Europa League Tips – Thursday 21st October
Somewhat 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.