Feb 25: Europa League Betting Preview

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IT’S the second leg of the dreaded Europa League last-32 ties and there are 15 matches to consider.

Here are my thoughts on the English teams involved – Liverpool, Spurs and Man United – and I’ve add some views on some of the other games.

Liverpool must be cursing a calendar that sees them in Europe tonight and playing in a cup final three days later.

If Jurgen Klopp’s men were cemented in the Premier League top four they’d be putting out reserves against Augsburg tonight and focusing on Sunday’s Wembley date with Man City.

But they’re not and winning the Europa League is their only chance of Champions League football next season.

So barring injuries the Anfield men will be at full strength as they try to finish off the Germans after a 0-0 first-leg draw.

Liverpool are a biggest 4-9 with William Hill and Paddy Power but I prefer is under 2.5 goals at evens with Paddy Power.

A 1-0 win (6-1, McBookie) would suit Klopp and Augsburg’s chances of scoring will be dented if star striker Raul Bobadilla is ruled out.

Spurs are in the top four but boss Mauricio Pochettini is likely go strong when Fiorentina visit. A 1-1 draw in Italy sets Spurs up to qualify but they’ll be without hitman Harry Kane.

Spurs will go through with a 0-0 draw but I can see them edging this. They are 17-20 with bet365 and consider Nacer Chadli at 28-17 with 888sport to score.

Man United are the only English side trailing after first-leg ties but a 1-0 win against Midtjylland will ease them through on away goals.

Injuries are the problem for Louis van Gaal with Will Keane, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Anthony Martial picking up injuries in Monday’s FA Cup win at Shrewsbury.

They join the 13 crocked first-teamers who missed the 3-0 victory and United look too short at 1-4 with Hills to win tonight and 2-5 at Ladbrokes to qualify.

The Danish champions are 5-2 at McBookie to qualify and 14-1 at bet365 to win tonight. It’s a no-bet match until I see the United starting XI.

Meanwhile, the early 4pm kick-off sees Fenerbahce taking a 2-0 lead to Lokomotiv Moscow and against a side that looked rusty last week there is every chance of the Turks increasing their advantage.

Athletic Bilbao should add to the 1-0 lead they brought home from Marseille and likewise Bayer at home to Sporting in a game where both could score.

Lazio managed a decent 1-1 at home to Galatasaray and should finish off the job at home while the same goes for Schalke who managed a 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Holders Sevilla have booked their slot after a 3-0 home win v Molde and the same goes for Valencia who beat Rapid Vienna 6-0. Gary Neville will field a weakened team in Austria and if Rapid want to restore some pride they’ll probably edge this one.

Recommended Bets

Liverpool v Augsburg under 2.5 goals

Spurs

Chadli to score

Lazio

Rapid Vienna v Valencia btts

Bayer v Sporting btts

5 Comments
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    Jordan 10 months ago

    Mr F. Kane and Dembele are out for Spurs supposedly.

    Also I wouldn’t like to call the United game as I got it wrong last week despite Lingard hitting the bar to bring in my two goals. But a market I have seen that looks reasonable is Manchester United Win and Under 3.5 Goals @ EVS @ Betway.

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    nathanufton 10 months ago

    I saw that too, Kane with a broken nose, not sure whats keeping dembele out though. Can’t see Fiorentino being a pushover and I’m inclined to believe Spurs are sick and tired of these Thursday night fixtures cluttering up their premiership season finale. If Spurs up their league form just one notch and concentrate on that, this could well be their best chance of taking their title chances right into the last few games of the season. Theres been some big upsets in the top flight this season, seemingly underdogs, the likes of West ham, Leicester and Southampton have regularly been taking all the spoils from teams that should be mauling them – at least on paper. This has thrown the title chase into absolute chaos. Fantastic news for a bookie who’d lose their shirt on money being dropped on the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd ( who have been misfiring ), great from an outsiders point of view too. I actually see the premiership battle very much like its been in the championship for as long as I can remember: anyone is capable of beating anyone…

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    maccathered 10 months ago

    i wouldn’t advise anyone taking under 2.5 goals in the liverpool game if augsberg were to score first then its a game changer and goals could come,i would say goals will flow in most matches as they are deciders so we should see more goals than the first legs.just a thought.

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