Europa League action on Thursday evening presents a fine opportunity to have an accumulator bet, and writer Mark Kozurek brings you a tasty-looking 9/1 shot…
Ludogorets Razgrad to beat FC Chronomorets Odesa
Group B table toppers, Ludogorets Razgrad will soon catch attention if they continue providing wonders in their European campaign. They have won their last three games, and one was against expected table toppers, PSV Eindhoven, crushing the Dutch team 2-0 away from home. Their Ukrainian opponents have also lost against them during the opening game of this Group. Again, Ludogorets providing a fine away footballing display, gaining a 1-0 victory. The Bulgarian team, that has taken a shine to this competition, also continue their winning mentality in their domestic Bulgarian Premier League. They currently sit first in the table and are on a four game winning streak. Chronomorets on the other hand, have only acquired three points so far in Group B. Their current form in the Ukraine league wont provide much support, as they sit in 4th position, winning once in six games, and only scoring in two of them. The points for me will be going to Bulgaria.
Esbjerg fB to beat Elfsborg
At first glance these teams may look very similar. However, away from their spelling and into the Europa League group stage, there is a standing comparison. Esberg fB are in 2nd position, gaining two wins from their last three games, one being against Elfsborg away from home. Their Allsvenskan opponents are rooted at the bottom of Group C with one point. Both of these teams are also proving to be struggling in their own leagues, where Esberg fB sit in 9th position without a win in three games, and Elfsborg sit in 6th position. A match that is most likely going to feature goals, but with Elfsborg torrid Europa League form, I can only see the points and the goals in favour for the Danes.
Red Bull Salzburg to win at Standard Liege
In Group C’s other encounter, we see a team that has been full of energy so far: Red Bull Salzburg. They are cruising so far in Group C, racking up nine points already. The Austrian outfit also rack up the goal tally, scoring thirteen goals from their last five games. Two of these goals were at home, against Thursday opponents: Standard Liege. One Austrian Bundersliga encounter witnessed Red Bull Salzburg scream in six at home, against FC Wacker Innsbruck. Their opponents from Belgium have had a rough patch so far in their European campaign and in the Belgium Pro League, struggling to find form and vital victories. Liege have been much lower than ‘standard’ without a win from four games. Once upon a time, the Belgium Pro League used to witness a Standard Liege title challenge.
FC Dnipro to beat Pacos De Ferreira
Ukrainian side, FC Dnipro are performing against the odds, sitting in 2nd position against expected table champions: Fiorentina, whom they were narrowly defeated 2-1 in dreadful playing conditions. FC Dnipro come in this match in great form, they are unbeaten in their last four games, and have gained two victories so far in the Europa League Group E. Their opponents will be travelling from Portugal, with the opposite form, Pacos have failed to gain three points in their last four games, and they are struggling in Group E, only managing to gain one point, that has guided them to the bottom of the table. FC Dnipro have the advantage going into this encounter, they have beat Pacos from Portugal 2-0 away from home, and will provide a hostel atmosphere that is used to winning games so far. FC Dnipro looks like a positive side, and I can only see three points for Ukraine in Group E.
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