LEV vs JUV Dream11: Bayer Leverkusen are set to play the game of their season against Italian giants Juventus at BayArena as they look to clinch a spot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.
What Leverkusen need to qualify?
First and foremost they must win Juventus by any scoreline and hope that Lokomotiv Moscow do them a favour by beating Atletico Madrid in the other match in this group or hold them to a draw. Juve are already through to the next round as group winners.
Host: Bayer Leverkusen
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match Venue: BayArena
Match Timing: Wednesday, December 12, @01:30 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Bayer Leverkusen to win: 1.95 (19/20), Probability to happen: 51.28%
Juventus to win: 3.70 (27/10), Probability to happen: 27.03%
Draw: 3.75 (11/4), Probability to happen: 26.67%
Bayer Leverkusen team news: Mitchell Weiser and Joel Pohjanpalo both will miss the game against Juventus. No other injury problems for Bayer Leverkusen ahead of this game.
Attacking midfielder Nadiem Amiri is back from serving a one-game ban and will be in contention to start the game. However, Leverkusen are expected to stick more or less with the same playing 11 which won 0-2 away against Lokomotiv Moscow.
Panagiotis Retsos and Lars Bender both battles for a place on the right side of the defence.
Juventus team news: As for Juventus, the injury list is as long as it could be. Several players remain out injured, while Emre Can is ineligible after Sarri left him out of his UEFA Champions League group stage squad. So he won't play.
In terms of injury absentees, Sami Khedira, Aaron Ramsey, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia Perin, Douglas Costa and Rodrigo Bentancur will miss the match.
With nothing riding on the match for Juve, Cristiano Ronaldo may be given a rest here, or features off the bench. That means Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain could partner upfront.
Sven Bender: 01 goal
Kevin Volland: 01 goal
Kai Havertz: Leverkusen's most prized asset. Expect him to have a huge impact in this game.
Paulo Dybala: 03 Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo: 01 goal
Blaise Matuidi: 01 goal
Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky (GK), L. Bender, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell, Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Bellarabi, Havertz, Bailey, Volland
Juventus: Buffon (GK), Cuadrado, Rugani, Demiral, De Sciglio, Matuidi, Pjanic, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo
Defenders: Sven Bender, Wendell, L Bonucci, A Sandro
Midfielders: C Aranguiz, K Havertz, M Pjanic, Matuidi
Attackers: Dybala (VC), K Volland (C)
As per betting trends, Bayer Leverkusen are favourite to win the match. The reason could be that Sarri's Juventus doesn't evoke the same feeling of consistency which we had with Allegri's. Still, Juventus team has shown that it can scruff out games, and they may be the case here as the hosts are expected to come out of the blocks, with Juve looking to be lethal on the counter-attack. We back a score draw here.