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BAYER LEVERKUSEN v HERTHA BERLIN 2.30pm BACKING a team at 4-6 with one win in their last nine matches would not ordinarily make sense but Bayer Leverkusen could bounce back to form in a crucial home game against Hertha Berlin this afternoon, writes Mark Langdon.

Leverkusen finished February second in the Bundesliga but have since been on a downward spiral which cost Sami Hyypia his job following last week's 2-1 loss away to Hamburg in a result that saw the club slip outside the top four.

Sascha Lewandowski, Hyypia's former co-manager before the Finn went it alone this season, has taken over and was said to have been the brains behind the partnership anyway so it may be a positive for Leverkusen even if rumoured first-choice target Thomas Tuchel decides to stay at Mainz. Despite an obvious lack of confidence, Leverkusen are still a side with plenty of quality.

They made the Champions League last 16, have held Bayern Munich at home and lost only 2-1 at the Allianz Arena as well as achieving a double over Borussia Monchengladbach, plus they beat Dortmund on the road.

However, the main reason for the bet is Hertha are missing injured top goalscorer Adrian Ramos who has impressed enormously this season to earn a move to Dortmund in the summer.

Hertha have looked average even with Ramos in recent weeks, taking only one point from the last 15 available, and could struggle even more without their 16-goal Colombian hotshot who is absent for the first time this season.

The home side, however, should be able to count upon their goal threat.

Despite their recent slump, striker Stefan Kiessling has netted in four of his last five outings and he should be able to lead his side to a victory which could at least bring an end to their recent travails.

Recommendation Bayer Leverkusen 1pt 4-6 Betfred, Hills

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2014
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