Thursday’s Europa League tips: Arsenal,Chelsea and the Glasgow giants headline
The opening round of Champions League fixtures have been and gone throwing up some surprise results in the process.
Whilst heavy pre-tournament favourites Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are left toiling by first match losses, attention turns to the Europa League.
Europe’s second tier competition always features some big names and this year is no different.
There’s a massive 24 games in the tournament tonight, but we’ve picked out five that may pique your interest…
PAOK v Chelsea
Former Europa League winners Chelsea open their campaign against Greece’s second-best team PAOK Salonika.
Chelsea are 5/1 to win the whole competition. They may ring the changes in this one but are much fancied at 4/7 to grab the victory.
Their opponents have had a solid start to their domestic campaign and are 19/4 for victory.
Eden Hazard has been left at home, but Chelsea’s quality could still tell.
They’re 13/8 to win and Over 2.5 goals.
Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava
Arsenal begin their second-successive Europa league campaign against Vorskla Poltava.
This is only the second time the Ukrainian side have reached this stage of the competition.
The Gunners should run up a score here and it’s 21/20 for Arsenal to win and Over 3.5 Goals.
Danny Welbeck could start in this one, the England international is 12/5 to net two or more goals.
Villarreal v Rangers
Rangers are back in a European group-stage for the first time since the 2010-11 Champions League campaign.
Steven Gerrard will be without the suspended Alfredo Morales, so Kyle Lafferty is primed to lead the line in Spain.
The Scottish forward is 9/1 to net. But Villarreal’s recent European pedigree could come to the fore here.
The Yellow Submarine are 4/11 to win and may yet sink any Rangers hopes of grabbing three points.
Celtic v Rosenborg
After Celtic’s loss to AEK in the Champions League qualifiers, boss Brendan Rodgers vowed to put extra emphasis on mounting a strong tilt at the Europa League.
The Scottish champions are 4/9 to beat the Norwegian club who could be without Nicklas Bendtner.
The form of Odsonne Edouard may have been one reason The Hoops let Moussa Dembele leave for Lyon.
It’s 7/5 for Edouard to be first goalscorer and Celtic to win.
RB Leipzig v FC Salzburg
The ‘unofficial’ Red Bull derby.
However, you feel about the ethics this should be a real energy-infused encounter between two free-scoring sides.
The pair netted a combined 138 between them in the German and Austrian Bundesliga’s last season.
Both Teams to Score is 8/15.
You can grab a Price Boost on RB Leipzig to win and 5 or more goals in the match at 13/2.
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