Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Top position in Group C will be at stake when Bayer Leverkusen and Slavia Prague face each other at BayArena on Thursday. Bayer Leverkusen are eyeing their fourth consecutive win of the process, and a victory over Slavia will see them clinch top position in the standings. Sven Bender, who missed the Nice game with injury, is back to contention, while Alario, Aranguiz, Arias, Palacios, and Paulinho remain in the recovery room.
Slavia Prague are enjoying a very successful season, with the team leading the chase for the domestic trophy, while clinching their spot in the Europa League last 32. The Czech champions are one point away from winning Group C, but given Bayer Leverkusen’s current form, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Prague empty-handed. Defender David Hovorka remains in the recovery room for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Charles Aránguiz):
Charles Aranguiz is a Chilean footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen as a midfielder. Aranguiz spent his youth career at Universidad de Chile and Cobreloa and he continued playing for los Zorros del desierto at senior level.
The Chilean footballer spent some time on loan at Cobresal as well before joining Colo-Colo in 2009. After playing for the likes of Quilmes, Universidad de Chile and Internacional from 2010 to 2015, Charles Aranguiz signed a contract with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on August 13, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Aranguiz has four caps for Chile U20 team and he made his debut for the senior squad in 2009.
The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was not selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he represented La Roja at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Charles Aranguiz was born in Puente Alto (Santiago) on April 17, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well. Aranguiz’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Slavia Prague):
Slavia Prague is considered one of the most famous teams in Czech Republic. The Cervenobili won the Czechoslovak First League on 13 occasions and they lifted their fourth Czech First League in 2017. Despite winning the domestic trophy in the 2016/2017 season, Slavia Prague eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages as they were beaten by APOEL of Cyprus in the play-offs. Sparta Prague are regarded as Slavia’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the Prague derby.
The club was founded on November 2, 1892 and it has to be noted that the club was initially focused on cycling. In March 1896 Slavia Prague recorded their first ever victory, with the team beating AC Prague 5-0. The Cervenobili play their home games at Eden Arena and the capacity of the venue is 19.084 (football). Slavia Prague are well known for their red and white shirts and white shorts.