£5 Europa League acca pays £196
Man Utd involved in Thursday’s highlight
UEFA Europa League fixtures are at the forefront of punters’ thinking on Thursday, with Manchester United’s trip to Rostov the headline on an action-packed evening. The Red Devils will be targeting success in this competition as a guaranteed path into next season’s Champions League, avoiding the lottery of the Premier League top-four.
We have cast our expert eye over the evening’s round of 16, and offer our views on a handy five-fold to mark the occasion with a winner. Every £5 down on our Europa League acca pays £196.70, if our thinking works out to be precise. Prices and returns are correct at the time of writing…..
Man Utd beat Rostov
This will be a big ask for The Red Devils. Rostov are no pushovers on their own patch and recorded a famous win vs Bayern Munich in this season’s Champions League, courtesy of a 3-2 score. They’ll fancy dishing out more of the same to the English side. United are on a stunning run of form under Mourinhoo however, and he knows this level of football all too well. He’ll look to remain competitive for the return tie, but we think Man Utd can go and get their noses in front. 4/5 will do a job.
Celta Vigo beat Krasnodar
The Celts were eye-catchers in the last round, overturning a 1-0 deficit vs a very capable Shaktar Donetsk side, to win 2-0 on the road. The La Liga side have put together some impressive results in this competition already, and home advantage should be the deciding factor against Krasnodar. 4/7 on the locals make sense and looks just about fair.
Ajax beat Copenhagen
This is an interesting fixture, and one of the better pairings of the round. Ajax snuck past Legia Warsaw last time, which would’ve boosted confidence in the ranks, and Peter Bosz’s side are also on a solid run domestically, unbeaten in their last nine in the Dutch Eredivisie. That purple patch includes seven wins in-a-row, and although there shouldn’t be much in this, Ajax look value at 21/10.
Lyon beat Roma
Another mammoth fixture that wouldn’t look out of place in the Champions League. Lyon are unbeaten in three in the French league, while Roma went down 2-1 to Napoli last time out. This will be a straight shoot-out between two sides showing real attacking capabilities. Spurred on by their own fans, Lyon can take a much-needed advantage to Italy. 7/5 looks massive.
Gent beat Genk
Fresh from their upset over Spurs in the last round, Gent will aim to build on that with another win, this time enjoying a home start against Racing Genk. They beat Tottenham here 1-0, thanks to a goal from Perbet, and left London with a 2-2 draw, Perbet again on the scoresheet, while Kane scored an own-goal. 20/23 is added and looks a price tailor made for accumulators.