Thursday Europa League Betting Tips: Can Wolves progress?
The Europa League’s return continues tonight with the final batch of matches from the last-16.
Wolves, bumped out of European football next season by Arsenal’s FA Cup win, could yet be in the Champions League next term, if they can go all the way in the Europa League.
They’ll need to see off Olympiakos tonight, while Rangers are also in action away at Bayer Leverkusen, and we’ve previewed each of tonight’s last-16 ties in our Europa League Betting Tips.
Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers, 17:55
Steven Gerrard’s men are really up against it this evening, having lost the first leg 3-1 at Ibrox back in March.
It means even a 2-0 win wouldn’t be enough tonight, so the Gers’ must score at least three at the BayArena. Our traders have Rangers at 4/1 to win the match, but they’re out at 12s to qualify.
Leverkusen have lost four of their 11 games since the restart, but two of those came against Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga outfit are 8/13 to win the match, and 1/50 to go through.
The potentially Chelsea-bound Kai Havertz is 7/2 favourite to score first, with Alfredo Morelos 6/1 to grab the opening goal for the Scottish side.
Sevilla v Roma, 17:55
This is a one-leg showdown in Germany between two sides who likely harbour hopes of going all the way.
As five-time champions, Sevilla know their way around this competition better than anyone else, and the Spanish side are 6/5 favourites to win the match, and 8/13 to go through. That leaves Roma at 9/4 in the match betting and 6/5 to progress.
Julen Lopetegui’s side have been excellent since the restart too, having won five and drawn six of their 11 games this summer. What’s more, they’ve kept seven clean sheets, and they’re 27/10 to win to nil.
But Roma mean business, having won seven of their last eight games in Serie A to finish fifth, including a 3-1 win over champions Juventus on the final day.
Paulo Fonseca’s side scored 23 goals in that spell, so Sevilla’s tight defence may be tested. Roma’s Edin Dzeko is 5/1 to score first, behind Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos at 7/2 and Youssef En-Nesyri at 9/2.
FC Basel v Eintracht Frankfurt, 20:00
Swiss side Basel may have won just one of their last five matches, but after a 3-0 win over Frankfurt in Germany back in March, they should have plenty in hand to reach the quarter-finals.
In truth, Basel have drawn those other four games, and are unbeaten in seven. They’re 1/33 to progress, with Frankfurt having it all to do at 10/1. In the match betting, the German outfit are 11/8 favourites, with the hosts at 9/5.
Basel’s Arthur Cabral is 9/2 favourite in the first goalscorer market, with Andre Silva and Bas Dost 5/1 apiece to put Frankfurt ahead. It will be interesting to see how this one pans out; Frankfurt haven’t played a competitive match since the end of June, with Basel playing 11 times since then.
Wolves v Olympiakos, 20:00
If Wolves want European football next season, they must win the Europa League. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men claimed a useful 1-1 draw in Athens back in March, and they’re both odds-on to win the match and quality tonight at 7/10 and 4/11 respectively.
But while they impressed last month with wins over Everton and Crystal Palace, defeats to Sheffield United, Arsenal and Chelsea will give tonight’s visitors hope.
Olympiakos have already sent one Premier League side packing on home soil, doing so to Arsenal in the last-32. The Greek outfit are 9/2 to win and 2/1 to progress.
Santo will hope Raul Jimenez can continue his superb season in front of the goal. The Mexican has struck 26 times this term, including nine in the Europa League, and is 14/5 favourite to net first tonight. Diogo Jota is 5/1 to score first, with Youssef El Arabi 15/2 for the visitors.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing