Bayer Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: BayArena (Leverkusen).
Bayer Leverkusen were handed their first defeat of the campaign earlier in the weekend when they traveled to the Signal Iduna Park to take on Dortmund. Their counterparts slotted four unanswered goals by the end of the ninety minutes in that latter clash, despite Leverkusen taking twice as many shots at goal as their foes.
Nevertheless, the squad are still unbeaten on home soil since the start of the new season and have picked up a win and a draw from their last two games.
Lokomotiv Moscow have stumbled twice already back in the Russian Premier League, one of which was in a trip on the road. The visitors have managed to come out on top just thrice in their last five outings in the league as well and were able to register not more than a narrow 1-0 win over the struggling Sochi in their most recent clash too.
With home advantage favoring the German outfit in this one, Lokomotiv Moscow certainly have their work cut out for them.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv Moscow Head to head (h2h)
Their only previous clash was a club-friendly, back in 2014, which Bayer Leverkusen won 3-1.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv Moscow Prediction
The home team may have lost their previous clash on the road, but to their defense, it was against the 2018/19 Bundesliga runners up. It also needs saying that the loss was only their first in eleven games across multiple competitions.
Furthermore, the hosts are unbeaten in their previous five games at home and have found the back of the net thrice from their last two alone.
On the other hand, Lokomotiv Moscow have not been a convincing bunch in their outings, and have been picking up the win by a slender one-goal margin in three of their last four trips. Taking into consideration that one of their two defeats so far have also come away from home, Bayer Leverkusen are the strong favorites to walk away with all three points at the last blast of the whistle.
Seven of the last ten goals for Leverkusen have come prior to the break. Considering that two of the last three for them at home also came in the first forty-five minutes of the game, back the German outfit to breach Lokomotiv Moscow before the end of the first half.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv Moscow Betting tips
Full-time result: Bayer Leverkusen @ 1.40 (2/5)
Bayer Leverkusen to score in first half @ 1.50 (1/2).