Do Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen Embody His Elegance?

Bayer Leverkusen

Since joining Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in early October 2022, when they were second from bottom in the league, he has managed to transform the club’s fortunes and improve their results.

In just a few short months, his sophisticated management and coaching style is already shining through in how his team plays on the field. Just how far can the former Liverpool and Real Madrid player take the German side?

Will the betting odds favour him to stay at Leverkusen, or will any other big clubs come knocking for him? Find out more right here.

How have Leverkusen fared since Alonso became head coach?

Xabi Alonso was appointed head coach on October 5th, 2022. Since then, the team has played 23 games across all competitions (the Bundesliga and the Europa League) and has had several significant and vital wins.

On October 8th, they beat Schalke 4-0 at home in the league. In early November, they beat Union Berlin 4-0 at home, Koln 2-1 away, VfB Stuttgart 2-0 at home, and Venezia 2-1 at home.

They also beat Copenhagen 1-0 away, Monchengladbach 3-2 away, and Vfl Bochum 2-0 at home. Further victories saw them beat Hoffenheim 3-1 away, Hertha 4-1 at home, and Ferencvaros 2-0 at home in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League.

Where are they in the league now?

Bayer Leverkusen have clawed their way back from being second from bottom to the top half of the league – an incredible feat by Alonso in such a short amount of time. Since coming in, the manager has completely transformed their win record and points tally within the domestic league.

Which club could Xabi Alonso next manage if he leaves Leverkusen?

Some of today’s major betting sites are already offering Xabi Alonso’s next club odds, which means there are already betting markets open for which club he might next join if he leaves Bayer Leverkusen.

For example, the three teams that Alonso could join next include the following:

  • Liverpool – to join Liverpool (aka The Reds), he is currently priced at 10/1 in the UK fractional odds format, which is 11.00 in the European decimal odds format and 1,000 in the American/moneyline odds format. It also means he has a 9.10% chance of joining his former club.
  • West Ham United – to join the Hammers, you are currently looking at odds of around 40/1 (41.00, or 4,000), with a 2.40% chance of joining
  • Leeds United – to join the Peacocks/the Whites, you are looking at average odds of around 50/1 (51.00, or 5,00), with only a 2.00% chance of joining

Although accurate at the time of writing, these odds are likely to change somewhat over the next two or three months. Although it looks more certain that he will join Liverpool based on these odds, don’t forget that no bet is guaranteed.

Can Leverkusen win the Bundesliga 2022/23 season with Alonso?

We are just halfway through the season, so it’s still too early to tell. The best way to find out if Leverkusen can win the league would be to compare the odds from today’s best betting sites.

For example, it’s currently not looking good for Leverkusen, despite turning their season around and climbing up into ninth. Most sites currently have them priced at around 1,000/1 (1,001.00, or 100,000), which means they only have a 0.1% chance of winning the Bundesliga outright.

A much safer bet would be on Bayern Munich to win the league. They are currently priced, on average, at around 1/6 (which is 1.17, or -600), which means they have a whopping 85.70% chance of winning the league outright.