Europa League preview – Our best 5 bets for Matchday One
The Europa League kicks-off on Thursday evening and we bring you our five best bets for the midweek action
September 14th, 2016
The Europa League is a massive competition which involves a huge number of teams from the far corners of the continent. It is something of a dream for punters with a massive choice of nearly 50 games on Thursday evening, offering a range of bets from singles to accumulators. Daunting as this can be, we’ve selected what we believe are the five best bets for the Thursday evening action and here they are…
Feyenoord v Manchester United – Back Feyenoord to win
Defeat to Manchester City in the weekend derby was a huge disappointment and it gave Mourinho his first taste of defeat with the Red Devils. Could this be a ‘banana skin’ for United as the press suggest? Indeed it could be and should Mourinho decide to rest his key players and field some inexperienced youngsters, we could be seeing a home win for a Feyenoord outfit who will be in the highest of spirits after winning their five opening games.
Anderlecht v FK Gabala – Back Anderlecht -2
Anderlecht should have few problems finding a way past Gabala in their opening Europa League match and whilst the Belgian runners-up failed in their quest to make it into the group stages of the Champions League, they should find things a little more comfortable in Europe’s second-tier competition, starting with a relatively easy win against Azerbaijani side FK Gabala on Thursday evening.
Inter Milan v Hapoel Be’er Sheeva – Back Inter -2
Hapoel failed to reach the Champions League group stages and as such find themselves in Europe’s second-tier competition. They have been placed in a tough group containing Southampton, Sparta Prague and Inter Milan and their clash with the Serie A side looks set to be their biggest test on Thursday evening. If the Israelis struggled against Celtic in their Champions League qualifiers, then they will surely be in for a long night when they travel to the San Siro.
Nice v Schalke – Back over 2.5 goals
Nice made headlines when they signed Mario Balotelli in the summer and with the striker scoring twice against Marseille last weekend, we’ll expect him to feature in this Europa League clash. Whilst Nice are strong up front, they are less impressive at the back and Schalke should grab themselves a goal or two at some point, making over 2.5 goals a very tempting option when it comes to betting on this match.
Maccabi Tel Aviv v Zenit St Petersburg – Back a Zenit win
Zenit finished third in the Russian top-flight, meaning that they missed out on qualification for the 2016/17 Champions League, however they are amongst the favourites to win the Europa League and they can get off to the best possible start by sweeping past Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday evening. The Israelis finished second in their domestic league behind a Hapoel Be’er Sheeva side which have yet to impress in Europe and the visitors should enjoy a relatively easy ride in their opening Europa League match.