Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Xabi Alonso’s unstoppable machine Bayer Leverkusen will look to extend their winning run to 14 games in all competitions when they take on Hacken in the Europa League knockout stages round 5. The BayArena outfit want to keep their 100% record in Group H intact and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Bear in mind, though, that Xabi Alonso should mix the squad as the Bundesliga side have already sealed their spot in the knockout stages.
All Tah, Tapsoba, Adli, and Amiri are pushing for a start, while Arthur and Patrik Schick remain in the recovery room. Hacken, on the other hand, are desperate to put an end to their four-game losing run in Group H, but given Bayer Leverkusen’s splendid winning run, away triumph should be considered. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team as the 2023 Allsvenskan campaign has come to an end.
Highlighted Player (Granit Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012.
The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process.
Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Bayer Leverkusen):
Bayer 04 Leverkusen is a German football club from the city Leverkusen in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The home kit of Bayer Leverkusen is black and red. The club is playing his home games in the Bay Arena.
Bayer Leverkusen started to play in the Bundesliga from season 1979/1980. In 1988 Bayer Leverkusen managed to win the UEFA Cup by beating Espanyol in the final with 1-0. In the national league Bayer Leverkusen has been the most successful in the last couple of years with the 2nd place as their best performance.
Bayer Leverkusen never managed to win the league title. The current biggest rival of Bayer Leverkusen is 1. Koln. Next to football Bayer Leverkusen has a volleyball and basketball division as well. Currently Bayer Leverkusen is one of the biggest teams in the Bundesliga. Known players that played for Bayer Leverkusen are: Michael Ballack, Rudi Voller, Lucio and Arturo Vidal.