EUROPA LEAGUE matches provided rich pickings for both teams to score followers in the group stage but whether that trend continues in the knockout phase is up for debate.

Already Braga’s defeat at home to Besiktas shows these Europa League matches will be tough to call and most people would have expected the Portuegese not ony to score but to win.

So the advice as always with the Europa League, where top sides often field weakened sides, is to tread warily.

I’ve got my fingers crossed for goals and start the line with AZ Alkmaar at home to Anderlecht. Both sides are pretty prolific in attack and it looks evenly matches. AZ have netted in their last two matches with Anderlecht’s last two featuring nine.

It will be cold in Moscow but hopefully the strikers will be hot. Lokomotiv’s last three matches have totalled 15 goals while visitors Athletic Bilbao have been entertainers supreme in La Liga with 25 in their last five.

Next up it’s Steaua Bucharest v Twente. The Dutch side’s games always seem to produce goals and there have been exactly five in their last four games. Steaua will find it tough to contain but will hopefully grab at least one at the other end.

Udinese will as usual rest star striker Antonio di Natale for the visit of PAOK bit it doesn’t mean they’ll not score. The Italians will otherwise field a strong side for the visit of the Greeks who can’t be underestimated. Udinese’s last six have saw both teams to score as have four of five of PAOK’S.

Next it’s a clash between two sides, Trabzonspor and PSV, whose domestic games have produced stacks of goals in recent weeks. Trabzon fans have seen both score in five their last six outings while in Holland it’s been six out if six. Bank on that trend continuing.

Finally, complete the line with Stoke v Valencia. It should be a great night for Stoke fans who welcome an outfit trailing only Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.

Stoke have been sensational in Europe this season, especially at home where they have won five and drawn two. Valencia are a class act but Europe has been a disappoinment this campaign and crucially away to English opposition they have won once in 15.

The Britannia isn’t the easiest place to visit but with the class the Spaniards have the should at least score.

Both teams to score

AZ v Anderlecht (6pm)

Lokomotiv Moscow v Athletic Bilbao (5pm)

Steaua v Twente (8.05pm)

Udinese v PAOK (8.05pm)

Trabzonspor v PSV (8.05pm)

Stoke v Valencia (8.05pm)

Perm any 5 and all 6 (7 bets)

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  1. Colm 7 years ago

    Any chance of a lucky 15 first goal scorer reccomendation??

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      Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Colm, for Europa League night I’m not keen on it with doubts about so many starting line-ups. For example Udinese’s star striker Antonio di Natale rarely starts Europa League matches and several big teams will be resting stars. I’ll have another look at it later but my fear is you could end putting in a few void selections.

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      Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Colm, I’ve been looking at what team news there is. The English sides will be just about at full strength so for MU it’s Rooney or Welbeck for me and possibly Ballotelli for MC although Porto’s Rodriguez is an interesting one. At Stoke the big threats from Valencia will come from Soldado or Jonas. Schalke are likely to start with Raul and Huntelaar so consider either of them. There’s four options and another could be Llorente for Bilbao so there’s a few for you to look at.

  2. StuMac 7 years ago

    I’ve went with AZ and Steaua for my Both to Score tonight but added in Hannover 96 and Wisla to make my 4 timer. These teams were good to me in the group stages so fingers crossed

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      Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Stu, good luck with that. I’m hoping for goals from all over the place. It could be that kind of night – or will it go the either way? EL been good to me earlier in the season so fingers crossed and guys remember it’s a mixture of 6pm and 8.05pm kick-offs with Lokomotiv Moscow at 5pm.

  3. Colm 7 years ago

    Thanks very much, much appreciated mr fix it :-)

  4. Willie McGuire 7 years ago

    Earlier on Hills online your 6 selections pd £40.17 to a £1
    In the shops your gettin less than £28/1 for it
    Thats piss poor???

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      Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Willie, online prices are always better. This is because to bet online you have to open an account, give card details etc, then credit that account. Bookies want punters to open accounts so the carrot therefore is better prices. I’ll quote best price where possible and that will be an online one but these can change too.

      • Willie McGuire 7 years ago

        I knew the online prices were better but 12/1 of a diff on this particular bet?? Too big a gap in my opinion.
        As it happens AZ beat me 3 separate both to score lines :o(

  5. Julian dyer 7 years ago

    Loko weighed in

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