Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Ludogorets Arena (Razgrad).
The panic has hit Bayer Leverkusen as they made a dismal start to the new Bundesliga campaign losing each of three games so far in the competition. Can Heikko Herrlich’s troops turn their fortunes around with a success at the beginning of the new campaign in the continental competition? The visit to Razgrad for the Ludogorets clash will mark Bayer’s return to European football after two years.
Whilst the German outfit heads into the affair as favourites, they’ll by no means have an easy task to collect the points from Bulgaria here. Ludogorets proved out to be a highly competitive side at the biggest stage in the past couple of years. They made it past Bayer’s league rivals Hoffenheim in the previous term of Europa League picking up four points from two clashes against Julian Nagelsmann’s side back then. The Bulgarians lost just one of six group phase outings and were only stopped by Italian giants Milan in the last 32 round last term.
Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head
The two teams are set to cross each other’s paths for the first time ever on Thursday evening.
Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Paulo Autuori’s men ended the Champions League campaign surprisingly early, falling narrowly to Hungarian Mol Vidi in the second qualifying round. Nevertheless, they went on to ease past both Zrinjski and Torpedo Kutaisi to secure another group phase appearance in Europa League.
The Brazilian manager has reasons to be thrilled with his side’s defensive efforts so far as Ludogorets only conceded one goal in last four Europa League outings. They’ve found the confidence in the final third of late by netting nine goals in three straight wins in all competitions.
Given Bayer’s defensive line was more than vulnerable at the start of the season, we just have to try with the hosts to net two or more goals at 2.62 odds. Leverkusen shipped eight goals in three Bundesliga matches and they are one of only two teams without a single point at this stage of the season. A decent alternative option would thus be the home win or draw at 1.61.
Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen Bet Tips
• Ludogorets Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.62 (13/8)
• Ludogorets or Draw @ 1.61 (8/13).