ADVERTORIAL: Europa League odds, tips and betting analysis for Spurs, Celtic, Rangers & more


Plenty of British involvement in tonight’s Europa League, with three Premier League teams in action and the two Glasgow giants both playing.

We look at the best bets and odds for all five.

Ludogorets v Tottenham, BT Sport 2, 5.55pm

The Bulgarian champions sit proudly top of the Efbet League with 23 points from 10 matches this season and three wins from their last four domestic matches.

So a banana skin for Jose Mourinho’s men?

Not really. Ludogorets’ results speak volumes for the strength – or otherwise – of the Bulgarian League.

Ludogorets have lost both of their opening Europa League group games by a one-goal margin – 2-1 at home to Royal Antwerp and 4-3 at LASK Linz.

Yes, we know a much changed Spurs side also lost 1-0 in Antwerp but they also strolled to a 3-0 victory over Austrians Linz – and that Antwerp reverse was their only defeat since the opening day of the season.

Ludogorets have faced English opposition on four occasions and their best result is a draw. They have also failed to win any of their previous five European home matches, losing four and drawing a blank in three.

With a relatively strong selection from Mourinho they will justify their 4/11 favouritism with thepools.com.

But for bigger prices, the evocatively named Elvis Manu has scored six goals in seven appearances this season – including a hat-trick in that 4-3 defeat by Linz. He is 14/1 first scorer and 17/4 any time and well worth a small stake.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Gareth Bale will start and he is 4/1 first scorer and 23/20 any time .

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Arsenal v Molde, BT Sport 2, 8pm

Mikel Arteta isn’t messing around in the Europa League – two matches, two wins – and with the second batch of Arsenal’s Group B fixtures coming in the midst of some testing Premier League games he will want another three points wrapped up tonight.

The Gunners are massively odds on, 3/10 with thepools.com, and while Molde have also won their opening two Europa League matches, a 1-0 win at home to Rapid Vienna and a come from behind 2-1 win in Dundalk achieved with a late penalty suggests the odds are justified.

But don’t bank on a landslide.



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Arsenal have overcome a -1.5 handicap in just one of their four competitive home matches so far this season and five of Arsenal’s last six competitive home games have been decided by a one-goal margin.

Arsenal 1-0 and 2-1 are each 8/1 shouts .

Leicester v Braga, BT Sport 1, 8pm

Want a more evenly matched Europa League showdown?

Leicester City and Braga both have six points from a possible six in their group, both teams have scored five goals and conceded just once – and both teams won their last domestic league assignment.

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And while Leicester were massively impressive in drubbing Leeds 4-1 and Braga only edged past Famalicao 1-0, Braga have never lost a Europa League encounter with an English side (W4, D2), including two clashes with Wolves last season.

The Foxes are 4/5 favourites with the draw 13/5 , while Braga are 10/3 to continue their good run against an English side with a win.



Jamie Vardy loves a late goal

Jamie Vardy is Leicester’s in-form forward but with six of his eight competitive goals this term coming after the 50th minute he could be a consideration for Last Goalscorer at 5/2 .

Benfica v Rangers, BT Sport 3, 5.55pm

It’s a top of the table clash in Group D between two teams with a 100% Europa League record, but Benfica start as favourites at 10/11 .

That’s likely to do with their current seven-game winning streak in all competitions in which they netted 3.14 goals on average, a run that includes their best-ever start to a Portuguese top-flight campaign since 1982/83. They reached the UEFA Cup final that season and since that tournament’s rebranding in 2009/10 have never lost a UEL home game (W20, D4).

Five of those seven straight home wins have seen them lead at half-time and score in both halves, and the Benfica/Benfica call is 9/5 while Benfica to win both halves is an even bigger 7/2 .

What puts those prices in danger is Rangers’ remarkable defence.

Both Europa League wins have come without conceding – the only side in the 48 group teams to have done that, they’re unbeaten in nine in all competitions and an astonishing 11 clean sheets from 13 domestic league games this term has seen them break a 114-year record by starting the Scottish top-flight with seven consecutive clean sheets.

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Connor Goldson is at the heart of a watertight Rangers defence

With five straight wins on the road – and four clean sheets – the 1-0 correct score is 11/1 .

If anyone is going to breach the Rangers’ rearguard Pizzi has scored the opener in Benfica’s two UEL matches this term and is 5/1 to do so for a third time .

Celtic v Sparta Prague, BT Sport 3, 8pm

While Rangers’ defend their goal like their lives depend on it, rivals Celtic tossed away a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 2-2 with Lille in their last Europa League clash – the FOURTH time in their last five matches in which they had conceded two or more goals.

So while 4/9 for the home win is skinny, Celtic to win and Both Teams to Score at 9/5 looks much more appealing.

Celtic’s previous four UEL home matches have seen both teams score, but Sparta’s domestic league is currently suspended due to Covid-19, and already on a six-game losing away run in continental competition they’re not in the best condition to causer an upset.

Both of the Czech outfit’s two UEL defeats this term saw them trail at half-time, which has also been the case in their last seven UEL away losses – and Celtic half-time, Celtic full-time is 23/20 .

Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi has scored three goals from just four shots on target in the group stages so far and is a 5/1 first scorer, 6/4 anytime .





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