Probable Lineups

4-1-3-2
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(10) 6 Goals 6 (14)
(7) 4 Assists 5 (8)
(7.2) 7.2 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.7)
25.8 Average Age 26.7
184.2 Average Height (cm) 181.4
(1.6) 1.5 Shots pg 0.8 (0.9)
(59%) 59% Aerial Duel Success 53% (49%)
(1.1) 1.5 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.8)
(2.2) 2.3 Tackles pg 0.9 (1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Karim Bellarabi Out 8.72
No missing players.

Team News

  • Omer Toprak missed the weekend's game with Gladbach through suspension but will return to replace Daniel Schwaab on Thursday night.
  • Sebastian Boenisch has been playing at left-back in place of Michal Kadlec and although the Czech has returned to fitness, Boenisch's form is likely to see him keep his place for now.
  • Sidney Sam will hope to keep his place on the right-wing after scoring last time out, with Castro dropping back into the midfield, though Reinartz is a more defensive option.
  • Jorge Jesus must decide whether to go with one or two up front in Leverkusen, with Lima, Rodrigo and Cardozo all fighting for places in the starting XI.
  • Jardel should start ahead of the experienced Luisao, with Nemanja Matic acting as the protection to the back four.
  • Ola John could get the nod over Gaitan on the left, with Salvio lining up on the opposite flank.

Prediction

  • This should be a really entertaining game with the pace from the wings of both sides likely to be an important factor. Benfica are unbeaten in the league, while Leverkusen are flying high in third.
  • Kiessling is in great form for the hosts and with support from the likes of Schurrle, Castro and Bender, manager Sami Hyypia has a very strong team nowadays. Benfica's attacking threat throughout the squad could see the likes of Cardozo, Gaitan and Aimar only make the bench.
  • It's hard to pick a winner in what will be one of the most intriguing encounters of the round but Leverkusen's home form, having only lost 1 all season as hosts (last time out against Dortmund), could see them prevail.
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Comments (5)

 
  • look the Positions from Castro & Schürrle this was again a 4-3-3. Leverkusen was much more better but cant use many goal chances.

  • 1-1

  • Benfica or draw

  • Lev +2

  • Well B.Leverkusen is making a great season so far, playing at home i think they are the favorites. Despite benfica´s value, they have a weakened midfield since loosing Javi Garcia and Witsel, and the have sloppy defenses. I think Leverkusen will win this game, but no doubt there will be goal from both sides, since both sides like to take ofensive meseures in the games they play.Im sure it will be a good game, hope B.Lervekusen wins.

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