FC Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Estádio do Dragão (Porto).
Leverkusen have a 2-1 aggregate lead, are from the superior German league, and will have the luxury to concentrate well on defense, while trying to hit Porto in the counter. As such, expect the German side Bayer Leverkusen to go through to the next round.
FC Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview
Leverkusen almost delivered a flawless first leg performance. They found the back of the net in the 29th minute for a 1-0 lead in scoreline, and later added one more to clearly put the guests under pressure.
However, towards the end of the game, Porto tried hard for a valuable away goal, and succeeded in finding it in the 73rd minute.
Thus, the game ended 2-1 in favor of the German outfit.
Speaking about Leverkusen’s form, they have been giving a tough chase to the top-most tier of Bundesliga this season, and have played a part in making the league competitive once again. For years, the domination of Bayern had been turning the contest a bit stale.
Porto meanwhile, are on ominous form, and are determined to fetch back their league title. They had lost it to Benfica the last season, after being in the hunt till the very last match-day.
FC Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen Head-to-head (h2h)
The two have clashed in an official capacity just once, and it was in the first leg of this tie. Then, Leverkusen recorded a 2-1 home win.
Earlier in 2016, the two had played out a 1-1 draw. These two games have been the only h2h encounters between the two teams.
FC Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
First and foremost, Leverkusen are from the German Bundesliga – a league considered to be amongst the elites of European football competitions, while their opposite number comes from the comparatively inferior Primeira Liga.
Moreover, the Germans also have a lead in aggregate scoreline, and could frustrate the opponents all day long by concentrating well on defense. This will surely drive the desperate hosts into making mistakes, which in turn Leverkusen could utilize to score goals of their own.
Likely, expect the in-form Bayer Leverkusen to make it into the next round after battling it out with Porto. On that note, do understand that Porto have the home advantage, and that they have a valuable away goal to their name. Moreover, they had been unbeaten in 18 of their last 19 home fixtures, and had won an incredible 17 of these as well.
In addition, Leverkusen had lost three of their prior six road games, and had lost seven of their past fifteen such matches as well. By all means, we have the ingredients for the game to be extremely competitive.
As such, count on the match-up to be high-scoring in nature, and for both teams to chip in with goals.
FC Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5)
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.70 (7/10)
Leverkusen to Qualify @ 1.60 (3/5).