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Copenhagen may not be the first location that springs to mind when it comes to crucial European matches, but make no mistake: this game is vital. The winner of the two-legged tie will earn a place in the Champions League group stage, a chance to take on the continent’s elite and provide a significant boost to the club coffers.
Bayer are almost at full strength for the fixture, with coach Roger Schmidt confirming “we have a big squad available to us” at his pre-match press conference. The Werkself are expected to play in Schmidt’s favoured 4-2-2-2 formation, with set to partner Stefan Kießling, leaving new signing Josip Drmic on the bench.
Bundesliga aficionados will spot several familiar faces in the home dressing room, with coach Stale Solbakken having previously been in charge of 1. FC Köln for a spell, while summer signing Per Nilsson is a veteran of 128 Bundesliga appearances. Former B04 Striker Nicolai Jörgensen, is unlikely to feature due to a thigh injury.
The two teams have never met in a competitive match but history is on Leverkusen’s side given their hosts’ dismal record against German opposition (0W, 3D, 5L), especially on home soil (0W, 0D, 4L). The Danish record titleholders have picked up just five points from their opening five fixtures of the 2014/15 Danish Superligaen campaign.
With away goals counting double in the event of a draw after two legs, ’s threat up front could prove to be a deciding factor. The 30-year-old warmed up for the match by netting five in Leverkusen’s at the weekend and will be confident of grabbing at least one more in the Danish capital.