Europa League Tips – Thursday 7th April
If it is the Champions League quarter finals first legs taking place this week, then it is also the same point of the other two European competitions and our focus once again is on the Europa League and there are some cracking games in store over Thursday night in the competition.
It is fair to say that the newly added Conference League has improved the overall quality of the Europa League and that this tournament is certainly much stronger, and all the more attractive to fans as a direct result of that.
This year’s quarter-finals sees a number of teams that have reached a similar stage, or further, in the Champions League in recent years, while the likes of West Ham and Rangers are amongst the team going deeper in this tournament than they have previously.
It all adds up into a very exciting set of four games on Thursday night with the action getting underway at 5.45pm with the Red Bull v Atalanta game, so if you are going to have a bet on the games then remember to get your bet on before that early game kicks off.
It is going to be interesting to see how the likes of Rangers and West Ham get on in their respective games. Both are tough but also offer each team a chance to get to the semifinals of the competition and of course, if they can win it, then they will secure a place for themselves in the Champions League next season.
Let’s take a look at the games this week and what our tips are for each of them.
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 7th April
This is tough game to call. Leipzig don’t have a great home record in European competition, with their best performances coming on the road, but in truth, you can say that about Atalanta too, although they did beat Bayer Leverkusen home and away in the last round to progress to the quarterfinals.
Both these teams have reached the Champions League knockout phase and quarter finals in recent years so they are used to quality competition at this level, but of the two teams I think it is Atalanta who are probably the best equipped to go deeper in this tournament and who will win out over the two legs.
The reason I say that is that defensively Leipzig are very open and they concede an awful lot of goals. They do, in fairness, score a fair few too with N’Kunku a real threat and I think seeing as this match is tough to predict in terms of a result, the goalscorer option is more appealing.
N’Kunku has netted a hat-trick in the Champions League this season against Manchester City and he has scored 27 goals in 50 games this season and if Leipzig are going to find the net, then it is my view he is the man most likely to be grabbing the goal for them in this game.
Both these teams come into this game with contrasting results at the weekend, Braga earning a fine victory over Benfica, while Rangers suffered a devastating loss 2-1 at home to Celtic, a result which likely ends their SPL title hopes.
However, in Europe both this season and last, Rangers have produced some excellent performances, notably on the road, including beating Braga home and away a couple of years ago. Add that to wins over Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade in the last two rounds and in Europe at least, Rangers look strong.
The problem for them is that Braga do too and the Portuguese side have shown in their wins over AS Monaco and Benfica of late, that they are no pushovers and as a result, this is a tie that I think will go right down to the wire to decide the winner.
A home win seems to be what the bookmakers feel is the most likely result here, but I think Rangers badly need a result after that defeat to Celtic at the weekend and given their away performances of late, I am backing them to claim a draw in this game.
This is going to be an intriguing game between a Barcelona side that have really found their groove under Xavi in the last couple of months. 13 games unbeaten, and that includes away wins in Naples and Istanbul in this competition, alongside a 4-0 win away to Real Madrid, means Barcelona are in their best form of the season.
Frankfurt’s form has been a little up and down this season, hence their relatively lowly place in the Bundesliga, but they have produced some big performances, beating Bayern away from home in the Bundesliga, as well as thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 5-2.
This is a game which I think will see both teams find the net, but I also feel that the extra quality Barcelona now have in attack, does make them much more of a threat. Certainly since Aubameyang came into the club, the Catalans look to have a much more dangerous goal threat.
This is a game that could well see a few goals scored and I think that it will be the Spanish giants that will be celebrating a narrow victory here to take with them back for the second leg in Spain next week.
Lyon have proved to be very tricky opponents for British teams in Europe of late. They have beaten Manchester City twice, and drawn once, with the Premier League Champions in their last three games against them and in fact, have not lost in six games against EPL opponents.
Such is the task facing West Ham United here but the Hammers should have a bit of extra confidence themselves as they defeated a team that also has a great record against English sides, Sevilla, in the last round of the competition.
Add to that a solid build up win over Everton on Sunday and the home side should come into this game brimming with confidence, although they will be without the suspended Mario Lanzini for this game, but with Jarrod Bowen returning at the weekend, his absence won’t be too keenly felt.
Lyon have a good record in Europe this season and I think they will find the net in London, but I am backing the Hammers to produce another battling, well-organised display and to claim a narrow lead to take into the second leg in France next week.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.