Can Leverkusen bring an advantage to Paris by beating PSG tonight?
While the Manchester City v Barcelona match at the Etihad Stadium is getting much of the press as the bigger of this evening’s two matches in the Champions League, I’m focusing my attention of the unloved game. The Leverkusen v PSG match at the BayArena in Leverkusen promises just as much excitement and action as the more popular game in Manchester as the sides sitting (a distant) second in the Bundesliga and the top of the French Ligue 1 meet looking to take the advantage into the second leg at the Parc des Princes in Paris in two weeks time.
Online bookmaker GR88.com are favouring victory for the away side in Germany this evening after securing four wins and one draw in their six group stage matches. Their only defeat in this competition came after they had already secured their place in the last 16 stage and they faced a Benfica side who needed to win to stand a chance at progressing. GR88.com’s odds for this match are as follows.
Bayer Leverkusen – 3.25
Draw – 3.15
Paris Saint-Germain – 2.16
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change).
While Leverkusen had a fine start to the season with eight wins and one draw in their opening nine fixtures in front of their own fans, but the wheels have fallen of their home match wagon lately. It started with a 5-0 hammering at the BayArena by Manchester United at the end of November and since, including that match, they have won just three of seven on home soil. Eintracht Frankfurt won here almost three weeks after United claimed victory in their final home match of 2013. They have now lost both of their last two games at home in 2014 to Bundesliga 2 side Kaiserslautern and Schalke, who sit fourth in the Bundesliga, and if they can’t beat these sides with home advantage how will they manage against one of the richest sides in Europe?
In comparison to Leverkusen’s poor home form of late, PSG bring a seven game unbeaten run on the road to Germany this evening having not been defeated as the away side since their final game in the Champions League group stage against Benfica. They have won five and drawn two of these seven matches scoring 17 goals and their three away games in this competition so far this season have seen them find the net on ten occasions, as they defeated Olympiakos 4-1 and Anderlecht 5-0 before the loss in Portugal. They are missing one of their key players in Edison Cavani through injury, but they have ample in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who netted eight times in the group stages, and Ezequiel Lavezzi up front and I am confident that their recent form will see them through this first leg tie.
Although I agree with the odds for this Leverkusen v PSG game that makes the visitors to the BayArena the favourites, former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypiä’s men will certainly be a challenge to former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc’s charges. The game should be a close one, but I predict that it will be PSG that hold the advantage come kick off at Parc des Princes in two weeks time.
Back PSG to beat Bayer Leverkusen this evening at the BayArena @ 2.16 with GR88.com.