Europa League Tips

Here you will find betting tips for the Europa League.
APOEL v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips: Both teams to profit going forward again
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APOEL v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips: Both teams to profit going forward again

Having turned things around last Thursday, Bilbao approach the second-leg of this tie with the lead, although it’s a very slender one. With two away-goals in the bag, APOEL will feel that they’ve got every chance of advancing to the next round and rightly so. This is one fixture on Thursday night where it’s still very much game on. When the pair met last week, action in front of goal was the order of the day and there’s no reason why both fans and punters alike will see anything different in this match. Considering the way the first-leg panned out,…

Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Betting Tips: Spurs can turn it around at Wembley
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Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Betting Tips: Spurs can turn it around at Wembley

This was arguably the most surprising result in the first leg of the Europa League matches last week with Tottenham Hotspur coming surprisingly unstuck against Belgian side Gent in Belgium. Tottenham managed to recover from two defeats on the spin to comprehensively beat Fulham in the FA Cup which will be a huge confidence booster going into this match. As mentioned on my weekend write-up, Spurs are excellent at the back and have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League with just 18 goals conceded and 11 clean sheets. However, that changes in European football this season…

AS Roma v Villarreal Betting Tips: Lack of goals expected at Stadio Olimpico
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AS Roma v Villarreal Betting Tips: Lack of goals expected at Stadio Olimpico

This tie is all but over after Italian side AS Roma pulled off an incredible 4-0 victory in their away tie at Villarreal, meaning that the Spaniards have to score at least four without reply in Rome on Thursday to have any chance of qualifying. Roma are currently on a fantastic run with 10 wins in their last 11 matches in all competitions. They do sit seven points off top spot in Serie A but it has still been a fantastic season so far. Luciano Spalletti’s side are excellent in both boxes, scoring 54 goals in the league this season…

Zenit St. Petersburg v Anderlecht Betting Tips: Russians can turn it around
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Zenit St. Petersburg v Anderlecht Betting Tips: Russians can turn it around

Anderlecht may hold a 2-0 lead over Zenit St. Petersburg going into the second leg, however, the Russian side will feel they still have a chance of progressing to the last 16 of the Europa League, especially now they’re playing back on home soil. Zenit are yet to resume their Russian Premier League campaign following their midwinter break and this lack of match fitness certainly showed in their 2-0 loss away at Anderlecht. However, we can certainly expect Zenit to up the tempo for this second leg and really go for it. Mircea Lucescu’s team are one that focuses primarily…

Besiktas v Hapoel Be’er Sheva Betting Tips: Hosts to advance with another victory
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Besiktas v Hapoel Be’er Sheva Betting Tips: Hosts to advance with another victory

Having secured a valuable win in the first-leg, scoring three away-goals in the process, Besiktas have put themselves in a commanding position ahead of this second-leg and the Turkish outfit are expected to finish the job and advance to the next round in good style. At odds of 5/4, ‘Besiktas to Win & Over 1.5 Goals’ is the bet that catches the eye here. The hosts are not only strong on their own patch, but they have a two goal advantage which means their opponents can’t really afford to sit back. Considering they scored three in the away-leg, it’s hard…

Shakhtar v Celta Vigo Betting Tips: Hosts can finish the job in second-leg
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Shakhtar v Celta Vigo Betting Tips: Hosts can finish the job in second-leg

This Europa League match is closer after the first leg than most imagined with Shakhtar leading by just one goal. Having said that, it is a crucial away goal. Shakhtar are currently in the middle of a winter break in the Ukrainian Premier League in which they are dominating, leading all the important statistic charts. The Ukrainian champions were also arguably the most impressive team in the Europa League group stages with six wins, 21 goals scored and just five goals conceded. Paulo Fonseca’s side, are fantastic in every department and manage to score plenty of goals whilst also being…

Schalke v PAOK Betting Tips: Drab affair on the cards at Veltins-Arena
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Schalke v PAOK Betting Tips: Drab affair on the cards at Veltins-Arena

