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Atalanta vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions

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Bayer Leverkusen
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Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Match Goals

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Draw 2-2

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Tip Reasoning

  • Over 2.5 goals have been scored in 13 of Bayer Leverkusen’s last 15 games.
  • Meanwhile, four of Atalanta’s last seven outings have contained three or more goals.
  • Both teams have scored in 13 of Leverkusen’s last 15, and they have only kept one clean sheet since mid-November.

Europa League Heavyweights should offer up goals

Atalanta’s Europa League round-of-16 tie with Bayer Leverkusen should be certain to offer up goals; seven of Atalanta’s eight European fixtures this term have served up a minimum of three, and six saw both teams net. Leverkusen, meanwhile, plundered 15 goals in 6 Europa League group matches, and are averaging well over two goals per game in the Bundesliga.

Indeed, the German outfit, who held Bayern Munich to a draw at the weekend and have won five of their last seven, have hit the net a staggering 64 times in 25 league games. Led by the lethal Czech striker Patrik Schick, who has struck 20 league goals already this term, Gerardo Seoane’s men have seen over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of their last 15 games, netting 42 goals during that run of matches.

Atalanta are another outfit known for their frantic style of play, but Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have won just three of their last 10 in all competitions, although two of those triumphs came against Olympiacos in the last round of this competition. However, despite the absences of strikers Duvan Zapata and Josip Ilicic, Atalanta have seen three or more goals scored in four of their last seven, and remain Serie A’s fifth-most potent side, hitting a half-century of league goals in 27 outings.

Europa League contenders should serve up a treat

Atalanta and Leverkusen will surely see themselves as genuine contenders in the Europa League, and the off-colour hosts may even need to win the competition to reach next season’s Champions League, after falling out of Italy’s top four.

Given the superb attacking record of both sides, as well as the fact that Leverkusen have kept just one clean sheet in 15 outings, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks a great play for this mouth-watering clash.

Meanwhile, the visitors have conceded two or more goals in three of their last five, and an entertaining 2-2 draw could set up a decisive second leg in Germany.

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