Leverkusen-Real Betis prediction: Europa League

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The two leading Europa League Group G teams, with 7 points each, face off in the BayArena on Thursday at 21:00 GMT.

This match will likely determine the eventual group winners. Given the 1-1 draw in Spain, this match is of great significance for both teams looking to qualify from the group ahead of Celtic, third in the standings with 3 points.

Game preview

Can Leverkusen make their home stadium and support count?

Leverkusen’s home form doesn’t promise much as Gerardo Seoane’s men prepare to face Real Betis. With the latest result of a 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg ahead of this match, Leverkusen has some improvement to make.

Previously, Gerardo Seoane suffered his heaviest defeat in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 demolition. There is an urgent need for Leverkusen to sort out their home form for a chance to take something from Betis and take the lead of Group G.

Will Real Betis be able to take first place in Group G?

Real Betis also prepared for the trip to Germany by losing 3-0 to Liga favorites Atletico Madrid over the weekend.

With an impressive start to the La Liga season, Betis have a good chance of taking control of Group G and increasing their chances of qualifying from their group by winning matchday four against Leverkusen at the BayArena.

Form guide

Leverkusen

Gerardo Seoane’s men are currently in the Champions League in the Bundesliga standings with 17 points, one ahead of Mainz, Union Berlin and Wolfsburg, all on 16 points. Leverkusen are 8 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, 25 points.

After an impressive start, Leverkusen’s form has become inconsistent with two wins, two losses and one draw in their last five outings.

In their first five home games this season, Leverkusen have won two and lost three, defeats to Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg.

This proves that the Leverkusen’s home form isn’t that stellar and intimidating for guests.

true Betis

Real Betis, with 21 points, are just four points behind the leaders of the Liga Real Sociedad. With three wins and two losses in their last five La Liga games, Manuel Pellegrini’s men show a semblance of consistency to challenge the top half of the La Liga standings.

Their away and overall form is identical with three wins and two losses in their last five outings away from the comforts of Estadio Benito Villamarín.

Both Betis and Leverkusen have won two and drew one game in their three Europa League games this season; the exit in the BayArena will be important to differentiate the two leading the Group G.

Team news

Leverkusen

Leverkusen has several missing players who are potential starters. Two forwards are out with ankle injuries; these are Emrehan Gedikli and Patrick Schick.

Seoane also has three midfielders absent due to injury; these include Karim Bellarabi (hip injury), Charles Aranguiz (calf injury) and J. Baumgartlinger (knee injury).

Two missing defenders include Mitchel Bakker (ankle injury) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (ACL injury).

Given these absences, Gerardo Seoane will have to do without some of the key players in the squad to get a result.

true Betis

The one-match suspension of defender Edgar Gonzalez will affect his presence in the next La Liga match against Sevilla; It will not affect eligibility for Thursday’s BayArena match in the Europa League.

Pellegrini has three absences due to injury: defender Hector Bellerin (stomach injury), midfielder Victor Camarasa (muscle injury) and defender Youssouf Sabaly (muscle injury).

Possible initial formations

Leverkusen

  1. Hradecky, J. Frimpong, J. Tah, E. Tapsoba, P. Hincapie; R. Andrich, K. Demirbay; M. Diaby, A. Adli, K. Bellarabi; L. Alario

true Betis

  1. Bravo, M. Montoya, G. Pezzella, E. Gonzalez, J. Miranda; G. Rodriguez, W. Carvalho; Joaquin, N. Fekir, A. Ruibal; B. Iglesias

Players to watch

Robert Andrich

Robert Andrich scored the equalizer at Span to earn a point at Leverkusen when the match ended 1-1. It will once again be decisive as Leverkusen welcome Betis to the BayArena in this decisive match.

Andrich will be key, along with Demirbay and Adli, to set the pace of the match, maintain and recycle possession and lead the team forward to increase Leverkusen’s chances of getting something out of this match.

He will also offer a goal threat, as he demonstrated in the first leg of this match, which will be crucial for Leverkusen’s chances.

Borja Iglesias

Borja Iglesias will be tasked with leading the line for Real Betis as they prepare to score points at the BayArena.

Iglesias showed in the first leg that he could be decisive by transforming the penalty that gave Betis the advantage. Although they were blocked late by Andrich’s equalizer, Iglesias showed his importance to the team.

It is set to play a major role if Betis are to get anything out of this match in Germany on Thursday.

Prediction

Gerardo Seoane’s men will try to start strong in this match to take down the organized and well structured Real Betis under Manuel Pellegrini.

Expect Real Betis to offer a powerful attack threat, even away from home which means Leverkusen must be wary of this danger.

Given the 1-1 first leg, these teams are well matched across the pitch. But expect the home advantage to play a major role in Leverkusen’s favor.

This will be a decisive draw in Group G, and Leverkusen will take advantage of it in a tight deal and take all three points to take the lead in the group.

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