AZ Alkmaar are big bankers in Europa League accumulator

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The Europa League may be regarded as the one of the more unpredictable football competitions, but given that four teams from the 12 groups still have 100 per cent records, picking winners may not be as difficult as first feared.

We certainly don’t think so and have selected four winners from the fourth round of group-stage contests, which pays out at 14/1 if all are successful.

AZ Alkmaar to beat Shakhter Karagandy @ 1/5

Without doubt the biggest banker of the fourfold has to be AZ, who have won their last three at home domestically, scoring 12 goals in the process.

Shakhter are perhaps best known for pushing Celtic close in Champions League qualifying, but their minds are sure to be elsewhere here, as they ready for the Kazakhstan cup final next.

The cup finalists have taken a depleted squad to the Netherlands and are winless in seven on the road, including six defeats, even if they were at full strength.

Rubin Kazan to beat Wigan @ 4/9

Rubin have triumphed in their four Europa League home games this season without conceding a goal and have netted at least once in their last eight on their own patch in all competitions.

This isn’t the best news for Wigan, who have failed to trouble the scorers in their last seven on the road in all competitions.

Bordeaux to beat APOEL Nicosia @ 3/2

It was Bordeaux that won in France when this pair clashed earlier in the Europa League group stages and this result is part of their improved run of form of late that has seen them embark on a five-game unbeaten streak.

APOEL are not in the best of form to sit sixth in the Cypriot league, netting only once in their last four domestically, while Bordeaux have to win too to ensure they remain in the hunt for progression through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Tromso to beat Anzhi @ 12/5

Were it not for an equaliser three minutes from time, Tromso would have already beaten Sheriff Tiraspol at home in this competition and based on games with Tottenham, the Moldovans are superior opposition to Anzhi.

Anzhi won the clash between this pair in Russia 1-0, but that is their only goal in their last five in all competitions, while the hosts have been on target at least once in 18 of their last 19 fixtures at the Alfheim Stadion.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.