Royale Union Saint-Gilloise vs Bayer Leverkusen predictions and betting tips on April 20, 2023
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On April 20, Lotto Park (Anderlecht) will host the second leg of the 1/4 finals of the Europa League, in which Royale Union Saint-Gilloise will compete with Bayer Leverkusen. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
The club was known mainly to the fans of the history of Belgian football about two years ago – by the way, it is a historical local grandee, but with very long-standing success. At present, the main thing is that a couple of years ago, the owner of Brighton, Tony Bloom, came to the project. And the team, which returned to the elite division in 2021, has been leading “the race” for the local “gold” twice in a row. At the same time, the team does it best to perform well at the international arena. It seems that there was not enough experience for the Champions League, where it was defeated by the Rangers from Glasgow and, as a result, lost in the qualification. Speaking about the Europa League, the debutant won its group, and the 1/8 final stage brought a new success – it overcame a familiar opponent, Union from Berlin. One more German rival, which is pretty hardened, could have been defeated in the away battle, but Wirtz scored in the 83rd minute of the game – 1-1.
The team failed the start of the current season. Still, the resignation of the hero of the previous championship, Gerardo Seoane, did not help to quickly and dramatically improve the situation. Being under the rule of Xabi Alonso, the team had to look for the signs of progress in the performance for a long time – it had gained decent momentum only by the spring. Nowadays, “the Pharmacists” have been promoted to the European Cup zone and are “looking” at the 4th place. However, there may be more chances to get into the Champions League through the victory in the Europa League. First, the German club knocked out Monaco, and then overcame Ferencvaros (speaking about Cherchesov’s wards, there were two wins without any conceded goal); each match had the same result – 2-0. The battle in Leverkusen, which happened a week ago, almost ended in a defeat, but the club was able to achieve a draw with Belgians. This time, it needs to win at the away arena.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The teams played their first head-to-head match last Thursday.
Bookmakers believe that more experienced German grandee will be able to take into account its mistakes, and, unlike in the home match, will win. Still, Union certainly does not intend to give up a place in the semi-finals. Thus, we bet on “both teams to score: yes” (odd: 1.70).
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