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UEFA Europa League | Ludogorets Arena | 20th September
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Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen predictions ahead of this Europa League clash on Thursday night. Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.

Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Reason For Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips

Can Ludogorets continue their progress in Europe when they kick off their Europa League campaign this week? They failed in their bid to reach the group stage of the Champions League, but they have a chance to build on an impressive campaign in this competition last term. The Bulgarian side are likely to cause a few shocks along the way, and in a group which includes Zurich and AEK Larnaca, the hosts should expect to have a shot at getting out of the group. Start off by beating Bayer Leverkusen, and they may even have a chance to win it!

The hosts saw their European campaign come to an end at the hands of AC Milan last season. They lost out to the Rossoneri at the last 32 stage of the Europa League, but reaching the next round was progress for the Bulgarian powerhouse. They now test themselves against top European opposition once again when they meet Bayer, but can Ludogorets claim more success to go alongside their recent domestic domination?

Bayer qualified for this tournament thanks to a fifth place finish in the Bundesliga last term. They haven’t made the greatest start this time around, which has left panic setting in around the BayArena. This week’s trip to Bulgaria isn’t just a return to European football for the visitors, it’s a major test for Heiko Herrlich, Bayer’s manager. Can the Bundesliga side return to winning ways in the Europa League this week, or are they set to see their domestic struggles bleed in to this difficult away trip?

The hosts can’t be underestimated in Europe any more, and they’re going to have plenty of confidence after embarking on some solid form domestically. They’ve lost just once in their last 15 home league games, and they come in to this season having made a strong start in their bid for the title. While MOL Vidi edged them out narrowly in the Champions League, Ludogorets are still a team capable of a big result in Europe, as Bayer’s counterparts Hoffenheim should know.

The hosts claimed four points from two meetings with Hoffenheim last season. They lost just once in the group stage, claiming a victory at Sporting Braga in the process. The visitors head here on the back of three defeats from three in the Bundesliga this term, while they have lost three of their last four on the road in this competition. We’re backing the hosts to avoid defeat, so we’re backing Ludogorets on the Double Chance market, along with a 2-1 home win.

Predicted Lineups

Line ups are predicted by our Team News Analysts
Ludogorets
4-2-3-1
Bayer Leverkusen
4-2-3-1
Predicted Starting XI's
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Renan
Hradecky
Cicinho
Jedvaj
Nedyalkov
Tah
Moti
S. Bender
Natanael Pimienta
Wendell
Gustavo Campanharo
Kohr
Dyakov
L. Bender
Lukoki
Bailey
Marcelinho
Havertz
Wanderson
Brandt
KeE(tm)eru
Volland
Subs
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Bakalov
Alario
Broun
Bellarabi
Goralski
Dragovic
Joao Paulo
Ozcan
Juninho Brandao
Paulinho
Mahlangu
Schreck
Rafael Forster
Thelin
Swierczok
Weiser
Terziev
Doubtful
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Lucas Sasha (Injured)
Aranguiz (Injured)
L. Bender (Injured)
Unavailable
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Andrianantenaina (Injured)
Baumgartlinger (Injured)
Grigore (Injured)
Pohjanpalo (Injured)
Stoyanov (Injured)
Retsos (Injured)
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Article by: Aaron R
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Published: September 20, 2018

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Form Summary

Ludogorets badge Bayer Leverkusen badge
Overall
PWDL
2002
Home
1001
Away
1001
Overall
PWDL
2200
Home
1100
Away
1100

Recent Competition Form

Ludogorets badge Bayer Leverkusen badge
1-0 v Milan (A)
L
0-0 v Villarreal (H)
D
0-3 v Milan (H)
L
2-0 v Villarreal (A)
L
1-1 v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (A)
D
3-1 v Sporting CP (H)
W
1-2 v Istanbul Basaksehir (H)
L
0-1 v Sporting CP (A)
W
1-1 v Sporting Braga (H)
D
2-1 v Benfica (A)
L
0-2 v Sporting Braga (A)
W
0-1 v Benfica (H)
L
5Goals Scored5
8Goals Conceded6
2/6 (33%)Over 2.5 Goals2/6 (33%)
3/6 (50%)Both Teams Scored2/6 (33%)
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  • Ludogorets Razgrad will be entering the UEFA Europa League at the group stage in back-to-back seasons for the first time. They were eliminated by Italian giants AC Milan in the Last 32 of last season’s competition.
  • Ludogorets have progressed from both of their previous Europa League group stage entries, first in 2013-14, before being beaten by Valencia in the Last 16, and in 2017-18 before going out at the hands of Milan in the Last 32.
  • Bayer Leverkusen will make their first appearance in the UEFA Europa League since 2015-16, when they were knocked out at the Last 16 stage by Spanish side Villarreal.
  • On the two previous occasions that Leverkusen have entered the UEFA Europa League at the Group Stage, the German’s have progressed to the knockouts (2010-11 & 2012-13).
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Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen predictions ahead of this Europa League clash on Thursday night. Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.

Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Reason For Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips

Can Ludogorets continue their progress in Europe when they kick off their Europa League campaign this week? They failed in their bid to reach the group stage of the Champions League, but they have a chance to build on an impressive campaign in this competition last term. The Bulgarian side are likely to cause a few shocks along the way, and in a group which includes Zurich and AEK Larnaca, the hosts should expect to have a shot at getting out of the group. Start off by beating Bayer Leverkusen, and they may even have a chance to win it!

The hosts saw their European campaign come to an end at the hands of AC Milan last season. They lost out to the Rossoneri at the last 32 stage of the Europa League, but reaching the next round was progress for the Bulgarian powerhouse. They now test themselves against top European opposition once again when they meet Bayer, but can Ludogorets claim more success to go alongside their recent domestic domination?

Bayer qualified for this tournament thanks to a fifth place finish in the Bundesliga last term. They haven’t made the greatest start this time around, which has left panic setting in around the BayArena. This week’s trip to Bulgaria isn’t just a return to European football for the visitors, it’s a major test for Heiko Herrlich, Bayer’s manager. Can the Bundesliga side return to winning ways in the Europa League this week, or are they set to see their domestic struggles bleed in to this difficult away trip?

The hosts can’t be underestimated in Europe any more, and they’re going to have plenty of confidence after embarking on some solid form domestically. They’ve lost just once in their last 15 home league games, and they come in to this season having made a strong start in their bid for the title. While MOL Vidi edged them out narrowly in the Champions League, Ludogorets are still a team capable of a big result in Europe, as Bayer’s counterparts Hoffenheim should know.

The hosts claimed four points from two meetings with Hoffenheim last season. They lost just once in the group stage, claiming a victory at Sporting Braga in the process. The visitors head here on the back of three defeats from three in the Bundesliga this term, while they have lost three of their last four on the road in this competition. We’re backing the hosts to avoid defeat, so we’re backing Ludogorets on the Double Chance market, along with a 2-1 home win.

Predicted Lineups

Line ups are predicted by our Team News Analysts
Ludogorets
4-2-3-1
Bayer Leverkusen
4-2-3-1
Predicted Starting XI's
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Renan
Hradecky
Cicinho
Jedvaj
Nedyalkov
Tah
Moti
S. Bender
Natanael Pimienta
Wendell
Gustavo Campanharo
Kohr
Dyakov
L. Bender
Lukoki
Bailey
Marcelinho
Havertz
Wanderson
Brandt
KeE(tm)eru
Volland
Subs
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Bakalov
Alario
Broun
Bellarabi
Goralski
Dragovic
Joao Paulo
Ozcan
Juninho Brandao
Paulinho
Mahlangu
Schreck
Rafael Forster
Thelin
Swierczok
Weiser
Terziev
Doubtful
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Lucas Sasha (Injured)
Aranguiz (Injured)
L. Bender (Injured)
Unavailable
Ludogorets
Bayer Leverkusen
Andrianantenaina (Injured)
Baumgartlinger (Injured)
Grigore (Injured)
Pohjanpalo (Injured)
Stoyanov (Injured)
Retsos (Injured)

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Form

Form Summary

Ludogorets badge Bayer Leverkusen badge
Overall
PWDL
2002
Home
1001
Away
1001
Overall
PWDL
2200
Home
1100
Away
1100

Recent Competition Form

Ludogorets badge Bayer Leverkusen badge
1-0 v Milan (A)
L
0-0 v Villarreal (H)
D
0-3 v Milan (H)
L
2-0 v Villarreal (A)
L
1-1 v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (A)
D
3-1 v Sporting CP (H)
W
1-2 v Istanbul Basaksehir (H)
L
0-1 v Sporting CP (A)
W
1-1 v Sporting Braga (H)
D
2-1 v Benfica (A)
L
0-2 v Sporting Braga (A)
W
0-1 v Benfica (H)
L
5Goals Scored5
8Goals Conceded6
2/6 (33%)Over 2.5 Goals2/6 (33%)
3/6 (50%)Both Teams Scored2/6 (33%)

Stats

Ludogorets vs Bayer Leverkusen Stats

  • Ludogorets Razgrad will be entering the UEFA Europa League at the group stage in back-to-back seasons for the first time. They were eliminated by Italian giants AC Milan in the Last 32 of last season’s competition.
  • Ludogorets have progressed from both of their previous Europa League group stage entries, first in 2013-14, before being beaten by Valencia in the Last 16, and in 2017-18 before going out at the hands of Milan in the Last 32.
  • Bayer Leverkusen will make their first appearance in the UEFA Europa League since 2015-16, when they were knocked out at the Last 16 stage by Spanish side Villarreal.
  • On the two previous occasions that Leverkusen have entered the UEFA Europa League at the Group Stage, the German’s have progressed to the knockouts (2010-11 & 2012-13).

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Article by: Aaron R
Contact: aaron.rogan@freesupertips.co.uk
Twitter: @aaron_rogan
Published: September 20, 2018

Our match preview predictions are fully researched and provided in good faith but no profits are guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly, you should only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose. Visit our responsible gambling guidelines for more information. 18+

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