two sides, happening on 12 occasions in 29 games so far.
Bayer won last three head to head outings, including the mid-season friendly back from January 2014.
Die Werkself scored 11 goals in last three encounters with the Dusseldorf side.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
Bayer raised the spirits with back-to-back wins if we count the Europa League victory away at Ludogorets (2-3). Nevertheless, it’s hard to find the value in backing the away win at the odds of 1.85 knowing Die Werkself will be up against an in-form opposition who shipped just two goals in last three games against formidable names.
Friedhelm Funkel seems to have found the winning formula to keep things tight at the back and we expect him to park the bus here. The Under 2.5 goals FT bet thus looks fabulous at 2.30 odds. The more conservative punters will fancy the Under 3.5 goals at 1.53.
As for the outcome, we just have to try with Fortuna not to lose at 1.85.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.30 (13/10)
Fortuna or Draw @ 1.85 (17/20).