Spurs and Lazio the big guns in our handicap Europa League acca


The Europa League is one of the tougher competitions to predict as it is never obvious how seriously certain teams and managers will take it, but there do look some clear mismatches in the first matchday of group-stage action.

Therefore, profit can be made by sticking Lazio, PSV, Tottenham and Standard Liege to all overcome handicaps in an accumulator, which pays out at a shade over 21/1.

Lazio (-1) to beat Legia Warsaw @ 31/20

Lazio may have the derby with Roma upcoming after this fixture, but coach Vladimir Petkovic has indicated that he will pick his strongest available team for this clash.

Legia have reached this stage despite failing to win any of the four games in the last two qualifying rounds and let in three in their most recent domestic fixture.

Lazio have also won their last four at home in all competitions, scoring at least twice on each occasion.

PSV Eindhoven (-1) to beat PFC Ludogorets Razgrad @ 10/11

PSV may be winless in five in all competitions heading into this fixture with the current Bulgarian table-toppers, but the calibre of their strikers should be enough to run out comfortable winners here.

Meanwhile, AC Milan are the only one of five visitors to the Philips Stadion to have scored this season.

Tottenham (-2) to beat Tromso @ 10/11

Tromso’s away form is absolutely dreadful, losing 11 of their last 12 fixtures on the road in all competitions.

Andre Villas-Boas has typically taken this competition seriously and even with some fringe players starting, Tottenham should be able to overcome this handicap.

Standard Liege (-1) to beat Esbjerg

Standard Liege are possibly Europe’s most in-form team, winning all 12 of their games in all competitions this season.

Esbjerg are far from woeful, but do look a class below their opposition.

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.