Europa League Betting Tips & Predictions 25-10-18
Rangers v Spartak Moscow
It’s not all about the Champions League – we’ve got some top Europa League betting tips to consider. First we’ll check out the top team v the bottom – Rangers v Spartak Rangers are quickly becoming the surprise package of Europa League Group G and they sit top of the table after two games played. Win at home on Thursday and they would give themselves and their fans a major shunt towards the knockout stages. Not bad for a side who had to come through over 720 minutes of qualifiers and were fourth seeds in the pool.
Steven Gerrard – still in the early stages of his first managerial appointment – has worked wonders in Govan, helping root out the deadwood while bringing in a host of young, hungry players desperate to make a name for themselves. Some have played English Premier League football in the past and that quality shows, a few others were shipped north on loan from Liverpool and are desperate to prove their worth and make the grade. Victory over a side of Moscow’s quality would prove they are already well on their way to being good enough.
Moscow Bottom of the Group
Spartak Moscow finished third in the Russian Premier League last season, but they have failed to set the heather alight in this competition so far, managing just one point from the first six available. They started with defeat to Rapid Vienna on the road, sinking to a 2-0 result courtesy of an own-goal from Timofeev early in the second-half and a Murg clincher with 68 minutes on the clock. It’s worth noting Rangers beat the same Vienna side last time.
Myaso looked to be up against it when hosting Spanish giants Villarreal in game two, but they were able to improve and came within seconds of securing a stunning win. With a 3-3 result at the end of an action-packed match at the Otkritie Arena, Ekambi opened the scoring before Andrade struck a leveler to send the sides in level at the break. Fornals put The Yellow Submarine back in front soon after the re-start, but Moscow again drew level through Andrade. They thought they’d completed the turnaround when Melgareo scored with 85 minutes gone to delight the home support. However, there was to be one final twist, Cazorla finishing from the penalty spot deep into stoppage-time.
It Doesn’t Pay to Oppose This Rangers Side
Gerrard may be inexperienced at this level but he has barely put a foot wrong and his record in this competition so far is phenomenal. No one expected Rangers to make the group stages and even fewer predicted they’d be leading the way in a group featuring Villarreal after two games. Win this and followers really can start to dream.
Home advantage will be crucial here and we saw against Vienna how high-pressing football and a non-stop work-ethic can upset opponents, especially with the backing of a jam-packed Ibrox. That 3-3 draw with Villarreal proves just what Moscow bring to the table however and they’ll look to make this as physical as possible, eager to silence the stands and give Gerrard something to think about.
Rangers look good value for the win at Coral’s 5/4 and, on form alone, that makes more appeal than Spartak at 9/4 – best price when getting your stake down at bet365. The Russians would surely bite your hand off for a draw heading to Scotland, given their current position, and that trades as the outsider of three, 23/10 through Ladbrokes.
Chelsea v BATE Borisov
Six points from two games for Chelsea as The Blues carry their sublime Premier League form into the Europa League. They are already three points ahead of the chasing pack and have the chance to put another nail in the coffin with a win that would all but get them into the next round. The Londoners started with a 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika on the road last month to open their Group L account. Willian got the goal that mattered to ensure a win in a competition Sarri said could become a problem later in the season.
There are no signs of Chelsea taking things easy in the tournament. If they are it certainly isn’t showing, and you’ve got to expect they have a squad good enough to rotate and breeze past the first few hurdles. Things won’t get serious until the Champions League third-place finishers drop in. It’s worth remembering that winning the Europa League gets you into next season’s Champions League, no questions asked. In game two a 1-0 win over MOL Vidi doubled their tally, Morata the hero.
An Uphill Struggle For BATE
BATE make the journey from Belarus in third, showing one win and a defeat. They started off well enough, beating MOL 2-0 on their travels and the game was as simple as they could’ve hoped for on the road. Tuominen scored inside 27 minutes to get the tie moving and by the time Filipenko got a second five minutes from time it was over as a contest. Borisov had less of the ball but did more with it.
Alyaksey Baha’s side were looking confident, but they had the wind knocked from their sails next time when ending on the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline vs PAOK Solinka. Despite enjoying home advantage they suffered the embarrassment of a hammering in a match many expected them to be competitive in. Taking our clues from the first two games we doubt BATE will be involved beyond the six games, unless they drastically improve.
Blues Win to Nil
Chelsea have played two, won two in the Europa League so far and they are yet to concede a goal. Will BATE be good enough to end that run of clean-sheets? The underdogs do have ability going forward but I wouldn’t be in a rush to back them to get any joy at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea win is 1/9 with Coral, pushing us into the specials. There’s little point looking twice at the 33/1 (Ladbrokes) on Borisov.
This is about how Chelsea win and there’s a number of options to support them. Half Time/Full Time won’t put you wrong at 8/15 – top price Ladbrokes. -1 goal on the handicap should also be considered when building accumulators, 2/5 in places, but we’ll side with a home win to nil, yours at Coral’s 4/7.