LOK vs LEV Dream11: Lokomotiv Moscow host Bayer Leverkusen in a crunch UEFA Champions League Group D match at Lokomotiv Stadium, on Tuesday night. Both the team are on 3 points and need a win to keep their knockout round chances alive.
With Juventus and Atletico Madrid in the group, it was always going to be very difficult for either Moscow or Leverkusen to finish in the top two in the group. The Italian champions have already qualified from the group, leaving only one spot for three remaining teams. Atletico are in the driving seat to snatch the 2nd spot, having accumulated 7 points and will qualify with a win in Turin.
That said, a loss for Atletico will leave the group-wide open, for the winner in between Moscow and Leverkusen, especially for the Russian side, as they will be playing their last group game against Diego Simeone's team next month.
Even if the Champions League knockout round is a goal too far for these two teams, there's a lot to play still for both Moscow and Leverkusen. The team finishing 3rd will get an automatic qualification to the Europa League knockout rounds. So this is a critical game for both the teams in every sense.
Host: Lokomotiv Moscow
Visitors: Bayer Leverkusen
Match Timing: November 26, @ 11: 25 PM
Match Venue: Lokomotiv Stadium
Lokomotiv Moscow are being seen as the second favourite against Bayer Leverkusen by the betting market. The hosts are as good as 3.78 for a win, while Leverkusen are placed at 2.07 to claim the victory.
Lokomotiv Moscow to win: 3.78 (139/50), Probability to happen: 26.46%
Bayer Leverkusen to win: 2.07 (107/100), Probability to happen: 48.31%
Draw: 3.64 (66/25), Probability to happen: 27.47%
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Lokomotiv Moscow team news: Head coach Yuri Semin said during his press conference that defender Vedran Corluka will be assessed before the game. The former Tottenham Hotspur player had to be taken off at half-time at the weekend's game against Tambov and is a doubt for this game.
But in terms of the players certainly missing this game for the home team are midfielder Joao Mario, winger Jefferson Farfán, right-back Boris Rotenberg and forward Luka Djordjevic.
Likely changes: If Corluka is not fit, expect Murilo Cerqueira and Benedikt Howedes to partner at the back.
Rifat Zhemaletdinov is available for selection after missing out against FC Tambov at the weekend due to a domestic ban. He should start on the right-wing. Also, Anton Miranchuk is fully fit now and is in line to make his first appearance in Europe this seaosn.
Bayer Leverkusen team news: As for the visitors, Nadiem Amiri is suspended following a red card in the last game. In addition, four players in the form of Mitchell Weiser, Julian Baumgartlinger, Joel Pahjanpalo and Daley Sinkgraven remain sidelined and won't be featuring here.
Leverkusen's prized-asset Kai Havertz is a doubt for this game with a minor injury and will be monitored before the game.
Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme (GK), Ignatyev, Höwedes, Ćorluka, Rybus, Murilo, Krychowiak, Barinov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Éder, Anton Miranchuk
Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky (GK), L Bender, Tah, S Bender, Wendell; Aránguiz, Demirbay, Bellarabi, Volland, Diaby, Alario
Defenders: J Tah, S Bender, M Rybus
Midfielders: K Demirbay, K Bellarbi, Krychowiak, Aleksei-Miranchuk, Anton-Minranchuk (VC)
Attackers: K Volland (C), Eder
Lokomotiv Moscow have lost 9 times in the last 10 games and have conceded at least two goals in the last 3 matches in the UEFA Champions League. A win for the German side is our call.