BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is back to give us his best bets ahead of matchday 3 in the football Europa League.
Tottenham to win -1
Ludogorets Razgrad v Tottenham Hotspur 0-2
Currently 3rd in the Premier League, Tottenham will be looking to translate their decent domestic form into success in Europe. Last week’s defeat to Austrian side Royal Antwerp was a stark reminder that you can’t take anything for granted in Europe, and Jose Mourinho will be looking for a reaction here. If Spurs are anywhere near their best, I expect them to take all 3 points back to London.
Rapid Vienna to win to nil
Rapid Vienna v Dundalk 2-0
With back-to-back defeats in their opening two matches, Dundalk have got it all to do in Group B. They follow up their tough trip on the road at the Emirates with another difficult match against Rapid Vienna. I think they’ll find this tricky again, and I fancy the home side to take all three points.
Benfica to win and btts
Benfica v Rangers 2-1
Rangers got there in the end against Lech Poznan to make it two wins from two in this year’s Europa League. They sit level on points with their hosts Benfica as joint Group D leaders so I expect a closely fought game. Benfica have looked excellent at times so far, and I think they may have too much for the Glaswegian’s here.
Leicester to win -1 goals
Leicester City v Sporting Braga 3-0
Leicester couldn’t have asked for a better start to their Europa League campaign having amassed maximum points from their first two matches. They welcome Braga to the King Power who on their day can cause problems. That said, the Foxes have recaptured their form, and I can see them taking the points again in this one.
Celtic to win and btts
Celtic v Sparta Prague 2-1
Celtic are in search of their first Europa League victory of the season. They welcome Slavia Prague to Parkhead here on what is a must win game for the Celts if they have ambitions of qualifying from the group. Despite throwing away a 2-goal lead, the home side were good for the majority of their 2-2 draw against Lille last week, and if they can find their rhythm in this, I think they can take the points.
Arsenal to win 3-0
Arsenal v Molde 3-0
The top two in Group B clash as Arsenal entertain Molde at the Emirates. Having secured 6 points from their first two Europa League matches, Molde will be delighted with their efforts, thus far. A win on the road to Dundalk coupled with victory at home against Rapid Wien means the Swedish side come into this in optimistic mood.
That said, Arsenal are on a run of their own. Sunday’s win against Manchester United will have done wonders for their confidence, and still on a high, I think they could run out comfortable winners here.