Europa League Matchday Three Preview4 min read
Five British clubs in UEL action on Thursday and brand ambassador Michael Owen previews the Europa League matchday three fixtures exclusively for BetVictor.
Partisan v Manchester United
Both sides have four points from their opening couple of group games and I feel it will be honours even in Belgrade.
Partizan are unbeaten in their last 11 home ties in European competition (W8 D3) although they have only won four of their 16 group games in the Europa League. United are unbeaten in their last 13 Europa League games and have kept a clean sheet in nine of those ties.
A point would not be the worst result for either side from a game which I believe will be short on goalscoring opportunities.
Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a draw at
Bratislava v Wolves
Wolves got their Europa League campaign back on track at Besiktas earlier in the month and I think they will follow up in what is the club’s first ever tie in Slovakia.
The hosts top the group with four points from their two fixtures, but Wolves won at the Etihad in their last away game and I feel they will edge a low-scoring encounter.
Michael’s recommendation: Wolves to win at
Porto v Rangers
All four sides in Group G have three points after two games, but I believe it will be the hosts who take maximum points in Portugal. Porto have only been in the group stages of this competition once previously, back in the 2010/11 season when they lifted the Trophy.
Steven Gerrard’s side only lost out to a last-minute goal in Berne against Young Boys on matchday two but they failed to win a game on the road in the group stages last season.
Porto reached the quarter-final of the Champions League last season and they are likely to have too much quality for a Rangers side who dropped two valuable points at Tynecastle on Sunday.
Michael’s recommendation: Porto to win to nil at
Celtic v Lazio
Celtic are without a win in their last nine games against Serie A opposition and the Bhoys may have to settle for a draw against a Lazio side who go into the game one point behind the hosts in the group E table.
Lazio’s last couple of league games have finished in scoring draws (3-3 H Atalanta & 2-2 at Bologna) and I believe that sequence will continue at Parkhead.
Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish 1-1 at
Arsenal v Vitoria
Arsenal have scored seven times without reply in their two group games to date and I expect them to have far too much class for a Portuguese side who currently prop up the table without a point or, indeed, a goal to date.
The Gunners have real strength in depth and Unai Emery looks sure to shuffle his pack as he looks to go one better in the competition than last season.
Michael’s recommendation: Arsenal -2 in the handicap at