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Europa League Tips – Thursday 24th October
by David Lenton
We bagged ourselves a tidy £21.00 profit from £10 stakes in the Champions League this week and naturally I’m hoping to follow that up in the Europa League tonight.
As usual, we are primarily focusing on the British teams involved in this competition, but if I see another bet elsewhere that I feel offers better value, I will substitute that bet in.
Sticking with what I know (the British teams) has paid off nicely when I have followed that method previously, so I am not really going to change it too much now.
Here’s my tips for four of this week’s Europa League ties.
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The teams met in the 1965/66 European Cup with Partizan winning 2-1 on agg.
The hosts have not lost in 11 UEFA home games, winning eight and drawing three.
Both sides share the same total of points, four, after their two group games so far.
Prior to Sunday’s game with Liverpool, United had scored 3 goals in their last 5.
After a 0-0 draw in Holland against AZ Alkmaar, Manchester United now face an even tougher test on the road against a Partizan Belgrade side that has not lost a home game in Europe for 11 matches in all competitions.
Given United’s problematic away form since their win in Paris last season, the Red Devils faithful will be hoping the return from injury of a number of first team players may be enough to end their drought of away wins and in doing so help them pick up an invaluable three points in the group.
Partizan, as their record suggests, will be no pushovers and we have already seen plenty of recent evidence that Belgrade can be a very difficult place for English teams to go and pick up points, as Liverpool have found to their cost in last season’s Champions League against Red Star.
The return of some key stars for United however is crucial I feel here and as such, I am going to back them to earn something from this trip, although I do feel the best they can hope for will be a point.
In four previous games Rangers have won two, Porto one with one draw.
They last met in the 2005/06 Champions’ League Group Stages.
The two coaches met as players in the 2002 World Cup Finals (Portugal 1-1 England).
All four teams in Group G have three points with one win and one loss from two games.
Things could not be closer in. Group G with all four teams winning their home game but losing on the road so far, meaning that it is only goal difference and head to head records that is splitting the teams. However, after this next double-header of games, things should look a lot clearer and for Rangers the task looks very tough against a Porto side more accustomed to Champions League football.
There’s no doubt in terms of experience in the big games, the Portuguese side has the edge although I do feel this side is not as strong as some of the Porto teams of recent years. That does give Rangers a chance I feel, and I can see Gers managing to net a goal in Oporto.
However, the quality Porto have in attack with the likes of Mariga, mean that I feel they are likely to keep this flow of home wins in. Group G going and I would expect them to earn a win here against Rangers and that would put the pressure firmly on Steven Gerrard’s men in the second leg in a couple of weeks’ time.
FC Porto to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £32.00
This is the first meeting in European football for the two teams.
Slovan have won 2 and drawn 1 of their 5 home games against English teams.
Slovan top Group K with four points. Wolves lie third with three points.
Up to the weekend, both sides were unbeaten in their last five games.
After having a struggle at the start of the season in the Premier League, Wolves have found their feet in recent weeks and their fantastic win away to Besiktas last time out has limited the damage of the home loss to Braga they endured in Round One. Now another win on the road in Slovakia could well put Wolves in prime position in Group K.
Slovan top the group at the present moment with four points and their home record against English teams is not too bad, and nor is their recent form, albeit against teams mainly from the Slovakian league and Wolves are a cut above most of those teams to be brutally honest.
Still, the Tehelne Pole is never an easy stadium to go and get a result in as any team that has played Slovakia in front of their home fans will let you know. That said, I just feel the way Wolves are playing at the moment and the confidence that they are showing, means that they will do just enough to get a vital win in this one.
Wolves to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £37.00
Celtic are top of Group E with four points, one ahead of Lazio who lie third.
Celtic haven't won in their last nine games against Serie A sides, drawing just 3.
Lazio have never played a UEFA game in Scotland before.
The teams meet again in two weeks in Rome on the 7th November.
This will be Lazio’s first game every against a Scottish team in European competition, but they have plenty of players with experienced of playing in English football. However, few will have experienced an atmosphere quite like Celtic Park on a European night.
At home, the Celtic fans have seen their team produce some fine performances over the years and the signs are that this season, they are getting their act together in Europe after a number of years of below par performances. So much so they lead their group after two games.
However, it is these two games at home and then away to Lazio which may well decide Celtic’s fate. If they can pick up three or even four points from these games, then their position in the group would be immeasurably strengthened.
Lazio are not the best travellers in Europe and if they can lose in Romania to Cluj, then I think Celtic Park packed to the brim could be another defeat on the road for the Rome-based side, though I do feel it will. Take Celtic to score twice to secure the win.
Celtic to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £48.00
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