With qualification guaranteed but still fighting for the first place of the key, Bayer Leverkusen faces AEK Larnaca on Thursday, December 13, for the sixth – last round of the group stage of the Europa League season 2018/2019. With kick-off scheduled for 18h (GMT), the game will be held at Neo GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.With ten points (three wins, one draw and one defeat), the Germans are at the top of Group A. They can only be beaten by Zurich, Switzerland, who are also already qualified and have nine points (three wins and two points). You will face the Ludogorets from Bulgaria in Razgrad. AEK Larnaca, with five points, is in third place, followed by the Bulgarians, who have won three points.
AEK Larnaca were defeated in their last two matches for the Cypriot Championship. On December 3, as a visitor, took 2 to 0 Paralimni. On Saturday, December 8, again outside their dominions, they fell 1-0 ahead of Paphos, even with the rival having acted from the 24 minutes of the second stage with one less athlete (Zivulic was sent off).This made the team ‘take off’ the front-runner of the tournament. With 19 points (six wins, one draw and three defeats), he occupies the fourth position. The difference for the AEL Limassol, leader, is nine points. However, he performed two matches less than the pointer.Spanish coach Andoni Iraola has two doubts in the defensive system for Thursday’s duel caused by injury problems. They are delivered to the medical department and probably will not be released to act Marios Antoniades and Daniel Mojsov.
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Conquering the first place at first does not have great meaning. However, at least in theory, it can guarantee an easier path avoiding confrontations with stronger teams at the time of the draw that will define the duels of the second phase of the Europa League.It remains to be seen if this is enough to persuade coach Heiko Herrlich to risk scaling his main team for Thursday’s showdown as Leverkusen will have three rounds of the German Bundesliga at short intervals before the tournament’s end of the year. The first commitment of the series will be on Sunday, December 16, against Eintrach Frankfurt at the rival’s home.This happens in a moment of ascent Bayern Leverkusen, who has won seven of his last nine points in the Bundesliga. He beat Stuttgart (2 to 0) and Augsburg (1 to 0) and drew 1-1 with Nuremberg (1 to 1). Reaching 18 points (five wins, three draws and six losses) he climbed to eleventh place.He managed to open front of seven points in the comparison with Stuttgart, sixteenth place and first in the relegation zone. The difference for Hertha Berlin, sixth and last in the region of classification for continental tournaments is five points.Two casualties for the confrontation are considered correct. Defender Panagiotis Retsos and midfielder Sven Bender are in the infirmary.
Soccer Prediction of the Day AEK Larnaca vs Bayer Leverkusen
The first round match of the UEFA Europa League group stage 2018/2019 was the first encounter involving the teams. Leverkusen won by 4-2.
Needing to consolidate their reaction in the German Championship, it is unlikely that Bayer Leverkusen will enter the field with maximum intensity and all starters in the match on Thursday in Cyprus. Even the locals should not show great interest in the game, since they need to focus on the national tournament. Thus, the prognosis in the tie ends up being good option for the encounter.
Bet Tips: Bayer Leverkusen