Bayer Leverkusen vs Royale Union Saint-Gilloise predictions and betting tips on April 13, 2023
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On April 13, BayArena (Leverkusen) will host the first leg of the 1/4 finals of the Europa League, in which Bayer will compete with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team was able to break into the group of leaders in the previous season and thanks to that returned to the Champions League. Still, due to the terrible start of the new draw, the recent hero, Gerardo Seoane, was fired in the autumn. Then, the management trusted Xabi Alonso, but the Spanish specialist was going to actually confirm his prospects for a long period of time. “The Pharmacists” had gained decent momentum in the Bundesliga only by the spring. A confident 3-1 victory in the match with Eintracht in the previous round became one more proof of the higher mentioned fact. At the same time, the German club performed well in the European competition. The Champions League brought only the 3rd place in the group, but it appeared ahead of Atlético. Having moved to the Europa League, Bayer knocked out Monaco in the play-offs with great difficulty, which was followed by a comfortable 2-0 defeat of Ferencvaros.
Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
The club has got a glorious history, but all these considerable successes and plentiful trophies were already well-forgotten, because they were at the first third of the previous century. Only the emergence of new investors, led by Tony Bloom, helped to come back from the deep “non-existence”. Speaking about the previous season, after a very long pause in the Jupiler League, the newcomer won the regular tournament, but the regulations prevented the triumph: experienced Brugge was a little bit stronger in the additional, “champion’s” battle. Nowadays, Karel Geraerts’ wards claim the title at the inner arena again. At the same time, they are not bad in the European competitions. It goes without saying that the Champions League qualification was failed – the team was defeated by the first opponent, Rangers from Glasgow. Still, the Belgians are good in the Europa League. They not only overcame the group stage, but also made a success in the battle with Union Berlin in March – 3-3 and 3-0.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Union spends its first year in the European competition. And there is no surprise that it plays against Bayer for the first time.
Bookmakers believe that Bayer will confirm the status of the favourite. Thus, we bet on its victory with “a -1 goal handicap” (odd: 1.94).
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