It’s matchday 5 in the football Europa League and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to give you his best bets ahead of the action.
LASK v Tottenham 0-2
Tottenham come into this having won 6 of their last 7 Europa League matches. Interestingly, the Londoners have scored at least 3 goals in 5 of their last 6 in the competition and will be hoping to continue that run to secure top spot.
LASK have won two and lost two in the Europa League, so far. They sit 3 points behind Spurs and will be aware that coming away empty handed here could dash any hopes of securing a place in the next round.
With the away side in such solid form both domestically and in Europe, it’s hard to see them not getting a result. I think Jose Mourinho’s men will do just that and continue their excellent run of form.
Arsenal to win & btts
Arsenal v Rapid Vienna 2-1
Despite enduring a poor run domestically, Arsenal have had no such problems in the Europa League. The Gunners have won each of their last 4 matches in the competition and need only a point from this to secure qualification.
Rapid Vienna arrive at the Emirates having won back-to-back Europa League matches. This match represents a bigger challenge; however, they made some big improvement since changing to a 4-2-3-1 formation. They may stick with that again here, but they’ll have to be at their best if they are to get a result.
As mentioned earlier, Arsenal have been a different side in Europe this season, and I think they will be desperate for the win. I don’t think there will be a massive difference, but I fancy the points to stay in London.
Rangers to win 1-0
Rangers v Standard Liege 1-0
A point will be enough for Rangers to ensure their place in the next round of the Europa League. Steven Gerrard’s men were unlucky not to take 6 points from their back-to-back games against Benfica. They had to settle for 2 after conceding late goals in both matches.
However, they have a chance to redeem themselves against a Standard Liege side that sit bottom of the group.
The Belgians got their first 3 points of the campaign at home to Poznan last week and need a repeat result to at least stay in the competition until the final matchday.
The Gers go into this undefeated in their last 7 Europa League matches, and if they continue to play as they have been on home soil, I think the points will be staying at Ibrox.
Leicester to win & btts
Zorya Luhansk v Leicester City 1-2
Leicester sealed qualification to the knockout rounds with a late goal in Portugal last week. That gives Brendan Rodgers the welcomed luxury of rotating of his squad in their last two matches.
Zorya sit bottom of the group, although if they caused an upset here, they would still have a chance of sneaking into 2nd.
That said, The Foxes will have their eye on top spot. If they can achieve that, it will be so important for them later in the competition. So, with that in mind, I think Leicester will be up for this and take all 3 points.
AC Milan -1 goal
AC Milan v Celtic 3-0
Last week’s 4-1 defeat away to Sparta Prague ended Celtic’s Europa League campaign. Manager Neil Lennon is under tremendous pressure from fans as the wheels have seemingly come off for the Scottish Champions.
A trip to Milan is probably the last thing they need right now, and with Milan in such red-hot form, I can’t see anything other than a home win here.