Atalanta hosts Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the Europa League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, March 10th at Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo)
Atalanta played in the Champions League group, where it took only third place. The Black and Blues lagged behind Villarreal and Manchester United. But they showed their full strength in the Europa League 1/16 finals. They beat Olympiacos at home (2-1) and gained a confident 0-3 victory away. I will add that Ruslan Malinovskyi scored twice in the second game. I can’t say that Atalanta doesn’t shine at home in the current European campaign. In four home matches, the team gained two victories and one draw and suffered one defeat. Three games ended with an exchange of goals and Over 2.5 goals scored. In total, Atalanta has played eight home matches in the Europa League and has not suffered a single loss: five victories and three draws.
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Bayer Leverkusen is one of the most spectacular teams in the current German championship. Gerardo Seoane’s men scored 63 goals in 24 Bundesliga matches (39 goals conceded). Most of their games ended with Over 2.5 goals scored. The team confidently took first place in the Europa League group, gaining 13 points in six matches. The Red-Blacks allowed themselves to lose only one game in the group stage. Ferencváros beat them in the sixth round, when they had already secured a ticket to the playoffs of the tournament. Bayer players scored 14 goals and conceded five times in six matches. I can’t say that the Germans shine on foreign pitches in the Europa League. In eight previous away games, they gained only three victories and one draw and suffered four defeats.
Six of the eight previous home UEL matches of Atalanta ended with Under 3.5 goals scored. At the same time, Bayer Leverkusen failed to score in only two of the last ten away matches in this tournament. I think that the upcoming game promises to be extremely interesting. Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen simply don’t know how to play defense first. As a rule, their matches in the championships and European competitions end with high production. I think that the upcoming game will please us with a goal show as well. Both the hosts and the visitors have perfect players in their attacking lines. I have no doubt that none of them will sit back on heels. In my opinion, the best solution is to bet on each team to score over 1.5 goals.