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Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

Leverkusen have a new man in charge in Xabi Alonso and look to reverse last week’s result against FC Porto on the back of a 4-0 debut win at the weekend for the Spanish manager



Match Preview & Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen is under new management after a tumultuous start for Gerardo Seoane in 2022-23 that saw the Bundesliga outfit embark on their worst start to a domestic season in over forty years. A return to the Bundesliga for former Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has already born fruit when the Spanish tactician guided the club to a 4-0 thrashing of FC Schalke 04 at the Bay Arena this past weekend in what was his full managerial debut after cutting his teeth with Real Sociedad B.

Leverkusen looked a very much improved version of themselves, with Moussa Diaby and Jeremie Frimpong leading the charge in an impressive attacking duopoly on the right side of Alonso’s XI, and many will come into proceedings tomorrow night confident and bolstered by a new-found belief.

Porto ran out as 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture last week at the Estádio do Dragão, with both sides desperate for three points in a three-way tie for second in group B with surprise group leaders Club Brugge one win away from ending the group stage on top, with Leverkusen and Porto still having plenty to play for.

The tactical changes already instituted by Alonso could really throw a spanner in the works for the Portuguese side and give them additional considerations they had not dealt with previously, especially a back three which can directly counter forward pair Mehdi Taremi and Evanilson, while increased effectiveness out wide by the Germans, particularly down their right-hand side, could prove vital again as it did at the weekend.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 FC Porto


Betting Tips

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Bayern Leverkusen to win with both teams scoring (11/4)

Leverkusen come into matchday four under new manager Xabi Alonso and could be a serious threat for a reverse outcome against Porto

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Bet £10 on Leverkusen winning with both teams scoring and receive a payout of £37.50

Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto

October 12, 2022

7:45 pm BST

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Moussa Diaby to score anytime (5/2)

Moussa Diaby could enjoy a fast return of service under new boss Xabi Alonso, with his performance at the weekend a sign of things to come

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Bet £10 on Moussa Diaby scoring anytime and receive a payout of £35

Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto

October 12, 2022

7:45 pm BST


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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