Matchday Five is upon us in the Europa League, and with it crucial ties for sides in the Premier League and Ladbrokes Premiership.
There’s also a host of other key ties, including a crucial home game for 2008 winners Zenit St. Petersburg. Ahead of kick-off, we’ve got tips on the big fixtures…
Rosenborg v Celtic
The European draws seem to like throwing these two together. Tonight’s meeting at Lerkendal Stadium will be the sixth between the pair since the start of last season.
Those five prior meetings have seen three wins for Celtic, and a couple of draws.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored an impressive 18 goals in their last six games. They should be too strong here, with a Hoops victory at 6/10.
Meanwhile, a 2-0 win for the visitors can be backed at 7/1. James Forrest has been in sparkling form, with eight goals in as many games for club and country. He’s 2/1 Anytime, and 9/1 to bag Two or More Goals.
Vorskla Poltava v Arsenal
After concerns about whether this game would go ahead, it now appears to have the all-clear. As it stands, the Gunners could hardly be facing Vorskla at a better time.
The Ukrainian outfit have lost three games on the spin, including a surprise loss to mid-table Mariupol.
The Gunners are 8/11 to grab maximum points, while the -1 handicap on Unai Emery’s men is 11/5.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan loves a goal in this competition. Including qualifiers, he’s already got 18 Europa League goals under his belt across his career. He’s 23/10 Anytime, while a fourth 3-1 win of the season for his side is priced at 14s.
Zenit v FC Copenhagen
The Russian side have been real entertainers of late. Seven of their last 11 home games have seen both sides net – and all seven have ended in victory for the men in blue.
Copenhagen have won just two of the last five on their travels, and seem unlikely to improve that record in Russia. It’s 7/10 for a home victory, while Zenit to Win and Both Teams to Score is 10/3.
Goals are likely to be the order of the day. It’s 5/4 for Over 2.5 of them at Krestovsky Stadium. Meanwhile, beanpole striker Artem Dzyuba is 13/10 to add to his tally of 10 goals this season.
Chelsea v PAOK
The Blues have been a model of efficiency in the Europa League so far. They’ve won all four group games, with three of those finishing in 1-0 wins.
Another positive result would clinch top spot in Group L, and it’s 1/3 for Chelsea to continue their 100% record in the EL. Meanwhile, a fourth 1-0 scoreline in five continental clashes is 13/2.
With goals likely to be at a premium, the goalscorer interest could be in who breaks the deadlock. Alvaro Morata has impressed up front at times this season, and is 10/3 to score first in this clash.
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