Europa League Treble: Home wins for Dnipro, Viktoria Plzen & Sporting Lisbon

The competition kicks off in earnest on Thursday, and Al Hain-Cole has selected the pick of the games for a tasty-looking multiple worth just under 8/1
Europa League Treble
Sporting Lisbon
Kick-off: 21:05CET
Tip: Sporting Lisbon to win at 18/25 (1.72) with PanBet

There can be few more difficult away ties in this year's Europa League than a trip to Sporting Lisbon's Jose Alvalade Stadium, where last season's semi-finalists are unbeaten in 13 matches in this competition, having won each of their last nine.

It is certainly a stern test for Basel, who will still be reeling from their Champions League elimination to CFR Cluj in the qualifiers, and may struggle to motivate themselves for this tournament after their eye-catching performances in Europe's elite competition last season.

The two clubs met four times in 2008, first in the Europa League and then in the Champions League, with Sporting winning all four encounters without conceding a single goal. These memories will give Os Leoes confidence that they can overcome their disappointing start to the domestic season and get off to a winning start in Europe against a team that has only won one of their last five themselves.

A bet on the hosts continuing their immaculate home record is too good to pass up here, with Pan Bet offering enticing 18/25 (1.72) odds on a Sporting victory.

Viktoria Plzen
Kick off: 19:00CET
Tip: Viktoria Plzen to win at 39/50 (1.78) with PanBet

Academica are playing in European competition for the first time ever this year, despite finishing down in 13th place in the Portuguese league last season.

Os Estudantes owe their place in this competition to their shock cup win over Sporting Lisbon, and they will have to upset the odds yet again if they are to get anything out of this game.

Opponents Viktoria Plzen have won 10 of their last 11 competitive games at the Doosan Arena, and should feel much more at home in European competition after their creditable display in last season's Champions League against AC Milan and Barcelona.

The modest Portuguese visitors have failed to win a competitive game since May's cup final heroics, drawing all three league games so far this season and crashing out of the League Cup against lower-league opposition in their last outing.

Pedro Emanuel's men are notoriously poor away from home, picking up only three wins in 15 on the road in the league last season, and should therefore struggle on their trip to Czech Republic. All in all, expect a disappointing introduction to European competition for the visitors, with odds of 39/50 (1.78) available on Viktoria emerging victorious.

Kick-off: 19:00CET
Dnipro to win at 48/26 (2.92) with PanBet

Dnipro have started the domestic season in flying form, picking up 21 points from an available 27 to leave them second in the league, behind only perennial champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

Juande Ramos's side boast two of Ukraine's most exciting attacking players in Yevhen Konoplyanka and Roman Zozulya, and this firepower has helped them to seven consecutive victories at the Dnipro Arena, whilst they are now unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions.

Visitors PSV have looked irresistible at times recently, putting five goals past AZ and Roda in the league and overcoming Georgian side Zeta 14-0 in the previous round.

However, Dick Advocaat's men have also lost two of their five league games so far, away to Utrecht and RKC, making it six defeats in their last nine Eredivisie games on the road.

This travel sickness will be severely tested on the long journey to Ukraine, and they are likely to return home empty handed. Dnipro seem undervalued at 48/26 (2.92), and you should take full advantage by backing them here.

Europa League Treble
Backing all three selections pays 
397/50 (8.94) with Panbet

Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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