You do not have to wait long on Thursday for the best bet of the UEFA Europa League round because Astana and Young Boys feature in one of the two early games.
Astana and Young Boys are chasing their tails in UEFA Europa League Group B after their losses to APOEL and Olympiacos respectively in the first batch of matches. The odds imply that bookmakers rate Young Boys higher than Astana but one does not agree with that perspective and, also, there is the recent past results of the teams in UEFA competitions.
Astana has played 14 home games in either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League since July 2013 for seven wins, five draws and two losses. Only Botev Plovdiv in 2013 and Villarreal in 2014 have beaten Astana at home in one of UEFA’s tournaments and among the sides that have visited the Astana Arena are Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Galatasaray.
Young Boys defeated Shakhtar Donetsk on penalties during the UEFA Champions League preliminaries before losing 2-9 on aggregate to Monchengladbach and ending up in the UEFA Europa League. Over the same three-year period that one referenced regarding Astana, Young Boys is 2-1-7 on its travels in UEFA competitions with its couple of away victories over Ermis and Slovan Bratislava.
One was expecting to see bookmakers quoting odds of about +110 about Astana getting the better of Young Boys in the UEFA Europa League Group B clash so +161 with Marathonbet is too big to miss.
Qarabag is 2-2-5 in its road matches in UEFA tournaments over the last one and a bit seasons, its successes coming at the expense of Rudar and Young Boys. Qarabag’s away form in UEFA competitions is insufficiently good for one to fancy the Horsemen to get anything out of its UEFA Europa League Group J game against Fiorentina on Thursday.
Fiorentina lost 1-2 at Juventus in the opening round of the Italian Serie A season but the Purples have gone 2-3-0 since then versus much stronger teams than Qarabag. Provided that Fiorentina’s attitude is good – and the Purples did make it through to the UEFA Europa League knockout stage last term – it has the potential to make a mockery of its odds of -172 with 188Bet. Fiorentina is on another level to Qarabag.
Finally, one does not pick UEFA Europa League away sides on a whim because, generally speaking, it is hard to win on the road in the tournament. But one cannot taking a small punt on Internazionale at odds of +165 with Marathonbet to beat Sparta Praha in Group K action on Thursday.
Internazionale has to go for three UEFA Europa League Group K points in the Czech Republic after crashing to a shock 0-2 home loss to Hapoel Beer-Sheva two weeks ago. However, the bulk of Internazionale’s recent results have been above average. One cannot say the same for Sparta Praha, though.
Sparta Praha was heading for the UEFA Europa League exit door 40 minutes into the second leg of its tie against SonderjyskE before scoring three goals to complete an incredible comeback. Sparta Praha has failed to win any of its last four matches, including slumping to a 0-3 loss at Southampton in its first UEFA Europa League Group K game.
Marathonbet is offering odds of +165 about Internazionale getting its UEFA Europa League Group K campaign back on track with a victory at Sparta Praha and one thinks that Frank de Boer’s team represents a decent wager.
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