Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto between all 1/16 FInal of UEFA Europa League matches look most interesting and will be held at BayArena, in Leverkusen. Two very talented and skillful teams will face each other for getting into 1/8 Round of long waited European competition. In the 2016 year, these teams played a friendly match, which finished with 1:1 draw. However, this time, they have to be much more motivated playing in the second-highest European tournament. What will be the result of this important game? Read our thoughts about this exciting UEFA Europa League Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto match and get the best betting advice here below.
Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto
Recently, Bayer looks very strong especially in the front line, as they scored 13 goals in the last 5 matches. In Bundesliga, this creative club stands at 5th place and have only 6 points difference with the Bayern Munich. At the moment, the situation in Bundesliga looks very interesting, as even 5 clubs have absolutely all chances to fight for the title and are ready to give all their strength for this. Harvetz, Volland, Bailey, and Bellarabi show great football in attack, so teams focus especially on these skills.
The Company‘s Eleven gets into the UEFA Europa League after taking 3rd place in the UCL Group stage, where Atletico Madrid and Juventus were stronger. Bayer tried to make everything that was possible, but those teams were stronger. In general, they stood strong and showed very solid character even playing against players like Cristiano Ronaldo. Porto is one of the strongest opponents in this round, so this could be a great challenge for the host to show their abilities and desire. Moreover, all the most important players are fit and prepared to face Portuguese.
Dragões last year finished 2nd in Primeira Liga and needed to pass CL qualification to play in the main tournament. Unfortunately, they faced Russian Krasnodar and even after winning the away game, they lost at Estádio do Dragão, what led Porto’s participation in the UEFA Europa League instead of CL. That was a very serious lesson for the club, how the team should be concentrated even playing against weak teams, as Benfica were only 2 points ahead of Porto in Standings. Most interesting, that once again the constant rival Benfica leads the Portugal championship with 1 point ahead against Porto. So they should be very careful to avoid last season’s mistakes.
In UEFA Europa League, Porto took the 1st place in Standings. However, things could be changed very easily as even 3rd place were only 2 points behind. Blue and whites lost against Celtic and Feyenoord during the group stage and won 2 final matches, what decided their place in Playoffs. Porto also focuses on attacking football and rarely finishing with a clean sheet, so we will obviously see a very productive and beautiful game on Thursday.
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