We’ve got Europa League predictions for Thursday’s fifth round of group-stage matches and are hoping to land a 17/1-plus pay-out.
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After a slow start to their maiden European campaign, Brighton are in control of their Europa League destiny following back-to-back wins over Ajax. One point from their opening two games left Roberto De Zerbi’s side with a lot to do, but doing the double over the Dutch giants saw the Seagulls move into the qualification spots in Group B for the first time.
Brighton will clinch a top-two place if they beat Athens, who ruined the Premier League side’s party by claiming a 3-2 win on matchday one. Joao Pedro has scored half of Brighton’s eight goals in the competition and also bagged a brace in the 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The Brazil international is 5/1 to open the scoring but we’ll settle for 3/2 to net at any time to begin our Europa League predictions.
West Ham to score most goals in second half at Backa Topola @ 21/20
Three wins from four games have left West Ham top of Group A, level on nine points with Freiburg. The Hammers can secure their place in the top two if they beat Topola or if Olympiacos fail to beat Freiburg. David Moyes’ side, who scored in the 86th minute and in stoppage time to beat Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, also have a habit of scoring late goals in this competition.
Of their seven strikes, six of them have arrived after the 65-minute mark, including all three in a 3-1 win over Topola at London Stadium in September. With that in mind, we like 21/20 for West Ham to score most goals in the second half.
Liverpool to beat LASK and over 3.5 goals @ 19/20
Liverpool saw their 100 per cent in Group E ended with a surprise 3-2 defeat at Toulouse on matchday four. But Jurgen Klopp’s side still remain in pole position and can secure a top-two place if they do not lose to LASK or if Union SG fail to beat Toulouse. The Reds will also be confirmed as group winners if they emerge victorious and Toulouse drop points.
Liverpool came from behind to beat LASK in their opening group game and have won nine matches in a row at Anfield in all competitions this season. A home win and over 3.5 match goals at 19/20 is a solid pick here.
Rangers HT/Rangers FT vs Aris Limassol @ 87/100
Rangers are also in a strong position to qualify from Group C after taking seven points from four games. The Scottish Premiership side can book a top-two place if they beat Limassol or if they draw and Sparta Prague fail to overcome Real Betis.
A draw would even be enough to be confirmed as group runners-up should Real Betis beat the Czech side. Rangers lost 2-1 in Cyprus in October when Steven Davis was in caretaker charge but they have won both home games in this competition and nine from 12 at Ibrox in total. The Glasgow giants to be leading at half-time and full-time at 87/100 completes our Europa League predictions this week.
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