Europa League: Celtic, United and Wolves in the driving seat at midway point

The English and Scottish clubs all find themselves in healthy positions at the midway point of the Europa League group stage, Joel Sanderson-Murray look at what Celtic, Manchester United, Rangers and Wolves can expect from Matchday 4.
Joel Sanderson-Murray  |  6th November 2019

LAZIO VS CELTIC, 5:55PM

A dramatic finale to Celtic’s clash with Lazio a fortnight ago has changed the whole complexion of Group E.

Christopher Jullien’s 89th minute winner to help the Scottish champions come from behind to beat the Italians 2-1 at a raucous Celtic Park and has catapulted Neil Lennon’s side to the top of group.

The Glaswegians are yet to lose in their first three group games in the Europa League and that has left them four points ahead of their hosts on Thursday.

Its a boisterous trip to Rome and it will be an almighty task for Celtic to repeat the heroics of their first meeting. If they do then the knockout rounds await, you can back Celtic to win at 5.35*.

ALL THE LATEST ODDS FOR LAZIO VS CELTIC 

WOLVES VS SLOVAN BRATISLAVA, 8:00PM

The situation looked gloomy for Wolves when they lost their first group game 1-0 at home to Braga.

At that stage, trips away to Besiktas and Slovan Bratislava did not look appealing but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have shown great resilience and quality to produce two massive wins in their first appearance in this competition since 1981.

Willy Boly’s 93rd minute winner claimed a dramatic 1-0 victory in Turkey before they came from behind to beat Bratislava 2-1 two weeks ago. This has left Wolves 2nd in Group K on six points two points ahead of their visitors this week.

Wolves have pulled themselves together since their early season drop in form and with Mexican Raul Jimenez leading the line, they always have a goal threat.

Jimenez now has 10 goals in all competitions, and you can get on him to score first at Molineux at 4.20*.

ALL THE LATEST ODDS FOR WOLVES VS SLOVAN BRATISLAVA

MAN UNITED VS PARTIZAN BELGRADE, 8:00PM

Manchester United may be slightly goal-shy in the Europa League so far this season but they are stubborn down the other end – yet to concede a goal in the group stage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a habit of mixing up his team for the European encounters, giving starts to the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood in recent weeks.

You would expect to see the same vs Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday night, and despite the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday, this is a United team that has started to show green shoots of recovery recently.

They dispatched of Norwich 3-1 the weekend before last, which was followed by a credible 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup.

With Solskjaer likely to rest Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, we are backing Mason Greenwood to score first at 4.00*.

Ole

OUR ODDS ON MAN UNITED VS PARTIZAN BELGRADE

RANGERS VS PORTO, 8:00PM

It is somewhat peculiar that Rangers find themselves in 2nd place in Group G considering they’re in a group with usual Champions League side Porto and Dutch side Feyenoord.

This is even more peculiar when you look at the table and they have only obtained four points from their opening three games, winning just once.

But Steven Gerrard’s side have given a great account of themselves and deserve tremendous credit for coming from behind to get a highly credible draw away at Porto during Matchday 3.

That result has set up a mammoth clash at what is sure to be a bear pit at Ibrox on Thursday. Can Rangers repeat their heroics of 2008 and make it all the way to the final of the Europa League?

Well, they can take a giant step towards the knockout rounds with a win on Thursday, back them to do just that at 2.65*.

THE ODDS FOR RANGERS VS PORTO

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