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Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
7 May 2024, 16:37

Leverkusen holds a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg in Rome, thanks to goals from Florian Wirtz and Robert Andrich. The German champions are unbeaten in 47 competitive matches this season and are heavy favourites to reach the final in Dublin. However, Roma will not go down without a fight. The Italian side reached last year's Europa League final and will be looking to overturn the deficit at the BayArena. Daniele De Rossi's men have the quality to score goals, but will need to be solid at the back to keep Leverkusen at bay.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma Preview 

Bayer Leverkusen Preview

Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has his side firing on all cylinders, with the Bundesliga champions still unbeaten and have no plans to stop this streak. The likes of Florian Wirtz, Jeremie Frimpong and Piero Hincapié have been in excellent form, while Robert Andrich's stunning strike in the first leg gave a crucial second goal advantage amid the second leg. Alonso will be able to call upon a fully fit squad, with Wirtz, Frimpong and Victor Boniface all rested for the weekend win over Frankfurt. In this regard, the Spaniard is confident that his side can finish the job at home and book their place in the final. Having been constantly questioned through the season, Bayer maintains its almost-perfect display even in the matches that do not have motivation for them (as the 5-1 win over Frankfurt), which will make their run this season even more impressive in the retrospective.

Roma Preview 

Roma will need to be at their best to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg. Paulo Dybala, Tammy Abraham and Stephan El Shaarawy will be tasked with providing the goals, while the likes of Chris Smalling and Rick Karsdorp will need to be solid at the back. De Rossi will be without the suspended Zeki Çelik, but otherwise has a full fit squad to choose from. The Italian manager will be hoping his side can replicate their performance in last year's campaign, when Roma reached the Europa League final under Jose Mourinho. During the weekend, Roma had a draw with Juventus (1-1) that seriously complicated the task of getting the Champions League spot for the next season. 

Betting Tips for Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma

Bayer Leverkusen to Win

While Roma will most likely do everything they can to win in Germany, Bayer is an obvious favourite in this match. With some of the host team’s leaders getting a rest in the weekend match, Roma played an extremely intensive game against Juventus, and it will be hard to maintain the needed physical conditions in the upcoming match. For this Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma prediction, Unibet gives 1.55.

Both Teams to Score

The upcoming match will likely witness the goals from both sides, as both Bayer and Roma are inclined for this outcome. Roma conceded in 6 consecutive matches and in general, there were both teams on the scoresheet in the team’s last 5 out 6 matches. Bayer, on the other hand, while scoring a lot, sometimes shows quite inconsistent defensive display, with both teams scoring in the last 4 out 5 last Bayer matches. Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.77.

Total Yellow Cards Over 4.5

The importance of this match cannot be overstated, with Roma’s desire to witness the third European Cup final in three years, while Bayer seriously aims for securing a phenomenal treble. Within these settings, the match will likely be a heated encounter, as usually happens between the two - in the last 5 out 7 head to head matches, there were more than 4 yellow cards shown to the players. For this Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma tip, Unibet gives 1.70.

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