The Europa League 1/8 finals will give us a bright sign as Germany’s No.3 club Bayer Leverkusen travel to Bergamo to face Alexei Miranchuk’s Atalanta. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet mobile app download.
After six rounds of the Champions League group stage, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side picked up six points and finished third in quartet F, earning a consolation trip to the Europa League play-offs. In the 1/16 finals of the continent’s second major club tournament, Atalanta beat Greek league leader Olympiacos twice (2-1 in Bergamo and 3-0 in Piraeus) to advance to the 1/8 finals. The competition for the Europa League quarter-finals is much more serious – German side Bayer.
In the domestic arena, the Bergamo side’s form continues to falter. Last week Atalanta thrashed Sampdoria 4-0 at home to snap their five-match winning streak in the Italian league. But Gasperini’s side lost again last Saturday – this time away to direct rivals Roma 0-1 (1, Rus) – and relegated to 6th place in the Serie A table with 47 points. They are now six points adrift of 4th place in the Liga Champions League.
In the Italian championship Atalanta are unstable at home – 4 wins, 5 draws, 4 defeats and the 12th position in the tournament in terms of points gained at home. In Europa League, the Bergamo side have not lost at home – 5 wins, 3 draws.
Atalanta’s sabbaticals still have Duvan Zapata and Josip Ilicic.
In the Europa League group stage, the Leverkusen side have picked up 13 points from six games (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), finishing top of quartet G and qualifying directly for the 1/8 finals. The only defeat for Bayer came in Hungary in a meaningless encounter in the closing round against outsider Ferencvaros, 0-1.
In the Bundesliga, the Aspirinovs sit in the bottom three with 45 points from 25 meetings. Gerardo Seoane’s side have lost just 1 of their last 8 games (5 wins, 2 draws). In the previous matchday, Leverkusen considered champions Bayern 1-1 on the road.
Bayer had scored in the 2nd half in 5 of the previous 6 Europa League encounters. Five of the Leverkusen-based club’s seven previous games in the continent’s second-largest competition have been drawn in the first half.
The Aspirinovs are producing good results in both competitions this season: 14 goals in six Europa League games (only Lyon and Napoli have more goals) and 64 in 25 games in the German championship (only Bayern have a stronger attacking record of 76).
Bayer are second in the Bundesliga in terms of away goals (22). Seoana’s side have won 6 of their 13 home games in the German league (4 draws, 3 defeats).
Kerem Demirbay will miss the match in Bergamo due to his suspension. Karim Bellarabi, Patrick Schick and Andrey Lunev continue to recover from injuries.
The upcoming game will be the first face-to-face encounter between the rivals.
Atalanta vs Bayer
This season the Bergamas do not flaunt their consistency, especially at home. The German club has a strong showing away – last weekend’s draw with Bayern at the Allianz Arena is further evidence of that. We believe that bookmakers overestimate Alexey Miranchuk’s team. Our prediction is that Bayer will not lose.