Goals have been a feature of most games featuring Plzen and Roma this season so one is keen on backing over two and a half goals when the Czech and Italian teams meet in UEFA Europa League Group E.
All six of Plzen’s Czech Liga matches have had at least two goals and three of its four European games have reached that mark as well. Only five of Plzen’s 10 matches across all competitions have gone over two and a half goals but one would rather bet on its games being high scoring than low scoring, particularly against sides such as Roma.
Roma has taken part in five matches this term and each of its most recent four games have gone over two and a half goals, including the weekend 3-2 victory over Sampdoria. No Italian Serie A team featured in more matches that went over two and a half goals than Roma last season and the signs are that the Yellow and Reds will profile similarly this term. Roma has kept just one clean sheet this season and, therefore, one expects Plzen to attack its guest when UEFA Europa League Group E gets under way on Thursday.
Not many football betting odds are surprising but one was taken aback to see several bookmakers favouring under two and a half goals given the statistics of Plzen and Roma. Take the odds of +100 with William Hill.
Celta has made a desperately disappointing start to its Spanish Primera Division campaign and one cannot have it such short odds to get the better of Standard in the first batch of UEFA Europa League Group G games on Thursday.
Spanish Primera Division newcomer Leganes upset Celta 1-0 before the Vigo-based side lost 1-2 at Real Madrid and 0-4 when Atletico Madrid came to town. The manner of Celta’s Spanish Primera Division losses to Leganes and Atletico would have to be of concern to its coaches and fans, with the Sky Blues capitalising in the second half of its 0-4 home defeat against the Mattressers last time out.
Celta, which waved goodbye to Manchester City forward Nolito before a ball was kicked in anger, does not have the form on the board to be the favourite for its UEFA Europa League Group E away match versus a Standard team that has not let in a goal in its last four home games and is unbeaten in front of its own supporters since early February. Standard is trading at odds of +159 with Marathonbet on the draw no bet market and that strikes one as an attractive wager.
Finally, a draw-no-bet play on Nice at odds of +112 with Marathonbet is compelling given the French Ligue 1 side’s recent results and those of its UEFA Europa League Group I opponent, German Bundesliga struggler Schalke, on Thursday.
Nice, which has snapped up mercurial striker Mario Balotelli on a free transfer from Liverpool, is second on the French Ligue 1 ladder after four rounds. Balotelli made his Nice debut against Marseille in French Ligue 1 action last time out and it took seven minutes for the Italy international to open his account. Balotelli converted an early penalty kick for Nice and he netted from open play in the second half.
Only Bastia has inflicted a home defeat on Nice this year and it is worth noting that both of the former’s goals took place following the latter’s reduction to 10 men. Schalke, which has lost back-to-back German Bundesliga matches to Frankfurt and Bayern Munchen, is a false favourite.
Plzen v Roma – Over 2.5 Goals
Thursday 15th September, 18:00 GMT
Standard Liege Draw no Bet
Thursday 15th September, 20:05 GMT
Nice Draw no Bet
Thursday 15th September, 20:05 GMT