By News Team
25th November 2020
Four of the five British sides in this season’s Europa League currently sit top of their groups as we enter the business end of the group stages, but can they continue to impress? We’ve taken a look at the standout games this week.
Spurs to keep the hot streak going?
With Spurs currently flying high at the top end of the Premier League table, it is now time for Jose Mourinho’s men to turn their attentions to Europe as they host Ludogorets on Thursday evening in the Europa League.
Last time out in the competition, Spurs ran out comfortable 3-1 winners meaning they maintained their 100% record against Bulgarian sides in the competition. Spurs head into this fixture as clear 1/12 favourites and interestingly, this will be the first time in their history they have hosted a Bulgarian side.
None of Spurs’ last 16 home games in European competition has ended in a draw, with Spurs winning 11 and losing five, while Ludogorets have lost four of their five meetings with English sides in all competitions, conceding 16 goals in the process. Ludogorets are priced at a mammoth 28/1 to upset their hosts on Thursday evening.
Leicester on the verge of history
Leicester travel to Portugal with the hopes of killing off their Europa League group with the Foxes currently sitting three points clear of Braga at the top of Group G.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will become the ninth different English side that Braga have hosted in a European competition, but Braga’s record is not the best when it comes to facing them. They are winless in their last two fixtures against English sides with a loss to Manchester United in 2012 and a draw against Wolves in last season’s competition. Braga are the 11/5 underdogs to defeat the Foxes.
Although Leicester’s last away game in Portugal saw them lose 0-5 to Porto in the UEFA Champions League in December 2016, Rodgers’ team are aiming to make club history as they aim to win four European games in a row. The main man that could help them create history is Kelechi Iheanacho who has been directly involved in six goals in the Europa League this season – the joint most in the competition this season. Iheanacho is priced at 10/11 to score anytime in the Estádio Municipal.
More fireworks between two of Europe’s greats?
Last time out, Rangers and Benfica met for the first time in their history and it was a spectacular affair. The game ended 3-3 with Benfica having a man sent off but also scoring a last-second equaliser to break Gers’ hearts after Alfredo Morelos had become his club’s highest ever European goal scorer.
Heading into the reverse fixture, Rangers are the favourites at 11/10. Over the past three seasons, Steven Gerrard’s men are unbeaten in all seven of their Europa League group stage home games, keeping five clean sheets and conceding just two goals in those fixtures. With both sides locked neck-and-neck at the top of the group, whoever wins this fixture looks set to finish at the head of affairs in the group.
Benfica have failed to score in their last four away games against Scottish sides in European competitions, but they are currently looking like a side that could cause an upset on Thursday. Benfica travel to Ibrox as 12/5 underdogs but this will not phase them considering the Portuguese side has the best conversion rate in the competition at 26.3% – a stat that will certainly worry Rangers fans.