Wed, Feb 21, 8:09am by Staff Writer
The Europa League may have a secondary status to the Champions League but this year it contains several top European sides at this stage of the competition. All of them are looking to add to their silverware collections and secure the coveted Champions League place for next season that is gifted to the victors.
Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund, Friday 23rd February 2018, 7.05am (AEDT)
An injury time winner from Michy Batshuayi for Borussia Dortmund in the first leg means that they will travel to Italy with a win, although having conceded two away goals they are very much in danger of falling out of the competition. Dortmund were expected to be one of the sides to challenge for the title in the Europa League but now face the task of overcoming a $2.88 price to win the match. Despite this they are favourites to progress at $1.53.
Currently sitting 8th in Serie A, Atalanta may well need to win the tournament to achieve European football for next season. They will be looking to two goal hero from the first leg Josip Ilicic to fire them to victory at home. They are favourites to win the game at $2.25 but stand at $2.43 to qualify for the next Round.
Bet of the Match – Draw 1-1 at $7
Zenit St Petersburg v Celtic, Friday 23rd February 2018, 5am (AEDT)
The tie between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg is set for a thrilling second leg, as the Scottish Champions make the trip to Russia with a one goal advantage. Callum McGregor scored the only goal on the night to boost Celtic’s hopes, but they face a daunting trip to St Petersburg. The cold may well be a factor as they look to overcome a price of $6 to win the match, whilst they stand as favourites to reach the next Round at $1.67.
The first leg was Zenit’s first competitive game since before Christmas, so they can expect to have been a little rusty. Having conceded a late goal in that game they now face an uphill struggle to advance. They do have the advantage of being at home as they look to upset the odds at $2.12 to qualify, yet they stand at $1.53 to win on the night in 90 minutes.
Bet of the Match – Zenit to Win 1-0 (After 90 minutes + injury time)
Arsenal v Ostersunds, Friday 23rd February 2018, 7.05am (AEDT)
A 3-0 victory in the away should ensure that Arsenal progress to the next Round of the Europa League. They will, however, not be able to rest too easy as Ostersunds look to provide a shock at the Emirates.
With the Europa as Arsenal’s only serious hope for a trophy this season and possibly their best way into next season’s Champions League, it is likely they may play a strong side. At $1.22 compared to $11 for Ostersunds, they are heavy favourites to win the game. It may just be a matter of how many or by whom.
Bet of the Match – Arsenal to Win 2-1 at $9
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