Bayer Leverkusen vs Juventus Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

​Bayer Leverkusen host Juventus on Wednesday night knowing that a win could potentially see them through to the Champions League knockout stages.

Back-to-back wins against Atlético Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow have left Leverkusen just a point off Atléti going into matchday six. Victory for Peter Bosz’s men in this one along with a shock Lokomotiv win in Madrid will see Leverkusen through to the last 16 with Juve.

Paulo Dybala

Maurizio Sarri’s men were able to secure first place in the group after their hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Atlético on matchday five. With the Bianconeri now a couple of points adrift of Inter at the top Serie A table after a poor run of form, it’s likely that Sarri will try to rotate his starting XI at the BayArena in this one.


Where to Watch

​When is Kick Off? Wednesday 11 December​
​What Time is Kick Off? ​20:00 (BST)
​Where is it Played? ​BayArena
TV Channel/Live Stream ​BT Sport
​Referee ​Benoît Bastien

Team News

Despite his squad being plagued by injury, Sarri will likely rotate for this dead rubber with one eye firmly focussed on the weekend’s encounter with Udinese.

Midfielder Sami Khedira and winger Douglas Costa are both definitely out with knee and hamstring injuries, respectively.

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Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey and Rodrigo Bentancur are both doubts and are unlikely to be risked.

As for the home side, Mitchell Weiser and Joel Pohjanpalo are both sidelined with injury, while Nadiem Amiri is suspended.

Aside from that trio, however, Bosz has a fully fit squad to choose from.


Predicted Lineups

​Leverkusen ​Hradecky; L. Bender, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell; Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger; Bellarabi, Havertz, Bailey; Volland
​Juve ​Szczesny; Cuadrado, Rugani, Demiral, De Sciglio; Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo


Head-to-Head Record

This will be just the second meeting between these two teams since the 2001/02 Champions League group stage, the season Leverkusen reached the final and were beaten by Zinedine Zidane’s notorious volley at Hampden Park.

In the 01/02 group stage Juventus won their home fixture 4-0, while the fixture in Leverkusen ended 3-1 to the hosts.

Federico Bernardeschi

In the reverse fixture back in September on matchday two, Juve ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.


Recent Form

There has been a stark contrast between the form of these two sides in recent weeks.

The hosts come into this one off the back of two huge wins in the Bundesliga. Ten days ago, two goals from Leon Bailey either side of a Thomas Muller strike helped Die Werkself to a 2-1 win over Bayern at the Allianz Arena. Bosz’s men followed that impressive counter-attacking display up with a 2-1 win over the high-flying Schalke – Lucas Alario getting both the goals.

Juventus, meanwhile, have looked off-colour since their 1-0 win over Atlético on matchday five. First, they relied on an influential Paulo Dybala display off the bench to secure a point at home to the struggling Sassuolo before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat away at Lazio at the weekend. 

Felipe Caicedo

With the game evenly poised at one apiece, Juan Cuadrado’s sending off just before the 70-minute mark was ultimately the turning point. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Felipe Caicedo scored late on to give the hosts the win, meaning Juve failed to capitalise on Inter’s 0-0 draw at home to Roma on Friday night.

Here’s how the pair have fared in their last five outings.

​Leverkusen Juve
​Leverkusen 2-1 Schalke (07/12) ​Lazio 3-1 Juve (07/12)
​Bayern 1-2 Leverkusen (30/11)  ​Juve 2-2 Sassuolo (01/12)
​Lokomotiv 0-2 Leverkusen (26/11) Juve 1-0 Atletico (26/11)
Leverkusen 1-1 Freiburg (23/11) ​Atalanta 1-3 Juve (23/11)
​Wolfsburg 0-2 Leverkusen (10/11) ​Juve 1-0 Milan (10/11)

Prediction

With the stakes certainly much higher for this red-hot Leverkusen side, you’d expect them to get a result against a Juve team that looks devoid of confidence at the moment and ultimately, isn’t playing for anything in this one. 

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But, defeat last time out means that Sarri’s men will be eager to taste victory ahead of their next Serie A clash despite the low stakes. And despite some rotation, they’ll still field a very strong starting XI on Wednesday night.

Nevertheless, this one has the makings of a real entertainer with little to separate the two sides. 

Prediction: Leverkusen 2-2 Juventus


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