Bayer Leverkusen take on the visitors Atletico Madrid in the round 2 match of UEFA Champions League. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 13th at BayArena (Leverkusen).
Bayer had seriously added in the last championship. The manager Seoane has been working since the summer. And, despite a rather skeptical attitude, the Swiss returned the team from Leverkusen to the quartet of leaders. But right now it just can't pick up the pace. It seems that the cup 3-4 with "Elfersberg" from the 3rd division of the country knocked the ground out under the feet of the players. After that, they were able to win in the Bundesliga only against Mainz, having previously lost not only to Borussia Dortmund, but also to Hoffenheim, and even to Augsburg. And after the victory over the "carnival", Bayer lost in a shootout with "Freiburg" 2-3. The return to the Champions League also turned out to be unsuccessful - on September 7, the Germans lost in Brugge to the club of the same name, without answering Silla's goal before the break. And with Hertha today’s hosts had failed to win.
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Atletico leaves quite a mixed impression this season. There were good matches, but there were enough misfires, including against potential competitors. Villarreal managed to beat them 0-2 at home. Yes, and with Real Sociedad they limited themselves to a draw, albeit on the road, in San Sebastian. The Spaniards were very close to a misfire in the 1st round of the Champions League, where they hosted Porto. The Dragons were close to the goalless draw they had defended a year ago. Moreover, having conceded already in the 91st minute, the wards of Sergio Conceição managed to answer with their own goal from Uribe, who converted a penalty. But what cannot be taken away from the "mattress" is the ability to play to the end. In this case, this is up to the 11th added. Griezmann was the scorer again, who saves energy in the LaLiga. There, his playing time was reduced due to the nuances of the relationship between the capital club and Barcelona, which still owns Antoine's contract.
Atletico have a minimal advantage over Bayer in terms of results: 3 wins against 2 in 8 fights. But at the same time, the Germans never passed the Spaniards in the play-offs. Bookmakers believe that the pair have almost identical chances of winning. Most likely, the game will be not only interesting, but also spectacular, so it’s worth stopping at “over 2.5 goals scored”.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.