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Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencváros betting tips: Europa League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Match preview

This season’s Europa League Final will take place in Budapest, so will Hungary’s most-successful club keep alive their hopes of being there?

Ferencváros have won four successive Nemzeti Bajnokság I titles, helping them qualify for a UEFA group stage in each of the last four seasons.

Unlike previous campaigns, the Green Eagles actually made it through to the knockout stages this time, surprisingly topping their section above Monaco, Trabzonspor and Crvena zvezda.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s team will play the home leg at Puskás Aréna, the venue for this year’s final, so will be hoping to still be in the tie by then.

Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile ousted Monaco in a thriller in the previous round, prevailing in a penalty shootout after it ended 5-5 on aggregate.

Die Werkself won 3-2 on the road and then converted all five of their spot-kicks as they snuck through in the Principality.

Nevertheless, they remain ninth in the Bundesliga, four points below the potential European spots.

Will die Schwarzroten claim a first leg lead at BayArena?

Bayer Leverkusen team news

Moussa Diaby scored his 11th goal of the season on Saturday, and his return to fitness is a major boost.

He and teenager Florian Wirtz will continue in-behind Sardar Azmoun as Patrik Schick is still out injured.

Goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecký was responsible for a calamitous own goal just nine minutes into the home leg against Monaco, so will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that.

Ferencváros team news

The visitors are without Muhamed Bešić and Owusu who are both injured.

Adama Traoré is their top-scorer with 18 goals this season, seven of which have come in UEFA competition.

The Mmaee brothers, Samy and Ryan, will both start, the former in defence and the latter on the wing.

Captain Dénes Dibusz will be in goal, making his 358th appearances for the Hungarian champions, the most of any player in Ferencváros’ modern history.

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