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Europa League Tips: Thursday 19th September
by David Lenton
Well… it was more profit (but a small one) in the Champions League this week and anyone who followed the tips knows it could have been a lot more.
Thanks for that Ross Barkley!
There’s strong British interest in the Europa League this year with Arsenal, Man United and Wolves all qualifying as well as the Old Firm duo Rangers and Celtic also reaching this stage.
Here are my tips for this Thursday’s action.
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 19th September
September 19, 2019
September 19, 2019
Frankfurt were losing semi-finalists to Chelsea on penalties in last year.
Arsenal reached the final but were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in Baku.
Frankfurt have won this tournament once in 1979/80.
The two teams have never met previously.
This is a game that could have been last year’s final had Frankfurt come out on top of their penalty shootout with Chelsea in the semis and the fact that this is now a group stage game should give you every indication of the tough task facing Arsenal in this one.
Frankfurt stormed the group stages last season, winning all six games and beating the likes of Lazio, Inter Milan and Benfica to reach the semifinals. They have lost some key attacking threat in the sale of Luka Jovic to Real Madrid, but they still remain a very talented side.
Arsenal have started the season well and indications are that Unai Emery’s team should be set for a better campaign domestically than last season. The Spaniard is something of a specialist in this competition from his time with Sevilla, but I think this is a huge test for him and his team, especially in the first game of the group.
This will be close and I think one goal either may way resolve it and my money is on Frankfurt being the team to get it.
Rennes finished 10th in Ligue 1 last season and the Europa League Round of 16.
Celtic won the SPL last season and reached the Round of 32 in the Europa League.
They have met three times, twice in the Europa League, Celtic winning twice with 1 draw.
Rennes recent record signing, £19m Brazilian Raphina, should start.
I have to admit to being at a loss to explain why so many bookies seem to think Celtic stand a decent chance in this game. The Celts European form has been awful for many seasons and although Rennes are not one of the biggest names in European football, they are a decent Ligue 1 side who managed to beat Arsenal 3-1 on home soil in the Round of 16 last season.
They did capitulate in London losing 3-0 to get knocked out of the competition at that stage but since then I feel this team has improved, notably with the signing of the exciting Brazilian Raphina from Sporting Lisbon for a club record £19m fee just a week or so ago.
Celtic, already reeling from Champions League elimination by Cluj now face a team that is markedly better than the Romanian outfit and who I think will be looking to star their campaign with a big win in what is going to be a tough group to qualify from.
I do fancy Celtic to score, and it should be close, but even so, I do feel Rennes should take the win.
Rennes to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £48.00
Rangers lie 2nd in the SPL, the same position where they finished last season.
Feyenoord are 9th in the Eredivisie but are unbeaten in four games.
The teams have not met previously in European competition.
Feyenoord have not been beaten in any of their last eight games.
I always fear for any of the Scottish Premier League sides in European football when they come up against a half-decent team from a more competitive league. Time and time again over the years I have seen Celtic and other Scottish sides fall by the wayside against teams that 20 years ago, you would have fancied them to beat.
This is a typical example of this. Rangers lost at home to Celtic in the SPL a few weeks ago and I believe that this Feyenoord side is a better all-round team than their Glasgow rivals. The likes of Berghuis, Narsingh and Jorgensen in attack and Fer and Tapia in midfield will cause Rangers many problems.
The home side can call on some superb support at home and I feel Steven Gerrard’s team are going to need it as I think this could be a real struggle against a team that are well set up to hit Rangers on the counter.
The bookmakers may feel this is Rangers game to win, but I while I can see them netting, I strongly fancy Feyenoord to land an away win here.
Feyenoord to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £60.00
Wolves only wins this season have been in the Europa League.
They last played in this competition back in the 1980/81 season.
Braga were eliminated in the qualifying rounds last season by Zorya Luhansk.
Braga finished 4th in the Primeira Liga in Portugal last season.
This could be another tricky game for Wolves who have already had to beat Torino to reach this stage of the tournament. Braga, although not qualifying for the Group Stages last season, have had previous good form in this tournament and reached the quarterfinals back in 2016.
Wolves Portuguese manager and his large percentage of Portuguese players will be well aware of the threat Braga pose however and I have to admit to being impressed by Wolves in Europe. They overcame Torino very well to reach this stage and I think the Italian team offer a sterner threat than this Braga side.
I would be more confident with Wolves but I do worry about them defensively as they are shipping goals at the moment, however I feel they have enough going forward to ensure that even if they concede, which I feel is likely, they should have enough to go on and win the game, especially seeing as Nuno Santo is picking his best players for this competition. Something that not every English team manager does at this stage of the tournament.
Wolves to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £40.00
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