Thursday’s Europa League Odds Boosts
Another season of European football will come to an end this evening for some, as we begin to determine the finishing positions for a handful of the groups.
Six Odds Boosts are available for this evening’s matches. Ludogrets, Larnaca, Apollon and Marseille all playing for pride tonight, for the rest, it’s game on!
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Vorskla – Arsenal – K.O. 18:55 CET
It’s three wins and a draw for the Gunners in this season’s edition of the Europa League. Unai Emery’s side romped to a 4-2 win when these two met back in North London thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And a couple of additions from Welbeck and Ozil.
Vorskla have a mountain to climb if they are to make it through to the knockouts. They’ll need to beat Arsenal tonight and then second place Sporting in two weeks time. They’ll also need Sporting to slip up against Qarabag this evening, to take it to a Matchday 6 showdown.
We love a good underdog story, but this one seems a little far-fetched.
(was 6.00 NOW 6.70)
Rosenborg – Celtic – K.O. 18:55 CET
Celtic make the trip to Norway on Matchday 5 of the competition. The Bhoys ran out 1-0 winners back in Scotland thanks to an 87th-minute winner from Leigh Griffiths. They’ll need all three points to keep the pressure on Leipzig, who are level on points with The Hoops.
It’s not exactly been the campaign dreams-are-made-of for Rosenborg. A total points haul of zero, and only three goals all tournament makes mustering any sort of case as to how they can win near on impossible.
(was 3.70 NOW 4.20)
RB Salzburg – RB Leipzig – K.O. 18:55 CET
It’s not every day you see two teams owned by the same organization do battle on the European stage. Questions were raised at the beginning of the season as to a potential conflict of interest surrounding the two Red Bull clubs.
The teams, however, were deemed to be operating in enough of an independent fashion as to satisfy the governing bodies, and so the green light was given.
Salzburg are the team in form, but Leipzig need the win if they are to keep the pressure on Celtic in the race to qualify.
(was 4.10 NOW 4.70)
Rangers – Villareal – K.O. 21:00 CET
A crunch-match here in Group G as Rangers take on Villarreal in Glasgow on Thursday eve.
Stevie G’s Gers were beaten in their last match by Spartak Moscow, however, had gone 11 matches undefeated prior.
The Group is still wide open and any of the four teams can still qualify as champions (depending on other results), so all still to play for.
Home-field advantage seems to play a big part in Scotland, so Rangers to edge it, gets a boost.
(was 5.60 NOW 6.50)
Chelsea – PAOK – K.O. 21:00 CET
Chelsea could be through to the knockouts as champions before they even kick a ball tonight.
Second place MOL Vidi play in the early match and only a win can keep their hopes of topping the group alive.
We mention this as the earlier result could have an impact on the game at Stamford Bridge, should there be nothing on the line for Chelsea.
We still think Chelsea will win the match, but should Sarri’s charges be through as group winners already, then expect energy levels to be preserved and key players rested.
(was 3.75 NOW 4.30)
Sarpsborg – Besiktas – K.O. 21:00 CET
Another group with all to play for! Norwegian side, Sarpsborg, fell to a 3-1 defeat on Matchday 1 to tonight’s opponents, though picked up a win and two draws to put them joint second in the group.
Besiktas have a number of injury concerns ahead of the match but will hope one or two will make the cut in time for kick-off.
We’re expecting a cagey affair given the stakes, so a modest boost seems like the safest option here.
(was 2.25 NOW 2.65)
That rounds off our midweek mash-up of boosts. Check back tomorrow for more price enhancements at Rizk Sportsbook, as clubs return to their domestic campaigns at the weekend.