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Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
30 April 2024, 14:45

The upcoming semi-final promises an enthralling encounter as AS Roma faces off against Bayer Leverkusen. This match pits two teams with contrasting seasons against each other in what is expected to be a tightly contested battle. Roma, under the guidance of José Mourinho, has had a season of ups and downs but after the coming of Daniele De Rossi showed resilience and tactical acumen. On the other hand, Bayer Leverkusen, led by Xabi Alonso, has been in stellar form, remaining unbeaten across all competitions and clinching the Bundesliga title with games to spare. The teams have met in the exact semifinal stage during the previous Europa League draw where Roma, then led by Mourinho was able to cling to finals (1-0, 0-0), despite the overwhelming advantage of the German team in both games.

Roma vs Bayer Preview 

Roma Preview

AS Roma even after the coming of De Rossi has been navigating through Serie A and European competition with a mix of experienced heads and youthful exuberance. Facing serious challenges in the domestic league in terms of keeping the Champions League spot, Roma has demonstrated their capability to rise to the occasion in crucial matches, as evidenced by their journey to the Europa League semi-finals. Key players like Lorenzo Pellegrini and Paulo Dybala have been instrumental, providing leadership and creativity when it matters most. However, injuries have also played a part, with players like Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling facing spells on the sidelines, which could impact team selection and strategy for De Rossi.

Bayer Leverkusen Preview 

Bayer Leverkusen enters the semi-final under the tutelage of Xabi Alonso, having a season that could only be described as spectacular. Not only have they secured the Bundesliga title, but they have also maintained an unbeaten streak across all competitions, showcasing a blend of tactical intelligence and raw talent. The team's success has been largely attributed to Alonso's strategic foresight and the explosive performances of players like Florian Wirtz, who recently notched a hat-trick in their dominant league victory. After the securing of the title, Bayer continued its record run, saving matches in the most stylish fashion, with the last three consecutive matches seeing Bayer’s equalising goals in 89th, 90+7 and 90+6 minutes.

Betting Tips for Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen

Draw

Both teams approach this match with a clear goal to reach the finals no matter what. In this situation, the manoeuvre for a mistake is very small, with both coaches, as former defensive midfielders know the importance of small details better than others. Both De Rossi and Alonso emphasised that the tie consists of two matches, and it is quite possible that everything will be decided exactly in the second leg, in Germany. Moreover, in a history of head-to-head matches, draws are the most frequent outcome, with the teams having 3 draws in 6 matches. For this Roma vs. Bayer Leverkusen prediction, Unibet gives 3.55.

Both Teams to Score

Amid the end of the season, Roma’s fatigue becomes more evident even despite all the efforts of De Rossi to overcome the defensive problems. In recent matches, Mile Svilar’s performances became the key factors of the team grabbing points. Overall, the last 4 consecutive Roma matches saw both teams on the scoresheet. Same can be said in the case of Bayer, with an additional layer of relative defensive enervations added after the euphoria of securing the Bundesliga trophy. In the case of Bayer, 3 consecutive matches saw both teams scoring. Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.79.

Goal Between 76th and 90th Minutes - Yes 

Bayer became synonymous with the decisive goals scored in the last minutes, with three latest matches saw equalisers after 80th minute. Roma also knows how to save matches at the very end, with the equaliser against Napoli scored on the 88th minute, while the winner in the match against Udinese was celebrated by the fans on the 90+5th minute. Unibet gives 1.97 for this Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen tip.

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