Europa League 2021-22: Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta prediction and betting tips (March 17)
Bayer Leverkusen host Atalanta in the return leg of their Round of 16 fixture. They are unbeaten in nine home games. Can the Eternal Bridesmaid leverage on this and do a comeback against the Goddess?
Ruslan Malinovsky was involved in the three goals Atalanta scored in the first leg
Ruslan Malinovsky was involved in the three goals Atalanta scored in the first leg

Bayer Leverkusen play Atalanta in Round of 16 of the 2021-22 Europa League season. This is the return leg of the tie.

The match is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. GMT on Thursday, 17 March 2022. The match venue is BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta (March 17) game are available in this article. Let’s check out the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta latest odds on betting sites

Bayer Leverkusen to win odds are priced at 2.30 (+130 American; 13/10 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.80 (+280; 14/5), while Atalanta to win odds are priced at 2.80 (+180; 9/5).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Bayer Leverkusen — 39%, draw — 26%, Atalanta — 35%.

Latest betting odds on Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta (17 March 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.53 (-188; 25/47)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
  • Asian handicap (0.0, -0.5) on Bayer Leverkusen — 2.08 (+108; 27/25)
  • Asian handicap (0.0, +0.5) on Atalanta — 1.83 (-120; 5/6)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.50 (-200; 1/2)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta match preview and statistics

Bayer Leverkusen have only one win in their last five matches, with three losses and a draw. They lost 0-1 to Koln in their last match.

Top stats: 54% possession, 2.20 expected goals (xG), 15 total shots, four big chances, three shots on target, 340 accurate passes, 77% pass accuracy, 13 fouls committed, seven corners, two yellow cards.

Kingsley Schindler scored the winner for Koln in the 67th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner, assisted by Dejan Ljubicic. Bayer dominated the game, had more possession, created more chances, took more shots but couldn’t make anything of it.

Bayer Leverkusen team news: Andrey Lunev, Karim Bellarabi, Jeremie Frimpong, Odilon Kossounou, Patrik Schick and Robert Andrich are sidelined due to injuries. Florian Writz is out for the season due to an ACL injury.

Atalanta have three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five matches. They played a goalless draw with Genoa in their last match. La Dea avoided another league defeat and settled for a draw.

Team statistics: 58% possession, 0.87 expected goals, 11 total shots, one big chance, two shots on target, 405 accurate passes, 72% pass accuracy, 13 fouls committed, two offsides, four corners, two yellow cards.

Atalanta team news: Aleksey Miranchuk is out due to a hamstring injury, while Duvan Zapata is doubtful due to a groin injury.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta H2H

Atalanta beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in their first leg. Ruslan Malinovsky scored a goal, while Luis Muriel scored a brace to win the match for them. Charles Aranguiz and Moussa Diaby scored two goals for Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta lineups and key players

Bayer Leverkusen projected starting lineup:

  • Lukas Hradecky
  • Edmond Tapsoba
  • Jonathan Tah
  • Piero Hincapie
  • Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  • Charles Aranguiz
  • Exequiel Palacios
  • Mitchel Bakker
  • Paulinho
  • Moussa Diaby
  • Amine Adli

Moussa Diaby is the key player to watch out for. He’s one of their best attackers currently available without injury. Diaby has four goals and two assists in seven games in the Europa League this season. You can count on the winger to have goal involvements on Thursday night.

Atalanta projected starting lineup:

  • Juan Musso
  • Hans Hateboer
  • Merih Demiral
  • Jose Luis Palomino
  • Davide Zappacosta
  • Marten de Roon
  • Remo Freuler
  • Teun Koopmeiners
  • Ruslan Malinovsky
  • Luis Muriel

Ruslan Malinovsky is the key player to watch out for. He had a top performance in the opening leg of this tie, involved in the three goals they scored with two assists and a goal. The attacking midfielder has four goals and two assists in Europe this season.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta predictions and betting tips

Bayer Leverkusen lost the second straight game following the loss in the first leg of the clash. Their injury woes continue as Florian Wirtz is out for the season due to an ACL injury and Jeremie Frimpong picked up an ankle injury in the last match as well. Hopefully, it won’t go beyond that for the German team.

Atalanta had to settle for a draw in their last match after resting some key players including the goalie for the Thursday game. They are in good form and confident that they can qualify for the next round. Predictions for this match are Atalanta to win.

Betting prediction: Atalanta to win

Odds: 2.80 (+180 American; 9/5 Fractional)

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