West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Preview

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview

West Ham takes on Bayer Leverkusen – the team of the moment – with both sides hoping to get to the Europa League semifinals. The first leg was a 2-0 win for Bayer Leverkusen, leaving much work to do for the London side.

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Besides the negative result from the first leg, West Ham arrives at the game in far from ideal form. Last Sunday they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Fulham and lost valuable points for the European spots for next year. They record only one win in their last five games at home in all competitions, 5-0 against Freiburg in the return leg of the Europa League round of 16 to turn around the tie and progress.

Moreover, David Moyes faces some extra difficulties from the start with main man Jarrod Bowen ruled out for the game due to injury. Add to this the absence of Lucas Paquetá and Emerson due to suspension, and the task becomes a lot more difficult for West Ham to overturn their deficit.

Meanwhile, it is all smiles at Bayer Leverkusen. On Sunday, they sealed their first Bundesliga title in the club’s history with a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen. Xabi Alonso’s side also ended the 11 consecutive title streak of Bayern Munich in the German league, a record in Europe’s top five leagues.

The new German champions are still yet to lose a game this season, and will be looking to finish a historic season unbeaten. More importantly though they now have their eyes set on a treble of their own, as they can still add the DFB Pokal and Europa League to their already-historic season.

Match Facts

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kickoff time: 20:00 local ( 21:00 CET / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT)

Location: London Stadium (London, England)

West Ham vs Leverkusen Predicted Line Ups

West Ham: Fabiański; Coufal, Zouma, Mavropanos; Johnson, Souček, Ward-Prowse, Creswell; Kudus, Aguerd; Antonio.

Leverkusen: Hradecky; Kossounou, Tah, Hincapié; Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo; Wirtz, Adli; Schick.

West Ham vs Leverkusen Odds


West Ham Win / To Advance3.60 / 11.00
Bayer Leverkusen Win / To Advance1.85 / 1.05
Both Teams Score Y/N1.61 / 2.20
Over / Under 2.5 Goals1.61 / 2.30

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

Leverkusen win at 1.85 / Leverkusen To Advance at 1.05

Bayer Leverkusen has been playing great football throughout the season, even when they do not get the result. It seems highly unlikely West Ham will be the team to give them the first loss of the season and even with that they might come up short.

Bayer Leverkusen has opened the score in five of their last six games and West Ham have been the first to concede in their last 5. Should Die Werskelf open the scoring on Thursday, it will likely spell the end of West Ham’s European run.

West Ham vs Leverkusen Tips

Both teams to score, no at 2.20

Bayer Leverkusen’s defensive side has been a key factor in their Bundesliga title, conceding just 19 goals in 29 games played. They currently have not conceded a goal in their last four games. Plus, since West Ham is missing their top goalscorer Jarrod Bowen, it is quite likely that Leverkusen’s clean sheet run will continue.

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