Bayer Leverkusen – Lokomotiv Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen returns to the Champions League on Wednesday and host Lokomotiv Moscow at the BayArena in a game from Group D of the competition. We are going to spend few minutes to take a good look at this fixture in our Champions League predictions.
After finishing in the Top 4 of the Bundesliga last season, Leverkusen are returning to Europe’s most exciting competition. The club managed to stabilize its performance since the Dutch manager Peter Bosz was appointed in January. It’d be interesting to see what they can do in Europe this season.
In the Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen started the season with two consecutive wins, but in the last two games they won only one point. During the weekend Peter Bosz’ team even suffered its first defeat for the season. Die Werkself visited Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park and got hammered with 0-4. It was a really bad day for Leverkusen’s defense and the goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky. What they can do now is forget this game as soon as possible.
In the same time Lokomotiv Moscow return to the competition after finishing 4th in their group last year. During the previous season Lokomotiv won only three points in their group after their win against Galatasaray in Moscow. In the other five games they suffered losses. Can they do better now?
In the Russian Premier League Lokomotiv are currently fourth in the standings with 17 points, being three points behind the leader Krasnodar. During the weekend they achieved their fifth win for the season, beating Sochi away from home. The only goal in the game was scored by the Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who put the ball in the net after an assist from Fyodor Smolov.
We believe that Bayer Leverkusen are going to be favouries against Lokomotiv Moscow at the BayArena. In our Champions League predictions we advice you to look for a win for the home side here.