20:00 Thursday

West Ham will look to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Xabi Alonso’s unbeaten Bundesliga winners, Bayer Leverkusen.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

  • After a 2-0 defeat in Leverkusen last week, West Ham were beaten by the same scoreline at home by Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Hammers have since slipped to eighth place in the Premier League, with success in the Europa League perhaps their only chance of securing European football next season.
  • Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, made history as they clinched their first-ever Bundesliga title on Sunday.
  • In doing so, Xabi Alonso's side extended their unbeaten run across all competitions to 43 straight matches.
  • The Bundesliga champions should advance as expected here.

 

Score Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen (8/1 William Hill)

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Lineups

West Ham Predicted Lineup vs Bayer Leverkusen

  • Fabianski
  • Cresswell
  • Mavropanos
  • Zouma
  • Coufal
  • Álvarez
  • Soucek
  • Kudus
  • Ward-Prowse
  • Johnson
  • Antonio

 

Bayer Leverkusen Predicted Lineup vs West Ham

  • Kovár
  • Tapsoba
  • Tah
  • Kossounou
  • Grimaldo
  • Xhaka
  • Palacios
  • Frimpong
  • Adli
  • Wirtz
  • Boniface

 

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News

  • Alphonse Areola, Kalvin Phillips, and Jarrod Bowen remain sidelined with injury.
  • Emerson and Lucas Paqueta are suspended due to yellow cards.
  • Xabi Alonso rotated key players during their recent match against Werder Bremen.
  • Adam Hlozek is the only confirmed absentee for Bayer Leverkusen.

 

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Results

  • UEL 11-04-2024: Bayer Leverkusen 2 : 0 West Ham
  • ICF 05-08-2023: Bayer Leverkusen 4 : 0 West Ham

 

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips

Bayer Leverkusen to win @ 19/20 888Sport (0.5 points)

Bayer Leverkusen won their first-ever Bundesliga title at the weekend. The Hammers will be hoping there is a hangover from their celebrations but that seems unlikely with Xabi Alonso at the helm. His side are unbeaten in all competitions this season and carry a 2-0 lead into this second leg.

West Ham managed just one shot in the first leg. They were outthought and outclassed as they succumbed to defeat. Despite the visitors not needing a win this time around, I’m backing them to continue their ruthless streak and pick up another victory.

Alonso’s side have won their last eight matches. Bundesliga success has been inevitable for a number of weeks and there are no signs of them slowing down. Expect Leverkusen to keep their foot on the gas and put in another strong display on Thursday night. They had 33 shots in the first leg. 

David Moyes’ side needs to show a heap of attacking intent to harbour any hopes of clawing their back into this one but this could play into Leverkusen’s hands.