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Europa League Tips: Thursday 3rd October

Europa League TipsAlthough I did land a winner in my last set of Europa League tips, I wasn’t particularly happy with that set and I am looking for a better return on this week’s second round of games in the Group Stages.

To be fair, there were more than a few upset results in both the Champions and Europa Leagues last time around, but I think over the next couple of games in particular, things will start to settle down.

This week we have some intriguing games including Manchester United making the trip to Holland to face AZ Alkmaar. Wolves heading to Turkey to face Besiktas, while Arsenal will take on Belgian side Standard Liege at the Emirates.

There’s also crucial games for Rangers (who face Young Boys in Switzerland) and Celtic, who take on the team that eliminated them from Champions League qualifying, CFR Cluj, in Glasgow. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at our tips for Thursday night.

Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 3rd October

October 3, 2019
AZ Alkmaar
VS
Man Utd
ADO Den Haag Stadium
5:55 pm
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AZ Alkmaar
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Man Utd
October 3, 2019
ADO Den Haag Stadium
5:55 pm
Key Stats
  • These two teams have never met previously in European competition.
  • Man Utd have won just twice in eight trips to the Netherlands in Europe.
  • AZ have played England teams 12 times, winning just twice, losing six.
  • United won their Europa League opener, AZ were held 2-2 by Partizan Belgrade.
Analysis:

The bookies seem to think United have the edge here, but I have to be honest and say that I am not so sure. The Red Devils have something of a crisis with injuries in attack and in recent games, they have found goalscoring very difficult, even with key players fit in some of those matches.

They face an AZ side that have been in good form of late and who have proven to be tricky opponents for some decent sides in the Netherlands and in Europe. Belgrade is a tough place to go to get a result, Liverpool failed against Red Star last year in the Champions League but AZ managed to land a point at their city rivals Partizan in their opening game.

I can maybe see United scoring a goal, but against this somewhat leaky United back line and on home soil, albeit played in Den Haag, I do feel that AZ Alkmaar have the quality to cause something of a shock here and heap more pressure on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A such I am backing the home side to win here in a likely 2-1 scoreline.

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October 3, 2019
Besiktas
VS
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Vodafone Park
5:55 pm
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Besiktas
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Wolverhampton Wanderers
October 3, 2019
Vodafone Park
5:55 pm
Key Stats
  • Besiktas were thumped 4-2 by Slovan Bratislava in their opening group game.
  • Wolves were beaten 1-0 at home by Portuguese side Braga.
  • The teams have never met before in European competition.
  • Besiktas have beaten Stoke City, Tottenham and Liverpool at home in recent times.
Analysis:

Both these sides had less than stellar opening rounds of games in the Europa League Group Stage, but I think Wolves defeat at home to Braga was the more damaging result compared to Besiktas thumping in Bratislava.

The Turkish side are not great travellers in Europe, but at home they are somewhat formidable and they have beaten some top teams at Vodafone Park over the years. Wolves are certainly going to find it a very intimidating atmosphere to be in and given that Nuno Santo’s men are not in the best form going into this game, I feel this could be tough.

Had Wolves been playing at their best, like they did last season, I’d have backed them to get something from this game, but the fact Besiktas need a win, the fact they are at home and also that they are a decent side with some quality players means I think that this will turn into being a somewhat tough night for the Midlands side.

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October 3, 2019
Arsenal
VS
Standard Liege
Emirates
8:00 pm
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Standard Liege
October 3, 2019
Emirates
8:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Arsenal defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 to top Group F after one game.
  • Liege were also winners, defeating Vitoria Guimares 2-0 in Belgium.
  • Arsenal have won all four of the games between the two teams.
  • The Gunners have netted 15 goals in those games, conceding just two.
Analysis:

I have to admit that I was hugely impressed with the manner of Arsenal’s victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany last time out. They rode their luck at times, but were far more clinical in front of goal than the German team and fully deserved their victory against last season’s beaten semi-finalists in this competition.

They now face a Standard Liege side who also won their opening game but who have a dismal record against Arsenal, losing all four of the games that they have played against the Gunners in Europe (two in the Cup Winners Cup, two in the Champions League) and they have only managed two goals, while shipping 15 in the process.

That said, Arsenal defensively look extremely fragile to me and while I fully expect the Gunners to run out comfortable winners on the night, I don’t think it will be to nil as I think the Belgian side are good enough to nick a goal as a consolation. However, I do see an Arsenal win here by at least a 3-1 scoreline, if not more.

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October 3, 2019
Celtic
VS
CFR Cluj
Celtic Park
8:00 pm
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CFR Cluj
October 3, 2019
Celtic Park
8:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Both these teams are currently top of their domestic league tables.
  • Cluj knocked Celtic out of the Champions League in the qualifiers 5-4 on aggregate.
  • They have played three times in total, one draw, with Cluj winning twice.
  • Cluj won their opening Europa League game, Celtic were held to a draw.
Analysis:

There will be a huge atmosphere at Celtic Park for this game on Thursday night as the home side get a chance to gain revenge over the team that knocked them out of the Champions League qualifying stages with a stunning 4-3 win at Celtic Park, after a 1-1 draw in the opening game in Romania.

Both these sides come into the game in good form domestically and with pleasing results in this competition, Cluj defeating Lazio, while Celtic earned a fantastic point away from home against a Rennes side that had beaten Paris St Germain on the same ground just a few weeks prior to the Celtic game.

Celtic will have a score to settle and they will know a win here, in what is a tough group, would put them in a superb position to qualify and I think a combination of those factors, more confidence after the draw in Rennes and that quest for revenge will see Celtic come out on top of what I expect to be another exciting and goal-filled game between the teams.

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*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.

Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
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