Europa League Tips – Thursday 21st October

Author: Last Updated: October 19, 2021

Europa League TipsSomewhat unusually this week, we have two Europa League games taking place earlier on than usual. Celtic face Ferencvaros on Tuesday night, while Leicester face Spartak Moscow in the Russian capital on Wednesday evening.

With that in mind, we have decided to leave those games alone this week and focus on the other 14 games that are taking place in their usual spot on a Thursday night, as we know people are used to getting our tips for games on that night in the Europa League.

It’s been a bit of a torrid start for the UK teams in the tournament. Both Rangers and Celtic, and Leicester City for that matter, sit at the bottom of their respective groups following two games. All three of those teams now face crucial double-headers on Matchdays 3 and 4 to try and put themselves back in contention in their group.

On the flip side of that, West Ham have started their first European adventure for a while in good form with two solid wins and they know another win against Genk this week would put them in a very strong position in their group.

There are a number of other big games across the continent in the Europa League too, some of which we have focused upon for this week’s selection of tips.
This tournament has been kind to me in the past and has seen me record some very good value returns both this season and last. Let’s hope that this selection of tips hits the mark too.

Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 21st October

Lazio VS Marseille
21/10/2021 5:45 pm GMT

Key Stats

Lazio lie 2nd in Group E a point behind Galatasaray, but one ahead of Marseille.
The Italian side are 6th in Serie A, with Marseille 5th in Ligue 1 at the time of writing.
They have met twice previously, Lazio winning on both occasions in 2017.
Both teams have never won the tournament, Marseille losing in the final twice, Lazio once.

Analysis

Not many teams in this competition can say that they have reached the final of it, but Marseille have done so twice and Lazio once, but on all those three occasions, they ended up on the losing side of things and watched another team carry away the trophy.

Since then both sides have hit upon tougher times and though they are regular players in Europe, both in this competition and sometimes the Champions League, it has been a couple of years since either team has been really viewed as a possible winner.

Drawn in a tough group that also includes Galatasaray and Lokomotive Moscow, winning games is going to prove key to any of these two teams chances of success and I think matchday 3 and 4 will have a big impact on this group one way or the other.

Marseille have drawn both their games and I feel they are probably likely to grab a goal against Lazio in Rome, but I think the Italians should have enough quality to turn things around and claim a win by a narrow scoreline.

Prediction

Lazio to win and both teams to score - £10 returns £37.50
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Real Betis VS Bayern Leverkusen
21/10/2021 5:45 pm GMT

Key Stats

Leverkusen are top of Group G, Betis lie 2nd both with maximum points.
These teams have scored the most goals in the Group Stage so far.
Betis lie towards mid-table in La Liga, but Leverkusen are 2nd in the Bundesliga.
These two teams are yet to meet in a European tie.

Analysis

Both these teams have started their Europa League campaigns well but in truth, both would have been expected to battle it out for top spot So these next two games between the two teams will, I feel, determine who finishes top of the group and qualifies for the knockout phase.

For me, I think Leverkusen have shown themselves to be the better team this season. Not only have they performed very well in Europe, but they have been equally strong in the Bundesliga, second only to Bayern Munich on goal difference and their free-flowing attacking football has been particularly dangerous on the road.

Betis have not been as strong domestically and they hover around the mid table in La Liga. They do have some quality players though, such as Nabil Fekir, but I think that they are going to find chances at a premium in this game.

I can see Betis grabbing a goal, but I think the Germans strength and pace on the counter attack is going to cause the Spanish team problems all evening. As such, while I feel Betis will score a goal, I am backing Leverkusen to grab two in reply and I am going for 2-1 as the correct score here to the German side.

Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen to win 2-1 - £10 returns £110.00
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Rangers VS Brondby
21/10/2021 8:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Brondby are third in Group A with 1 point, Rangers are bottom without a point.
The two teams have never met previously.
Rangers are top of the SPL, but Brondby lie in a lowly 8th place in the Danish Superliga.
Both teams are yet to score in the Europa League Group Stage this season.

Analysis

After doing very well in this competition last season, Rangers have struggled to perform anywhere near those standards in their opening two games and they head into the double header with Brondby badly in need of not just one win, but two, if they are to get themselves back into contention in the group.

Steven Gerrard’s men will know that a draw doesn’t really help either side and so I am expecting both Rangers and Brondby to have a real go in this game, with the Danes likely to be dangerous against the Scottish champions on the break.

Brondby have not started their domestic season very well at all and languish down in eighth place, but they have proven to be stubborn opponents for British teams in the past and I do fancy them to grab a goal, or maybe two in this game.

I think with both teams recognising a win is necessary here, I am envisaging an open game and one where there is likely to be a few goals with neither defence in rock solid form. As such, I’m backing a rare bet for me, the Over 3 goals in the game, which offers a decent return in my view.

Prediction

Over 3.5 Goals in the Game – £10 returns £40.00
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West Brom VS Genk
21/10/2021 8:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

The Hammers lead Group G with maximum points, four goals scored, none conceded.
Genk are third on goal difference behind Dinamo Zagreb.
The two teams have never met previously in Europe.
West Ham are 9th in the EPL, with Genk 5th in the Belgian Jupiler League.

Analysis

West Ham have been excellent in Europe this season, winning both their games comfortably and not conceding a goal in either. They should find Genk an interesting but not necessarily dangerous opponent, given the Belgian side lost 2-0 at home to Dinamo Zagreb last time out in this competition.

David Moyes has shown no inclination to rest players in this competition this season and I am pleased that he hasn’t as it has shown West Ham to be one of the stronger teams in the competition and if they continue to play as well as they have, they could well go far in this tournament.

With Antonio scoring plenty of goals and Declan Rice running midfield, plus a number of other players contributing to the team effort, I think the Hammers will win this game relatively comfortably and take a real stranglehold in the group.

So what will the score be? Well I can see the Hammers scoring two or maybe three goals, but I can perhaps see Genk grabbing one in reply, so I am going to go for a 3-1 win for the home side here which is available at a great price.

Prediction

West Ham United to win 3-1 - £10 returns £120.00
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