Matchday 6 of the Europa League group stage gets underway tonight and its last chance saloon for a number of teams who are struggling to progress into the knockout phase of the competition. Sevilla (6/4) currently lie second in Group J and if they avoid defeat at home to Borrusia Dortmund (6/4) than the Spanish side will be guaranteed a spot in the last 32. Another team looking to avoid defeat is Steaua Bucharest (13/2). Their opponents, Napoli (2/5), must win in order to secure second place in Group K and given that the Romanian side have lost their last six games in Europe, it’s likely that the Serie A club will be in the draw for the knockout stage of the Europa League.
The Europa League group stage continues on Thursday night and it’s crunch time for a number of clubs that are struggling to progress into the knockout phase of the competition. English side Liverpool (13/10) have saved their best form for the Europa League this season and a point away to Steaua Bucharest (2/1) will guarantee them a spot in the last 32.
After its extended break, the Europa League group stage returns to action this Wednesday with the current Europa League holders Atletico Madrid (3/10) looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat in match day 1 as they play host to Greek side Aris Thessaloniki (9/1) at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid.
Three-time UEFA Cup winners Juventus (11/10) travel to Poland to take on group leaders Lech Poznan (11/5).
Matchday 4 of the Europa League group stages kicks off tonight with the current holders Atletico Madrid (evens) facing a seemingly tricky test away to Norwegian side Rosenborg (11/4). Other teams that could potentially slip up include Man City (4/6), who travel to Poland to take on Lech Poznan (9/2), Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev (8/15) who welcome ultra-attacking Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (5/1) and don’t rule out Palermo (9/2) upsetting the odds away to CSKA Moscow (8/13).
The boardroom battle for Liverpool looks to have finally been resolved but now the club must address what is happening, or rather not happening, on the actual football pitch.
The Reds’ worst start to a Premier League season in many years has seen them slip into the bottom three and manager Roy Hodgson clearly believes he has to rectify that situation before contemplating a challenge for the Europa League.
Matchday 3 of the Europa League group stage takes place on Thursday night with Premier League strugglers Liverpool and high flying Manchester City both in action. Let’s concentrate on the betting for some of the matches taking place and hopefully select more winning Europa League betting tips.
Our latest Europa League betting preview proved to be a profitable venture and with many betting opportunites on offer in matchday 2, I’m confident of selecting more winning tips. Some European giants of years gone by are in action on Thursday night, including Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Sampdoria and Porto. Let’s take a look at the betting for some of those matches taking place in the Europa League and hopefully add more funds to the betting bank!
The Europa League group stage gets underway this Thursday, with the defending champions, Atletico Madrid 10/11, facing a tricky opening Group B match against Greek side Aris Thessaloniki FC 3/1. 48 teams kick-off this week, all of them with expectations of contesting the Europa League Final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next May. Let’s take a look at some of the matches taking place and try and select some winning football tips.
What Liverpool fans have to ask themselves ahead of their trip to Turkey this week is – how important does the manager view progress in the Europa League? For a club that has qualified for the Champions’ League as a matter of course in years gone by, an early exit from this lesser competition would certainly be a blow to morale.
A couple of first-leg matches have already taken place in the Europa League play-off round but most of them get underway on Thursday night, so let’s take a look at some betting information for some of the fixtures taking place and hopefully select some winning football tips.
Joe may have a Point to Prove
I wouldn’t have thought that Liverpool’s new signing Joe Cole would have been the most popular player in the Anfield dressing room following last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Whether or not the England midfielder deserved a red card, his first ever in professional football, for his late lunge at Gunners’ defender Laurent Koscielny is still a moot point, but it meant his team-mates were left to play the entire second half with only 10 men, the last scenario you want to consider in the opening match of a new Premier League season.
The 2nd leg of Round 3 matches in this year’s Europa League takes place tonight and there is some really interesting match up’s taking place including Maccabi Tel Aviv v Olympiacos, Hadjuk Split v Dinamo Bucuresti and Hibernian v NK Maribor Piv Lasko. Liverpool, Juventus and Stuttgart have effectively sealed their place in the next stage on the competition. Let’s try and select more profitable football betting tips.