Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto Prediction and Betting Preview 20 Feb 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-1
Group G of the UEFA Europa League provided us with frantic results and performances with no less than three clubs tussling for top-spot. With the likes of Rangers and Young Boys rising to the occasion, FC Porto were given a torrid time as they managed to sneak into the summit of the standings.
Match status: 2019/20 Europa League - Play Offs - 1/16-finals
Kick-off:
Venue: BayArena (Leverkusen)
Just a single point clear of Rangers in second place, even sporting a slightly worse goal difference, the Dragons can count themselves lucky to have finished as table-toppers. To be honest, they were whiskers away from losing top-spot and even Round-of-32 qualification altogether.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen will be kicking themselves for exiting the Champions League as early as in the group stages of the competition.

With Juventus and Atletico Madrid racing to the top-two spots on the log, the German giants were left fuming in third place having garnered six points from as many games.

As UEFA Europa League Round-of-32 football kicks off, the home side will be looking to appease their supporters with a commanding victory over FC Porto, following their premature exit from the Champions League. Expect an enthralling and exciting game at the BayArena in Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto Team News

Bayer Leverkusen finished behind two of Europe’s elite clubs in their Champions’ League Group, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, so there is no shame in the German club being knocked out of that competition and now finding themselves in the Europa League. 

FC Porto topped Group G in the Europa League with three wins, one draw, and two defeats, but will be expecting an even tougher couple of matches against their Bundesliga opponents.

The Dragons actually conceded more goals than they scored during the group stage as did Leverkusen in the Champions League, which is one of the reasons we have backed both teams to score on Thursday night. 

Both teams have scored in 64% of Leverkusen’s home games on the league this season and 64% of Porto’s away games in the Primeira Liga have also seen both teams score.

Leverkusen score an average of 1.73 goals per home game and pick up an average of 1.73 points in their own backyard, while Porto score an average of 2.00 goals per away game but don’t meet teams of Leverkusen’s quality week in week out which is why we have backed the Germans to pinch a 2-1 win in the 1st leg.

Porto have a great away record domestically but lost two of their three away games in the group stage of the Europa League, going down 2-0 at Feyenoord and Rangers, but did manage to beat Young Boys 2-1. 

Both teams scored in four of Porto’s six Europa League games and with the visitors in good form, we have backed them to get on the scoreboard in Germany. However, Leverkusen are also in very good form having won five of their last six matches and neither side have kept many clean sheets in recent weeks.

Injured or Suspended Players

Bayer Leverkusen: Azhil, Baumgartlinger, Sinkgraven and Paulinho.

FC Porto: Pepe, Otavinho and Danilo.

Pre-Match Odds

Bayer Leverkusen: 2.02
Draw: 3.68
FC Porto: 3.9

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto Predictions

We’re confident that both teams will score on Thursday and we have predicted a final score-line of 2-1 in favour of the hosts. Leverkusen will be expecting a tough ninety minutes against a side with lots of European experience but the home side are in good form and have played against some of the best teams in Europe already this season, beating Atletico in Germany, and we believe this will help see the Bundesliga club through to victory on Thursday night.
Main Match Predictions:
BTTS @ 1.78
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Correct Score:
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 FC Porto @ 8.50
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