FC Zurich vs Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Letzigrund Stadion (Zürich).
The Europa League is back with Match day 3 and the top two in Group A will be meeting each other on Thursday night at Switzerland.
The former Swiss champs are having a good Europa League. They have same points as their opponents but are second only by goal difference.
Under Coach Ludovic Magnin the team are starting to perform after early setbacks. Two players that had a great part in their wins are Kosovar Midfielder Benjamin Kololli and striker Stephen Odey who have 3 goals each.
Kololli scored the winner for them against AEK Larnaca by converting a penalty in their group opener.
Leverkusen has a striking duo in red-hot form. Kai Hewertz is Europa League’s top scorer at the moment with 4 goals in 2 and an assist to go with it. Argentinian forward Lucas Alario has 2 goals in the league as well.
What the side from Germany lacks is the strength is defense. If they can improve on that they will have an easy win in the largest city in Switzerland.
FC Zurich vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head (h2h)
They have played 2 h2h matches, with each team with a win and both matches having over 2.5 goals.
The final time they met in a competitive match was back in 2007 in the Europa League when the Company XI won comfortably by 5-0.
Last 10 matches for the Swiss saw the win 5 and lose 2. The recent 3 games in those 10 saw over 2.5 goals.
At home they have 2 wins and lost only once in previous 5 games.
The team managed by Heiko Herrlich have 4 wins and losses each in last 10 games. The last 5 away fixtures saw them win and lose 2 each.
FC Zurich vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
The team from Germany have a poor clean sheet record. They have conceded 4 goals in the 2 games played in the Europa league. But even in that circumstance they have scored more, 7 to precise in those 2 matches.
Zurich has had two wins by a single goal against two weak opponents. When Leverkusen comes calling this Thursday they have a real challenge for the first time in the league.
The Germans look better than Magnin’s side on paper and with quality players like Julian Brandt and Hawertz they may clinch 3 points in Switzerland.
FC Zurich vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Tips
Leverkusen win @ 1.80(4/5).
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5).