European football will continue on Thursday as the Europa League takes center stage. Here is a look at the Top 5 Bets for your consideration.
Chelsea’s 1-0 win over PAOK earlier this season was the first-ever meeting between the sides and they will have another opportunity to square it off when the Greek side make the trip to London. In fairness to Chelsea, they have not looked vulnerable since their campaign begun, but they have struggled to break down sides that show some level of defensive discipline. The visitors have lost by a single goal in two of their three defeats in the Europa League and with Chelsea’s likely rotation, you can be sure of a low scoring affair here. There is good value in backing Under 2.5 Goals and you can expect this to be the case when the two sides meet.
Arsenal are hopeful of securing the top spot in their Europa League group when they travel to face Ukrainian minnows Vorskla. Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Vorskla at the Emirates earlier this season remains the only meeting between the two sides. Considering the hosts have lost five of their last six home games in all competitions and are yet to pick up a point at home in the Europa League, the odds for an Away Win here look very generous and there is value in backing that.
Group G is arguably the tightest of all the Europa League groups with all four sides still in contention to qualify for the next round heading into Thursday’s action. Rangers could find themselves on top of the group if they win at home when they host Villarreal, or they could be dumped out of the competition if they lose. Steven Gerrard’s men have been scoring for fun of late with 15 goals in their last four matches. To this end, they have averaged 3.75 goals per game in Europe. The same goes for the visitors who have equally averaged 3.75 goals per game in the same period and their haul of ten goals scored in the group stage is bettered by only four teams in the Europa League. All indications point to a high scoring affair and there is value in backing Over 2.5 Goals.
Salzburg will take on Leipzig in Group B action in what will be their second encounter in history. The first time saw Salzburg come out on top following a dramatic encounter that ended with a 3-2 scoreline. The one common thing between both sides is their ability to score goals for fun. As a matter of fact, the hosts have averaged 4.5 goals per game in the group stages whilst Leipzig have averaged two goals a game. The Germans have kept only one clean sheet in their 11 away games in all European competition whilst the hosts have seen goals on both ends in four of their last five outings in the Europe League.
Frankfurt have been in fantastic form recently, but can they extend their impressive run against this irresolute Marseille side? The Germans have remained unbeaten in their last ten matches, and they have been very impressive going forward after scoring 32 goals whilst conceding eight during that period. Marseille have just come out of a difficult period following four consecutive losses against some pretty strong oppositions. Marseille have only won two of their last seven on the road while Frankfurt have won each of their last five at home and therefore there is a very good chance for a home win.