Europa League Tips – Thursday 14th April

Author: Published: April 13, 2022

Europa League TipsWell, what a strange set of results we had in the Europa League last week, seven of the eight teams playing scored one goal, the only team that didn’t being Rangers as three games finished in 1-1 draws, while Braga earned that narrow lead over the Scottish Champions.

All that means that this weekend’s second legs are very evenly balanced, although you would assume that in three of those games, the home team would have the slight advantage head into this week’s second legs.

We didn’t have much success with last week’s Europa League tips, but I am determined to get back on track in a competition that has been pretty good to me over the years and which certainly over the last two years, has given me better returns than the Champions League.

However, it is also a very even competition and even the so called big teams, such as Barcelona, Red Bull Leipzig and to a lesser extent, Lyon are more than capable of slipping up against the other teams remaining in this competition.

So with that in mind, I am going to be a little more circumspect with my selections this week for the most part, as I have been with my Champions League tips this week, to try and ensure that we can at least turn a profit, even if it is a small one.

That said, I may still throw in one longer odds option to keep things tasty, if I can find a market and the odds I like the look of.

Anyway, let’s crack on with this set of tips for Thursday night’s Europa League action.

Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 14th April

Atalanta VS RB Leipzig
12/04/2022 5:45 pm GMT

Key Stats

A Zappacosta own goal handed Leipzig a leveller after Muriel had put Atalanta in front.
Atalanta lie 7th in Serie A, Leipzig lie fourth in the Bundesliga.
Leipzig have not suffered defeat in any of their last 11 games in all competitions.
Atalanta are unbeaten at home against German clubs in Europe (W2, D1).

Analysis

This is such a tricky game to predict. Both these teams can beat anybody on their day, but similarly both can have complete off-days and be beaten by several goals. Neither are the greatest defensively but both have some quality options in attack. When that happens goals usually follow.

As such, I was somewhat surprised we saw a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this tie. Having not seen the full game but only highlights, I think Atalanta seemed to edge that game and I think that having home advantage will be beneficial to them here.

That is not to say that I discount a Red Bull win or a draw. I can make a case for pretty much any type of scoreline in this game, but I just feel the odds have swung ever so slightly in Atalanta’s favour, even though the Italians have struggled for consistency over the last few months.

As this game could be any score, and any result, I am not going to get too clever with my tip for this game, so I am going to take the decent better than even money options that are available on Atalanta landing the win.

Prediction

Atalanta to win - £10 returns £23.80
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Barcelona VS Frankfurt
14/04/2022 8:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Barcelona are second in La Liga, Frankfurt lie 9th in the Bundesliga.
Ferran Torres equalised for Barcelona after Knauff gave Frankfurt the lead in the 1st leg.
Tuta is suspended for the second leg after being sent off in the first for Frankfurt.
Frankfurt have played away to Spanish teams 4 times in Europe without defeat (W3, D1)

Analysis

There is no doubt that Barcelona have improved a great deal since Xavi came in as manager. They have steadied the ship in terms of results and performances and as a result, their results have improved both domestically and in Europe.

However, in the last couple of rounds, they have tended to produce their best football in the away legs and being level against a Frankfurt side who, admittedly across just four games, have never lost a European tie in Spain may be a concern for some.

That said, I think the signings Barcelona made during the transfer window have breathed a bit of life back into the team and Dembele finding his best form in a good while has helped change the fortunes of the team.

Frankfurt’s record does make this an intriguing game, especially when you look at Barcelona’s recent home results in Europe, but I can’t back Barcelona not to win a home European game against a side 9th in the Bundesliga, although I do think Frankfurt will find the net.

Prediction

Barcelona to win and both teams to score - £10 returns £32.00
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Lyon VS West Ham
14/04/2022 8:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Aaron Cresswell is suspended for the second leg after being sent off in the first.
Lyon are now unbeaten in their last 7 games against English Premier League sides.
West Ham lie 6th in the EPL, Lyon are 9th in the Ligue One table.
The French side have not been beaten in this year’s Europa League competition.

Analysis

West Ham now face a tough task in the second leg against a side that has not been beaten in the Europa League this season and who have not lost any of their last seven matches against Premier League teams, including three games against Manchester City.

Aaron Cresswell’s sending off just on half time put the Hammers up against it in the first leg but they did well to come away with a point and with 11 men for 90 minutes here, you would fancy them to at least score a goal.

However, with home advantage, I think that Lyon will also fine the net and given their record in this competition, it is hard to see West Ham succeeding where other teams have failed so far this season by landing the win they need to win the tie.

This could well be very close and I think we may get a late goal to decide the outcome. I think both teams will score at least once, but I think Lyon may just steal the win late on in the game.

Prediction

Lyon to win and both teams to score - £10 returns £40.00
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Rangers VS Braga
14/04/2022 8:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Abel Ruiz goal just before half time gave Braga the 1-0 win in Portugal.
Rangers did not manage a single shot on target in the game.
Alvaro Morelos is out for Rangers with a season-ending injury.
Rangers were 3-2 winners when the teams met at Ibrox in February 2020.

Analysis

The Glasgow giants have struck a bit of a run of poor form of late and they will need to put that right if they are to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first leg. Braga showed in that game that even with less possession, they can still be dangerous.

That’s something that Rangers may well have to be very wary of as they are likely to have even more of the ball in this game, but they need to get more creative and better in front of goal having not had a shot on target in the first game.

Alfredo Morelos’ absence through injury is a big loss for the home side and is part of the reason why I haven’t backed Rangers to land the win here. That and the fact that Braga know they can score against Rangers on the counter-attack.

For me, I think a draw is the most likely outcome here as I think if Rangers score, Braga can get back into the game, but if the game is tight, then I think that the Portuguese side can cope with that too. It may be a nail-biting evening ahead but I think Gers fans are in for a disappointing night unfortunately.

Prediction

Draw - £10 returns £37.50
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