Europa League Betting Tips

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The Europa League is Europe’s second club competition behind the Champions League. Formally the UEFA Cup, it has been in its current guise since the 2009/10 season.

Like the Champions League, the Europa League also features teams from across Europe competing in a league format before entering a knockout phase in the final stages. The qualification for this starts as early as June depending on UEFA coefficients, with Champions League group stage dropouts also entering the fray during the round of 32.

Although not quite matching the prestige of the Champions League, winning the Europa League does gain that team entry into the following season’s premier competition so silverware isn’t all that is at stake. Manchester United, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have all won in recent years with Liverpool and Fulham also reaching finals since becoming the Europa League.

Below are our previews and tips for the biggest games across the latest round of matches.

Europa League Matches – 8th November 2018

Date Time Channel Match Tip
08/11/2018 17:55 BT Sport BATE v Chelsea Chelsea to Win -1
08/11/2018 17:55 BT Sport Lazio v Marseille Lazio to Win -1
08/11/2018 17:55 BT Sport Rapid v Villarreal Draw
08/11/2018 17:55 BT Sport Spartak v Rangers Draw
08/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Arsenal v Sporting Arsenal Win
08/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Bordeaux v Zenit Zenit Win
08/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Celtic v RB Leipzig RB Leipzig Win
08/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Betis v AC Milan Betis Win

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have the chance to book their places in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League this Thursday and they would love to seal qualification as early as possible. The Blues make the trip to Belarus to face BATE Borisov. A few hours later, Unai Emery’s Gunners host Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium.

Looking to Scotland and Rangers will take a giant leap towards the knockout stages if they can pick up a win against Spartak Moscow, who currently sit bottom of Group G. Meanwhile, Celtic, who host Red Bull Leipzig, have work to do in Group B.

Blues to Cruise Through

BATE Borisov Arena Football Stadium

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Chelsea will be looking for 12 points from a possible 12 when they travel to the Borisov Arena to face BATE on Thursday night. Maurizio Sarri’s side have been in outstanding form lately, unbeaten in all competitions since losing the FA Community Shield to Manchester City way back in August.

Chelsea have stormed to top spot in Europa League Group L, sealing wins over PAOK Salonika, MOL Vidi and BATE Borisov. Last time out in the Europa League, Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over BATE at Stamford Bridge. After beating Crystal Palace 3-1 last weekend, the Londoners are now second in the Premier League table behind Man City and the Sarri revolution is continuing to gain momentum.

Borisov are level on points with PAOK and Vidi, with all three clubs having a rather meagre three points apiece. The Belarusian Premier League side secured an excellent 2-0 win away at Vidi in their opening game before losing 4-1 to PAOK and 3-1 to Chelsea.

Chelsea should claim another easy victory over BATE on Thursday, as the Blues look to keep up their 100% winning record in Europe. Have a punt on Sarri’s side to win -1 at odds of 11/10. They have overcome such a handicap seven times already this term and in their current form they look set to make that eight.

Gunners to Fire Themselves to the Last 32

Arsenal Emirates Stadium Clock

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Arsenal entertain Sporting at the Emirates on Thursday night. Two weeks ago, Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for the Gunners at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. Will the Premier League team make it 12 points from a possible 12 with another victory this week?

The Gunners have gone 14 games unbeaten since losing 3-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in August. Incredibly, 12 of those 14 matches have ended in wins. Before winning 1-0 in Lisbon, Arsenal had beaten Vorskla Poltava 4-2 and Qarabag 3-0. One more win will do it for Emery’s troops and, like at Chelsea, belief at the club and in the new boss continue to grow.

Sporting, who have six points to their name, should follow Arsenal into the Round of 32. The Portuguese giants kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Qarabag, which they followed up with a 2-1 win at Vorskla.

Having beaten them in Portugal a fortnight ago, Arsenal should do the double over Sporting on Thursday. The home team are available at 1/3 to secure their 13th win of the season and even at such short odds that looks a very solid bet.

Tough Away Games for the Scots

Spartak Moscow Otkritie Arena

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Rangers have made a decent start to their Europa League campaign, winning one and drawing two of three games. The Gers currently sit top of Group G, level on points with La Liga side Villarreal. This Thursday, Steven Gerrard takes his troops to Russia to play Spartak Moscow.

This will no doubt be a tough game for Rangers, who have won just four of their 13 league and cup away matches so far this term. The Scottish Premiership side have drawn with Villarreal and Spartak, and we can see this ending all square (5/2) in Moscow.

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, meanwhile, have work to do in their group. The Scottish champions have picked up just three points from a possible nine, beating Rosenborg and losing to Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull Leipzig.

This Thursday, RB Leipzig are the visitors to Celtic Park in a huge European match for the Bhoys. Unfortunately for them, we can see Leipzig picking up all three points in Glasgow. The away win is available at 17/20 and given the gulf in class between these two, that’s a bet worth taking.

Elsewhere in Europe

One of the standout matches of the round is the Lazio v Marseille fixture at the Stadio Olimpico. The Serie A side secured an excellent 3-1 victory at the Stade Velodrome two weeks ago. Marseille have a mountain to climb if they are to progress in the competition, as they have taken just one point thus far, while Lazio have picked up six. Eintracht Frankfurt are the surprise leaders in the group, with the German side picking up three wins so far. We fancy Lazio to win -1 (13/8) on Thursday.

In Rangers’ group, Rapid Vienna and Villarreal lock horns. Villarreal will go five points clear of Rapid with an away win while Vienna will leapfrog the Spanish side in Group G with a victory of their own on Thursday. However, the draw (5/2) seems a likely outcome in this one.

  • Bordeaux v Zenit - Bordeaux and Zenit St Petersburg go head-to-head in a big game in Group C. Incredibly, Bordeaux have lost all three of their Europa League games so far. Zenit will be on the lookout for their third Group C win on Thursday, and the Russians should come out on top in Bordeaux. The away victory is priced at 9/5.
  • Betis v AC Milan - In Group F, Real Betis and AC Milan meet in a tasty fixture. Betis are currently one point above Milan in the table, which makes this a huge matchup in Seville. The Spanish outfit sealed an excellent 2-1 win at the San Siro last month, and Quique Setien’s side will fancy their chances on home soil. Take a punt on Betis to win at 6/5.