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Soccer Champions League

UEFA Champions League Preview: Bayer Leverkusen-Manchester United

Image via @ManUtd on Twitter

With Manchester United in first place and Bayer Leverkusen behind them in the Group A of the UEFA Champions League, a very interesting game will be played at BayArena Stadium this Wednesday.

The Red Devils have eight points in four games and they lead Group A while the German side have one less point and are currently second, so this encounter could decide the future of both sides in the competition.

The squad led by David Moyes hasn’t been at their best this season, but it’s safe to say that they’ve been improving in recent weeks. The team has been carried by Wayne Rooney, and the British international will once again be the focal point of the team’s offense. This is especially true on the road, as Rooney seems to play even better when his team needs him the most.

Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, has a star-caliber forward in Stefan Kiessling. The German international is a huge threat offensively and he could create havoc in United’s defensive line, so he can’t have much space to operate; otherwise, Manchester United could find themselves on the losing end of the game once it’s all over.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Manchester United

The Red Devils will have a tough match ahead of them, but they could end up winning the three points if they can have a solid outing from start to finish. Manchester United has had several defensive problems all season long, and even when Leverkusen could take advantage of them, the individual quality of Manchester United upfront will end up being the difference-maker in the game.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google