Round 4 of the Europa League takes place this week with plenty of great matches to get involved in. One of our enhanced acca’s features AC Milan, Arsenal and Leverkusen all to win with a maximum bet of £50! If that isn’t enough value for you then check out more enhanced markets including Arsenal and Chelsea both to win by two goals or more!
Real Betis v AC Milan
These two lead the pack but neither can afford any complacency with Olympiakos not far behind. Real Betis top the group following their win at the San Siro on matchday three, but Milan will know another first half performance like the one they produced that day would be unacceptable. They will however fancy their chances owing to their greater European pedigree and being presented with opponents that are faltering domestically.
Real Betis are down in 14th place in La Liga and despite a 3-3 stalemate hosting Celta Vigo at the weekend, only Valencia have netted fewer goals as they’ve really struggled in the final third. Only the current bottom two and Eibar have shipped more goals than Celta Vigo, while only the current top two have scored more, suggesting that result was an anomaly as far as Real Betis are concerned and had more to do with their visitors that day.
Milan have recovered well from successive defeats to Inter and Real Betis with three consecutive victories, squeezing into the top four domestically as a result, while in Suso they have the leading assist maker from Europe’s top-five leagues this season with eight. The Spaniard missed the poor first half showing against Real Betis as he started from the bench, and Genaro Gattuso won’t make the same mistake again. In fact, in the last seven games across all competitions where he’s played more than 45 minutes, he’s produced four goals and five assists.
With Gonzalo Higuain amongst others a doubt for Milan, that creativity and end product will be crucial. However, their squad depth isn’t too shabby these days with the likes of Patrick Cutrone stepping up, while Real Betis have a serious concern of their own. Javi Garcia is missing and the defensive midfielder’s contribution shouldn’t be overlooked as since the start of last season, Real Betis are W19-D7-L11 with him across La Liga and the Europa League, and just W4-D4-L7 in his absence.
Arsenal v Sporting
The Unai Emery effect is coming good for the Gunners in the Europa League, holding an unblemished record after three games, as their goal difference has swelled to triple that of their visitors. They’re now unbeaten in 14 games across all competitions thanks to a late Alexandre Lacazette strike hosting Liverpool last time out, and they’ll be keen to get back to winning ways at the Emirates. As expected, Sporting defeated other Group E members Vorskla and Qarabag, though they had to rely on two stoppage time strikes to come from behind against the Ukrainians in their only road trip so far and any repeat of that poor form at Arsenal could get ugly.
When visiting the two other top sides in Portugal – Porto and Benfica – Sporting haven’t had much success in recent years, losing three of five winless trips since 2016/17. We expect Emery’s men to provide an even more difficult challenge. In fact, the visitors have lost half their most recent six matches both home and away in all competitions, while Portuguese sides have lost four of five winless European nights away in England since 2014/15 – with even the stalemate coming in Porto’s visit to Anfield last season after Liverpool had put five goals past them in the first leg. Furthermore, the Portuguese sides only netted a single goal across these five games as three of them were defeats by more than a single goal margin, so Arsenal should cruise this one on current form.
Leverkusen v Zurich
It seems certain at this point that these two will qualify from Group A, but defeat from a winning position in Zurich has left Leverkusen needing all three points if they want to top the table. The visitors might be on a good run of form (W8-D3-L1 across all competitions) since mid-September, though the Swiss Super League doesn’t compare too well with the Bundesliga and those results have only been enough for 3rd place in a 10-team division. In Europe, they required a second half penalty away at AEK Larnaca and a late strike to down Ludogorets at home as both games ended in narrow 1-0 victories.
Leverkusen are enduring a poor season domestically, but they’ve had few problems finding the net as it’s been the defence that’s let them down. They’ve even put six goals past 6th-placed Werder Bremen in the league and five past second-placed M’gladbach in the DFB Pokal within their last three fixtures. They’ll back themselves to carve out more opportunities and indeed, they scored four when hosting AEK Larnaca and three on the road at Ludogorets, winning those games by a combined score of 7-4 and so that Zurich comeback looks a one-off.
Despite featuring in the rarefied air of the Champions League in recent seasons, Leverkusen have made the BayArena a tough place to visit. only Atletico Madrid, Monaco, PSG and Man Utd have beaten them here since 2013/14, a span that includes 17 Champions League games and just three in the Europa League. Excluding those defeats, the hosts are W11-D5 over that period. Meanwhile, excluding the qualifying rounds where there are some real minnows to face, Zurich are just W1-D2-L7 on the road in Europe since 2011/12.
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