Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen – Europa League – Match Preview and Betting Tips

Atletico Madrid will play German Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night in their second Europa League group match. The defending champions shockingly lost their first match against unknown Aris Thessaloniki FC and are looking rehabilitation tonight.

Read the match preview and receive the latest odds and betting tips for the match between Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen below.

Atletico Madrid

After their performances in last year’s competition, the expectations are high for Atletico Madrid in Europa League again this year. However the Spanish side disappointingly lost their opening match in Greece to unknown Aris Thessaloniki FC, which unexpectedly leaves them pointless so far.

In La Liga Quique Sánchez Flores’s men had a more promising start and is currently positioned in fourth place. Atletico Madrid comes into the game with a 1-0 win against league bottom Real Zaragoza, a win that could have been much bigger. However they did not manage to score more than one goal, despite being 11 men against 10 for most of the game.

This said Atletico Madrid could turn their recent drop in form around tonight, if they manage to defeat Bayer Leverkusen at home at Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Bayer Leverkusen

Currently sitting on fifth place in the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen had a promising start to the new season. In their last match they played against VfB Stuttgart and impressively won 4-1 in this tough away match.

The success at home even transferred to the Europa League, where they run over Rosenborg in their first match, winning 4-0 against the Norwegians. Tonight they face their toughest assignment yet, but Jupp Heynckes’s men must be confident going into the match.

Betting Tip and Prediction

The two sides have never met before tonight’s fixture, which make it difficult to perform an analysis of the game, and with both teams running well in their respective leagues, it does not get any easier. A deciding factor could be Atletico Madrid’s home advantage. They are normally very strong playing at Vicente Calderon and need three points to get in the competition. Although the pressure is on Atletico Madrid, they showed last year that they can handle these situations. Our prediction will be 2-1 for Atletico Madrid in a tight match.

Betting Tip – Atletico Madrid to win

Match odds

Bookmakers Home Draw Away Betting Bonus
betfair bookie 1.96 3.90 4.20 £25 FREE
partybets bookie 1.90 3.40 3.75 £25 FREE
ladbrokes bookie 1.90 3.40 4.00 £10 FREE
williamhillsports bookie 1.91 3.60 3.75 £25 FREE

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