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Europa League Tips – Thursday 7th November
by David Lenton
There were some good results for British teams in the Europa League last time out and we had a fantastic return with us getting the Wolves and Celtic results absolutely bang on the money which ensured we profited on the round.
I am hopeful that we can continue smashing up the bookies and earning a bit ourselves with this selection of games from the Europa League this week.
This week we have the likes of Manchester United at home to Partizan Belgrade, Rangers at home to FC Porto, Wolves take on Slovan Bratislava at Molineux, while Arsenal and Celtic are on the road to Vitoria Guimares and Lazio respectively.
Let get stuck in…
Europa League Betting Tips: Thursday 7th November
November 7, 2019
November 7, 2019
Celtic won the home game between the teams 2-1 a fortnight ago.
Celtic top Group E ahead of Cluj who are three points ahead of Lazio in third.
A win for Celtic would ensure they progress into the knockout phase.
Lazio will have four sections of the stadium closed for this game due to racist fan behaviour.
Celtic fought back superbly to clinch a last gasp win over Lazio in the first game between these two teams in Glasgow, a win that preserved their unbeaten start in Group E and saw them remain in top spot of the table.
It was a close game with Lazio’s ability on the counter causing Celtic plenty of problems at times but the Scottish side held firm to bounce back after going a goal down to Lazzari’s strike to claim a famous and vital win.
Lazio will certainly want revenge for this and in truth, with Cluj facing Rennes at home, the Italian side will need a win to get back in with a chance in the group with the unfancied Scottish and Romanian sides starting to open up a gap over the Italian and French teams.
Lazio do have a good record at home though and they have plenty of quality players, so I am backing them to claim the win here, although I do feel Celtic will be able to grab a goal in reply.
Lazio to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £34.00
Borussia are bottom of Group J with two points from three games.
Roma are top of the group with five points from their three games.
Borussia earned a 1-1 draw in the first clash between the teams thanks to a late penalty.
Roma have won 10, lost 14 and drawn 2 of 26 games against German opponents.
Borussia Moenchengladbach may be flying high in the Bundesliga but after a shocking 4-0 home defeat to Austrian side Wolfsberg on the opening day of games, they have managed to claw back two points with two draws in their next two games.
The draw in Roma came with the help of a very controversial last minute penalty, when the ball appeared to hit defender Chris Smalling in the face, rather than on the hand. Roma will certainly feel hard done to by that decision and they will want to exact revenge in this second game.
However, I think after the surprise of the performance at home to Wolfsberg, Borussia will be looking for a statement win here to put themselves back in with a real shout in the group. AS Roma don’t really travel very well, with their best performances tending to come at home, and I think this trip to Germany could well be another one that ends in disappointment, although I do feel they will score a goal.
Borussia to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £35.00
United are top of Group L with 7 points from their three games.
Partizan lie third in the group with four points, one behind AZ Alkmaar who lie second.
United won the game in Belgrade 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Anthony Martial.
Partizan did knock United out of the European Cup in 1966, winning 2-1 on aggregate.
After what was an intense game in Belgrade, Manchester United emerged with a vital 1-0 win thanks to Anthony Martial’s penalty to put themselves very much in control of Group L. Another win at home against a Partizan team that tend not to travel too well to western Europe in particular, could put United on the brink of qualification.
In truth, the game in Belgrade could have gone either way. Partizan did have a number of chances and their mix of physicality and pace in attack gave the United back line plenty of problems. However, it was notable that they did lack a striker to finish things off at times.
With United having a number of key players coming back to full fitness over the last few weeks, I do expect this team to get better and the addition of some talented youngsters didn’t hinder them in the first leg and I think they will shine once again at Old Trafford. I can see United winning this one 2-1 or 3-1 but I reckon the Over 2.5 goals offer at better than even money is the best bet on offer.
The game between the teams 14 days ago finished 1-1 at the Estadio do Dragao.
Rangers are second in the table in Group G behind Young Boys, level on points with Porto.
Rangers draw against Porto is the only point earned away by any team in Group G.
Porto have played Scottish clubs 11 times, winning 7, drawing 2 losing 4.
In what has become an extremely tight Group G, which has been dominated by the performances of home teams, Rangers point in Portugal is the only point earned by any team in the group away from home so far, and that could well be a crucial factor as we head towards the final trio if games in the group.
Rangers will feel that is a big point in Portugal but in truth, it was a very even game and Rangers certainly deserved a share of the spoils. However, I didn’t really see anything in the performance to suggest that they will be able to go one better at Ibrox.
I think Porto will find things a bit easier in Scotland as they won’t be expecting to force the pace and they will try to hit Rangers on the break and we have seen that this can be problematic for Rangers at home.
I can’t see Porto winning this game, but I can see them doing enough to earn a point and whether that is enough for them or Rangers in the long run, will be decided over the last two games in the group.
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