A draw at home to Celtic will be enough for Bayer Leverkusen to secure a place in the next round of the Europa League. The two face off on Match Day 5 of Group G, separated by six points; Leverkusen top with 10 and Celtic third on six. Leverkusen are coming from a 1-0 win over Bochum in the German Bundesliga, marking their third straight unbeaten outing. They have failed to score in just one of their last five matches but have two clean sheets in their last three matches. In this group, they’ve scored the most goals (11), and have the meanest defence, having conceded two goals. Twice in the four matches in Group G, they’ve scored four goals and one of them was against Celtic. Leverkusen have a good run in Europa League, they have seven wins in the last 10.
Celtic go to this game with a tough task, trying to down Leverkusen in their own backyard. Three points here would see them leap to second in the Group G standings and a nine –game unbeaten run should pump them up. The last team to beat Celtic was Leverkusen, and they’ve since registered eight wins and a draw. They are coming from a 1-0 win over St. Johnstone, that being just their second clean sheet in the last five matches. Celtic have scored two or more in three of their last five matches, but they have conceded twice in two of the last three. In the Europa League, Celtic are coming from back to back wins over Ferencvaros, which was expected. They’ve conceded two or more goals in four of their last five Europa League matches.
Bayer Leverkusen remains the stronger of these two sides even though Celtic have had a better run ahead of this game. Celtic are poor in defence and that is one area Leverkusen will want to exploit, themselves being good in both defence and attack. Leverkusen are clear favorites and we will back them to lead in both halves.