Villarreal host Bayern Leverkusen at El Madrigal in one of the most mouthwatering encounters of this mid-week’s Europa League clash.
This will be Bayer Leverkusen’s 200th UEFA club competition match as they travel 1,350km to the Spanish City of Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarines can boast of a formidable home form in Europa league this season after having won all of their form home matches and that too without conceding an away goal. They overcome a strong Napoli side in the round of 32, after winning 1-0 and playing a 1-1 stalemate in the second leg.
Bayer Leverkusen were eliminated from the Champions League group E after finishing third behind Barcelona and Roma. They have won only one of their six matches and that was against BATE Borisov on matchday one of the group stages. They were drawn against Sporting Lisbon in the round of 32 and comfortable won both legs, away 1-0 and home 3-1.
Villarreal have a 100% record at home in this season’s Europa league after winning 4 out of 4 and are yet to concede a goal. They have lost one match in the group-stage, against Rapid Wien in the matchday one of the competition.
The yellow submarines have won four of their last five home matches in all competitions. Their last home match resulted in a 0-1 defeat to Las Palmas, which ended their five match unbeaten record as well as five consecutive clean sheets.
Bayer Leverkusen’s 1-0 win at Lisbon was their first away win in European Competitions this season after failing to win their 4 away matches including qualifiers.
Their overall form is pretty poor and failed to win in last three matches and conceded 3 or more goals in each of them. They also failed to win their last two away matches ended in 1-3 defeat to Mainz and 3-3 draw at Augsburg.
Villarreal: Team News
Jonathan dos Santos and Samuel are injured and will miss the first leg clash against Leverkusen. While Argentina defender Musacchio is a major doubt, so do full back Jaume Costa.
Villarreal: Predicted Line-up vs Leverkusen (4-4-2)
Areola – Mario, Bailly, Ruiz, Costa – Suarez, Bruno, Pina, Rukavina – Bakambu, Soldado.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team News
The German side will miss a number of key players through injury. Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Kevin Kampl and Captain Lars Bender are confirmed to miss this clash.
While Jonathan Tah, Omer Toprak and Stefan Kiessling are struggling for fitness, but the former two are expected to start here.
Bayer Leverkusen: Predicted Line-up vs Villarreal (4-2-3-1)
Leno – Wendell, Ramalho, Tah, Jedvaj – Kramer, Calhanoglu – Bellarbi, Brandt, Mehmedi – Chicharito.
Villarreal vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-Head stats
The teams were drawn against each other in the round of 16 of the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League competition. Villarreal won both the ties then starting off with a 3-2 win at Leverkusen and finish off with the 2-1 win back home.
Villarreal vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Villarreal will go into this match are clear favorites as they pose a strong home record in the competition. Moreover, Leverkusen are in a poor run of form, a lot of which owe to the injuries to their key players.
The yellow submarines are yet to concede a goal at home in this season’s Europa League and Leverkusen have conceded 3 goals in each of their last four matches in all competitions. This could end in 1-0 win for Villarreal.