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Both teams to score in Glasgow, Estoril and Wolfsburg
Eric Roberts 2014-11-26 in Football Tips
Backing both teams to score in three games is the best way to attack the penultimate round of UEFA Europa League group games from a punting perspective, with the match at Celtic Park being the one that makes the most appeal of the lot.
Celtic has recovered from a terrible start to its Scottish Premiership title defence to ascend to the top of the ladder with a game in hand on its championship rivals. Celtic has scored a goal in 22 of its 25 games across all competitions, with its three blanks coming against Hamilton, Inverness and Maribor. Celtic has won each of its last five home matches and it will definitely qualify for the UEFA Europa League knockout stage if it gets the better of Salzburg in Glasgow.
Salzburg has booked its place in the UEFA Europa League next round with two Group D matchdays remaining. One would not put off anyone from backing Celtic at odds of 47/252.88+1881.881.88-0.53 with Bet365 to beat Salzburg given that the game means more to the Scottish Premiership side and one thinks that the Australian Bundesliga team is more than a tad overrated.
However, both sides to score at odds of 11/251.44-2270.44-2.270.44 with several bookmakers, including Bet365, BetVictor and Ladbrokes, is a smarter play. Salzburg has hit the back of the net in 24 of its 27 matches across all competitions and it scored two extra-time goals in one of the three games in which it fired blanks during normal time. One’s hunch is that Salzburg will play an incredibly attacking, open style of football against Celtic because there is no pressure on it to get a result.
The UEFA Europa League Group E encounter between Estoril and PSV shapes as being one to watch if one likes goals so both teams to score at odds of 7/101.70-1430.70-1.430.70 with numerous bookmakers, including 888sport,Ladbrokes and Unibet, stands out.
Estoril must beat PSV to remain in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage, while PSV will get through with either a draw or a win in Portugal. Estoril has scored in 13 of its 15 matches across all competitions and its home scoring numbers are a perfect seven out of seven.
PSV has rustled the onion bag in 21 of its 23 games across all competitions and, like Estoril, it has a tendency to give away a goal or two per match as well. Both sides have scored in 12 of Estoril’s 15 games and 11 of PSV’s 23 matches. One thinks that odds of 7/101.70-1430.70-1.430.70 are over the top.
Finally, an article about betting on both teams to score would not feel right without a mention of Wolfsburg, whose ability to score and concede goals is the stuff of legend among punters who bet on exotic markets week in week out.
Wolfsburg’s UEFA Europa League Group H opponent on Thursday is Everton. It is annoying that the other game in the pool – Krasnodar versus Lille – will kick off one hour earlier than the match in Wolfsburg because the result of the clash in Russia has the potential to impact on the one in Germany. For example, a draw between Krasnodar and Lille would be sufficient for Everton to qualify for the next round regardless of how the Toffees perform against Wolfsburg.
The unsynchronised kick-off UEFA Europa League Group H kick-off times puts Wolfsburg versus Everton further down one’s punting list than the games in Glasgow and Estoril. But one notes that Wolfsburg has scored in 16 of its 18 matches across all competitions and both sides have scored in 12 of those 18 games. And Everton has scored in 14 of its 17 matches across all competitions and both teams have scored in 11 of those 17 matches. Both sides to score is available at odds of 13/201.65-1540.65-1.540.65 with BetVictor.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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