We’ve got five Europa League predictions from Thursday night’s group-stage games and are hoping to land a 78/1-plus acca if they all come in.
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Besiktas and Wolves to draw @ 12/5
Wanderers have given themselves plenty of work to do in Group K after starting out with a 1-0 home loss to Braga, but they have since put in a couple of solid Premier League performances, drawing at Crystal Palace and then beating Watford on home turf. Besiktas also suffered defeat in their first game as Slovan Bratislava scored twice in stoppage time to win 4-2 in Slovakia, but the Turkish side are generally strong in front of their own fans and a tight tussle is expected here in our Europa League predictions.
Arsenal to beat Standard Liege @ 33/100
The Gunners have established a great record in this tournament over the past couple of years and kicked off this term with an impressive 3-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Unai Emery fielded a youthful side in Germany but was full of praise for starlets like Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka, saying: “Their performance was good and they deserve it.” Standard Liege also made a winning start as they beat Vitoria SC 2-0 but picked up just one point from three fixtures on their travels at this stage last season.
AZ Alkmaar to draw with Man Utd @ 9/4
United scraped a 1-0 win at home to Astana in their opening group game as they returned to the competition for the first time since lifting the trophy two years ago, but their away form is a major concern. The Red Devils have failed to win on their travels since a surprise victory at Paris St Germain in March and injury problems up front won’t help here. AZ Alkmaar managed a 2-2 draw at Partizan Belgrade, despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men, and can now match United in Holland.
Young Boys and Rangers to draw @ 13/5
Rangers battled hard to beat Feyenoord 1-0 in their Group G opener and Steven Gerrard would no doubt now settle for a point from this tricky trip to Switzerland. The Glasgow giants did secure a share of the spoils at Villarreal during last season’s pool, so they do have the pedigree. A 2-1 defeat against Porto in Portugal was no disgrace for Young Boys, but it means they will need to go on the offensive here and that could leave gaps at the back for Rangers to exploit.
Celtic to beat CFR Cluj @ 1/2
Neil Lennon’s men will be fired up for this clash, having been beaten in a Champions League qualifier by the Romanian outfit. The Bhoys will look back on a 4-3 loss to Cluj at Parkhead with bewilderment and are backed to put the record straight in our Europa League predictions. Lennon told Celtic’s YouTube channel: “Big game, big European night and looking forward to it. I hope the supporters are as well and I hope they get right behind the team, because they are going to be really important for us.”
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