Europa League Betting Preview – Matchday 5 (Thursday)
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.
With the likelihood of Borussia Dortmund (1/7) easily seeing off their Ukrainian opponents Karpaty Lviv (12/1), a win for either PSG (13/10) or Sevilla (21/10) at the Parc des Princes would see them top Group J and automatically qualify for the next stage of the Europa League. If the German side fail to win, then a point for PSG and Sevilla would be enough to see them both in the draw for the next round.
Villarreal (1/3) lie third in Group D and will be hoping Club Brugge (7/2) can get something away to PAOK Salonika (7/10). If the Greek side win at home, then Villarreal must beat Dinamo Zagreb (8/1) at the El Madrigal Stadium if they are to stand any chance of progressing from the group stage in matchday 6.
Serie A side Palermo (4/6) are also in danger of missing out on qualification. Anything other than three points at home to Sparta Praha (4/1) will send the Italians packing. It’s a similar scenario for Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia (11/5) in Group L. Victory over Besiktas (11/10) would keep their qualifying prospects alive but considering the Turkish club haven’t lost any of their last seven away games in Europe, elimination from the Europa League looks on the cards for CSKA Sofia.
Europa League Betting Tips
1pt treble @ 42/1
Team Goals in Match
Villarreal to score 4 or more goals (4/1)
CSKA Moscow to score 4 or more goals (21/10)
Borussia Dortmund to score 4 or more goals (7/4)
1pt treble @ 138/1
Team Goals in Match (to score 2 or more)
PSG (5/4), Porto (evens), Besiktas (evens), Liverpool (7/5), FC Utrecht (9/5) & Dynamo Kiev (13/10)