Leverkusen vs BATE Borisov by AlQahira

Leverkusen
VS
BATE-Borisov
Leverkusen will host BATE Borisov tonight on BayArena in a match from the first round of the group phase of the UCL, group E. Since the other two teams in this group are Barcelona and Roma "Neverkusen" cannot allow any slipups against the underdogs from Belarus. Since both Roma and Leverkusen are expected to lose both games against Barcelona and to share points in the meetings between them it could very well count how bad they get beaten by Barca and trash BATE, so a clear victory tonight could prove important for Bayer even if this seems a far fetched scenario at the moment. Still, even without all these scenarios the diference in quality between these teams is very big, so the germans shouldn't have any problems posting a big score tonight. BATE is probably the weakest team in the groups this season in UCL they got trashed last season in the groups by the likes of Shakhtar, Porto and Bilbao, receiving 24 goals in 6 matches. They had problems in the qualies winning ugly against Dundalk, Videoton and Partizan. Today the will miss two very important players, Rodionov and Nikolic, so their limited offensive rescorces ar even less likely to pose any dangers.

 

Leverkusen on the other hand suffered two defeats in the last two rounds in Bundesliga, they had some problems scoring, an odd situation for a team with a coach known for his offensive approach since his time at Salzburg, Roger Schmidt and with the offensive arsenal this team possess. Even if the last game in Bundesliga of Bayer has been rather disappointing I have no doubt that they will win convincingly this game. With an offensive line composed of Bellarabi, Kampl, Calhanoglu and Kiessling one could always expect fireworks. BATE has had some respectable results in Europe a few years ago but this team si not anymore UCL material, I doubt they will have much to cherish for in the groups (from a sporting perspective, apart from the money).

 

I know nothing is sure in sport and betting but I must admint I cannot fathom here any other result other than a whopping Bayer win.

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS:

 

Bayer Leverkusen: Leno – Wendell, Papadopoulos, Tah, Hilbert – Kramer, Bender – Kampl, Calhanoglu, Bellarabi – Kiessling.

 

BATE Borisov: Chernik – Zhavnerchik, Polyakov, Milunovic, Mladenovic – Aleksievich, Volodko – Gordejchuk, Hleb, Stasevich – Jevtic.pin
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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Leverkusen -1,5 goals AH Pinnacle 1.77 10 4-1 WON (+7.7 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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