Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tip and Predictions. In the second round in the UEFA Champions League, in Group E, Barcelona host Bayer Leverkusen at Nou Camp.
Barcelona still looking for the first win in the UEFA Champions League and they are favorite to win this game. Actually, they are one of the main favorites to win this competition. Barca failed to win in the first round in Rome, so they expect points against Germans. Big blow for home side could be the absence of Leo Messi, who picked up an injury and will be out for seven to eight weeks, according to a statement from the Club’s Medical Staff. Munir El Haddadi could be his replacement, so we will see does he could make a good job against Bayer. Barca’s coach Luis Enrique said that will be a tough game in every sense and that they will have to play very well.
“We are always looking to control the game and to find our opponents’ weak points. I am sure they will cause us problems.” – said Luis Enrique.
Bayer Leverkusen smashed BATE 4-1 in the first round and they are the current leader of this group. In the last Bundesliga match they beat Werder Bremen away 0-3 and will be fully motivated to make good result against last season champions of this competition.
“We will try to score a goal. If we are able to score we can get something positive here.” – said Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach.
These two teams have already met in the 1/8 finals of the UEFA Champions League and Barca smashed them in both matches, at home 7-1 (Messi scored 5 goals), while away Barca beat them 1-3.
Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen injuries and suspensions
Barcelona will be without Messi, Vermaelen and Rafinha, while Adriano is doubtful. Visitors miss Jedvaj, Ömer Toprak and Aránguiz, while Hilbert is doubtful.
Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen possible lineups
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets; Rakitić, Iniesta; Neymar, Suárez, Munir.
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Donati, Papadopoulos, Tah, Wendell; Bender, Kramer, Bellarabi, Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Hernández, Kiessling.
Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tip and Predictions
Despite the fact that Barca will be without their best player, they are still favorite to take all three points, but I can’t underestimate Leverkusen. Visitors have very good team and they will do their best to stay unbeaten. Even if they lose I hope that they will not lose with two or more goals difference.