FC Porto – Bayer Leverkusen : Preview & Prediction
Surprised by Krasnodar at the jump-off to enter the Champions League, Porto had to settle for the Europa League for this year. A qualification in sixteenths hardly acquired for Porto, although having finished first in its group, to the detriment of the Glasgow Rangers, second and 1 point behind, and the Young Boys of Berne, 3rd and two points behind the Portuguese club. In the league, the club is second, 1 point behind leader Benfica. Like almost every year, the title fight will be tough and full of suspense. Famous in European jousting, Porto won two Champions League (1987 and 2004) and two Europa League (2003 and 2011).
Bayer Leverkusen also had an excellent season. Fourth in the Bundesliga last year, the German club played the group stage in the Champions League this season. A complicated pool where the Bayer finished 3rd, behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid, and was therefore drafted in the sixteenth of the Europa League. The Leverkusen club are in good shape at the moment and are 5th in the Bundesliga (tied with 4th and 2 points behind 2nd, Dortmund). After a disputed but relatively well managed match, Leverkusen took the advantage in the first leg against Porto (2-1 victory in Germany).
FC Porto lost only one TTC match at home this season, it was in the league. The balance sheet: 10 wins and 1 loss in Liga Sagres, and 2 wins and 1 draw in the Europa League.
In the league, FC Porto has the best home defense with 5 goals conceded in 11 games, and the second best attack (25 goals against 27 for Benfica).
On the outside, Bayer Leverkusen offers a very mixed record with 8 wins and 6 defeats by combining the Bundesliga and the Europa.
Leverkusen has never passed the eighth of LDC or the sixteenth of Europa since the debacle in eighth of LDC in 2011/2012 (2-10 in total for Barcelona, with a quintuplet of Messi in the return match).
In a boiling Dragon Stadium, Porto will do everything to reverse the score of the first leg and should take advantage of its goal scored in the first leg. The Bayer Leverkusen must contain the onslaught of blues and whites so as not to burn at the final whistle. Porto wins the match!
FC Porto – Bayer Leverkusen : Betting Tips
FC Porto – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70