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Europa League Tips: Thursday 8th November
by David Lenton
Our form has been good in European competitions so far this season and I’m keen to keep that trend going with my Europa League tips and predictions this week.
I’ve gone for a more international flavour with my tips this week, chiefly because the games involving Arsenal and Chelsea are such short odds, that I can’t find any value in their markets that are worth me having a bet on them.
However, Celtic and Rangers are still well worth a closer look and with some intriguing matches between other top teams from the better leagues across Europe, I feel there is plenty of value to be found in this week’s selection of games.
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 8th November
November 8, 2018
November 8, 2018
Apollon Limassol are bottom of Group H with just one point from their three games so far, which came from a 1-1 draw with Marseille.
Eintracht are top of that group having won all three so far and a victory here would confirm them as qualified for the second phase.
The teams met a couple of weeks ago in Germany with Frankfurt running out comfortable 2-0 winners over the Cypriot side.
Apollon have won just one of their last five, while Frankfurt have won four and drawn one of their last five games having made a strong start in the Bundesliga too.
It is fair to say that Eintracht Frankfurt have been something of a surprise team in the Bundesliga and the Europa League this season. Not only are they top of their group in Europe, having played some outstanding football, they currently lie fourth in the Bundesliga too.
In the likes of Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic, they have some outstanding talent who look a real goal threat when they play and in truth they should have enough to secure another win against the weakest team in this group.
Apollon do score goals at home, which isn’t their problem. Their main issue is that they cannot keep a clean sheet and against a team like Frankfurt, that is going to be a huge problem and in truth, it is the reason why I feel the Germans will take the win.
I am expecting plenty of goals in this game as Apollon have to go for the win and that will play nicely into the hands of Frankfurt and as such, I think the German side will run out winners, but that the home side will grab one goal in consolation.
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Spartak are currently bottom of Group G with just two points from their three games, scoring three and conceding five.
Rangers are top of that group with five points, ahead of Villarreal by virtue of the head to head rating between the teams.
The teams met in Glasgow last time out where the game ended in a hard fought 0-0 draw, in a match which both sides had chances to win.
Rangers picked up a point from their trip to Villarreal in their only other away game in the competition this season. Spartak drew 3-3 with the same opponents in their home game.
Despite winning just one game, the highly competitive nature of this group means that Rangers are top of it while Spartak, who have only lost one of three matches, are bottom. However, things are still very tight in this group and after these games, I expect that to be even more the case.
Spartak did well in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago to earn a 0-0 draw in a game where Rangers will feel they wasted some of the best opportunities. That said, Spartak could also have scored too and claimed the win, and in the end a draw was a fair result.
As they showed when drawing 3-3 with Villarreal at home in this competition, Spartak do ship goals at home, but I don’t think Rangers attack is the calibre of the Spanish side and as such, I can see Spartak keeping Rangers from scoring here and that makes this a big ask for the visitors.
I think this will be close and maybe a single goal will decide it but I do feel it is far more likely the home side will grab that goal than the visitors.
Bordeaux have had a dismal Europa League campaign thus far losing all three of their games to sit at the foot of Group C.
Zenit are top of that table having won two and drawn one of their three games. They lead from Slavia Prague by one point.
The game in St Petersburg between the two teams ended in a 2-1 win for Zenit after the Russian side came from a goal down to clinch a win with a late Kuzayev goal.
Zenit have won all of their last four games heading into the match, while Bordeaux have lost three and drawn one of their last four in all competitions.
It’s fair to say that despite a strong showing against Zenit St Petersburg last time out, Bordeaux’s defeat means their Europa League campaign is pretty much over before it has even begun. In truth, their performances domestically have not been that much better either.
Zenit have been stronger of late winning all of their last four and they deservedly top the group and they know a win here will all but confirm their place in the next round in the New Year. However France is always a tough place to go to get a win.
I don’t think this Zenit side is quite on a par with some of their best teams in recent years, but I still feel that they have enough quality in the team to get a positive result in Bordeaux, especially with their opponents struggling for form and confidence.
I see this game being very similar to the game in Russia a few weeks ago, which was an even contest but one which was ultimately decided by Zenit’s greater efficiency in front of goal. As such, I am backing a close game but for the visitors to grab the win.
Celtic lie in third place in Group B three points behind their opponents. Celtic have managed to score just two goals in their three Europa League games so far.
Red Bull Leipzig are second in the table, three points adrift of Salzburg at the top of the table. They have scored seven and conceded four in their three games.
The two teams met a couple of weeks ago with Red Bull Leipzig running out the 2-0 winners in Germany.
Celtic have found form in their last three games, winning them all and scoring 13 goals in the process, conceding none. Red Bull are unbeaten in their last five in all competitions.
Quite simply, this is a game that Celtic must win to have any realistic chance of progressing in this competition. With Salzburg likely to beat Rosenborg in the other game, that means Celtic can only catch Leipzig if they want to move into the knockout phase.
The problem is, after losing 2-0 in Germany, the German side are ahead on the head to head record between the teams and even a draw for Celtic would still mean the German side are in pole position to qualify from the group ahead of the Scottish side.
Brendan Rodgers men have hit some form after a rather slow start to the season. They have won their last two games by a 5-0 scoreline and have not conceded since those goals in Leipzig a few weeks ago.
However, Red Bull have shown this season and last that they are a dangerous side and some of their best performances have come on the road. I can’t see them claiming a win in a hostile Celtic Park, but I do think they have enough quality to get a point here.
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter