Villarreal vs Leverkusen by Rainbow-Bet
Get ready for the knockout stage of the Europa League, this is the first leg. Villarreal welcomes Bayer Leverkusen to El Madrigal, in a match that could be entertaining. In this tournement it's a bit difficult to predict the starting lineups, because of different priorities from club to club. But Villarreal rested a lot of players in their last league match, while Bayer Leverkusen has a lot of injuries and doubtful players ahead of today's game.
Manager Marcelino Garcia and his Villarreal side sits on a great 4th place in la Liga, with a home stat at El Madrigal showing 11-2-2. The goal difference at home shows 22-8, «the yellow submarines» only concedes 0,53 goals pr home game in average. They were unbeaten in 10 games before the last league match home against Las Palmas, it ended up in a disappointing 0-1 defeat. Players like Bakumbu, Trigueros, Leiva, Asenjo and Bailly were rested on the bench in that match.
Villarreal likes to dictate the tempo in the game, are compact in defense and great at counter attacks. They're a impressing to look at on their best. Mateo Musacchio (defender), Jaume Costa (defender), Jonathan dos Santos (midfield) and Samuel Garcia (midfield) are out due to injuries.
Expected lineup Villarreal:
Mario Gaspar – Bonera – Víctor Ruiz – Bailly
Denis Suarez – Bruno Soriano – Trigueros – Castillejo
Soldado – Bakambu
The away side from Germany comes to this game with a terrible form. The 4 last matches in the German Bundesliga shows 0 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats. 0-1 defeat against Dortmund, 3-1 loss against Mainz, 1-4 defeat against Werder Bremen and 3-3 away to Augsburg in their last match. Augsburg was 3-0 up against Leverkusen, but the away side nearly compleated the match as winners. After these results, Roger Schmidt's men is on a 8th in the league, with 5-3-5 stats away from home.
Are missing out a lot of players because of injuries today, in addition a lot of players are doubtful. Big challenges in the defensive line, where all the first choices are out injured. Here is the compleat injury situation:
Roberto Hilbert (defender)
Charles Aránguiz (midfield)
Kevin Kampl (midfield)
Lars Bender (midfield)
Jonathan Tah (defender) doubtful
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (defender) doubtful
Ömer Toprak (defender) doubtful
We believe manager Schmidt will come out in a 4-2-3-1 formation in today's game and play with with defensive safety. He'll most likely choose Javier Hernández instead of Stefan Kießling, to have to possebility to take on Villarreal in the counter fase.
Expected lineup Bayer Leverkusen:
Boenisch – Jedvai – Ramalho – Wendell
Kramer – Calhanoglu
Brandt – Mehmedi – Bellarabi
Both the injury problems and away soil for Bayer Leverkusen, points to a Villarreal win today. The home team can exploit a weaker centre back due then usual, especially Jedvai could get trouble in the air duels. Leverkusen has a strong defensive midfield who will operate as a shield in front of their back line, but with Villarreal's quality they'll break through sometimes.
Villarreal – Bayer Leverkusen 1
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