Last week, Bayer Leverkusen put up a really good fight at Stadio Olimpico but couldn’t prevent AS Roma from taking the win in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semifinals. The Italian side ended up winning 1-0.
Now, Leverkusen is slightly favored for the second leg, but keep in mind that it lost its last home game to Koln, a team vastly inferior to AS Roma.
Bayer Leverkusen: Top Priority
If the season ended today, Bayer Leverkusen would finish seventh in the Bundesliga, which would mean no UEFA competition in 2023-24. That’s why winning the UEL has become its top priority. Let’s not forget that the winner of the UEL automatically qualifies for the UCL.
Bayer Leverkusen first played in the UCL, finishing third in Group B. Once in the UEL, the German side never looked back, eliminating AS Monaco, Ferencvaros and Union Saint-Gilloise.
Leverkusen only lost one game before the first leg of the semifinals against AS Roma, scoring in each match and finishing with a clean sheet twice. I’m telling you, Xabi Alonso is turning into a great head coach.
Leverkusen is Ev in the Europa League lines for Thursday’s clash, which shouldn’t be a surprise since it only lost one of its last seven home games in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and conceding six. In addition, Leverkusen is second in passing accuracy. It can thank Alonso for that.
AS Roma: Tempting Underdog
After finishing second in Group C, six points behind Real Betis, AS Roma has proven to be a special team, coming from behind to win two of the previous three series.
First, it eliminated RB Salzburg 2-1 after losing the first leg 1-0. Later, it had no trouble eliminating Real Sociedad with a 2-0 aggregate. Most recently, it lost 1-0 to Feyenoord in the first leg of the quarterfinals but ended up winning 4-2.
AS Roma is the second top-scoring team in the tournament and is in the top three in the following categories: total attempts, tackles, balls recovered and clean sheets.
AS Roma is offering a +280 price in the Europa League odds to win straight up. The bad news is that the team only won one of its previous six road games in the UEL. The good news is that it doesn’t have to win. A draw would be enough to advance, and the draw is offering a +245 price, which could further improve via Europa League live betting. AS Roma’s last three defeats were by one goal.
Leverkusen vs Roma Head-to-Head
AS Roma was the online gambling favorite in the first leg and lived up to it thanks to a 1-0 victory. Edoardo Bove scored the lone goal in the 63rd minute. AS Roma lost possession with 38% but finished with five shots on target, three more than Bayer Leverkusen. That’s classic Jose Mourinho.
Leverkusen has hosted AS Roma twice, winning 3-1 in the 2004-05 season and drawing 4-4 in 2015-16. Considering what’s at stake this Thursday, I think you can expect another back-and-forth battle.
Leverkusen vs Roma Match Information
- Match: Bayer Leverkusen vs AS Roma
- Date/Time: Thursday, May 18, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: BayArena, Leverkusen
- Bayer Leverkusen vs AS Roma Live Stream:fubo.tv
Leverkusen vs Roma Betting Lines
Leverkusen vs Roma Picks and Prediction
Bayer Leverkusen will go all-in right from the start, while AS Roma will heavily rely on the counterattack, Mourinho’s specialty. Two of the tournament’s top scorers play for AS Roma: Lorenzo Pellegrini and Paulo Dybala. That’s why my betting online recommendation is to wager on the draw.