Europa League: In the opening round of fixtures in this year’s Europa League, FC Midtjylland will play host to Ludogorets Razgrad on Thursday.
Both sides went through the qualification rounds for the Champions League, but fell short and now find themselves in Group F of Europe’s secondary competition.
We say: FC Midtjylland 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
Despite the visitors going a stage further in qualifying for the Champions League, Midtjylland arguably boast the stronger squad, and we back them to get over the line with home advantage.
The game could certainly go either way, but the hosts’ well-rounded squad should have enough quality to start with a positive result.Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.
Red Star Belgrade and Braga will kick off their Europa League group campaigns on Thursday, when they square off in Serbia.
The hosts came through qualification to reach the group stage, while their visitors earned automatic progression after finishing fourth in the Portuguese top flight and winning the Taca de Portugal last season.
We say: Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Braga
While Braga may tend to fancy themselves in this group, they do not come into Thursday’s clash in inspiring form, and could be handed a defeat.
Os Arcebispos have struggled to trouble teams going forward, while their hosts will look to create a hostile atmosphere, and we see the Serbian champions getting past their visitors in relatively dominant fashion.Our tipster partners are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win.
After trying and failing to book their place in the Champions League, Galatasaray kick off their Europa League campaign with a home clash against Serie A powerhouses Lazio on Thursday.
The Turkish side overcame Randers in the qualifying playoff round to advance to Group E, while Lazio qualified based on their sixth-placed league finish in the Italian top flight last term.
We say: Galatasaray 0-2 Lazio
Neither Galatasaray nor Lazio got the result they were hoping for in league action at the weekend, and the loss of Kilinc is a bitter blow to the hosts on the attacking front.
While Sarri may ponder some changes in midweek, his visiting side should still have more than enough firepower to get the job done with a clean sheet to boot.Our tipster partners are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win.
Marseille‘s return to the European stage begins on Thursday in Europa League Group E, where Lokomotiv Moscow are waiting to welcome Les Olympiens to the RZD Arena.
Both teams claimed 2-0 domestic wins at the weekend ahead of this encounter, with the hosts beating Krylya Sovetov while Marseille came up trumps at Monaco.
We say: Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Marseille
Marseille would normally be expected to struggle for goals without Payet and Milik leading the charge, but Sampaoli’s squad depth in midfield and attack is truly enviable, even if their defence is not always watertight.