Bayer Leverkusen vs Porto Betting Tip Bayer Leverkusen – 20 February 2020

Leverkusen may have enough to take first leg lead

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GermanyBayer Leverkusen vs PortoPortugal
20th February 2000hrs
Football – Europe – Europa League
Pick Bayer Leverkusen
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 19/20 odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 18 February

Bayer Leverkusen drop into this competition from the Champions League and face a tough test in Porto who topped their section in the group stage of this year’s Europa League.

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Bayer Leverkusen Preview – Can Leverkusen shake off their Champions League disappointment and make progress in this?

It was always going to be a tough ask for Leverkusen to get out a Champions League group that contained Juventus and Atletico Madrid (both of whom have reached two finals in the last decade) and that’s the way it turned out. Bayer gave it a good shot however and were comfortable enough in securing third spot to ensure they continued in European football at least.
Considering Leverkusen last at home to Lokomotiv Moscow in their opening group game they have done well to finish strongly and finish above that opponent. The club also have recent experience of playing in the Europa League reaching this stage last season only to lose out to Krasnodar on penalties. They’ll be hoping to go one better this time around.
Our betting prediction:
Over 2.5 goals

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Leverkusen are going well domestically, too, and are in with a real chance of qualifying for the Champions League once again through the Bundesliga. They sit in fifth spot at the moment just two points off fourth spot.

Since returning from the winter break Leverkusen have won four out of five league games and have scored 14 goals in that spell. It finally looks as though Peter Bosz’ men have found their goal scoring form after a rather modest first half to the campaign by their own standards.

Porto Preview – Can Porto continue their recent form and return home with a good result?

It was a crazy section Porto were involved in the group stage with all four teams able to qualify going into the final round of games back in December. Porto were able to overcome Feyenoord 3-2 at home to seal top spot and progress to the knockout phase. It was certainly not vintage Porto all the time, however, taking just a point from their two matches against Rangers and a pretty dismal loss in Rotterdam.

However, qualification is what it’s all about and Sergio Conceicao will be looking for his team to pick up their level of performance now they are at the business end of the competition.


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Porto also have the small matter of a massive battle for the Portuguese league title on their hands as they have been able to narrow the gap to leaders Benfica to just a point. They have won their last four in the Primeira Liga, one of which was against their rivals.

There’s no doubting this is a good point of the season for the club and they will travel to Germany full of confidence that they can get a result which will see them favourites to progress heading into the return match.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Porto Betting Advice

This tie pits together two teams who will have ambitions of going far into this knockout phase. Both Leverkusen and Porto would have been hoping to avoid each other considering their respective strength but it will only increase the belief of the winner that they could go close to winning this.

Key Facts – Bayer Leverkusen vs Porto Betting Tip

  • Leverkusen finished behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid in their Champions League section
  • Group G was one of the most competitive sections in qualifying which Porto topped with 10 points
  • The teams meet again next week in Portugal as one of the two looks to progress to the last-16


I don’t imagine there will be much between the two sides over the course of the two legs but home advantage may well just swing this first game in favour of Leverkusen. Porto suffered two losses in the group stage without scoring a goal and with the form that their opponents are in at home just now they can edge tomorrow’s game.

The best betting odds for Bayer Leverkusen vs Porto


Bayer Leverkusen to win: 19/20 at Bet365
Draw: 5/2 at Bet365
Porto to win: 29/10 at Bet365