Europa League Five picks For Today.
Get our football experts’ best bets for midweek action from the Europa League.
Real Betis vs Leverkusen
Betis two UEFA Europa League matches this season have produced 11 goals. Leverkusen was on the wrong end of a 5-1 hammering at the weekend against German champions Bayern after a first-half blitz that was them ship four goals inside seven minutes. That match aside, however, they’re a side in great goal-scoring form and they also boast a 100% record after two UEL matches. Leverkusen’s terrible form on Spanish soil in European football will be a cause for concern, winning just three of their 19 such matches previously (D3, L13), but they have won 11 of their last 15 UEL matches (L4) and scored an average of 2.67 goals per game in that sequence.
TIP: Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals
Lazio vs Marseille
Both sides picked up morale-boosting wins at the weekend, with Lazio beating defending Serie A champions Inter 3-1 despite going a goal behind, and Marseille claiming a resounding 4-1 win over Lorient which ended a winless streak of four matches in all competitions. The visitors haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 12 UEL away days and they aren’t going to keep one here, but they have enough quality to cause Lazio problems.
TIP: Lazio win & over 2.5 goals
Ludogorets vs Braga
While no European side currently boasts a run of consecutive domestic titles as long as Ludogorets’ ten, they lament a terrible UEL record, winning just twice across their last 27 games in the competition proper (W2, D9, L16). Braga has won five of their last seven away games in the UEL and they’ve averaged 17 shots per game in the competition so far. Ludogorets’ keeper might be a busy man.
TIP: Braga win
West Ham vs Genk
A return of four defeats in Genk’s last six competitive away games underlines their status as underdogs as they travel to London. They’ve conceded nine goals in their last three matches on the road. The Hammers are looking to become the very first club to go an entire UEL group stage without conceding.
TIP: Over 2.5 goals
Napoli vs Legia Warsaw
Napoli failed to convert a penalty and had a goal disallowed by VAR in their last Serie A match, but they still found a way to score late through the in-form Victor Osimhen to keep their perfect league start intact (W8). They will hope to transfer that domestic form to Europe, where they are winless after two UEL matches. Osimhen has netted three of Napoli’s four UEL goals this term, and he’ll look to strike late, with the Naples team winning the second half in seven of their last eight competitive matches.
TIP: Napoli win both halves