We are getting closer to the final stages of the strongest continental club competitions. The stakes are getting higher with each new round. The games will offer more intensity as we’ll only see the very crème of European football in quest for trophies.
This Thursday brings us the second legs of the last 16 round in both the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. It is a perfect occasion for us to cherry-pick the best betting options out of these and add excitement through the 4-fold acca.
- Real Betis vs Manchester United – Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score
- Arsenal vs Sporting CP – Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score
- Slovan Bratislava vs Basel – Home win
- AZ Alkmaar vs Lazio – Under 2.5 goals FT
Total odds – 23/1
Real Betis vs Manchester United – Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score @ 11/10
We have seen a goal fest in the first leg of this tie as Manchester United celebrated a 4-1 victory seven days ago at Old Trafford. Real Betis will not have anything to lose ahead of the reverse fixture at their Estadio Benito Villamarin. We can expect the hosts to push strong from the very kick-off in search of an early opener that could make things interesting later in the game. This strategy will leave plenty of room for United’s quick players (namely Marcus Rashford) to thrive. In these circumstances, we see the value in backing the Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score bet at the 11/10 odds.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP – Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score @ 7/5
Arsenal and Sporting CP offered a super-exciting game in the first leg of their R16 tie. It finished in a 2-2 stalemate, leaving things relatively open ahead of the return leg at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are still massive favorites but we must not underestimate Sporting CP and their attacking capabilities. Sporting are on a run of five wins and a draw in the last six outings across competitions and we would by no means be surprised to see them on target once again against the Gunners. The 7/5 odds offered for the Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score bet are too good to be ignored.
Slovan Bratislava vs Basel – Home win @ 31/20
Slovan Bratislava earned a big draw in the first leg of their round of 16 tie against Basel in the Europa Conference League. The Slovakian champions will now have a great opportunity to make it to the quarterfinal of the competition with a victory on home soil on Thursday night. We expect an electric atmosphere in and around Tehelne Pole in the Slovakian capital. Considering Basel’s poor form in their domestic league this season, we see great value in backing the home win at the 31/20 odds.
AZ Alkmaar vs Lazio – Under 2.5 goals FT @ 9/10
AZ Alkmaar stunned Lazio with a 1-2 victory in the first leg seven days ago at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Their fans will no doubts create a real buzz in and around AFAS Stadion in the return leg on Dutch soil. Alkmaar have generally been very tough to break down in recent games. They did not allow too many chances last week in the Italian capital and we expect their stern back line to do the job against the underwhelming Lazio side this Thursday as well. The value is decent with the Under 2.5 goals FT pick at the 9/10 odds.