Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction, preview, team news and more
Celtic host Bayer Leverkusen at Celtic Park on Thursday on matchday two of the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League season.
The Hoops were beaten on Matchday 1 by Real Betis in a crazy seven-goal thriller in Sevilla, with the home side claiming a 4-3 victory.
They’ll be looking to bounce back at home this week and increase their chances in the knockout stage, but that’s much easier said than done against a menacing side from Bayer Leverusen.
Die myself are currently on a three-game winning streak, scoring 17 goals in their last six games, losing only once in the process.
During this impressive streak, Gerardo Seoane’s side also beat Ferencvaros 2-1 in their first Europa League game of the season.
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen Head to Head
Despite appearing regularly in European competitions, Celtic and Bayer Leverkusen have never met before.
The next clash will be their first in history.
Celtic shape guide (all competitions): WLLWD
Bayer Leverkusen Forms Guide (all competitions): WWWW
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News
The Hoops are currently in the midst of an injury crisis with up to seven players in the treatment room. Karamoko Dembele, Christopher Jullien and Kyogo Furuhashi all have knee injuries.
Croatian right-back Josip Juranovic is uncertain for the game with a stroke.
Deprived of offensive options, manager Ange Postecoglu could align Liel Abada, Jota and Albian Ajeti to lead the line again.
Injured: Karamoko Dembele, Christopher Jullien, Kyogo Furuhashi, Callum McGregor, Georgios Giakoumakis, James Forrest, Greg Taylor.
Die Werkself is riddled with injury issues.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knee), Julian Baumgartlinger (knee), Exequiel Palacios (ankle), Edmond Tapsoba (ankle) and Niklas Lomb (finger) were all excluded from Thursday’s clash.
Robert Andrich missed the weekend’s win over Mainz due to a domestic suspension, but will be available for selection here.
Injured: Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Julian Baumgartlinger, Exequiel Palacios, Edmond Tapsoba and Niklas Lomb
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen Predicts XI
Celtic (4-3-3): Joe Stag; Anthony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Boli Bolingoli; Tom Rogic, James McCarthy, David Turnbull; Liel Abada, Albian Ajeti, Jota.
Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1): Lukas Hradecky; Jérémie Frimpong, Odilon Kossounou, Jonathan Tah, Mitchell Bakker; Kerem Demirbay, Robert Andrich; Karim Bellarabi, Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby; Patrik Schick.
Prediction Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen
This is Group G’s toughest encounter. Celtic will be confident in their chances given their strong home record, but the Bundesliga side have a formidable attacking frontline which may be too hot to quit. ‘she can handle it.
We expect Bayer Leverkusen to have a narrow victory.
Prediction: Celtic 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen