Match & Player Analysis



Published 2 days ago Nov 25, 2021

By Pulkit

Celtic travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday for the Europa League game in Group G. The hosts will be looking to take all three points from the game in order to qualify for the round of 32 in the competition. The Hoops, meanwhile, could move into the top two with a victory at the BayArena, if Real Betis were to drop points against Ferencvaros.

Leverkusen had a difficult spell of five games without a win in all competitions, but they bounced ever since. The Germans claimed two wins and a draw in three games. Gerardo Seoane’s men won 4-0 against Real Betis in their last Europa League fixture, followed by a 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin and a narrow 1-0 victory at home against VfL Bochum last weekend.

The Eternal Bridesmaids currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga, and are also leading the way in Group G, sitting three points clear of Betis with two fixtures remaining. Leverkusen have 10 points from a possible 12 available and scored 11 goals in the process. They enter the game with a 14 game unbeaten run at home in the competition. A victory at the BayArena would see them qualify for the last 32 as Group G winners.

Celtic beat St Johnstone 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals last weekend adding to their tally a nine game unbeaten run in all competitions. A 73rd-minute strike from James Forrest booked their place in the final for the sixth time in eight years, where they will face Hibernian at Hampden Park on December 19.

The Hoops, however, travel to the BayArena having lost six of their last seven UEFA Cup or Europa League away games in Germany – their most recent was a 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig in October 2018.

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Bayer Leverkusen 

Patrick Schick (ankle), Charles Aranguiz (calf), Mitchel Bakker (ankle), Julian Baumgartlinger (knee) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knee) due to injury, while Lucas Alario and Karim Bellarabi are both doubtful.

Midfielder Kerem Demirbay will serve a one-match suspension.


Christopher Jullien (knee), Carl Starfelt (hamstring), Tom Rogic (hamstring), Greg Taylor (shoulder) and Karamoko Dembele (ankle) all remain sidelined with injuries.


Bayer Leverkusen 

Hradecky; Frimpong, Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie; Diaby, Andrich, Palacios, Amiri; Wirtz; Adli


Hart; Ralston, Welsh, Carter-Vickers, Juranovic; Bitton, McGregor, Turnbull; Forrest, Furuhashi, Jota


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