The Hammers put a spanner in the works of Arsenal's title chances at the weekend, now they've the chance to build on that result by booking a place in a European semi-final for the second season in a row.
The tie is level after a 1-1 draw at KAA Gent last week and the bookies think Davie Moyes' side will have the tools at their disposal to finish the job tonight, making them 3/10 shots to qualify for a last-four tie with either Anderlecht (who lead 2-0 from the first leg) or AZ Alkmaar.
West Ham at 8/13 should be a solid enough bet against the current fourth best team in Belgium who are 18 points off the top sport.
Manchester United looked to be cruising in their first leg against Sevilla last week, 2-0 up with six minutes remaining but two late own goals for the Spaniards means this tie hangs in the balance in Andalucia tonight.
The six-time winners of the competition proved once again that they cannot be written off in this competition. When they last got their hands on the trophy they triumphed over United in a one-off semi-final that was held in Germay, during the Covid-hit 2019-20 season and at 10/1
This Sevilla squad have endured a tough season in La Liga where they're out of danger in 13th place but nearer the drop zone than the European places. However they've strung a run of four games together without defeat and with the prospect of a place in the Champions League at stake for the winner of the Europa League have turned in two of their best results of the season against PSV Eindhoven (3-0) and Fenerbahce (2-0) at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
There's still plenty of life left in this one and it should be an entertaining encounter. We saw four goals at Old Trafford last week and a repeat pays a tasty 11/5. Alternatively looks to Asian market where Over 3.0 pays 2.375 (money back if exactly three).
Also in the Europa League Jose Mourinho's Roma have a one-goal deficit to overcome against Feyenoord. Jose is no stranger to guiding his teams through tight European ties and warmed up for this one with a comfortable 3-0 win over Udineses at the weekend. Curiously Roma are just 4/5 to win on the night but 6/5 to qualify. They'll need to do the former to achieve the latter so the 6/5 looks a better option.
Union Saint-Gilloise have been a surprise package in the competition this year. They were perhaps a bit fortunate to draw Union Berlin in the last round just as the the Germans' season looked to be running out of steam but they managed a draw in Germany again last week, finishing level at 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen when they led going in to the last 10 minutes.
Xabi Alonso's side haven't tasted defeat since mid-February however so will still believe they can qualify from the tie but it won't be easy against the Belgians who are chasing a second successive domestic title and are just two behind the leaders.
Instead look for goals in this one. Prior to their weekend 0-0 draw, Bayer had scored in 13 consecutive matches and kept just three clean sheets in 15. Royale Union are in a similar vein; both teams have scored in eight of their last nine and they've failed to net just twice since the middle of August. Over 2.5 goals pays 4/5 while BTTS is 3/4. For longer odds try the 11/2 on the tie to be decided on penalties.
- Sevilla v Man Utd – Over 3.0 on Asian Goal Line 2.375 Bet365
- Roma to qualify 6/5 Bet365
- West Ham to win & BTTS at USG v Leverkusen 9/5 Bet365
Upcoming Match Previews & Tips
- Football Bet of the Day: Back Goals in Belgium on Thursday
- Thu 17:45 AZ Alkmaar vs Anderlecht
- Thu 17:45 Fiorentina vs Lech Poznan
- Thu 20:00 West Ham United vs KAA Gent
- Thu 20:00 Sevilla vs Manchester United
- Thu 20:00 Nice vs Basel
- Thu 20:00 Roma vs Feyenoord
- Thu 20:00 Sporting CP vs Juventus
- Thu 20:00 Union Saint-Gilloise vs Bayer Leverkusen
- Fri 19:30 Augsburg vs VfB Stuttgart
- Fri 19:45 Verona vs Bologna
- Fri 19:45 Ayr United vs Queen's Park
- Fri 20:00 Arsenal vs Southampton
- Sat 12:30 Fulham vs Leeds United
After a month's layoff, the DP World Tour is back in action this week with the ISPS Handa Championship in Japan and of course, the Caddy is here with his thoughts on the outright winner market.
Rizzel is back for Thursday's racing and put up three selections with a mixture of flat and jumps racing.
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