Here is the latest on the form and team news of both sides before their Round of 16 UEL clash:
The Italian side have hardly been consistent all season and are suffering from a drop in form presently. They have won only thrice in their last 10 matches in all competitions, losing 4 and drawing 3. Their form was equally poor in the Champions League, earning just 1 win and all but certainly cementing their exit before the final day.
They have some positives to look at presently, winning both legs against Olympiacos 5-1 on aggregate in the Europa League. Duvan Zapata has been their star man in Europe, with four goal contributions (2 goals and 2 assists).
For their team news, Atalanta will be without star man Duvan Zapata who is sidelined with a muscle injury. Josip Ilicic and Bryan Cabezas are doubtful for the fixture after picking up an injury and an illness, respectively.
Bayer Leverkusen are one of Europe’s most exciting teams this season and can genuinely hurt any top side, as they proved in the draw at Bayern over the weekend. They are in a rich vein of form presently, with 3 draws, 5 wins, and 2 losses in their last 10 games, with the wins coming more recently.
In Europe, they finished the group stages strongly with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss, scoring 14 goals and conceding 5— thus winning their group. Midfielders Florian Wirtz and Moussa Diaby have been their most productive outlets going forward with 6 goal contributions (3 goals, 3 assists) and 5 goal contributions (3 goals, 2 assists), respectively.
For injuries, suspensions, and player availability, Bayer Leverkusen will be without Karim Bellarabi, Kerem Demirbay, Andrey Lunev, and Patrick Schick, who are out injured. Also, midfielder Robert Andrich remains a doubt to be part of the trip to Bergamo.