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Can Leverkusen KO Roma, Book Europa Ticket to Dublin?

It has been one year since Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma edged Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the Europa League semifinals. The second leg would see Leverkusen register 23 shots and six shots on target in contrast to Roma (1 shot off target), only for the Giallorossi to book their ticket to the final. On Thursday, Leverkusen have a chance to avenge their loss to Roma and seal their spot in the UEFA Europa League Final as they host Daniele De Rossi’s side. Click here to view real-time Europa League betting odds.

 

Can Leverkusen KO Roma, Book Europa Ticket to Dublin?
Tammy Abraham of A.S. Roma - Domenico Cippitelli / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

 

Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma Match Information

  • Match: Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma
  • Location: Bay Arena, Leverkusen, Germany
  • Day/Time: Thursday, May 9, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma Live Stream: Fubo.tv

 

Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma Odds and Spreads

 

  • Bayer Leverkusen have not lost a single match in all competitions since May 27, 2023.
  • Roma have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions.
  • Leverkusen have scored 2+ goals in five of their last seven matches.
  • Leverkusen boast the best defense in Germany (23 conceded) by a margin of 15.
  • Both teams have scored in four of Leverkusen’s last five.

 

Leverkusen Walking on Sunshine Under Alonso

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and that may very well be the case for Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen. One year after falling to a heartbreaking defeat to Roma and missing out on a trip to Budapest by the narrowest of margins, Leverkusen are just five matches away from an undefeated season and a treble.

They have already claimed their first-ever Bundesliga title, ending a 31-year trophy drought, and they will be traveling to 14th-place Bochum, hosting ninth-placed Augsburg and facing off against second-tier Kaiserslautern in the DFB-Pokal Final on May 25. Before that, though, they’ll be taking on one of the most in-form sides in Serie A.

Leverkusen have tempted fate on various occasions over the past month, but their unbeaten streak remains intact. After Jeremie Frimpong’s 89th-minute goal saw them draw 1-1 in London and beat West Ham 3-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinals, their record looked set to end as Niclas Fulkrug put Borussia Dortmund ahead in the 81st minute, only for Josip Stanisic to draw level in the final second.

One week later, they erased a two-goal deficit and secured a 2-2 draw vs. Stuttgart thanks to Robert Andrich’s last-second equalizer.

However, it seems that May has brought a return to normal proceedings and calmer waters at the Bay Arena. Florian Wirtz broke the deadlock within a half-hour whilst Andrich’s late goal would see them prevail 2-0 in Rome. They would follow that up with a 5-1 demolition at Eintracht Frankfurt.

We’re expecting them to come away with another win at home as they take on a Roma side that has lost steam in recent weeks, having failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six matches in all competitions.

 

 

 

Roma have won just one of their last four Serie A matches, but as for Leverkusen, they are heating up and hitting their stride in Alonso’s first full season in senior management. Whilst Die Werkself are headed back to the Champions League, Roma have it all to do as they look to return to Europe’s premier competition after a six-year hiatus.

De Rossi’s side occupy fifth place, sitting four points behind Bologna and three above Atalanta, who have two games in hand. Whilst they’ll no doubt be looking to reach a third European final in a row, they’ll have one eye on Sunday’s pivotal trip to Atalanta.

Leverkusen have more than enough firepower to exploit a Roma backline that has looked particularly vulnerable as of late, and they’re more than capable of making it past the Giallorossi and booking their ticket to Dublin. We’re backing Leverkusen to continue their winning streak in our  Europa League betting picks.

Best Bet: Leverkusen to win (-186)

 

 

Questions of the Day

Which Europa League team is likely to win this week?


Bayer Leverkusen are clicking on all cylinders at the moment, and we’re backing them to break Benfica’s 59-year record for longest unbeaten streak in football history and make it three wins in a row.

Which Europa League player is likely to score or assist this week?


Florian Wirtz is taking Europe by storm with 18 goals and 19 assists in 45 appearances, and we’re backing him to continue his red-hot form against Roma on Thursday.

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