Sevilla v Lazio
The first of our top Feb 21 Europa League betting tips is for Sevilla v Lazio. Please note, this game goes on Wednesday at 5.00pm. Sevilla sits in the driving seat in this tie after securing an upset in Italy, claiming a 1-0 win away from home last time. While the away goal remains in effect that’s a strong advantage and should be enough to see them continue their Europa League campaign. Ben Yedder scored the only goal of the game on 22 minutes to push Lazio to the brink of elimination, and that was enough to settle what was a nervy game low on goal scoring chances. More of the same from Sevilla is 10/11 favourite with Bet365 and we say – grab it.
A Big Effort
Lazio would’ve hoped to jet to Spain still in the tie and although this one isn’t yet beyond them, it will take a massive effort to see the Italians in the hat for the draw. They were beaten at home and finished that match with only one shot on target and 46% of the match possession. A desire to keep it tight is understandable, but they shot themselves in the foot there and we can’t support them on the back of that toothless display. The away win would be dramatic, but it’s not for us, even at 3/1 (Bet365).
Arsenal v Bate
Keep an eye on this one as it’s a 5.55pm kick-off, despite taking place in London. Arsenal won’t rate winning this tournament too highly on their list of priorities this season, but they may see the value in pushing hard for the title and gaining the Champions League spot that comes with wearing the crown. The Gunners were downed 1-0 on the road but, over two legs, that’s not a terrible result and we make them worth a bet in the return. Back Arsenal to qualify at 4/11 with Bet365.
A Surprise Win
BATE were written off last week but they had enough about them to make home advantage count against a weakened opponent in front of their own fans and will know if they can hold on for a draw at the Emirates, they’ll secure their passage to the next round. Easier said than done, of course, but there’s no doubt they travel with the tie sitting in the balance. An away win is unlikely at 20/1 – top price with Unibet, the draw 8/1 (Bet365). BATE to qualify is 2/1 through Bet365.
Red Bull Salzburg v Club Brugge
Red Bull flew through the group stages of this competition, making a mockery of what was expected to be a tight pool to cross the line at a canter, well ahead of runners up Celtic, RB Leipzig back in third. They started the knockout stages with defeat, however, losing 2-1 last week. Defeat is never easy to take for an ambitious side, but the away goal scored gives them hope and we fancy the locals to qualify at 4/5 (Bet365). That’s better than we expected to find, so rates as our best bet. To do that they’ll need to win at home and the local cheer has been marked up at 4/7 (Bet365) jolly. One for your midweek accumulators.
Out for Revenge
Brugge is in a great position to go through but must defend their lead against an opponent out for revenge. The visitors handled themselves admirably last time and secured the win thanks to goals from Denswil and Wesley, despite falling behind to a Junuzovic opener on 17 minutes. Battling back shows just what they are about but plenty more of that fighting spirit will be needed if they are to get anything here. Traders don’t see it and there’s 11/2 at Unibet on the away day, Brugge to qualify 19/20. We’ll stick with RB Salzburg on the back of a stunning group campaign.
Valencia v Celtic
This tie looks dead in the water and despite the optimism of Celtic fans heading into the first-leg in Glasgow, Valencia returns home with one foot in the next round. They kept their cool on a fiery night in Scotland before a packed Parkhead, pushing to a 2-0 aggregate lead. Cheryshev had the ball in the net just before half-time to hand the Spaniards a lead and Brendan Rodgers talk didn’t seem to work as Sobrino doubled the advantage inside four minutes of the second period. A home win is now nailed on, bookies offering 4/7 (888sport). We were expecting closer to 1/5, making that a strong bet and our best of the evening.
Salvage a Result
Can Celtic salvage anything from this tie? It’s highly unlikely they’ll get anywhere near a spot in the next round, but they can go to Spain and save face with an improved performance. The Hoops were poor in Scotland, there’s no getting away from that, and the performance makes it almost impossible to back them to beat Valencia in Spain. Those who see something we don’t can back the away win at 5/1 – best with Unibet. There’s no value in that for us. The draw goes 3/1 with Bet365. Take no in the both teams to score market for an added interest, 10/11 (Bet365).
Chelsea v Malmo
The last of our Feb 21 Europa League betting tips is for Chelsea v Malmo. We’re back at the bridge and although Chelsea has a job on their hands to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, they face the distraction of Europa League football and that should continue into the next round. The Blues earned a hard-fought away win over Malmo last weekend thanks to goals from Barkley and Giroud, enough to better Christiansen’s reply late in the day. They are all but through to the next round but are too tight to back in either the match betting or to qualify field. Both score and Chelsea win is our approach, available at 21/10 with Bet365.
A Miracle Result
Malmo knows they missed a chance when losing at home, but they aren’t out of this tie heading to London and have more chance of causing an upset than the pre-match betting would have you believe. They must keep things tight in England and hope Sarri plays a weakened side. Oddsmakers don’t fancy it and have been bold enough to send out as big as 40/1 on the away win.