Betting tips & odds comparison 20.02.2020 Bayer Leverkusen - FC Porto
Betting Tip for matchday 1 of the 2019/2020 Europa League between Bayer Leverkusen and FC Porto. The game will be played at BayArena (Leverkusen, Germany) on 20.02.2020 at 21:00.
Bayer Leverkusen knew from the moment the Champions League draw was done that they would have to be at their very best to stand any chance of qualifying to the knockout stage. They were drawn in a group together with Italian giants Juventus and the mean Madrid based side Atletico Madrid. It therefore came as no surprise when they failed to make the cut there but they made lemonade from their lemon and earned a consolation prize of a shot at this year’s Europa Cup by finishing third in that group behind the two big boys in the group.
In the Bundesliga however, Peter Bosz’s charges are enjoying a rich run of form. They have won five of their last six league games and are very much in the hunt to make a triumphant return to Europe’s premiere club competition. The battle for the champions league slots in Germany has been exhilarating with the Bundesliga having one of the most competitive seasons we have seen in years. Only six points separate the top 5 teams just past the half way point of the season.
Marksman Kai Havertz scored his fifth goal of the season in the 3-2 win over Union Berlin at the weekend. He has had a brilliant start to this calendar year and will looking to add to his three goals he has scored since the turn of the new year.
Coach Bosz has a virtually healthy squad at his squad at his disposal for the visit of Porto with just a couple of suspensions and injury doubts for the game. Midfielder Charles Aranguiz was a half time substitute against Union and he will be in contention to start.
Porto make the trip to Leverkusen’s BayArena after topping a tight Europa Group G ahead of Rangers, Young Boys and Feyenoord. Victory at Vitoria over the weekend extended their unbeaten run to six competition games. They still trail league leaders and defending champions Benfica by just a single point in what is shaping up to be an exciting Portuguese league title race.
They have struggled away from home in European competition this season, with just a solitary away win against Young Boys as they ended the group stages on a high with two straight wins. Coach Sergio Conceicao has a bit of a crisis in defence and will have to shuffle his deck at the back. Right back Danilo, a two time Champions League winner with Real Madrid is out injured and Pepe and midfielder Otario are suspended.
Left back Alex Telles who is having a phenomenal season in the league, is joint top scorer with seven league goals. He is yet to score in this 2019/20 European campaign so he will be hoping to break the ice tonight in Leverkusen.
Possible Line Ups
|Injured: Azhil (Suspended), Baumgartlinger, Sinkgraven (Illness), Paulinho and Pepe, Otavinho (Suspended) and Danilo (doubtful)|
Both of these teams are coming into this game on the back of good runs in their respective leagues. It is difficult to pick an outright winner here. What we are confident about is BOTH of these teams scoring on Thursday night on the basis of the potent attacks and conversely relatively porous backlines they possess.
On account of this, we expect that this encounter is likely to be lively affair with lots of scoring chances for both teams. Our predictions for the game are therefore: Goals Over 2.5 @ 1.78, and BTTS @ 1.78. For more betting tips click here. You can bet on your phone using the Bet9ja app and if you are a new costumer the Bet9ja bonus awaits you.