Lokomotiv Moscow welcomes Bayer Leverkusen in the Russian capital in a game from Group D of the UEFA Champions League. In our Champions League predictions today we will discuss this clash at the RZD Arena in Moscow.
Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen are both having the same amount of points in this group at the moment – 3. If we take for granted that Juventus and Atletico Madrid will be the teams who will reach the 1/8-finals, then Lokomotiv and Bayer will fight for the third place and the progression to Europa League.
In September Lokomotiv Moscow visited Bayer in Leverkusen and surprisingly for many achieved a 2-1 win at the BayArena. Grzegorz Krychowiak and Dmitri Barinov were the players who scored in Lucas Hradecky’s net then.
Since this win in Germany, things are not going so well for Lokomotiv, because the Russians suffered three consecutive losses.
Meanwhile in the previous round Bayer Leverkusen ressurected their chances to continue in Europe by winning their home game against Atletico Madrid.
The German team was underdog against Los Colchoneros, but Peter Bosz’ guys managed to secure a 2-1 win at the BayArena. Atletico’s Thomas Partey scored himself an own goal, while Kevin Volland made it 2-0 for Leverkusen. In the last second Alvaro Morata scored one back for Atletico.
Against Lokomotiv Moscow Bayer Leverkusen will be without the services of Nadiem Amiri who was sent off against Atletico Madrid. In the same time Kai Havertz and Daley Sinkgraven are unavaliable for selection because of injuries.
In our Champions League predictions today we expect to see Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen really giving their all in this game. This is a crucial match for the third spot in this group and both teams know it very well. Whoever wins this one is likely to qualify for Europa League.