Our expert made a prediction for the first match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League season 2019/20 Bayer Leverkusen – Porto.
Bayer has changed. If, in the fall, the “lions” lost to Lokomotiv (1:2) and Juventus (0:3), now they won Borussia (4:3) at home, and the Schalke (2: 1). What changed? First, Peter Bos puts up five defenders against Borussia and refers Bender to the flank. “Lions” took advantage of the edges in matches with tops. Secondly, Haverts. Yes, he scores a little, but more often took the initiative and pull two opponents, creating zones for Foland. Thirdly, Kevin revealed. In five matches, he scored four goals.
To compete with Bayer is a tough mission for Porto. Yes, “dragons” beat “Benfica” and squeezed a strong “Guimaraes”. But they did not look stronger than rivals. For example, vs. Guimaraes: in 90 minutes, the “dragons” hit the target only ones. If it was a reserved squad – ok, but no. On the field were the best.
Porto has no reserve. Moussa scored one goal in eight games. The current results of Porto – almost no chances for dragons.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen will win