Having well and truly done a job on their opponents last week, German side Schalke have the luxury of coming back home with both a clean sheet and three precious away goals in the bag. As things stand, this tie is verging on pointless. PAOK were unable to put up much of a fight on their own patch, and it’s highly unlikely that the Greeks will be able to mount a serious challenge here. With the tie seemingly dead and buried, a rather dull affair is expected here. Schalke know that all they need to do is remain switched on…

Saint-Étienne v Manchester United Betting Tips: Visitors to finish the job
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Saint-Étienne v Manchester United Betting Tips: Visitors to finish the job

Saint-Etienne have it all to do in this second leg of their Europa League tie against Manchester United with the English side holding a 3-0 lead over their French opponents going into this match. Saint-Etienne will feel aggrieved that they lost by such a large score-line at Old Trafford given the nature of the goals but the point is that they were not good enough on the day. The French side could not recover in time for their Ligue 1 match at the weekend which saw them lose against Montpellier despite going 1-0 up in the first quarter of an…

Fenerbahce v Krasnodar Betting Tips: Turkish side to turn things around at home
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Fenerbahce v Krasnodar Betting Tips: Turkish side to turn things around at home

Krasnodar currently hold a 1-0 advantage over Fenerbahce in this tie, but the Russian outfit could have trouble defending such a slender lead at the Ulker Stadium in Istanbul. Fenerbahce are not on a great run of form at the moment and have won just once in their last five matches in all competitions. They are currently a lowly 4th in the Turkish Superlig and a massive 10 points off Besiktas in top spot. As mentioned on my write-up for the first leg, Dick Advocaat’s men are frightening going forward and it is no surprise that they are among the…

Ludogorets v Copenhagen Betting Tips: Cagey start anticipated in Bulgaria
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Ludogorets v Copenhagen Betting Tips: Cagey start anticipated in Bulgaria

These two teams have qualified for the Europa League by virtue of failing in the Champions League. Neither of them are expected to pull up any trees in the competition but will be hopeful of coming through this first knockout round in order to get a big draw in the last 16. The Bulgarian league has already played one round of matches after their long winter break but you would still think that home side Ludogorets will be lacking match practice going into this Europa League tie. Georgi Dermendzhiev’s team dominate the Bulgaria league and are currently seven points clear…

Athletic Bilbao v APOEL Betting Tips: Hosts to prove too strong at San Mamés
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Athletic Bilbao v APOEL Betting Tips: Hosts to prove too strong at San Mamés

This Europa League tie is a bit of a mismatch as Basque side and one of the more likelier competition winners Athletic Bilbao host Cypriot minnows APOEL. Athletic have been on a pretty good run in La Liga recently with just one defeat (which came against Barcelona) in their last seven matches. However, despite this good set of results, Athletic still find themselves down in eighth. Defence is certainly Bilbao’s strong point this season and, outside of the big three plus Villarreal, they have the best defensive record in La Liga this season. Offensively though they have been poor with…

Krasnodar v Fenerbahçe Betting Tips: Both teams can profit going forward in Russia
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Krasnodar v Fenerbahçe Betting Tips: Both teams can profit going forward in Russia

These two sides are well equipped to go far in the Europa League and both will be disappointed that they have drawn a difficult opponent in this first knockout round. Krasnodar are coming into this match off the back of a long winter break and so match fitness will be an issue there. They did lose a couple of players in the January transfer window but thankfully they have managed to keep their best players as they look to push on this season. In a generally low-scoring league, Igor Shalimov’s men are one of the more attacking sides in the…

Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Betting Tips: High-scoring encounter expected at Balaídos
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Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Betting Tips: High-scoring encounter expected at Balaídos

Spanish side Celta Vigo look to get over the disappointment of failing to make it through to the Copa del Rey final last week, as well as losing out late in the day to Atlético on Sunday night, when they welcome Ukrainian opposition to Balaídos on Thursday night. Despite currently being on their winter-break, Shakhtar remain a strong outfit and are certainly a team to be wary of since the Europa League has been a happy hunting ground for the Ukrainians in recent years. On their day, both of these two are more than capable of posing a significant threat going forward…

