Bayer Leverkusen host Zenit in a Champions League match between two teams with qualification hopes in Group C. Zenit are currently on the first place, while Leverkusen are on the third with one point behind them. It is yet unclear which Leverkusen we will get to see tomorrow, with the German media asking themselves whether we will witness an attack oriented team or the one with a defense on a suicide mission like in the match against VfB Stuttgart.
The bookmakers give the hosts an edge to win, despite the fact that their performances have been rather inconsistent. When playing at home Bayer Leverkusen usually get to score at least two goals per match, and usually Son, Kiessling, Bellarabi and Calhanoglu are the ones in charge of the goals. Leverkusen lost a great chance of climbing up to the third place in Bundesliga in the match against Stuttgart when they were leading 0-3 and ended up drawing the match. The hosts will be missing Castro and Rolfes with a knee injury, but could welcome back Lars Bender.
Zenit won the opening match with 2-0 against Benfica, but then ended up the match against Monaco in a 0-0 draw. André Villas-Boas took over Zenit to give them an undefeated run of 10 matches in all competitions, and regardless of the fact that they look unable to win in three games, the quality they possess as a squad gives hope for an interesting match tomorrow. Oleg Shatov is uncertain due to a recent injury and Tymoshchuk will make the trip with the team even if he did not start in this Champions League campaign.
Zenit’s coach requires professionalism and discipline against the German side, while Karim Bellarabi sates his team must not commit the same mistakes from the previous weekend should they aim for the play-offs. The hosts have 1.88 odds to win outright, while a Zenit win which would make them the group favorites has 4.00 win. Both teams to score 1.82 odds, Zenit with an Asian Handicap of +1 in the first Half has 1.14 odds and Javi Garcia to get booked anytime during the match has 2.75 odds. Kiessling to hit the crossbar has 8.00odds, and we’re betting 7 units on Karim Bellarabi to score with 3.05 odds from Unibet.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Zenit: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Karim Bellarabi to score anytime