It’s the Europa League’s turn on Thursday and the likelihood of the two English clubs having differing nights is extremely high.
The early game sees Lyon welcome Everton and having won 2-1 at Goodison Park, the French club will expect more of the same. With no manager and no form, the Toffees’ campaign has not gone anything like expected and another defeat will effectively end their hopes of qualification.
Unfortunately for those travelling from Merseyside to the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, it could be another night of misery. Les Gones have hit their stride in recent weeks and with so much attacking flair, will expect to win. However, their short price means doing so to zero at 29/20 might be more sensible than going for the outright win.
The other English team in action is Arsenal and having beaten Crvena Zvezda 1-0 in Belgrade, they will be confident of repeating the trick on Thursday.
Arsene Wenger has used this competition to blood his youngsters and with a perfect record to date, the policy is clearly working. The Gunners are another side who appear short so instead maybe look at the scorer markets, with the match-winner in Serbia, Olivier Giroud, 3/1 to net the opener.
If you’re looking for value, search no further than the 43/20 on offer for Istanbul Basaksehir to beat Hoffenheim. It’s an old cliché that Turkish sides are good at home but there is a reason for it and despite the home team struggling so far in the Europa League, Die Kraichgauer have not won in three and could be there for the taking.
The other game in Group C also appeals, with unbeaten leaders Ludogorets looking good to win at home when Braga rock up in Razgrad. Victory in Portugal has put them in control of the pool and 21/20 appears extremely favourable.
Zorya Luhansk also tempt at 9/2 when they go to Hertha Berlin. A 2-1 win in their first meeting has put the Ukrainians in a good position to qualify from Group J and with Hertha’s race all but run, they may not be too concerned by Thursday’s game.
Finally, Vitoria de Guimaraes only lost 2-1 in Marseille and although Les Phoceens are the favourites, 33/10 looks an outstanding price for a home win.
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