West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction & Match Preview

West Ham go head-to-head against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday. Read our Predictions and Betting Tips with Match Preview, Head-to-head stats (h2h) and Team Form Analysis.

This match will be played on 19/04/2024 at 03:00

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen

All eyes will be on London Stadium when West Ham United and Bayer Leverkusen square off against each other in the Europa League quarter-finals, return leg. The Hammers need a big win in the reverse fixture in order to make it to the semis and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the newly-promoted Bundesliga champions. Kalvin Phillips is a major doubt, while defender Konstantinos Mavropanos should be fit for the match despite limping off with injury in a 2-0 loss to Fulham.

The bad news for the hosts is that both Emerson and Lucas Paqueta are banned for the match. Xabi Alonso’s men, on the other hand, clinched their first Bundesliga trophy thanks to a thrilling 5-0 win over Werder Bremen and seeing that the Liverpool target rested key players at the weekend, away win should be considered. All Florian Wirtz, Alejandro Grimaldo, and Jeremie Frimpong should be recalled to the starting XI.

Outright Betting

West Ham have won all four of their Europa League home games this season, but they are 27/20 underdogs to win inside 90 minutes on Thursday. The stalemate is also considered unlikely at 3/1 Phmacao.

Bayer Leverkusen are even-money favourites on Betfred to claim top honours from this week’s return match in the English capital.

Recent Meetings

Bayer Leverkusen have a perfect record in the head-to-head games with the Hammers. The Germans have two wins in two matches against West Ham.

The Werkself completely dominated the pitch in the first leg seven days ago. They allowed West Ham only a single attempt in the 90 minutes of action at BayArena.

West Ham are yet to score against Bayer Leverkusen.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

The gulf in quality between these rivals is obvious at the moment. Bayer Leverkusen are flying high with a stunning record of 25 wins and 4 draws in 29 Bundesliga outings this season. They are also on the best way to claim the treble. Xabi Alonso’s men will face lower-division Kaiserslautern in the DFB Pokal final and they are already one foot in the Europa League semi-final after the last week’s display against West Ham.

The Hammers have managed just a single win in the last six affairs across competitions. They will go into this off the back of successive 0-2 defeats. They will also be without key attacking figure Jarrod Bowen who is out through a hip injury. Everything points towards another easy win for Bayer. We have no other option but to back the visitors at the 1.95 odds.

The Under 2.5 goals bet is also tempting at the 2.20 odds. West Ham have failed to find the back of the net in the last two matches. They registered just one shot in the last week’s first leg of this tie against Bayer. Leverkusen kept four clean sheets in the last four outings across competitions.

The visitors do not have many reasons to rush and seek a big-margin victory at London Stadium. They should keep the full control over this tie by keeping this a low-scoring affair.

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