Many of the big names have already qualified for the knockout stages but one side that will not be there is Everton and The Wolf says their abysmal campaign will come to a forgettable end.
Europa League Matchday 6 Previews
Apollon Limassol v Everton – (Fri 5:00am)
This is a dead rubber for both sides and Everton’s abysmal campaign will come to an abrupt end. They began as favourites to win the group but The Wolf has them finishing dead last. With the huge Merseyside Derby to follow this we may see Sam Allardyce leave many of his top players at home in order to prevent the pointless travel to and from Cyprus. We saw a second string Everton side thrashed 5-1 at Goodison Park on Matchday 5 so don’t be surprised if we see a repeat in this one. Everton cannot win away from home at the best of times. They have lost 7 and drawn 2 in their last 9 away games across all competitions and The Wolf is happy to lay them yet again.
Best: Apollon Limassol WIN ($2.15)
Value: HT/FT – Apollon/Apollon ($3.50)
Atalanta v Lyon – (Fri 5:00am)
This is the match of the day by a long margin as the top two in Group E battle it out for top spot. The importance of winning the group should not underestimated as the winners get seeded for the Round of 32 draw. That means avoiding the likes of Arsenal and AC Milan along with Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon who will be enter the draw as a result of 3rd place finishes in their respective Champions League groups. Atalanta’s 5-1 win over Everton has handed them all the cards for this crucial encounter. A draw would be enough to see them finish top of the group and their recent form suggests that they will claim all 3 points. They are undefeated in their last 10 home games (8 wins, 2 draws) and have scored 25 goals in that stretch. We are in store for a beauty as Lyon’s best form of defence is attack. They have won their last 5 away games (all competitions) – scoring a staggering 19 goals along the way. Lyon will be relentless in their pursuit of all 3 points and that makes for a thrilling contest. There will be goals and a lot of them.
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.61)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($2.60)
Arsenal v BATE – (Fri 7:05am)
The Gunners had locked down top spot with 2 games to spare but even their reserves will have more than enough to get it done at home. BATE need to win and have results go their way in the other match to qualify – something which The Wolf cannot see happening. The Belarusian side has won just 1 of it’s last 7 away games in this competition and failed to find the back of the net in 4 of those matches. Wenger will again play several youngsters but there will be more than enough experience on the park to steady the ship. Wilshire, Giroud and Welbeck will lead the way while Debuchy, Chambers and Holding provide ample protection at the back. Arsenal may concede but there will be no stopping them going forward with several men pushing for a regular starting spot.
Best: Arsenal WIN ($1.44)
Value: Arsenal Win Both Halves ($3.10)