Europa League Tips: Thursday 25th February
Last week, we kicked off a good run of profit with just a £3 profit on the midweek Europa League tips.
I am hoping that we can continue the profitable ways with another return on the games this week, although to be honest, I’d be hoping for a bit more than £3!
However, profit is profit however small, so I won’t turn my nose up at it. The Europa League has been my ‘lucky’ tournament for tips over the past 12-18 months or so, with me regularly turning a profit, even when my Champions League or Premier League ones have bit the dust. So, let’s hope we can continue that here.
I am going to be focusing on four of the games taking place on Thursday night and there are some crackers in store after some exciting first leg ties.
I may also look beyond our usual Premier League teams for some selections given that Spurs and Manchester United already look well set to qualify and that there are some very appealing odds and markets available on other games too.
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 25th February
Arsenal do not have the best of records against Benfica, with no wins in the three games against the Portuguese side in Europe in their history. However, now would be a great chance for Mikel Arteta’s men to end that run of results and pick up the win here.
The question is, can they do that when their ‘home’ game is being played in Greece? The teams looked so well matched in the first game between the two that I feel this second leg could well be a carbon copy of the first game, with things being very tight and the two teams sharing the spoils.
I do feel that this game could follow the same pattern as last week’s clash between the two with Benfica scoring and Arsenal levelling and then I think we would head into extra time, where anything could happen and it may take penalties to decide the winner.
However, for this bet, I think the draw and both teams to score is the best option.
Any game that sees seven goals shared between the two teams is always a good option for both teams to score in the return leg and having looked at their form over recent weeks and over history, I see no reason why both teams won’t find the net at Ibrox in midweek.
Rangers grabbed victory from defeat in Belgium with two late goals handing them a big advantage going into this game. However Steven Gerrard will know that trying to sit on this lead against a team that scored three goals against you in the home leg, is going to be foolhardy.
Antwerp showed against Spurs that they have plenty of quality and I do fancy the Belgian side to get a goal or two at Ibrox. I also fancy Rangers to do likewise but I can see the Scottish side also trying to play a more containing game, especially as the game wears on.
As such, with Rangers not needing the win, I think that if the game is all-square the Gers will probably try to hang on to that late in the game and I think that is the most likely scenario here.
The first game between these two teams was packed with drama and excitement with the Swiss side clinching a late winner thanks to Theoson Siebatcheu. However, Leverkusen have three away goals in the bag and know that any victory, provided Young Boys don’t score four in defeat, will be enough for them to go through.
The German side and the Swiss side have both been involved in a number of high scoring games of late both in Europe and in their domestic league and cup competitions and as such, this game always looked a certainty for the Both Teams to Score market.
The question is, who will come out on top? The first game was close and probably should have finished as a draw. However, with home advantage and given the quality of the players that they have in their squad, I think Bayer have to start as the favourites here.
As such, I am going for both teams to find the net but for Leverkusen to secure the win that they need in order to progress into the next round of the competition.
After a tricky game in the Czech Republic, Leicester head into this game knowing that they need to win this game in order to progress. Any draw, other than a 0-0, would send Slavia through on away goals and that makes this a somewhat precarious tie for the Foxes as a result.
Brendan Rodgers will know that this competition could offer his team a chance of silverware and I don’t think he is going to take this game lightly. With Manchester City now well clear in the EPL, I think Leicester will name a strong side for the home leg here with a view to winning the game well.
However, Slavia are no mugs. They are comfortably top of the Czech League and they have produced some excellent results in European competition in recent years. Nice, Bordeaux, Zenit St Petersburg, Genk, Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen are just some of the teams they have beaten in the past three seasons.
So this could be a tricky evening for Leicester, especially if, as I suspect they will, Slavia score a goal. However the good news is that I think the Foxes have enough attacking talent to ensure they scrape a narrow win by the odd goal in three to go into Monday’s Round of 16 draw.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.