The Europa League is nearing the end of the group stage and with qualification on the line, BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is back to preview how the British sides will fare.
Bayer Leverkusen v Celtic
Leverkusen to win 2-1
This is a tough ask for Celtic. The Germans strolled it in their last match at Parkhead, and you’d fancy them again on home soil.
That said, Ange Postecoglou will still set his side up to attack, so I can see the visitors scoring here. Any kind of result would be impressive for Celtic, and although I don’t see a repeat of the reverse fixture, I still believe Leverkusen will come out on top.
Rapid Vienna v West Ham United
Mach to be drawn 1-1
Victory for West Ham will take them through as group winners. Defeat against Wolves at the weekend is a small blip on an overall great campaign so far and the Hammers’ will need to be wary not to slip up again. However, I have a feeling the new demands of European football may be taking a toll on the Hammers, so a share of the spoils could be on the cards.
Rangers v Sparta Prague
Match to be drawn 1-1
The Giovanni van Bronckhorst era begins at Ibrox as Rangers look to shake off a miserable League Cup exit at the hands of Hibernian.
The Gers have conceded first in each of their last six matches, and with the new management team only a few days into their new roles, it might take a bit longer to iron out their defensive problems. However, Ibrox will be rocking, so I think the home side will play on the front foot for sure. There’s not much between these two on paper, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end all square.
Leicester v Legia Warsaw
Leicester to win 2-0
Just a point separates Leicester and Legia going into this one. The Foxes are way behind where they want to be in the Premier League, with last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea proving to be a damning realisation of where they’re at.
That said, European football can be the perfect springboard to better domestic results. If Brendan Rodgers can get more from his players, which I think he can, I think Leicester will win this. They are the better team, and maybe this can be a catalyst to set their season straight.