Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to secure their place in the last-16 of the Europa League when they host Celtic on Thursday at 5:45pm (UK time).
The German side are currently three points clear at the top of Group G after four games, while Celtic currently occupy the Europa Conference League dropdown spot.
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Where to watch Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 3
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Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Bayer Leverkusen are still unbeaten in the Europa League after four matches, winning three and drawing once to hold a fairly comfortable lead. A 4-0 thrashing of Real Betis last time out means that victory over Celtic would seal Leverkusen’s spot in the last-16 of the Europa League, potentially avoiding some of the Champions League sides in the last-32. That 4-0 win over Betis prior to the November international break ended a five-match winless streak for Leverkusen across all competitions and they have built on it with another two games without defeat including a 1-0 win over Bochum in the Bundesliga at the weekend.
For Celtic, Thursday is a must-win game if they are to keep their Europa League hopes alive – they are guaranteed at least a Conference League place. The Scottish side are four points behind Leverkusen and just one off second-placed Real Betis, but with their rivals facing pointless Ferencvaros, there is a chance that gap could be extended to four too if Celtic lose. Celtic do go into this game off the back of a nine-game unbeaten run across all competitions which has included eight wins, but their last defeat was a 4-0 humbling at the hands of this week’s opponents.
- Bayer Leverkusen (vs Bochum): Hradecky; Frimpong, Tapsoba, Tah, Sinkgraven; Diaby, Demirbay*, Andrich, Amiri; Adli, Wirtz.
- Celtic (vs St Johnstone): Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Welsh, Juranovic; McGregor, Bitton; Abada, Turnbull, Jota; Furuhashi.
Kerem Demirbay is suspended for Bayer Leverkusen for his red card against Real Betis and joins the likes of Patrik Schick, Charles Aranguiz, Julian Baumgartlinger and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in missing this match. Celtic are without Christopher Jullien, Carl Starfelt, Greg Taylor and Karamoko Dembele.
Player to watch: Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
This season has been all about Florian Wirtz at Bayer Leverkusen and it’s easy to see why. The 18-year-old has been directly involved in more goals than any other Leverkusen player this season, scoring seven and recording seven assists in just 15 appearances across all competitions.
As an average, Wirtz has been involved in 1.27 goals per 90 minutes, causing a lot of problems in playing behind the striker – or even partnering at times as Kai Havertz once did. You could say Wirtz has had his best time in the Europa League, scoring in each of his three starts for Leverkusen in the competition this season, including one in the 4-0 win over Celtic on matchday two.
Real Betis are the only team to prevent Wirtz from scoring in the Europa League this season and Leverkusen will be hoping Celtic fall victim to the teenage sensation once again as he has gone through a rough patch domestically, without a goal in six matches in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.
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