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Nov 6, 2019 at 8pm UK at ​BayArena
Attendance: 28,160
B. LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
Partey (41' og.), Volland (55')
Amiri (84')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Morata (94')

Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bayer Leverkusen's search for their first Champions League victory of the campaign will continue on Wednesday night as they welcome Atletico Madrid to the BayArena.

The Bundesliga side have lost all three of their Group D games to sit bottom of the section, while Atletico are second with seven points to show from their three fixtures thus far.

Match preview

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz pictured in September 2018© Reuters

It was always going to be difficult for Leverkusen to book their spot in the last-16 stage of the competition considering that they were drawn alongside Juventus and Atletico. Lokomotiv Moscow have also impressed many with their performances, and Leverkusen are currently bottom of the section on zero points.

The Bundesliga outfit opened their campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Lokomotiv before losing away to Juve and Atletico in their next two, failing to score in the process.

Leverkusen have actually reached the last-16 stage of the Champions League in seven of their last eight campaigns, while they famously reached the final of the competition back in 2002. That said, the German side have won only one of their last seven Champions League games at the BayArena.

Peter Bosz's team have also struggled for form in the Bundesliga this season, with a total of 15 points from 10 matches leaving them in 10th spot in the table. Die Werkself will enter this match off the back of a 2-1 home defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach, while they have won just one of their last five in the league.

It will be the first time that Leverkusen have hosted Atletico since February 2017, when the Spanish side recorded a 4-2 win in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Not since February 2015 have Leverkusen beaten Atletico on home soil, with Hakan Calhanoglu scoring the only goal during that particular contest.

Kieran Trippier in action for Atletico Madrid on September 28, 2019© Reuters

Atletico came from behind against Juve on matchday one to pick up an important point, and Diego Simeone's side have beaten Lokomotiv and Leverkusen in their last two matches to move onto seven points.

It was far from plain sailing at home to Leverkusen last time out, but a late goal from Alvaro Morata proved enough for the capital giants to pick up three important points as they bid to make the round of 16.

Atletico have reached the knockout stage of the Champions League in all but two of their previous nine participations, losing to Juve in last season's round of 16 courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Simeone's side have only lost three of their last 25 matches in European competition, meanwhile, and the fact that they have reached two Champions League and three Europa League finals in the last 10 seasons is an indication of their standing when it comes to European football.

The Madrid giants are also going well in La Liga this season as they sit just one point off top spot, although they have drawn five of their last six domestic matches, including a 1-1 at the home of Sevilla on Saturday.

Bayer Leverkusen form: LLL

Atletico Madrid form: DWW

Team News

Real Madrid's Eden Hazard in action with Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix in La Liga on September 28, 2019© Reuters

A thigh problem is expected to rule Lars Bender out of Wednesday's match, which could see Wendell feature at left-back for Leverkusen with the Brazilian back from an injury of his own.

Leon Bailey, meanwhile, could also make the XI having returned from a muscular problem at the weekend.

Charles Aranguiz also featured against Gladbach after a spell on the treatment table, but Daley Sinkgraven is still on the sidelines with a foot injury.

It is difficult to determine which way Bosz will go when it comes to team selection, but the likes of Kai Havertz, Kevin Volland and Karim Bellarabi are certainties to feature for the home side.

As for Atletico, defenders Stefan Savic, Sime Vrsaljko and Jose Gimenez are expected to miss out once again, while Joao Felix is still struggling to overcome an ankle problem.

Diego Costa was named on the bench against Sevilla at the weekend but should return, while Thomas Lemar is expected to keep his spot in a wide position.

Injuries mean that the back four is likely to be unchanged, with Koke, Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey lining up further forward for the Spanish giants.

Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup: Hradecky; Weiser, Tah, S Bender, Wendell; Demirbay, Baumgartlinger; Bellarabi, Havertz, Amiri; Volland

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup: Oblak; Trippier, Hermoso, Felipe, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, Saul, Lemar; Costa, Morata

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We say: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Atletico Madrid

A point would not be a bad result for Atletico under the circumstances, and we think that Leverkusen have enough to hold Simeone's side to a low-scoring draw on home soil.

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