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West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions, Tips and Odds: Moyes insists Hammers still have ‘big chance’ in Europa League

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions, Tips and Odds

West Ham host Bayer Leverkusen at the London Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday evening.

The Hammers trail 2-0 after the first leg and know they must beat a Leverkusen side — recently crowned Bundesliga champions — yet to suffer defeat in any competition this season by at least two goals simply to force extra time.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen predictions

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen: Predictions

Bet Prediction Bookmaker odds
BTTS? No 13/10 with BetGoodwin
Correct Score West Ham 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen 17/2 QuinnBet
First Goalscorer Florian Wirtz 7/1 with BetVictor

The stats behind our Bayer Leverkusen vs West Ham predictions:

  • Bayer Leverkusen are four games without conceding a goal (all comps).
  • West Ham have lost their last two games (all comps) without scoring a goal.
  • West Ham have conceded the first goal in their previous seven away games (all comps).
  • Florian Wirtz has scored nine goals in his last eight Leverkusen appearances across all competitions.

Hammers still have ‘big chance’ to progress, claims Moyes

For 82 minutes of last week’s first leg, West Ham did what most have failed to do so far this season in keeping Bayer Leverkusen’s irresistible attack at arm’s length, while they even missed an early chance to take the lead through Mohammed Kudus. Although that was, admittedly, their only shot of the match. But as the game wore on, the pressure became too much, and two late goals from Jonas Hofmann and Victor Boniface may well have sealed West Ham’s fate.

But that’s not the view of manager David Moyes who, despite admitting the manner of their defeat in Germany was disappointing, insists his side still have a ‘big chance’ to once again progress in Europe.

“There is huge disappointment,” said Moyes. “But we’re incredibly proud of the players to be in a quarter-final of European football.

“The level they’re playing against, you’ll see this team (Leverkusen) in the Champions League next season. We’ve got to accept that. It was one of the toughest draws of the teams left, that is the way it goes. We’ve got a big chance in the second leg still.”

Of course, simply scoring a goal is the first challenge, with West Ham now failing to do that in two games, while Bayer Leverkusen are on a run of four straight victories with clean sheets, while they’ve won 19 of their last 21 matches across all competitions and remain unbeaten this season.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen match tip

Bayer Leverkusen to win to nil @ 27/10 with BetVictor

Bayer Leverkusen have won their last four matches (all comps) without conceding a goal, running up a 12-0 aggregate scoreline during that time. Meanwhile, West Ham are winless and goalless in their last two matches.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen odds


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Bayer Leverkusen are still unbeaten in all competitions this season, so it’s little surprise to see them the strong favourites to win the second leg despite having to travel away from home. West Ham’s form is tailing off at the worst possible time and they face an uphill battle to reach the semi-finals. Perhaps the Hammers could take advantage of any hangover from Die Werkself being crowned Bundesliga champions at the weekend.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen team news

West Ham team news

In  Out Doubtful
Jarrod Bowen, Kalvin Phillips, Lucas Paqueta, Emerson Alphonse Areola

Alphonse Areola is a doubt, while Jarrod Bowen, Kalvin Phillips, Lucas Paqueta and Emerson are all big misses for West Ham — the latter two due to yellow card accumulation.

Top Scorer: Mohammed Kudus (5)

Card Magnet: Edson Alvarez, Emerson, Lucas Paqueta (3)

Assist Ace: James Ward-Prowse (4)

Bayer Leverkusen team news

In  Out Doubtful
Adam Hlozek

Czech forward Adam Hlozek is injured for Bayer Leverkusen, though he likely wouldn’t have started anyway. Xabi Alonso has a fully fit squad available to him otherwise.

Top Scorer: Patrik Schick, Victor Boniface (5)

Card Magnet: Florian Wirtz (2)

Assist Ace: Florian Wirtz (4)

How to watch West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen live

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen kicks off at 8pm (UK time) on Thursday and will be broadcast live in the UK on TNT Sports 2.

West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen head-to-head

Last week’s 2-0 win for Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg was the first-ever competitive meeting between these two sides.

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