NOTHING surprised me about Europa League games – but the latest round of games possibly surpassed all previous bad sets of results.
Three of the most fancied teams – Basel, Schalke and Fiorentina – failed to win in the early games while a St Etienne side, weakened ahead of their weekend meeting with PSG, managed to win 1-0 at Dnipro.
I thought I was playing fairly safe with my Super Single of Basel to score 2+ and Dnipro not to lose but I failed in my bid to make it four Super Singles in a row.
Ironically my Super Single in the Daily Record, over 2.5 goals at Molde-Celtic, came in easily and the Super Single I said I’d post if the first won – Napoli – was also a winner. The late btts double I suggested also came up (Molde and Rapid Vienna) but unfortunately they won’t be included in my stats.
I’d made up my mind to do early games for the site and hopefully add the later ones.
My both teams to score treble was unlucky. I picked three games over evens and only Qarabag let me down for a 10-1 winner.
I’ve said before goals are the way to go in the Europa League but you still need to pick the correct ones. WDW picks are always going to be tough in this tournament and well done to anyone who had a profitable night.
So we move on to Friday and it’s the day when I can’t give the card as much time as I’d like as I work on my Saturday Daily Record pages.
The only game in England sees Rotherham entertain Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship. Both to score could be the shout with the Owls netting in every game bar one this season while new boss Neil Redfearn guided Rotherham to a decent 1-1 draw with Reading in midweek.
Hoffenheim v Hamburg looks tough to call between two struggling Bundesliga teams while Espanyol could be worth a look at a Rayo side who have lost their last three. Espanyol have won on three of their last four visits to Vallecano.
In France shocktroops Caen, third in the table, are aiming for a fourth win in a row when Nantes visit. Caen have won their last three to nil but have lost at home to Nantes on their past two visits. If Caen have no injury problems they’re value at 10-11.
Lyon could be missing eight players for the visit of Toulouse but are still expected to win. Alexandre Lacazette returned from injury in the Champions League defeat to Zenit on Tuesday and scored but I now see he is a doubt.
Caen and Lyon should win but my only bet tonight is both to score and both teams to score at Start v Mjondalen with 12 of 15 Start games going over 2.5 goals and the home side struggling in defence and to beat the drop.
There are loads of other games to consider including Jupiler League, French Ligue 2 and League of Ireland matches and I’m sure we’ll some cracking tips from the regulars.
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3pts Top Treble
Lyon to score (5.30pm)
Caen to score (7.30pm)
Start v Mjondalen btts (6pm)
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