Gent v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips: Spurs to bounce back in Europe
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Gent v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips: Spurs to bounce back in Europe

This Europa League tie seems to be a bit of a mismatch as struggling Belgian side KAA Gent host English Premier League title challengers Tottenham Hotspur. Gent have been on an inconsistent run recently with no back-to-back wins in the league since November, placing them down in a rather lowly 8th position in the table. A big part of the reason behind Gent’s slump is that they simply do not score enough goals. They are currently eighth in the goal-scoring charts with just 35 goals in 26 games and have only scored twice on one occasion in the league in…

Anderlecht v Zenit Betting Tips: Goals in store for Purple & Whites on home soil
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Anderlecht v Zenit Betting Tips: Goals in store for Purple & Whites on home soil

Although this tie sees two teams who might not be among the most fashionable names in European football face each other, this is still a match-up between two previous champions of this competition (albeit before the re-branding) as 1983 winners Anderlecht play host to 2008 winners Zenit at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Since they made it through the group stages in convincing style, you could argue that Russian side Zenit should be warm favourites for this encounter and, under normal circumstances, this might be the case. However, with the Russian season currently on hold thanks to a lengthy winter-break, the visitors…

FC Rostov v Sparta Prague Betting Tips: Close game anticipated at Olimp-2
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FC Rostov v Sparta Prague Betting Tips: Close game anticipated at Olimp-2

This duo are two of the lesser-known sides in the Europa League and have been given pretty much no chance of going far in the competition, however, both will feel they can cause an upset should they get through this round. Rostov are still in their mid-winter break and so match fitness could really be in question going into this tie. However, their motivation and adrenaline may help them get through. Selmashi are not doing as well as they were last year in the Russian Premier League and currently sit seventh. However, this has mainly been down to the improvement…

Alkmaar v Lyon Betting Tips: Dutch side overlooked in the betting
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Alkmaar v Lyon Betting Tips: Dutch side overlooked in the betting

Considering some of the big names that were in the hat for the knockout draw, Lyon were probably happy in receiving a tie against Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar; however, with the French club somewhat out of sorts lately, this first-leg at AFAS Stadion is unlikely to be a walk in the park for Bruno Génésio’s men. Alkmaar are enjoying a fairly decent campaign domestically and, on their own patch, look to have been underestimated in the betting. Lyon are heavy favourites, but the bet that catches the eye is ‘Alkmaar Draw No Bet’ at 2/1. The Dutch side didn’t exactly cover…

Astra Giurgiu v AS Roma Betting Tips
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Astra Giurgiu v AS Roma Betting Tips

One of the final matches in Group E sees Roma, who have already sealed first place, travel to Astra who ideally need to pick up all three points to secure the second qualification spot ahead of Austria Vienna. Astra snatched a dramatic last-minute winner against Austria Vienna in the previous round of matches thanks to a Constantin Budescu penalty. That penalty has put the Romanian side in pole position and they know that anything less than a win for Austria Vienna in their match against bottom side Viktoria Plzen, sends Astra through. Whilst they have done well in the Europa…

AZ Alkmaar v Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips
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AZ Alkmaar v Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips

One of the final matches in Group D sees group winners Zenit St. Petersburg travel to Alkmaar to take on AZ who currently sit second but probably need a win in order to ensure qualification to the knockout rounds given the tight nature of this group. If you watched the AZ’s second match of the Europa League Group Stage in which they lost 5-0 to Thursday’s opponents Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, nobody would blame you for thinking they were destined for elimination. However, the Dutch side have managed to revive their campaign somewhat with their vital win against Dundalk…

Rapid Vienna v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
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Rapid Vienna v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

One of the final matches in Group F sees Athletic Bilbao take on Rapid Vienna. Although the two teams to qualify from the group has already been decided with Athletic going through with KRC Genk, top spot has yet to be confirmed and the Spaniards will be hoping to claim that first place with a win here. Two draws against Italian side and Europa League newcomers Sassuolo have cost Rapid Vienna any chance of playing in the knockout rounds. Their only win of the group campaign was on match-day one when they sneaked past KRC Genk in a 3-2 victory.…

