EUROPA LEAGUE - ROUND OF 16 - 1st LEGS: BETTING TIPS AND PREVIEWS

Europa League Round of 16, 1st legs. Betting tips and match previews of the 8 matches scheduled on Thursday 10th February.

Europa League Round of 16, 1st legs. Betting tips and previews of the 8 matches scheduled on Thursday 10th February.


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VILLAREAL - BAYER LEVERKUSEN


  • Villarreal defeated one of the favourites (Napoli) for the final win to reach this stage but now have to face another strong team: Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Roger Schmidt's team, however, have struggled a lot lately, probably because of a big number of injuries so this first leg represents a chance for the hosts to get an advantage ahead of the  fixture next week in Germany.
  • Bayer Leverkusen still have all of their best attacking players available, and then some goals are expected in this clash.

 

 

HOME WIN (2.20, Matchbook)

 

VILLAREAL DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.75, Matchbook)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1

 

 

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LIVERPOOL - MANCHESTER UNITED

 

  • This is the first time Liverpool and Manchester United meet in an European competition.
  • Liverpool have a good home tendency having lost only four of their 24 matches this season but draws have been so many (8).
  • United have only failed to score a goal in 4 of their 22 away games in all competitionand an away goal could be extremely important in this tie.

 

LIVERPOOL DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.65, Sporting Bet)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1

 

 

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BASEL - SEVILLA

 

  • Basel have lost only twice in their stadium in all competitions in the current season, but have won only 2 of the last 4 home European matches so far. The absence of Breel Embolo will make it that a bit harder to obtain a positive result vs Sevilla.
  • Sevilla are yet to win a league game away from home this term and have won only three matches on the road in all competitions. The Spanish team have lost all four of their away European encounters this season, with the pressure somewhat on Emery to turn the side's fortunes on the road around.

 

 

BASEL DOUBLE CHANCE (1.65, Betfair)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1

 

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND - TOTTENHAM

 

  • Dortmund obtained a 0-0 draw with rivals Bayern Munich on last weekend and will be expected to be handed a hard test when Tottenham visit the Signal Iduna Park on Thursday. Last clash between these teams was in the 2008.
  • The Spurs secured a 3-0 win in that occasion, but this time a similar result is not expected. Spurs have won only two of their last six competitive games and will be difficult to get the better of a Dortmund side that has lost only once at home in all competitions this season.
  • Borussia are impressive at home and should have the best in this 1st leg.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.60, PaddyPower)

 

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.75, PaddyPower)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1

 

 

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SHAKHTAR DONETSK - ANDERLECHT

 

  • Shakhtar had a pass to this round after having beaten Schalke with a comfortable 3-0 aggregate win and are favourites also in the meeting with Anderlecht. Donetsk team, though, have won only 1 of their 4 home European clashes this season.
  • Anderlecht have struggled a lot this season having won only 3 of their last 10 away games in all competitions. However, the Belgians have won their last two European matches on the road, which should raise the confidence coming into this tough fixture.
  • Shakhtar should make home advantage count in this 1st leg.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.70, BetVictor)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1

 

 


ATHLETIC BILBAO  VALENCIA

 

  • Valencia and Athletic Club will meet for the second time in just over a week. Valencia will be looking for revenge after the 0-3 loss suffered at Mestalla Stadium.
  • Gary Neville is still trying to find the correct balance at Valencia and their results have picked up although their performances are still not completely convincing. They have won 5 of their last 7 matches in all competitions, including a 10-0 aggregate win vs Rapid Wien in the previous round of the Europa League.
  • Inaki Williams and Ibai Gomez are injured but all the eyes are on Aduriz who is doubful but should be part of the Starting XI.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.75, 5Dimes)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0

 

 


SPARTA PRAHA - LAZIO

 

  • Sparta Prague are still unbeaten in the Europa League this season and have won their last four matches on the spin in the competition.
  • Lazio are also yet to taste defeat in the Europa League this season but have struggled to win matches of late. The Serie A outfit have drawn five of their last nine matches in all competitions.
  • The home side have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions and should not be taken lightly by Lazio over the two legs.

 

HOME WIN (2.75, William Hill)

 

SPARTA DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.95, William Hill)

 

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.80, William Hill)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1

 

 


FENERBAHCE - BRAGA

 

  • Fenerbahce have been in tremendous form this season and are still fighting on three fronts this season. The Turkish outfit have won 16 of their last 21 fixtures in all competitions and are favourites to progress into the quarter-finals from this tie.
  • Braga, meanwhile, put an end to a run of four straight draws to beat Porto 3-1 at the weekend, which will have given them great confidence coming into this fixture. The Portuguese outfit have had six red cards in their last eight away matches, so they will need to keep level-headed in what is going to be a hostile atmosphere in Istanbul.
  • Fenerbahce have scored at least two goals in eight of their last 10 home games and will fancy their chances here against a side that have failed to score in 10 of their 22 away matches this season.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.80, 10Bet)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0

 

 


 

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