Bayer Leverkusen and Celtic are guaranteed a place in the Europa Conference League preliminary knockout round at the very least. A win on Thursday night for Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena versus Celtic may allow them to claim top spot in the group with one matchday left, however. A victory for Celtic at full-time in Germany would draw the Hoops within one point of the current group leaders.

Real Betis also have a shot at topping the group. The Spanish team play Hungary’s Ferencvaros on Thursday. A win for the Verdiblancos and loss by Bayer Leverkusen would allow the Spaniards to move level on points with the first-place team.

There is a lot to play for on Thursday night for all four teams in Group G. Ange Postecoglou watched Celtic lose 4-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in the reverse fixture. Since that defeat at Celtic Park, the Hoops are unbeaten in eight straight games in all competitions.

Bayer Leverkusen have not been quite as good since defeating Celtic in Glasgow. The Company XI have won just two of their last eight matches. Can Bayer Leverkusen get a win against the Scottish Premiership’s second-place team?

Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic Betting Odds

 

The reverse fixture saw Bayer Leverkusen run away with the victory. Gerardo Seoane’s team scored two goals in each half of the game to win 4-0. Piero Hincapie and Florian Wirtz gave Bayer Leverkusen a 2-0 lead within the opening 35 minutes. Lucas Alario added a penalty on 58 minutes and Amine Adli put the game out of reach with a fourth goal in the 90th minute.

Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last three games. Their recent form ended a poor run of results in all competitions. At the weekend, Bayer Leverkusen won 1-0 against Bochum in the Bundesliga. Celtic are on a great run of form and back in the race for the Scottish Premiership title. The Hoops won 4-2 away to Dundee in the Premiership. A trip to Leverkusen will see Celtic take a big step up in competition, however.

Bookies’ best odds on a Bayer Leverkusen win at full-time are at 51/100. Celtic’s best betting odds are at 9/2 to win at full-time versus the Company XI. Celtic’s last two matches in all competitions finished with both teams scoring and over 4.5 goals.

Bayer Leverkusen’s last two games in all competitions were lower scoring with under 2.5 goals tallied. Leverkusen’s last match in the Europa League was a 4-0 beatdown of Real Betis. They have twice put four goals past opponents in the Europa League.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic Team News

Bayer Leverkusen coach Seoane will be without striker Patrick Schick due to an ankle injury, midfielder Charles Aranguiz thanks to a calf, defender Mitchel Bakker courtesy of an ankle, midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger due to a knee problem, and defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah due to a knee injury. The loss of those five players is a huge blow to the Leverkusen boss.

Making matters worse for Seoane is the potential absences of Lucas Alario and Karim Bellarabi. Both players are doubtful to play due to injuries. Midfielder Kerem Demirbay will serve a one-match suspension against Celtic adding to the personnel headaches.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has a knee injury, defender Carl Starfelt is suffering from a hamstring strain, midfielder Tom Rogic is nursing a hamstring injury, midfielder Greg Taylor has a shoulder problem, and Karamoko Dembele is recovering from an ankle problem. Like Seoane, Postecoglou has plenty of injury issues.

Kyogo Furuhashi has been a revelation since arriving from Japan’s Vissel Kobe in the summer. Furuhashi has 13 goals and 19 matches in all competitions. He has two goals in three Europa League matches.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic H2H

The previous meeting between Bayer Leverkusen and Celtic was the first-ever meeting between these famous clubs. Bayer Leverkusen won 4-0 with two goals scored in each half. Celtic are in form and have put hat result behind them. However, their last two wins in the Europa League came against Ferencvaros, the last-place team in Group G.

Bayer Leverkusen are coming off of a 4-0 Europa League win against Real Betis in the Europa League. Twice they have won by 4-0 scorelines. The Company XI are unbeaten in three straight matches.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic Predictions

Both teams to score: YES @ 7/10 - BET NOW

 

Ten of Bayer Leverkusen’s 18 matches this season finished with both teams scoring goals. Two of their four Europa League matches finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Celtic’s last two matches in all competitions finished with both teams scoring goals. Two of their four Europa League matches ended with both teams scoring. Our betting tips prediction is for both Bayer Leverkusen and Celtic to score anytime.

Kyogo Furuhashi to score anytime @ 23/10 - BET NOW

 

Kyogo Furuhashi has been brilliant for Celtic this season. He has 13 goals in 19 matches for the Scottish team. Kyogo Furuhashi is key to Celtic’s attack versus Bayer Leverkusen. If Celtic are to get points in Germany, they need Kyogo Furuhashi to be at his best. Our betting tips prediction is for Kyogo Furuhashi to score anytime.

A goal scored in both halves @ 1/2 - BET NOW

 

The previous match between Bayer Leverkusen and Celtic, a 4-0 win for the Germans, saw goals scored in both halves. Our betting tips prediction is for Thursday’s match to be closer than the previous fixture between the clubs. A late goal could be the difference between Bayer Leverkusen and Celtic on Europa League matchday 5 as goals are scored in both halves.

Our betting tips prediction is for Bayer Leverkusen to seal a second straight win over Celtic in the Europa League. The victory could give Bayer Leverkusen the group win depending on the result of Real Betis and Ferencvaros. Celtic’s eight-match unbeaten run is set to come to an end in Leverkusen this week. Postecoglou's team should put up a fight, however.