Shakhtar Donetsk v Konyaspor Betting Tips
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Shakhtar Donetsk v Konyaspor Betting Tips

This match sees the top and bottom of Europa League Group H come together as Shakhtar Donetsk, who have already secured top spot, host Konyaspor for whom it would take a miracle to qualify for the knockout rounds. Shakhtar Donetsk have blitzed their way through the Europa League so far having won all four of their matches, scoring 13 goals (joint-top with Zenit St. Petersburg) and conceding just three. The Ukrainian side of course won this competition under legendary manager Mircea Lucescu back in 2009 and repeating this feat is most certainly the aim for 2017. Of course it is not…

Zenit St. Petersburg v Maccabi Tel Aviv Betting Tips
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Zenit St. Petersburg v Maccabi Tel Aviv Betting Tips

Whilst Zenit St. Petersburg have already qualified from Group D with a one hundred percent record, Maccabi Tel Aviv still have a decent chance of making the knockout rounds, despite having racked up just four points so far. Of course Zenit’s main aim is to be successful in the Champions League but it is important to remember that this competition brings back a lot of good memories for the St. Petersburg side after they won it back in the UEFA Cup days of 2008. They are certainly not treating this competition as sub-standard this season – the Russian side have…

FC Krasnodar v Red Bull Salzburg Betting Tips
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FC Krasnodar v Red Bull Salzburg Betting Tips

Beyond Schalke 04 who should finish top, Group I is actually quite tight in the race for that second spot. Krasnodar own it at the moment but are just three points ahead of rivals Red Bull Salzburg and Nice. The result of this match between Krasnodar and Salzburg is likely to have a large impact on the outcome of the group. Krasnodar have had a very mixed record of late with just two wins in their last five matches. However, it is mainly their away form that lets them down with no win on the road since a cup victory…

Fenerbahce v Manchester United Betting Tips
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Fenerbahce v Manchester United Betting Tips

This match between arguably the two biggest sides in Europa League Group A is a big game for both. If Manchester United leave Istanbul with all three points then they are pretty much guaranteed a spot in the knockout rounds whilst Fenerbahce will also feel they need to take maximum points to give themselves a fighting chance of qualifying from this tight group. Fenerbahce looked out of sorts in their trip to Old Trafford in the last round of European fixtures and were battered 4-1. The consolation from Robin Van Persie was the only positive manager Dick Advocaat could take…

KAA Gent v Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Tips
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KAA Gent v Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Tips

This match in Europa League Group H may be a contest between the top two, but it’s certainly a game that is of more importance to the home side. KAA Gent was the surprise package in last season’s Champions League, qualifying out of a difficult group before being knocked out by VFL Wolfsburg. This season they find themselves in Europe’s secondary competition and they were faring well with one win and one draw before a 5-0 thrashing by Thursday night’s opponents Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round of fixtures. Shakhtar are undoubtedly the dominant force in the group but Gent…

Schalke 04 v FC Krasnodar Betting Tips
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Schalke 04 v FC Krasnodar Betting Tips

Group I has three sides in Schalke 04, Krasnodar and Nice who are all in pretty good form in their domestic leagues and so the race to finish in those top two qualifying spots is pretty tense. This makes this match between the first two all the more important, whoever loses hands the initiative back to Nice to go ahead and nick their place in the knockout rounds. After their shocking start of five straight losses in the Bundesliga, Schalke have picked up in recent weeks and are undefeated in their last four league matches, placing them 12th in the…

FK Krasnodar v Schalke 04 Betting Tips
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FK Krasnodar v Schalke 04 Betting Tips

This match sees the two top dogs from Europa League Group I go head-to-head to see who is truly the head of the pack. Krasndodar have really picked up after a minor early-season blip and are unbeaten since new manager Igor Shalimov took charge back in mid-September. Their best form has come at home where they have won all three of their matches under Shalimov, scoring eight goals in the process. Due to the good form of the teams in and around them in the Russian Premier League, the Bulls only find themselves in sixth place. However, they should easily…

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