After a thrilling second leg for positions in the UEFA Champions League now finalized, the attention now turns to the Europa league, where 30 games are on tap Thursday.
Up 1-0 on Scottish side Hearts coming into their final game, Liverpool will want to ease fans' tension after blowing its 2-1 lead against Manchester City on Sunday by securing European play. Expect the over 3.5 to hit in this one with a payout of 2.20.
Athletic Bilbao, last year’s Europa Cup runners-up, travels to Helsinki to face Finland’s most successful club in HJK. Bilbao walks into the final leg with a commanding 6-0 lead and will certainly rest a few of their starters for this one. Still, even at 1.50, we expect the reserves to deliver strong for the outright in addition to the minus-1.5 at 2.30 also seems reasonable.
Sparta Prague narrowly escaped from Rotterdam with a huge away win but were stifled in the dying moments and now travel back to the Czech Republic with two big away goals when it faces Feyenoord. Sparta to win is paying 2.30, and with the impressive form it showed in Holland, the Czech side looks poised to play European football for the first time since 2005.
Though it fell 3-2 last week in the first leg, Partizan Belgrade heads back home to what is one of the most hostile stadiums in world football to play in when it takes on Tromso of Norway. A Partizan victory is at 1.60, and with the two away goals on its side, it will feel minimal pressure to take big risks throughout the match.
Surprise outfit Bursapor of Turkey notched a big 3-1 win over Dutch side FC Twente and will be in tough to finish off the job. However, with odds of 3.60 for the draw, it may not be a bad selection to go with. If the Turkish side does win, you’re looking at a 5.50, but again, the draw, is the better option.
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