The match day five results will go a long way in determining what happens in Group G, as a Bayer Leverkusen win against Celtic on Thursday will effectively qualify the Bundesliga club for the round of 16.
But a much improved Celtic are still in contention to top the group if they can manage two wins in the remaining fixtures.
Read on for our Europa League betting tips for a full preview of this game.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic – Recent Form
A patchy spell in October and November has slowed Leverkusen’s title challenge in the Bundesliga. But results have continued to go their way in the Europa League. The German outfit remains unbeaten and thrashed Real Betis in the most recent match.
Celtic started the season in the same chaotic fashion it finished last term, but the players seem to have started to take in new manager Ange Postecoglu’s way of thinking now. Domestic form has stabilised and two wins out of two in this competition have put the Glasgow club back in the mix for progressing to the next round here.
Europa League Betting Tips – Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic Recent Matchups
These two sides have only met on the one occasion, early on in this campaign, when Bayer Leverkusen came away from Celtic Park with a 4-0 victory. Everything went wrong for the Scottish Premiership side on that night but this fixture looks like being much closer, even though Celtic are playing away from home.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic Stats and Analysis
Bayer Leverkusen have scored a lot of goals in the Bundesliga, second only behind Bayern Munich, but they have dried up a little recently. There have been two big 4-0 wins in this competition too – but a calmer approach might be expected here, with the home side on course to top the group.
Although Celtic didn’t start the season in the most impressive manner, they still didn’t concede many goals and it is that defensive strength that could play an important part here on Thursday. Goals haven’t been enough so far in the Europa League, but the two wins against Ferencvaros have brought some hope back to the club.
Europa League Betting Tips – Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic
With so much on the line here it would not be a surprise if both sides let their guard down a little and went for the victory that they sorely need. That makes the goals markets worth checking out – and at around 1.55, total goals over 2.5 looks like an attractive proposition.
In that vein, Bayer Leverkusen to win and both teams to score looks very interesting at 2.80. Celtic have definitely improved since these two met in September and a goal is the very least that Ange Postecoglu will be expecting from his players on Thursday.
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