The penultimate round of the Europa League takes place with plenty at stake for those in the running for next round spots. In our acca betting preview for round five our traders have gone for Arsenal, Celtic and Leipzig to win at an enhanced price of 7.50 and a max bet of £50! It doesn’t stop there as we have more enhanced odds for the Europa League with our FanBoosts.
Vorskla Poltava v Arsenal Betting Tips
Vorskla didn’t stand much chance of an upset to begin with, but they enter this fixture having lost five of their last six on home turf as they failed to score in four of these, while they’ve lost their last three across all venues without finding the net. That doesn’t bode well ahead of the visit of Arsenal, who have only failed to find the net once in their last 18 under Unai Emery.
That one exception came in Arsenal’s last game in this tournament as they drew hosting Sporting CP, but the Gunners looked in complete control until Danny Welbeck suffered a nasty injury after just 25 minutes – an incident that clearly affected his teammates. His replacement, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, was taken out when clear through on goal as Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu saw red for his desperate efforts, so Arsenal will feel confident of getting back amongst the goals.
Indeed, they sauntered to a four-goal lead before switching off in a 4-2 win in the reverse fixture and appear to have overcome a case of ‘draw-itis’ with their victory away at Bournemouth this past weekend. Moreover, they have won six of their last seven unbeaten road games, scoring two or more in six of these with each against better opposition than this Ukrainian outfit.
Rosenborg v Celtic Betting Tips
Rosenborg have struggled badly in Group B with no points to show for their efforts after four games, conceding 12 times across these. Meanwhile, it’s been all or nothing for the Hoops as they’ve produced two wins and two defeats, leaving them tied on points with Leipzig – who host Rosenborg on the final day.
Assuming the Germans triumph at the Red Bull Arena on matchday six as expected, that makes this a must-win encounter for Celtic and even then, their destiny could still be out of their own hands. However, whether or not they’re still in the running after Thursday’s action, they’ll feel confident of producing their end of the bargain having won three of five unbeaten encounters with Rosenborg since the start of last season as they kept a clean sheet in four of those games. In fact, Brendan Rodgers’ men have won five of their last six heading into this clash, also shutting their opponents out in five of these games, and should need just the odd goal against the joint-worst defence in the competition.
Salzburg v RB Leipzig Betting Tips
Salzburg won the reverse of this fixture back in September right at the death and have gone from strength to strength in this competition following last years’ heroics. However, Leipzig are currently on course for a return to the Champions League in the German Bundesliga, and with a victory here can potentially put themselves back in contention to win the group. At the very least they’d have one foot in the door for the next round and they’ll certainly be placing a lot of emphasis on this game.
Salzburg are without key midfielder Amadou Haidara already – who was instrumental in their European efforts last term – and with qualification almost certainly in the bag, could rest players against their Red Bull sister club. Haidara was an ever present in the starting line-up on their run to the semi-finals and chipped in with important goals in home ties against Lazio and Marseille, while he also bagged a strike in that 3-2 win back in September.
While Salzburg have been netting goals for fun in the Austrian Bundesliga, the standard there isn’t comparable to the German top flight and Leipzig actually hold the best defensive record domestically this term, conceding three times fewer than Dortmund who are next best. Haidara’s replacement, Diadie Samassekou, is a more defensive minded player, and with that in mind, the visitors should have Salzburg on the back foot. That’s especially the case, as Timo Werner has been rested in the Europa League up until now, but with Leipzig needing the points, the German international should be deployed from the start here.
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