In the upcoming Europa League quarterfinal matches, Liverpool will face Atalanta while Bayer Leverkusen takes on West Ham. Here are our predictions for these exciting clashes:

Liverpool vs Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen vs West Ham in Europa League Quarterfinal - Full Predictions

Liverpool vs Atalanta

Liverpool will face Atalanta BC, a powerhouse from Italy, in a quarterfinal match at Anfield on Thursday, the first leg of a two-game affair that will test their Europa League credentials to the fullest.

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Gian Piero Gasperini’s team narrowly defeated Sporting Lisbon, whose head coach seems to be in line to take over at Liverpool for the 2024–25 season, while the Reds exploded for 11 goals against Sparta Prague in the round of 16.

Liverpool’s possible starting lineup:

Kelleher; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Endo, Mac Allister; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:

Musso; Toloi, Djimsiti, Kolasinac; Zappacosta, Ederson, De Roon, Ruggeri; Koopmeiners; Lookman, Scamacca

Our Predictions

Liverpool to win

Fireworks are sure to fly between two teams who have never wavered in their commitment to attacking football, although Atalanta have struggled mightily recently, particularly away from Bergamo.

Despite Gasperini’s best efforts, Klopp’s crop may be too strong when they go to Italy for leg two, protecting a commanding advantage. Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses should provide Gasperini’s players with enough opportunities to score.

Bayer Leverkusen vs West Ham

In Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal first leg at the BayArena, West Ham United will take on the Bundesliga champions-elect Bayer Leverkusen. The Hammers will try to halt the juggernaut in its tracks.

The Hammers advanced to the quarterfinals with a stunning second-leg comeback victory against Freiburg. At the same time, Xabi Alonso’s team stunned Azerbaijani aspirants Qarabag by eliminating them in the most unbelievable of circumstances.

Bayer Leverkusen’s possible starting lineup:

Hradecky; Kossounou, Tah, Hincapie; Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo; Wirtz, Adli; Schick

West Ham United’s possible starting lineup:

Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Mavropanos; Johnson, Soucek, Ward-Prowse, Emerson; Kudus, Paqueta; Antonio

Our Predictions

Bayer Leverkusen to win

Fans of West Ham, who celebrated Mohammed Kudus’s ruthless performance against Freiburg in the round of 16, may be able to get over the loss of Bowen, but facing an undefeated and unyielding Leverkusen team is a whole other ballgame.

We expect the hosts, Alonso’s men, to take care of business and secure a comfortable lead before next week’s stopover in London, even though West Ham has an away clean sheet in 2024. This weekend, Alonso’s side might be crowned Bundesliga champions.