Europa League Tips: Thursday 29th October
There’s nothing I like more than being able to start a set of tips by telling you that last week in this competition we absolutely smashed it out of the park, netting ourselves a lovely return of £94 across three winning bets, a profit of £54 and the fifth profit in these tips in a row!
Long may that continue.
We’ve got a bit of an unusual mix of games this week in the Europa League. Of course, I am going to focus on the British teams when I can but I think Arsenal’s game this week at home to Dundalk is going to be such low odds on any realistic market that I will skip that game.
However, that still leaves me four British teams to pick from, as well as the Real Sociedad v Napoli clash which for me is the best game of the evening. I’ve had a look at some of the bets available on each and hopefully I have come up with a winning quartet of bets that will see us give the bookies a thumping once again this week.
Here’s my tips for Thursday night’s games.
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 22nd October
A quick glance at these two teams’ relative domestic performances tends to reveal a somewhat similar picture, both have started the season relatively well but have also looked susceptible at times. However, in reality, I think the quality Leicester have faced this season has been much superior to AEK Athens and I also feel Leicester’s squad is far stronger than the Greek side.
Another thing to consider is that at the moment AEK are playing their home games at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, as their new stadium is being built and is not scheduled to be completed until March 2021, and that could well be another positive for Leicester in this game.
Another is the imminent return of striker Jamie Vardy, who has been absent for a couple of weeks through injury and with the likes of James Maddison also returning to form, Leicester do seem to have some of their key men returning to full fitness and they have missed those players over the last few weeks.
I can’t see this being a game with a huge amount of goals though as both sides are usually pretty tight defensively, but I do think Leicester will do enough to get the win here either by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.
Antwerp are a team Spurs will not take lightly, with the Belgian side on a run of six games unbeaten heading into their Sunday clash with Beerschot. Spurs form has been a little more erratic at times, especially domestically but in general their performances in the Europa League have been very consistent, as evidenced by their comfortable win over LASK last week.
Antwerp have a few familiar faces in their team in ex-Man Utd defender Ritchie De Laet, ex-Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani and Jordan Lukaku, the brother of Inter striker Romelu. They are a decent side and I am sure will be up for the game with Spurs.
However, given the strength in depth Spurs have in their squad, even if Mourinho rests Son and Kane for this game, the likes of Bale and Vinicius could play and they both played well in last week’s win over LASK and as such, I think in what is likely to be a close game, they could be the different.
Rather like the Leicester game we previewed before, I think this is another game where goals could be at a premium and as such, I am backing Tottenham to land a narrow win here probably by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon may be bemoaning the fact that his team has been drawn into a group that has two of the most resurgent teams in Europe contained within it, in the shape of Milan and Lille. The French side are unbeaten domestically ahead of the weekend and sit atop of the Ligue 1 table having spent a large amount of money in the summer.
A 4-1 away win against Sparta Prague is clear indication that this is a very strong Lille team and in truth, with Celtic heading into this game not in the best of form, I do feel that Neil Lennon’s men could well be in for a tough evening here.
They will take solace from a better second half showing against Milan last week and that will give them the belief that they can contend in what is likely to be one of the toughest groups in the competition, but I do feel that this is a game that they will be fortunate to take anything from.
I can’t see anything in Lille’s record over the season so far to suggest anything other than a solid win for them here. They do score a fair few goals but also ship them too, so I think Celtic will score but that the Scottish Champions will go down to a defeat, probably by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
In terms of the quality of the two teams, I think this game is the best in the Europa League this week and I think these are generally two well-matched sides, Sociedad have started the season well picking up 11 points to surprisingly sit at the top of La Liga, while Napoli have 9 points with 3 wins and a defeat in their four Serie A games so far.
However, what worries me here for the Neapolitans was the result last week against AZ67. That home defeat was a real surprise for many pundits, myself included, and it means that another defeat here for the Italian side could put them in a really tricky position in a group that they were expected to comfortably qualify from.
Sociedad meanwhile will know a win here will put them in real control of this group ahead of a double header with AZ67, but they will also know the value of not losing their home games, especially against a team likely to be their main rival in the group.
As such, I think both sides may well approach this game with a little more caution than they did in the past. Napoli will know avoiding defeat here keeps them in with a real chance, while a draw is also not a disaster for Sociedad, so I think that is likely to be the best value bet option in this game.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.