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Bayer Leverkusen will resume its European journey, as it travels to Italy in a mid-week clash against hosts Atalanta, in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
Atalanta was eliminated from the group stages of the Champions League but nevertheless continues to impress with its performances in European competitions. The club has scored an aggregate of 17 goals so far in 8 European appearances. Atalanta advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Olympiacos in the knockout stages with an aggregate score of 5-1.
However, the same cannot be said about its performance in the domestic league, where it has now dropped out of the top 4. Atalanta has managed to win just 1 of its last 5 Serie A games and will be going into this fixture on the back of a 0-1 loss against Roma in the top flight.
Leverkusen on the other hand has earned its place in the quarterfinals through the harder route. Grouped with teams like Real Betis, Celtic, and Ferencvaros, Leverkusen topped group G with 14 points, winning 4 out of its 6 games, and losing just 1. Leverkusen has also played well in the Bundesliga, where it is holding on to the third spot with a 2 point lead. Leverkusen has faced just 1 loss in the 8 games that it has played since the winter break, and will travel to Italy with some confidence, as it held table-toppers Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw in its own backyard.
Match prediction and betting tips for Atalanta BC vs Bayer Leverkusen Europa League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, Bergamo on 10th March 2022.
Atalanta will still be playing without the services of Duvan Zapata and Josip Ilicic, both of whom are suffering from injuries. Coach Gasperini will however be relived with the return of captain Rafael Toloi. Mario Pasalic or Jeremie Boga are expected to assist Aleksei Miranchuk in scoring duties.
The visitors will miss out on Kerem Demirbay, who is suspended from this game, and also continue to play without its top scorer Patrik Schick. Sardar Azmoun is likely to find a spot in the playing eleven, along with Florian Wirtz and Moussa Diaby.
Leverkusen has been scoring at an average of 3 goals per game in its last 8 games, and we expect them to score at least a couple of times in this game too. With a recent dip in form, the betting odds for an Atalanta win have increased considerably. We predict that none of the teams will hold an advantage going into the second leg.
Bet on a draw.