Bayer Leverkusen v Ferencvaros – Betting Preview
At the BayArena on Thursday, Bayer Leverkusen will play the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 match against Ferencvaros.
Leverkusen advanced to this round by defeating Monaco in the previous round, while Ferencvaros received a bye after winning Group H.
Bayer Leverkusen Preview
In fact, after finishing third in their Champions League group before the World Cup, Xabi Alonso’s team appeared destined to be eliminated from Europe entirely after losing 3-2 to Monaco at home in the first leg.
Leverkusen, however, went on to win by the same margin in the principality before triumphing in thrilling fashion by winning 5-3 in a penalty shootout at Stadium Louis II.
After suffering through a poor start to their league season before to Alonso’s arrival in early October, they have little to realistically compete for in the Bundesliga and the Spaniard is expected to lay a lot of attention on their advancement in Europe between now and the end of the season.
Alonso has the chance to establish himself as a club legend within his first season in charge, especially given that Champions League qualification is up for grabs for whichever team can win Europe’s secondary competition, as lifting the UEFA Cup in 1987-88 was Die Werkself’s only previous European trophy triumph.
For the first time in the club’s history, Ferencvaros also advanced through the group stage of a European competition after finishing ahead of Monaco, Trabzonspor, and Red Star Belgrade with 10 points from six games.
The Hungarian champions, who have opened up a 14-point lead at the top of the division and appear poised to defend their domestic championship, will play in their first European knockout match in nearly two decades on Thursday when they travel to Leverkusen.
Stanislav Cherchesov, a former manager of Russia who led his nation to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2018, has been in charge of the Green Eagles since December 2021. Since his appointment, he has won 57 of his 57 games across all competitions.
It would be stupid to write them off despite the fact that they ended above a team that gave Leverkusen a tough time in the previous round, even if they will be huge underdogs to move past the test of their German opponents.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market
Leverkusen should be too good for their opponents on Thursday, having made substantial improvements under Alonso!
Leverkusen are the favourites in this @ 1.36.
It would not be surprising if the Hungarian champions scored to keep the tie alive before the return leg in Budapest next week because they are expected to fight hard and still pose a threat in transition thanks to the abilities of Adama Traore and Tokmac Nguen.
But their odds of winning stand @ 10.50!
And the possibility of a stalemate in the first battle stands @ 6.09.
Total goals over/under
Let’s check the over/under scenario
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.67.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.42.
Bayern Leverkusen might prove to be too good for the away side, so it is safe to assume that a comfortable victory for the home side should follow in all probability!