Europa League Accumulator: Back our lofty 46/1 fourfold
Ahead of the Europa League’s game week five, we’ve picked out another fourfold with potential for massive windfall as we seek our second success of the group-stage.
A heavy Newcastle win on the handicap is the highlight of the wager, contributing odds of 10/3 to the cumulative figure of 46/1.
Newcastle (-2) to beat Maritimo @ 10/3
The Toon have an impressive unbeaten record at home in this competition which dates back to the mid-nineties and their Portuguese opponents are on the wrong side of a gulf in quality.
They’ve scored just one goal in this competition, none on the road and only five in their league campaign; they’re unlikely to pose a threat to the Magpies’ goal.
Newcastle require a positive result to smooth over a poor run domestically and expect them to go for the jugular as they bid to ensure qualification at St James’ Park.
Metalist to beat Leverkusen @ 6/5
These two sides have dominated Group K and, as a result, are both qualified.
Leverkusen must make the long-haul trip to Ukraine for what is, essentially, a dead rubber without a host of key men, namely stars Lars Bender and Andre Schurrle, which surely points to the hosts claiming the spoils.
Most teams have found Metalist a tough place to go at the best of times this season – seven of the last eight visitors have gone home empty-handed so you’ve got to fear for the weakened Germans here.
Neftchi to beat Partizan @ 11/8
This game is another that counts for nothing with both teams eliminated from the competition.
Both have similar records having picked up their only point against each other and scored their solitary goals in home defeats to Inter. The only thing that’s keeping Baku off the bottom is the one fewer goal they have conceded than their Serbian adversaries.
A draw is a viable option here given the poor quality on display, but home advantage coupled with the fact that Partizan have lost their last four European away days, we’ve plumped for the home team to get their first ever group-stage win in UEFA competition.
Basle to beat Sporting Lisbon @ 21/20
Four home wins on the spin make Basle a great bet here against the team sitting bottom of Group G in a bizarre juxtaposition that has left the two biggest names struggling to progress.
Sporting have fared well against Swiss opponents over the years, winning eight and drawing three of the 13 games they’ve played against representatives of this nation, but are without a European away win in nine.
Although they snapped a seven-match winless streak against Braga last time out, the Lisbon club are hardly in their best form coming into this crunch clash and this represents the best chance Basle will ever have to beat the team they have failed to better in five previous meetings.
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