Europa League Tips: Quarter Finals

With the top European leagues becoming more competitive we are seeing a stack of sides that were regularly in the Champions League being relegated to the Europa League competition. It has strengthened the Europa League as a result and with the winner now gaining automatic qualification to the Champions League we are seeing the bigger sides take it more seriously. Man Utd and Tottenham are two very good examples – both sides are in a real battle to make the top 4 of the EPL and this gives them an additional avenue to try and qualify for the coveted Champions League next season.

Match (AEDT) Champions League Tips
Ajax v Schalke
(Fri 5:00am)
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.95)
Value: Ajax WIN ($2.50)
Anderlecht v Man Utd
(Fri 5:00am)
Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.70)
Value: Draw 0-0 ($9.50)
Celta Vigo v Genk
(Fri 5:00am)
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.90)
Value: Double Chance Draw or Genk ($2.20)
Lyon v Besiktas
(Fri 5:00am)
Best: Over 2.5 & Lyon ($1.95)
Value: Lyon 4+ goals ($4.00)

Europa League Quarter Final Previews

Ajax v Schalke – (Fri 5:00am)
Ajax have been one of the most dominant sides in this seasons Europa League. The went undefeated in the group stage and comfortably accounted for Copenhagen in the Round of 16. Schalke on the other hand made the great escape against fellow German side Monchengladbach. Down 2-0 in the second leg they needed two unanswered goals to progress and found them thanks to Goretzka and Bentaleb. The latter has made the most of it since being loaned out by Spurs and plays a critical role in midfield alongside Stambouli. Ajax have won their last 5 Europa League fixtures at home and their last 9 home games across all competitions. The Germans have won only 1 of their last 6 away games across all competitions and have conceded multiple goals in 4 of them. Ajax are averaging almost 3 goals per game in their last 9 at home and The Wolf says with both sides playing expansive football we will see a feast of goals. 
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.95)
Value: Ajax WIN ($2.50)

Anderlecht v Man Utd – (Fri 5:00am)
Its basically chips in Europa League for Man U according to The Wolf. They may sit just 4 points out of a top 4 spot in the EPL but their run home includes games against Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham – three of which are away from home. It’s a run in which The Wolf cannot see them collecting more than 4 points which makes it almost impossible for them to earn a UCL place for next season. The only other way is to win this competition and there is no reason why they can’t. They will however have to improve their away form to do so. They have won just 2 of their last 7 away games in this competitions, all of which have been played in the last 14 months. Anderlecht should be given plenty of respect and the Wolf warns us from falling into the trap of backing United on name alone. The Belgian side is undefeated in their last 10 matches at home and have maintained 8 clean sheets in that stretch. The only source of goals for the Red Devils has been Zlatan and the Swede has had success against Anderlecht in the past. He scored 4 goals here for PSG in a Champions League fixture back in 2013 and is the equal top scorer of the Europa League this season with 5 goals. The Wolf says he will have to wait until the return leg as Mourinho will be more than happy to take a 0-0 scoreline with him back home. If he starts with two holding midfielders (which The Wolf predicts) make sure you back a scoreless draw.
Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.70)
Value: Draw 0-0 ($9.50)

Celta Vigo v Genk – (Fri 5:00am)
A poor run in La Liga has Celta Vigo languishing mid table and the alarm bells are ringing against a Genk side that plays a very different brand of football away from home. Celta have lost 4 of their last 6 in La Liga but did come up with what was the upset of the competition thus far. They limped into the knockout stages with a win on Matchday 6 away to Panathinaikos but after losing the first leg of their round of 32 clash at home to Shakhtar, they went to Ukraine and beat the former winners and one of the competitions favourites in extra time. They will have to be on their game though as Genk have scored 18 goals in their last 7 away games in this competition. The Over is 6-1 in that stretch and The Wolf can smell an upset. 
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.90)
Value: Double Chance Draw or Genk ($2.20)

Lyon v Besiktas – (Fri 5:00am)
They have a chance to return to the Champions League again next season following poor campaigns this time around. Besiktas may have lost just once in the UCL group stage but a failure to convert draws into wins cost them. Their inability to shut out opponents has been a key issue in Europe. Dating back to 2015 both teams have found the net in 13 of their last 15 European fixtures (UCL and Europa) and keeping Lyon at bay will be some task. The French side has been tearing teams to shreds with 17 goals in their last 4 Europa fixtures. what makes this even more impressive is that it has come against AZ Alkmaar and Roma – two sides who are doing very well this season. It comes as no shock when you look at their strike force. Lacazette has been on FIRE and Depay has been on a mission since making the move from Man Utd. Lyon will end this tie in the first leg.
Best: Over 2.5 & Lyon ($1.95)
Value: Lyon 4+ goals ($4.00)