Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta
UEFA Europa League
Date: 17 March 2022, Thursday
Kick-off at 17:45 UK / 18:45 CET
Venue: BayArena (Leverkusen).
Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen justified the tag of one of the most attractive matchups in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League by providing a five-goal thriller in the first leg seven days ago in Bergamo.
The Italians deservedly came on top on the occasion as Ruslan Malinovskiy and Luis Muriel combined for all three goals in a 3-2 victory at Gewiss Stadium.
Atalanta could have easily bagged a couple goals more on the occasion as they dominated the pitch throughout the majority of the game.
However, La Dea failed to back this win up in the domestic league where they produced another disappointing showing in a goalless draw at home to Genoa on Sunday.
Gianpiero Gasperini’s men have won only one of the last eight Serie A outings and are now eight points behind fourth-placed Juventus.
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Atalanta will fancy their chances here in Leverkusen knowing that Bayer also offered a disappointing display in a surprising 0-1 home loss to FC Cologne on Sunday.
Head coach Gerardo Seoane has huge problems as two of his first-team regulars (Florian Wirtz and Jeremie Frimpong) got injured against FC Cologne. Their absence could be felt on Thursday.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta Head-to-head
Before the last week’s clash in Bergamo, these two teams did not face each other in the past.
Bayer Leverkusen got an early lead seven days ago, but Atalanta turned things around with three quickfire goals before Moussa Diably pulled one back for the Germans to set the final score on the occasion.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta Prediction
Neither of the two teams will enter the clash on a high but we like Atalanta’s chances of getting another victory over Leverkusen at the 2.87 odds.
Bayer were outplayed in the first leg and they did not look good at all in the weekend’s clash against FC Cologne either. Since this matchup guarantees goals, we will also back the Over 2.5 goals FT pick at the 1.53 odds.