Monday, 25 November 2013
Champions League: Bundesliga Club matchups 26, 27 Nov 2013
Bayer Leverkusen currently trails Manchester United in Group A by one point (8) and has an opportunity to improve it's chances to move into the knock out phase. Shaktar Donetsk and Sociedad trail in third and fourth with with 5 and 1 point respectively. Should Donetsk win, Leverkusen needs at least a draw against United.
FC Bayern Muenchen leads Group D with 12 points, followed by Manchester City with 9, CKSA 3 and Pilzen without points. Bayern is already qualified for the knockout phase, but a win could secure its top spot.
Schalke 04 holds second place in Group C, behind Chelsea with 9, ahead of FC Basel with 5 and Steaua Bucharest with 2. A Chelsea win over Basel, coupled with a Schalke win over Steaua will ensure a second place finish for the German side.
Borussia Dortmund is in the worst position of all German sides, holding third spot in Group F, behind Arsenal and Naples with 9 points each. Marseille is in fourth spot without any points. Dortmund desperately needs a win to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Leverkusen vs Manchester United - Leverkusen, after this weekend's narrow win over Hertha BSC Berlin is currently in second place of the Bundesliga, while Manchester United manage a draw against Cardiff on Sunday and holds sixth spot in the Barclay's Premier League. The Red Devils won their previous encounter with Leverkusen 4-2 in Old Trafford and are widely considered favourites. Sidney Sam is likely to sit this one out for Leverkusen, due to a thigh injury, while while Phil Jones and Michael Carrick remained sidelined for the visitors.
Leverkusen: Leno; Donati, Wollscheid, Toprak, Ctan; Hegeler, Bender, Rolfes, Castro, Son; Kiessling
Man Utd: De Gea; Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Kagawa; Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie
Steaua Bucharest vs Schalke 04. Schalke is predicted to win this match, despite Steaua's win record in their last three matches, while Schalke recorded two wins, one draw and two losses in their last five. During this weekend's Bundesliga play, Schalke gave up a two goal lead to end up with a 3-3 draw. Schalke defeated Steaua 3-0 at home and managed a 2-1 win and a scoreless draw in 2011.
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