Competition: Europa League
Market: Bayer Leverkusen win
Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport
Looking to finish off the job and punch their Europa League quarter-final ticket on Thursday night, Bayer Leverkusen will make the trip to Ferencvaros for their second-leg showdown.
Starting with the hosts, although Ferencvaros might be cruising towards yet another domestic crown in 2023, it is fair to say that the Hungarian giants are in the midst of a recent wobble. Putting in a toothless display when they made the trip out to Germany for their first-leg meeting last week, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men were eventually hit with a deserved 2-0 loss on foreign soil. Dominated for large spells and knowing that they face a huge test when they welcome Leverkusen to Budapest on Thursday night, the Green Eagles also failed to pick up any kind of momentum last weekend. Putting in a nightmare first-half performance on home soil, Cherchesov’s side slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Puskas Academy. Likewise, it should also be highlighted, Ferencvaros have picked up just a single victory from their last six appearances across all formats.
As for the visitors, knowing that they are sat firmly in pole position to punch their Europa League quarter-final ticket on Thursday night, Bayer Leverkusen should find the mood in their camp at a real high. Claiming that first-leg 2-0 victory when they welcomed Ferencvaros to the BayArena last week, Xabi Alonso will be calling on a repeat display in midweek. Likewise, last seen over the weekend picking up some perfect momentum as they snatched an action-packed 3-2 win away at Werder Bremen, the ex-Real Sociedad coach has seen his side win each of their last three showdowns by an aggregate score of 9-3. Gaining a reputation for their recent free-scoring performances in the final, Bayer Leverkusen will simply be looking to finish off the job here. In the midst of a five-match unbeaten run across all competitions, we are backing an away victory on Thursday.
Bet: Bayer Leverkusen 21/20 to beat Ferencvaros in Thursday’s Europa League showdown @ 888sport