- Union Saint Gilloise: Much to Win
- Bayer Leverkusen: Ready to Fight
- Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Head-to-Head
- Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Match Information
- Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Betting Lines
- Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Picks and Prediction
- Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Match Detail
I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Union Saint Gilloise, but it’s time for that to change. The Belgian side is on the verge of rewriting history by advancing to the UEFA Europa League semifinals. However, eliminating Bayer Leverkusen won’t be easy since it hasn’t lost in its last 11 games in all competitions. That’s why Leverkusen is favored in the Europa League lines despite playing on the road.
Union Saint Gilloise: Much to Win
Last weekend, Union Saint Gilloise defeated Seraing United 2-1, with Simon Adingra and Yorbe Vertessen as the scorers. That result allowed it to keep the Belgian Pro League title hopes alive. The club is second, two points behind KRC Genk, with only one match left.
That result also allowed it to increase its non-losing streak to eight matches. That includes eliminating another Bundesliga team in the Round of 16 of the UEL. That’s right, it eliminated FC Union Berlin with a 6-3 aggregate, winning the second leg at home 3-0.
Union Saint Gilloise only lost one of its last 10 home games in all competitions. During that span, it scored 21 goals and conceded eight, finishing with a clean sheet five times. In other words, we’re talking about a well-balanced squad, which offers a +255 price in the Europa League odds to win straight up on Thursday.
Make sure to keep an eye on Teddy Teuma and Simon Adingra. Teuma has scored 13 goals in all competitions and leads the team in assists in the Belgian Pro League with nine. As for Adingra, the 21-year-old has scored 12 goals in all competitions.
Finally, there’s Victor Boniface, who has scored six goals in nine UEL games. No other player has scored more goals in the continental tournament.
Bayer Leverkusen: Ready to Fight
Last Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen managed to snatch a point from Wolfsburg at Volkswagen Arena, just like we predicted. The match finished 0-0 despite Leverkusen winning possession with 58%, taking four shots on goal, one more than the home side.
That allowed it to increase its non-losing streak up to 11 games. During that span, it scored 24 goals and conceded nine, finishing with a clean sheet four times.
Leverkusen won the second leg, on the road, in each of its last three UEL series. This season, it defeated AS Monaco 3-2 and Ferencvaros 2-0.
Patrick Schick remains out due to injury, but don’t worry; Moussa Diaby will be available. The French striker is having a great season, scoring 13 goals in all competitions. Needless to say, he’s the main reason for you to consider including Leverkusen in your soccer picks.
A victory would also allow the club to rewrite history since it hasn’t won in Belgium since 1997. That, alongside the semifinals ticket, should be enough motivation.
Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Head-to-Head
The first leg was the first time that these two met. Bayer Leverkusen was heavily favored in the Las Vegas odds but couldn’t win. In fact, Victor Boniface scored the opener for the Belgian side, while Florian Wirtz scored the equalizer in the final stretch.
Leverkusen won possession with 64% and finished with 15 shots, seven more than the visitors. It must improve its aim if it wants to win the second leg.
The total is set at 2½ goals for Thursday’s clash with the over offering a -125 price in the sportsbook.
Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Match Information
- Match: Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen
- Date/time: Thursday, April 20, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Lotto Park, Anderlecht
- Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Stream: fuboTV
Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Betting Lines
Union Saint Gilloise vs Leverkusen Picks and Prediction
Bayer Leverkusen is the better and more experienced team, but we cannot underestimate how motivated Union Saint Gilloise is. That’s why, leaving the odds board aside, I expect another back-and-forth battle that will also end with a draw. That’s right, go ahead and include the draw in your Europa League betting tickets since overtime and penalties are highly probable. Keep in mind that Union Saint Gilloise lost its last penalty shootout, while Leverkusen won it.
The Leverkusen are listed at +100 in our Vegas UEFA Europa League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Leverkusen, you have a chance to win $100. The Gilloise are +255, offering a chance to win $255 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Leverkusen a 50.00% chance to win, with Gilloise at 28.17%.