Sevilla and Arsenal can secure their places in the knock-out stage of this season’s Europa League with wins this week and results elsewhere going their way. With three group games to play, there is still plenty to play for as teams look to keep their European dream alive knowing winning this competition will see them qualify for next season’s Champions League. Charlie Mullan looks at some of ties taking place this week that could find a place on your midweek accumulators.
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BTTS: Borussia Monchengladbach v Roma, Lazio v Celtic, Wolfsburg v Gent
One of the best games in the last round of fixtures took place at Celtic Park where Neil Lennon’s Celtic came from a goal down to beat Lazio 2-1 on another memorable night of European football at Parkhead. Manuel Lazzari gave the Serie A side the lead five minutes before half-time, but the Hoops rallied after the interval to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Ryan Christie and Christopher Jullien in the final quarter of the game.
Six of Lazio’s last seven games have seen goals for both them and their opposition. That includes Sunday’s 2-1 win at Milan where Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa got on the scoresheet. Lazio (4/7) are currently fourth in Serie A while Celtic (9/2) sit top of the Scottish Premiership. The Scottish side also sit top of Group E and a win would certainly boost their hopes of making the knock-out stage.
Lazio, with three points from their three games, need a win to stay in the mix for a place in the next round. Celtic warmed up for this game with a 5-2 win over Hibernian to secure their place in the Scottish League Cup final. Lazio are 41/20 with SportPesa to win this game while conceding at least one goal while Celtic are 8/1 to win with both teams scoring. A score draw is available at 15/4.
Borussia Monchengladbach left it late to secure a point in their 1-1 draw with Roma in their Group J meeting two weeks ago. Lars Stindl’s penalty in the closing stages cancelled out Nicolo Zaniolo’s opener in the 32nd minute. It was the first of four successive games in which BTTS has landed in games involving the Bundesliga side which includes their 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Roma warmed up for this tie with a 2-1 home win over Napoli on Saturday with Zaniolo getting on the scoresheet again along while Jordan Veretout’s penalty in the 55th minute turned out to be the winning goal. It was the third time in Roma’s last four matches that there were goals for both them and their opponents. Borussia Monchengladbach (21/20) are 12/5 to win this game with goals for them and Roma (47/20) who are 17/4 to win with BTTS landing. A score draw is trading at 3/1 while another 1-1 draw is priced at 23/4.
Group I is the only group at this stage of the Europa League group stage in which BTTS has landed in all six of the ties played so far. That includes the first meeting between Wolfsburg and Gent a fortnight ago which ended in a 2-2 draw. The Bundesliga side found themselves 2-0 up after 24 minutes thanks to goals by Wout Weghorst and Joao Victor Santos Sa, but Roman Yaremchuk struck twice at the end of each half to secure a vital point for the Belgian side that kept them level with Wolfsburg at the top of the group with five points each.
Wolfsburg (20/33) have not won any of their last five games in all competitions with their last home game ending in a 6-1 defeat to RB Leipzig. Gent (4/1) have not lost any of their last five games in all competitions. Sunday’s 3-1 home win against Standard Liege was their second successive game in which there were goals for both them and their opponents. Wolfsburg are 21/10 to win this tie with goals for both sides while Gent are 15/2 to win away from home with BTTS landing. A score draw is priced at 4-1 and a second successive 2-2 draw between the two sides is available at 12/1.
Over 2.5 goals: Wolves v Slovan Bratislava, Lugano v Malmo, Dudelange v Sevilla
A fortnight after Wolves’ 2-1 win in Slovakia, the Premier League side welcome Slovan Bratislava (9/1) to Molineux for this crucial tie. Group K is up for grabs with three points separating Braga at the top of the group to the Slovakians in third place. In between them, Wolves (5/14) can go top of the group with a win and Braga fail to beat basement side Besiktas in the other fixture. As has been the case in many of the games Wolves have played this season, they have come alive in the second half and usually find themselves a goal down by that stage too.
After Andraz Sporar gave Bratislava an 11th minute lead a fortnight ago, Wolves turned the game around with second half goals from Romain Saiss and a penalty from Raul Jimenez. Eight of the last 10 away games played by Bratislava have seen over 2.5 total goals scored including their three Europa League group games. Wolves are 21/20 to win this game with over 2.5 total goals scored while their opponents are 18/1 to take the three points with a minimum of three total goals netted.
After beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-0 in their opening game in Group F, Standard Liege (9/4) have suffered successive defeats at Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt to leave their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stage hanging in the balance. They have a chance to get their campaign back on track with their return fixture at home to Eintracht Frankfurt (21/20). Selim Amallah’s goal eight minutes from time was too little, too late for the Belgian side who were beaten 2-1 in the first meeting two weeks ago.
Last weekend, Liege were beaten 3-1 at Gent and with elimination staring them in the face, the home side have no option but to be more attack minded against the Germans. Frankfurt’s 5-1 win at home to Bayern Munich not only moved them up to seventh in the Bundesliga, it also led to Niko Kovac being sacked as Bayern manager following the game. Frankfurt’s last six matches have produced a total of 25 goals so there is a good chance these two sides will combine to score three or more goals.
Don’t be surprised if Dudelange’s home game with Sevilla sees a minimum of three total goals scored. In the last six games played by the Luxembourg side, there has been a total of 22 goals scored with Dudelange (19/1) netting 12 of them. In their three Europa League ties, there has been a total of 15 goals scored thanks to their 4-3 win at Apoel Nicosia in their opening game in Group A. Last time out, they were beaten 3-0 at Sevilla (1/8) with Franco Vazquez finding the net twice.
Since then, Dudelange have racked up comfortable 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Mondorf-les-Bains and Differdange in their domestic league. Three of Sevilla’s last four games played away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizguan Stadium has seen over 2.5 total goals scored. The La Liga side can take a big step towards qualification for the knock-out stage with a home win and Sevilla are 10/21 to win this game with over 2.5 total goals scored. Dudelange are 65/1 to win with at least three total goals scored.
Malmo (8/5) and Lugano (19/10) meet in Switzerland knowing their hopes of advancing in this season’s competition are hanging by a thread. Lugano are yet to win after two defeats and a draw in their opening three fixtures in Group B while Malmo’s one and only win came against their hosts two weeks ago.
Uwe Rosler’s Malmo side had the perfect preparations for this tie with a 5-0 win away at Orebro on Saturday with Markus Rosenberg scoring twice. Lugano also enjoyed an away win at the weekend beating Lucerne 2-1 on Sunday with Mijat Maric’s double securing the win. Lugano are 17/4 to win this tie with a total of three or more total goals netted while Malmo are 7/2 to claim victory with over 2.5 total goals scored.
A £5 bet on the BTTS Acca has potential returns of £33.33.
A £5 bet on over 2.5 goals Acca has potential returns of £26.25.