One win and a loss yesterday – Real Madrid obliged and won 2-0, but Gent started slowly and paid the price, eventually losing 3-2 after being 3-0 down. Today we move onto the Europa League, and with 15 games on – 6 have been previewed here – with my top two being the following:
St Etienne vs Basel: BTTS @ 1/1 (1800 KO)
This has the potential to be a 0-0 or a 3-3. All depends on the teams. Basel have lost Elneny, while St Etienne have been inconsistent throughout this competition. Basel have scored well, but equally conceded too many for their liking. The Swiss side have treated us well throughout the year in this, and I fancy them to score a couple, but still concede. Overall so far in this competition – Basel have scored in all 6, while St Etienne have conceded in 4/6, and scored in 6/6. Despite the odds, this one looks a good shout.
Galatasaray vs Lazio: BTTS + Over 2.5 Goals @ 13/10 (2005 KO) – NAP
Galatasaray are a Champions League drop-out, while Lazio have been in the Europa League this season. Felipe Anderson has not sparkled as he did last term, and neither has the entire Lazio team for that matter. In the Europa this term, Lazio have a BTTS record of 5/6 – and in their last 10 away games have kept only 3 clean sheets, two of which were 0-0. Galatasaray on the other hand are even worse at the back, and in their last 10 games have amassed a grand total of 2 clean sheet at home – and that includes 4 cup ties often against lower tier opposition.
Both could and probably will rotate a little, and with Burak Yilmaz’ impending move to China on the cards he may not be involved. Wesley Sneijder will be vital for the home side, while Felipe Anderson has all the tools to unlock a leaky back four. I certainly think both will score, while either could score 2+.
Together, it will pay around the 4/1 mark.
I have started to include the ‘NAP’ tag again, as the doubles are getting very hard to land, and a few of you guys have asked for my top tip of the two most days. I think the Gala-Lazio game should be a corker, not to put the clangers on it or anything…
Best of luck