Europa League Tips: 5th November
We had to take a small loss with our Champions League predictions this week – there were two insane results in the Man UTD & PSG games – but it wasn’t too bad, only £7.00.
With that out of the way it’s on to my Europa League tips for Thursday November 5th and there’s plenty of action I like the look of.
This week’s Europa League clashes include some very intriguing games for all our representatives from Britain, as well as some big clashes involving other big teams in the tournament, with AC Milan v Lille, Benfica v Rangers, Leicester City v Braga and Celtc against Sparta Prague all catching the eye in particular.
We also have Arsenal facing Molde at the Emirtates, while Tottenham face a second trip to Bulgaria in this competition (they went there in the qualifying rounds too) to face Ludogorets Razgrad. Dundalk also face a testing trip to Vienna to take on Rapid.
I’ve gone through all the fixtures on Thursday and come up with the following tips which I think offer good value, as well as a higher than usual chance of success.
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 22nd October
There is no doubt that Celtic will be hoping that AC Milan can take six points from their next two games in the group against Lille, but the French side are a team that have a good record against Milan, albeit from two games, and who like Milan, have started their domestic season very well indeed.
The veteran Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the star man for the Italian side this season and his great form has been the foundation for their success both domestically and in Europe. Lille are going to have to find a way to contain his influence on the Italian side if they are to get anything from this game.
That said, Lille have a decent side themselves too and they are more than capable of scoring a goal themselves at the San Siro, indeed, I feel that they will. However, I still feel that overall Milan just have that extra edge in quality both in defence and also in the goalkeeping positions.
I don’t quite know what to make of Celtic at the moment. Neil Lennon’s side have struggled for form over the last few games and their confidence really does seem to have taken a bit of a hit. Even last week’s 2-2 draw with Lille will be bittersweet as Celtic led that game 2-0 at one stage but in the end hung on for a point.
That was not a bad result away to the French side but the manner in which it came about will still eat away at the Scottish side. They now face a Sparta Prague side who don’t have a point yet in the group, but who are still a pretty decent team who could cause the Scottish Champions a few problems.
The team is littered with Czech international players, although midfielder Krejci is suspended for the tie (his older brother however is fine to play) and his absence will be a blow to the visitors. That said, this is a team that should put up a real fight in Glasgow.
As such, given Celtic’s fragile form at the moment and the fact that they won’t be able to rely on their fabulous home support for backing, I fear that the Czech side may be able to snatch a goal or two here and as a result claim their first point in the competition.
It’s unusual to see a group where the top two teams have identical records after two games but that is the case in Group G, with these two teams leading the way. Clearly, whoever comes out on top in the double-header between the sides over the next few weeks will take a clear lead in the group.
Leicester would be wary of Braga given that they have beaten a few big English teams over the years and last season beat Wolves at Molineux, before recording a 3-3 draw with them at home. They have proven to be a tricky team for English sides to beat over the years.
However, with Jamie Vardy back fit, Leicester do have that added dimension in attack that can be crucial in these narrow games. I also feel that this Braga side, without Trincao who left for Barcelona at the end of last season, are not quite as strong as the one that battled Wolves last season.
That said, I still feel they are a very dangerous side and more than capable of springing a surprise here, as such, I am going for this one to be a draw and I feel the most likely scoreline for that is either 1-1 or 2-2.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.