Atalanta BC - Bayer Leverkusen betting tip & odds comparison 10.03.2022
Gameweek 1 in the Europa League will see the clash between Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen at Gewiss Stadium. Kick-off time is at 9:00 PM on Mar 10, 2022, and the match will be refereed by Srđan Jovanović. In our preview of Atalanta vs. Bayer Leverkusen we will provide you with all the important facts and stats for this Europa League fixture. Let’s start by having a look at the current form of the two teams involved.
Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen will both be eyeing a slot in the quarterfinals when they lock horns in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Thursday night in Bergamo.
The hosts have looked shaky in the domestic league while Leverkusen are surpassing expectations with their performances in the Bundesliga as well as in Europe.
This should be an interesting first leg and we will explore Frapapa and Bet365 odds for our soccer predictions today in this preview.
After getting eliminated from their Champions League group stage, Atalanta picked up their pieces and made mincemeat of Greek Champions Olympiacos in last month’s playoff, with a 5-1 aggregate win, after winning 2-1 in Italy and 3-0 in the return leg in Greece.
Domestically though, they have struggled in recent weeks especially. 3 losses in their last 5 league games, the latest of which came against Roma on Saturday, have seen them drop to 6th and are in danger of failing to make the Champions League, which would be an anticlimax given the level they have been playing at in the last few seasons.
They will be counting on their solid home record in Europe as they welcome their German opponents. Ahead of this first leg tie, they have not lost at home in any of their 10 European Cup games.
Leverkusen have upped their game this season. Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Bayern Munich is a testament of the work they have put in. They are third in the Bundesliga, behind Bayern and Dortmund and topped their Europa League Group G, which included Real Betis, Celtic and Hungarian champs, Ferencvaros, to book their ticket to this round of 16 tie.
Die Werkself have been particularly impressive since the turn of the year. They have lost just once this year in 8 matches across all competitions (5W, 2D) and this is what has seen them solidify their grip on a top-four slot on the table.
The 2002 Champions League finalists haven’t had much worth writing home about in Europe since then and Gerardo Seoane will be hoping to bring back the buzz of challenging for top honours by picking a positive result in this first leg.
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- COACH: Gian Piero Gasperini
- MISSING PLAYERS: Cabezas (Knee), Ilicic (Muscle), Zapata (Groin)
- COACH: Gerardo Seoane
- MISSING PLAYERS: Bellarabi (Muscle), Schick (Calf), Lunev (Ankle), Demirbay (Red Card)
ATALANTA VS LEVERKUSEN PREDICTIONS
Atalanta are not the same swashbuckling offensive machine that has been terrorizing defences the last few seasons. The mojo seems to be gone as they have huffed and puffed to produce results on that end of the pitch in recent weeks. On the contrary, Leverkusen have been ruthlessly efficient in front of goal, averaging almost 3 goals a game since the winter break. That draw away at Bayern certainly gives them much impetus coming into this game and we feel they will do all the early running here and they certainly have more than it takes to break the ice in this tie. We are backing them to score the opener @ 2.23 with Frapapa for our first Europa League betting tip.
We anticipate a game that will start off slowly with both teams keen to not cede too much ground at the start of the game. However, the intensity should pick up as the game progresses. 4 of Atalanta’s last 5 home games have witnessed more goals coming in the 2nd half of the games. A repeat of the same here is priced at 1.95 at Bet365 Bonus and we feel picking up this option would be a good betting strategy.