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West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
16 April 2024, 12:16

In the second match of this pair, West Ham awaits Bayer at the London Stadium. The hosts find themselves in the state of deja vu, having a second match at home after an unsuccessful visit to Germany. In the previous play off stage, Freiburg came in London with a minimal win achieved at home and was outclassed (5-0). Whether this will be the case with Bayer, which needs only one more game to extend its unbeaten streak to the record-breaking 44 matches, will be seen shortly.

West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview 

West Ham United Preview

West Ham entered April with positive results, having a draw with Tottenham (1-1) and winning over Wolverhampton (1-2). The fortune, however, changed after a trip to Leverkusen, and after losing the first match at BayArena, West Ham continued its losing streak with a defeat to Fulham in the weekend (0-2). It is evident that David Moyes’s team lacks resources to play in different fronts which can seriously harm the ambitions of entering the Conference League next season. West Ham is 8th in the Premier League and competes for the 6th spot with Newcastle United and Manchester United, which are only 2 points away. Given the upcoming matches with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, the potential of entering the European competitions are quite grim. At the same time, the team performs exceptionally well at home, with only 2 defeats this season - to Arsenal (0-6) and Fulham (0-2).

Bayer Leverkusen Preview 

Bayer has a hard task not to get into euphoria of winning its first Bundesliga title after the weekend win over Werder Bremen (5-0). Still being unbeaten in all tournaments, the fantastic run of Xabi Alonso’s team continues as Bayer haunts for treble. The Spaniard emphasised that the main goal of the team now is to advance to semi finals and win in the DFB Pokal, assuming that all the celebrations will be left for later. Xabi Alonso is well-aware of West Ham’s exceptional home performances and is probably keeping in mind Freiburg’s collapse at the London Stadium (5-0) after a home win. Bayer, on its side, can rely on the form of the team’s leaders, such as Florian Wirtz, Alex Grimaldo and Victor Boniface, as well as the record of successful away performances this season - only 2 draws and 11 wins.

Betting Tips for West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen

First to Score - West Ham United

Despite Xabi Alonso’s emphasis on the concentration on the upcoming match, the team will certainly not be concentrated on 100% after the euphoria of winning its first Bundesliga in history. West Ham will likely attempt to replicate its aggressive start as it was in the match with Freiburg, where the team had 2 goals advantage after 30 minutes, while Bayer can sometimes be vulnerable to such a display, as it was seen in the two matches against Qarabag where the team conceded first. Unibet gives 2.35 for this West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction.

Both Teams to Score

West Ham did not score at home only in three matches during this season - two lost matches (0-6 against Arsenal and 0-2 against Fulham) and in the first match of the new year (0-0 with Brighton). Despite showing a poor game at BayArena, the team looks completely different at home, while Bayer has flaws in the away game as was evident in the matches against Qarabag. At the same time, Xabi Alonso’s men are too versatile and after the first Bundesliga title are certainly coming to London on the high ground. West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.58.

Florian Wirtz to Score at Any Time 

After a hat trick in the weekend match, Wirtz secured his status as one of the best young players in this season. His goals and assists were decisive for Bayer in numerous instances this season and the statistics speak for themselves - 17 goals in all competitions. Being one of the key Xabi Alonso players, Wirtz, with his dribbling abilities and magical right foot can save the day for Bayer even if the match will not go according to the plan. For this West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen tip, Unibet gives 3.35.

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