Porto vs. Bayer Leverkusen Prediction, Tips and Odds – Oct. 04, 2022 21:00 CET
Eight matches of the third round of the UEFA Champions League will be played on Tuesday. Porto and Bayer Leverkusen meet at the Dragao Stadium in Group B. The match is scheduled for 9 p.m.
The hosts had a bad start to the new season of the elite European competition, so they enter this match with the imperative to win. On the other hand, Gerardo Seoane’s team recorded one win and one loss each.
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After the unfortunate defeat in Madrid in the first round against Atletico 1-2, the players of Porto experienced a real embarrassment from Club Brugge in front of their fans. The Belgian champion demolished the Dragons 4-0 and thus inflicted one of the heaviest defeats in recent times.
For Sergio Conceicao’s team, the international break came at the right moment. In the last round, they registered an easy victory against Braga 4-1 in the domestic championship, which will raise their confidence level before the important game on Tuesday.
They enter this clash with the imperative to win. The players of Porto simply have to win three points in this match, because otherwise, they will not have a chance to be placed among the 16 best teams in Europe.
Coach Conceicao has no injured players in the lineup. Pepe and Otavio recovered and played against Braga, while Mehdi Taremi will return to the lineup after a one-game suspension.
Bayer players have had big problems since the beginning of the season. Their results in the Bundesliga are terrible and they play very badly. In the first eight rounds of the German championship, they won five points, so they are currently in a miserable 17th place.
They are winless in the last four games, and on Friday in the last round, they suffered a heavy defeat against Bayern 0-4. The team’s self-confidence is at a very low level, so a win in the UEFA Champions League will come in handy. They have picked up three points in this competition so far – losing to Club Brugge 0-1 away and beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 at home.
Due to injuries, coach Gerard Seoane has not been able to count on important players for some time. Here we mean Florian Wirtz and Karim Bellarabi, who are one of the best players in the entire team. Apart from those two, Exequiel Palacios was asked to play in Portugal, because he has hamstring problems.
The last time these two teams met was in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League in the 2019/20 season, and Bayer won both matches – 2-1 and 3-1.
Porto (4-4-2): Costa; Sanusi, Marcano, Pepe, Mario; Galeno, Eustaquio, Uribe, Aquino; Evanilson, Taremi
Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1): Hradecky; Bakker, Tapsoba, Tah, Frimpong; Andrich, Demirbay; Diaby, Aranguiz, Hudson-Odoi, Schick
We expect an open match. We believe that both teams will be offensively oriented and that they will want to win all three points. This applies especially to the hosts because they need a win.
Kick-off Time: Tuesday, 04.10.2022, 21:00 CET
Prediction: Both Teams To Score And Total Goals Over 2.5 – Yes