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Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto predictions for Thursday’s Europa League tie. Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen entertain Porto in the 1st leg of this Europa League knockout tie on Thursday and we’re expecting a close and competitive ninety minutes between the two clubs. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Both Teams To Score @ 13/20

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Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 @ 15/2

Reason For Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto Predictions

  • Both teams have scored in 64% of Leverkusen’s home games.
  • 64% of Porto’s away games have seen both teams score.
  • Both teams have scored in 5 of Leverkusen’s last 6 matches.
  • Both teams have scored in 4 of Porto’s last 6 matches.

Both teams have been scoring plenty of goals of late

Leverkusen finished behind two of Europe’s elite clubs in their Champions League Group, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, so there is no shame in the German club being knocked out of that competition and now finding themselves in the Europa League. Porto topped Group G in the Europa League with three wins, one draw, and two defeats, but will be expecting an even tougher couple of matches against their Bundesliga opponents.

Porto actually conceded more goals than they scored during the group stage as did Leverkusen in the Champions League, which is one of the reasons we have backed both teams to score on Thursday night. Both teams have scored in 64% of Leverkusen’s home games on the league this season and 64% of Porto’s away games in the Primeira Liga have also seen both teams score.

Leverkusen score an average of 1.73 goals per home game and pick up an average of 1.73 points in their own backyard, while Porto score an average of 2.00 goals per away game but don’t meet teams of Leverkusen’s quality week in week out which is why we have backed the Germans to pinch a 2-1 win in the 1st leg.

Porto lost two of their three away games in the group stage

Porto have a great away record domestically but lost two of their three away games in the group stage of the Europa League, going down 2-0 at Feyenoord and Rangers, but did manage to beat Young Boys 2-1. Both teams scored in four of Porto’s six Europa League games and with the visitors in good form, we have backed them to get on the scoreboard in Germany. However, Leverkusen are also in very good form having won five of their last six matches and neither side have kept many clean sheets in recent weeks.

The hosts have seen both teams score in five of their last six outings while four of Porto’s last six matches have also seen both teams score. 55% of Leverkusen’s home games and Porto’s away games domestically have produced over 2.5 goals, which ties in perfectly with our prediction for a narrow 2-1 home win on Thursday. The hosts have only kept clean sheets in 27% of their home games and Porto haven’t failed to score on the road in the Primeira Liga so far this season.

We’re confident that both teams will score on Thursday and we have predicted a final scoreline of 2-1 in favour of the hosts. Leverkusen will be expecting a tough ninety minutes against a side with lots of European experience but the home side are in good form and have played against some of the best teams in Europe already this season, beating Atletico in Germany, and we believe this will help see the Bundesliga club through to victory on Thursday night.

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