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

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



Royale Union Saint-Gilloise vs Bayer Leverkusen match preview

After last Thursday’s draw in Germany, it is all to play for in Brussels.

A week ago, it was Union SG who broke the deadlock at BayArena, courtesy of Victor Boniface’s composed finish.

That’s how it remained until just eight minutes from time when wunderkind Florian Wirtz fired home an equaliser for Leverkusen.

As the two reconvene in the Belgian capital, there must be a winner this time.

To say Royale Union Saint-Gilloise have enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent seasons would be an understatment.

Just 24 months ago, les Unionistes were promoted back to Belgium’s top division after 49 years away, before finishing second last season.

Domestically too, Karel Geraerts’ side are second in the Jupiler Pro League, just two points below Genk, targeting the club’s first title since 1935.

Here, will the Royale Union Saint-Gilloise fairytale continue into the semi-finals?

Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile have already seen off Monaco and Ferencváros in the knockout phase as they continue to impress under Xabi Alonso.

Since Alonso’s arrival in October, he’s taken them from 17th to sixth in the Bundesliga, with Sunday’s drab goalless draw in Wolfsburg meaning they’re now unbeaten in 11 in all competitions.

Given that die Werkself are seven points adrift fourth placed RB Leipzig, winning this trophy for the first time in 35 years could be their best route back into the Champions League.

Who will set up a semi-final showdown with Feyenoord or Roma by claiming victory at Stade Constant Vanden Stock?

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise team news

Centre-back Siebe Van der Heyden is suspended after being booked in the first leg.

This’ll probably see Englishman Christian Burgess, who started Sunday’s win over RFC Seraing, included in the XI.

Victor Boniface’s goal in the first leg means he’s now scored 11 times in UEFA competition this season, five for Bodø/Glimt and six since moving to Union SG.

Winger Simon Adingra was on target at the weekend; he’s on loan from Brighton and is certainly one to watch.

Bayer Leverkusen team news

Xabi Alonso left some of Leverkusen key players on the bench at the weekend, with this game in mind.

So, expect Mitchel Bakker, Jonathan Tah, Exequiel Palacios and star man Florian Wirtz to all return here.

Winger Moussa Diaby scored against both Monaco and Ferencváros in the two previous rounds, so can he add Royale Union Saint-Gilloise to that list?

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Ben Gray

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