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The knockout stage gets under way with 16 games on Thursday - check out three of our selected safest bets for an accumulator worth just under 3/1

Europa League Treble
Porto
VS
Eintracht Frankfurt
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Tip: Porto to win at 4/9 (1.44) with Paddy Power

After crashing out of the Champions League group stages in embarrassing fashion, Porto will feel they have a point to prove on their return to the Europa League.

Having won the competition just three seasons ago, Paulo Fonseca's men should be a lot more comfortable at this level, starting with a home game against an Eintracht Frankfurt team coming off six defeats in their last eight away games.

Considering the Dragoes go into this match with eight consecutive home wins to their name, having scored 27 goals and conceded just three in that run, Paddy Power's 4/9 (1.44) odds seem too good to miss on them coming out on top here.

Real Betis
VS
Rubin Kazan
Kick off: 21:05 CET
Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power

Despite struggling in their domestic leagues, both Real Betis and Rubin Kazan qualified comfortably for the last 32 thanks largely to their solid defensive records in the group stages.

Los Verdiblancos scored just three times in their six fixtures but progressed after conceding just twice at the other end, while the Russian League's best defence has only been breached seven times in 12 Europa League ties so far, including qualifiers.

A bet on under 2.5 goals would have paid out in all six of Betis' group games and seven of Rubin's last eight in all competitions, so must be safe at odds of 8/13 (1.62) when they go head-to-head in a tight first leg.

Slovan Liberec
VS
AZ
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Both teams to score at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power

Goals are unlikely to be in short supply when Slovan Liberec take on AZ, however, with both sides more comfortable going forward than at the back.

Only 10 of the 48 teams participating the group stages were responsible for more goals at either end than Jaroslav Silhavy's men, who progressed despite failing to keep a single clean sheet and currently possess a negative goal difference in the Czech League.

Considering the visitors found the net in each of their six group games, odds of 4/6 (1.67) are not to be ignored on both sides scoring for Liberec's 11th successive match in this competition.
 
Europa League Treble
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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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