By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th November 2019
The Europa League got going early this week with Arsenal conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Vitoria Guimaraes on Wednesday. With Manchester United, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers all in action a day later, we preview Thursday’s group-stage action.
Celtic out to achieve history against Lazio
Group E leaders Celtic recorded a memorable 2-1 victory over Serie A side Lazio last time out in the Europa League and if they can do the same in Rome on Thursday, then they will all but have assured themselves a place in the knockout rounds. With Lazio 7/10 favourites, however, it shows just the task at hand for Celtic to repeat that result this time around. When you add to that that Celtic have never won away against Italian opponents in all European competition, and Lazio come into this one off the back of a 2-1 win over AC Milan, the draw, at 29/10, may be the more realistic result for them. Celtic are 19/5 for the win.
Man United on verge of qualification
Manchester United can book their place in the knockout stages of the competition with victory against Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford. The Group L leaders, who have an unbeaten record from their first three Europa League games and are yet to concede a goal in the competition this season, beat Thursday’s opponents 1-0 in Belgrade last time out thanks to a Anthony Martial winner. That said, they have only scored twice in their three group games and come into this one off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth. They’re 38/100 for the win, with the draw at 10/3 and Partizan at 17/2.
Rangers welcome Porto to Ibrox
It was always going to be tough for Rangers to get out of a group that also includes Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys – and with there being just three points between Group G leaders Young Boys and bottom placed Feyenoord currently, that still very much remains the case. Rangers welcome Porto to Ibrox on Thursday with both teams tied on four points and having drawn 1-1 in Portugal last time out in the competition. On this occasion, the home support could be enough to swing the three points in Rangers’ favour, with Steven Gerrard’s side favourites at 6/4. Porto are 9/5 for the win and it’s 23/10 for the draw.
Wolves seeking Slovan Bratislava double
With Group K currently looking a little tighter, Wolves will be seeking victory in their clash at home to Slovan Bratislava. Just two points separates second-placed Wolves and their third-place opponents, with leaders Sporting Braga one point clear at the top. Nuno Espirito Santo will have to make do without Diego Jota after his red card in the closing stages of the 2-1 win in Bratislava last time out, but with Wolves on a run in the Premier League that has not seen them lose in the Premier League in nearly two months, it’s little surprise they are 7/20 for the win. Bratislava are 9/1, with the draw at 7/2.