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Bayer Leverkusen vs Royale Union Saint-Gilloise betting tips: Europa League quarter-final first leg preview, predictions, team news and odds

Bayer Leverkusen vs Royale Union Saint-Gilloise odds and betting statistcs

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Royale Union Saint-Gilloise match preview

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise have already enjoyed an amazing European adventure, so how far will they go?

Before this season, les Unionistes had not competed in UEFA competition for 59 years and were in Belgium’s second-tier just two seasons ago.

Despite this, Karel Geraerts’s team topped their group in November, before dumping out Union Berlin in the round of 16.

The first leg in the German capital was a thrilling 3-3 draw, with Union SG then claiming an emphatic 3-0 victory in Brussels a week later.

Teddy Teuma, Jean Thierry Lazare and Loïc Lapoussin all on target at Stade Constant Vanden Stock.

Meanwhile, domestically, Geraerts’s side are second, just two points below Genk with the split just two games away, very much in the hunt for a first time in 88 years.

Bayer Leverkusen meantime needed a penalty shootout to overcome Monaco in the first knockout round, before swatting aside Ferencváros 4-0 last month.

Both legs of that one ended 2-0, with Moussa Diaby and Amine Adli the scorers at Puskás Aréna.

Die Werkself have improved exponentially since Xabi Alonso took over in October, winning five league matches on the spin, most-recently beating Frankfurt on Saturday.

This has seen Leverkusen climb all the way up to sixth, despite being in the relegation zone when Alonso arrived.

In European terms, Bayer won this competition in 1988 and are on the cusp of a first semi-final appearance since reaching the Champions League Final in 2002.

This tie is extremely tough to call, with Leverkusen needing to make home advantage count in the first leg at BayArena.

Bayer Leverkusen team news

Left-wing-back Mitchel Bakker and star winger Florian Wirtz are both a booking away from sitting out the return leg in Brussels suspended.

The wing-back on the other side, Jeremie Frimpong, has been earning rave reviews this season, chipping in with eight goals and nine assists.

Their main goal threat though is Moussa Diaby, who took his tally to 13 for the season against Frankfurt on Saturday.

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise team news

Siebe Van der Heyden and Senne Lynen are the visiting players walking the yellow card tightrope.

Striker Victor Boniface has scored 19 times for Union SG this season, ten of which have come in UEFA competition.

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