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Europa League Predictions > Feb 24th & 25th


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Arsenal vs Benfica

Arsenal still struggles in the Premier League, and the continental qualification is uncertain. The Gunners sit in 11th place, being six points behind the sixth-placed Liverpool. However, Mikel  Arteta’s side has been in quite poor form lately. They booked just one win in the last five rounds, and their performances are far from encouraging. Pierre Aubameyang and the lads secured a positive result in the first-leg after a 1:1 draw but lost against Manchester City last weekend. Although Arsenal is doing much better in the back compared to the previous season, they struggle in the final third. The hosts didn’t have much trouble in the group stage, but their opponents were not top-class ones. We’ll see if they will be able to capitalize on an away goal from the previous Thursday.

Benfica cannot be proud of its form either. The visitors tied three draws in all competition, and they can hardly get back in the title race. The Eagles are 15 points behind the top-placed Sporting, and only one win in the previous five rounds saw them declining to 4th place. Even the Champions League qualification is insecure as Braga is four points ahead of Jorge Jesus’s side. Haris Seferovic and the lads struggle to convert their chances into goals lately, although Benfica stands pretty well defensively. The away side hasn’t been convincing on the road at all, as they picked up only four points from the last five outings. They need to score against Arsenal in this match to keep the chances of progressing further alive. Benfica needs to improve if they want to remain in the Europa League.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

It is going to be a tight clash between two inconsistent teams. The match can easily go into either way, but we believe Arsenal will win and continue their continental campaign.

Goals Market Prediction

These two sides faced each other six times, and neither managed to keep its net intact. We expect the tradition to continue, and both teams should score.

Arsenal to win @ 1.80

BTTS Yes @ 1.75

Correct score 2:1 @ 8.00

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Young Boys

The home side has been very inconsistent lately, and one victory in the previous five Bundesliga rounds saw them declining to 5th place. In-form Eintracht Frankfurt is five points ahead, and Leverkusen needs to stabilize its form. Although it seemed that Peter Bosz’s side could challenge the title, they will have a tough task to finish in the top four. They head to this game after a 1:1 draw away to Augsburg last weekend. Aleksandar Dragovic and the lads have big troubles keeping their net intact. Bayer Leverkusen conceded 13 times in a row, and they didn’t manage to keep the clean sheet in 2021. The hosts have been very convincing in their group, winning the top spot with five wins. However, Leverkusen was in top form at that time. This time, they need to search for a victory and overcome their rivals’ 4:3 advantage.

Young Boys had a dream first half in the match at Stadion Wankdorf. They had a 3:0 lead, and everything seemed to be going easily. However, Leverkusen managed to equalize, while Theoson Siebatcheu’s late winner secured them a minimal advantage. Gerardo Seoane’s side enjoys another excellent domestic campaign as they are 18 points ahead of Basel. Young Boys failed to win just once in the previous 12 games in all competitions, excluding friendlies. They haven’t lost since December, and the away side is pretty confident in the back. The visitors still haven’t lost on the road in the Swiss Super League, allowing their hosts only three points on ten occasions. However, they secured a place in the knockout stage after two stoppage-time goals against CFR Cluj. Young Boys want to keep up where they left off and proceed to the next round.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Although Leverkusen is not playing very well lately, they are still slight favorites to qualify to the next round. Therefore, we believe they are going to celebrate a victory in this match.

Goals Market Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen has been involved in many efficient matches lately, and this one shouldn’t be much different. Young Boys have also been pretty productive lately, and we think this game should go over a 2.5 margin.

Bayer Leverkusen to win @ 1.60

Over 2.5 FT @ 1.40

Correct score 3:1 @ 11.00

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Manchester United vs Real Sociedad

Manchester United

Doubtful:

Out (injuries/other): Donny van de Beek (13/1 m), Edinson Cavani (17/6 f), Scott McTominay (21/4 m), Paul Pogba (19/3 m), Phil Jones (0/0 d)

Suspended: -

 

Real Sociedad

Doubtful:

Out (injuries/other): Zaldúa (8/0 d), Illarramendi (4/0 m), David Silva (14/1 m), Aritz Elustondo (14/0 d), Carlos Fernández (3/0 f), Moyá (0/0 g), Luca Sangalli (0/0 m)

Suspended: Robin Le Normand (20/0 d)

 

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AC Milan vs FK Crvena Zvezda

 

AC Milan

Doubtful: Diaz (15/1 f)

Out (injuries/other): Bennacer (11/0 m), Mandžukić (4/0 f)

Suspended: -

 

FK Crvena Zvezda

Doubtful: Ivanić (18/10 m, top scorer), Katai (12/7 m, 2nd top scorer)

Out (injuries/other): Eraković (13/0 d), Bakayoko (0/0 f)

Suspended: Milunovic (10/2 d), Rodić (16/1 d)

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Lille's away form has been impressive since the end of the year, but Ajax's record in all competitions also makes for a pleasant read for Ten Hach and his teammates. The leaders of the Eredivisie dominated the first match and made the right trump cards against their opponents, so despite the fact that Lille has proven to have the potential to be counted on the offensive front, we expect an exciting second game to end with many goals and phases in front of two hearths.
AJAX vs LILLE @@ +2.50 Over, odds 1.70


A potentially tense duel for the place in the 16th, Milan should take full advantage of the goals away from home and keep the impressive Serbian champion under control. Milan must at least return to winning ways and stay on track for at least one trophy from what - until recently - was a dream come true. I expect the Serbs to defend en masse and I will bet that both teams will score.
AC MILAN vs FK CRVENA ZVEZDA @@ +2.50 Under, odds 2.15


Arteta has undoubtedly improved Arsenal's defensive stability since taking over, and it was only a concentration error by Emil Smith Rowe that prevented them from taking the lead in the first leg. The Cannonians should have scored more than one goal in Rome, and managed to get some positive evidence from their defeat by City, so we expect him to get a marginal victory and continue in the 16 against Benfica.
ARSENAL vs BENFICA @@ ARSENAL, odds 1.85


There have been plenty of goals in Eindhoven's recent games, something we expect to continue on Thursday night. Although we do not anticipate that the Dutch team will keep their home intact, Schmidt's team has the power to make a difference at the other end of the field. I will go with the repetition of goals.
PSV EINDHOVEN vs OLYMPIACOS @@ +2.50 Over, odds 1.65

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Out of many leans, there is only one clear play using my methods: Rangers-Antwerp X @ 3.85. This is the same lean as the first match, which was sadly (from my perspective) lost on a 90' PK after an Antwerp player was sent off. 

Second leg of the round of 16, sides that lost by 1 goal at home get a lot of draws in the return away. Antwerp also fall into a smaller subset of those sides that were underdogs at home in the first leg, all of which drew in the second leg.

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