Qarabag vs Bayer Leverkusen Round of 16 Europa League

Qarabag vs Bayer Leverkusen Round of 16 Europa League

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Football

March 7th, 2024

Today's UEFA Europa League round of 16 match between Bayer Leverkusen vs Qarabag in Azerbaijan promises to be an exciting encounter.

Qarabag vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview

Although this isn't their initial meeting this season, both sides are well aware of the significant contrast between the group stage and the knockout round.

"It's the round of 16, not the group stage," stressed Bayer Leverkusen captain Xabi Alonso. "It's important to make intelligent decisions in order to achieve a positive outcome."

Even though Leverkusen has achieved impressive wins against Qarabag in the group stage, they are not taking their opponents lightly.

"They excel in the offensive department, with dynamic players," admitted midfielder Robert Andrich. "Defensively, there may be some weaknesses, but this match is not going to be a walk in the park."

Leverkusen's Europa League goalkeeper, Matej Kovar, is set to maintain his starting role, with Odilon Kossounou and Amine Adli possibly being added to the starting lineup. Exequiel Palacios, who is currently recovering from an injury, may also be included in the lineup, but a final decision from Xabi Alonso is still pending.

Qarabag, meanwhile, will miss Elvin Cafarquiliyev because of suspension and Julio Romao due to injury, while Kevin Medina's involvement remains uncertain.

Predictions On The Match

Both teams are fully cognizant of each other's strengths and weaknesses, setting the stage for an exciting showdown of the Qarabag vs Bayer Leverkusen match. Will Leverkusen be able to capitalize on their recent dominance and clinch an away win, or can Qarabag step up and cause an upset against the Bundesliga leaders? The upcoming match in Azerbaijan will offer valuable insights into this thrilling Europa League clash.

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