AS Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Preview

AS Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview

For the second season running, AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen meet in the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League. Edoardo Bove’s goal made all the difference in the tie, as Roma prevailed 1-0 on aggregate. That leaves Leverkusen out for revenge.

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Roma has rediscovered their best form in the second half of the season, following the dismissal of José Mourinho. Bringing back club legend Daniele De Rossi has changed the club’s fortunes, with the former Roma captain leading them to a 12-5-3 record across all competitions.

Sitting fifth in the Serie A, Roma is set to benefit from Italy earning a fifth UEFA Champions League spot for next term as a result of being in the top two of the seasonal coefficient ranking. This is also the fourth campaign in a row where I Giallorossi have been in a European semifinal – three coming in the Europa League – and will look to qualify for a third successive final.

It has been a record-breaking year for Xabi’s Bayer Leverkusen side, who brought an end to Bayern’s 11-year stranglehold on the Bundesliga title. Die Werkself have played breathtaking football at times this year, and remarkably remains on track for a treble. The last team to win the treble with the Europa League was Porto back in 2010/11, with the Portuguese side the only one to have done so in the Europa League era.

For the second year in a row, Leverkusen has made the semifinals of the Europa League, and is the only team left to have prevailed in this competition, albeit under the UEFA Cup banner. As they are seven games away from what would be an unbeaten season, they will be out to keep their streak going.

Match Facts

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2024

Kickoff Time: 21:00 CET (15:00 ET/12:00 PT)

Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

AS Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen Predicted Lineups

AS Roma: Svilar; Spinazzola, Mancini, Smalling, Angeliño; Cristante, Paredes, Pellegrini; Dybala, Lukaku, El Shaarawy

Bayer Leverkusen: Kovář; Stanišić, Kossounou, Tapsoba, Grimaldo; Xhaka, Palacios; Frimpong, Wirtz, Adli; Schick

AS Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen Odds

Via Bet365

AS Roma Win/To Advance3.50 / 3.75
Bayer Leverkusen Win/To Advance2.05 / 1.25
Both Teams Score Y/N1.80 / 1.95
Over / Under 2.5 Goals2.00 / 1.80

AS Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

Roma to win first leg at 3.50

This might come as a surprise to many, but given Roma’s stellar home recod in Europe in recent years, it is very difficult to look past them at the Stadio Olimpico. They have lost just once in their last 25 home games in the Europa League, and it is hard to see that changing on Thursday.

Moreover, Leverkusen has ridden their luck all term with stoppage times goals to avoid defeat. It just happened again on the weekend against Stuttgart. With that in mind, all good things must come to an end, as they say. Thus, do not be surprised if Roma wins at home versus Leverkusen for the second year in a row.

AS Roma vs Bayer Leverusen Tips

Both teams to score at 1.80

While there was only one goal across the two legs last year, expect something different this time around. Under De Rossi, Roma has only been kept off the score sheet twice, scoring in all of their home games.

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For Leverkusen, they have scored in all of their Europa League games this term, and that should be expected to continue. While Roma has kept four clean sheets at home in the Europa League this term, it will be a tall order for them to keep the undefeated Leverkusen out of the net.

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