Just like in the Champions League, Thursday night sees the return fixtures from Matchday 3 in both the Europa League and Europa Conference League as MD4 seeks to cement places in the last 32.
Beginning In Norway in the Europa League, a bouncing Arsenal travel to Bodo/Glimt looking to seal a double over their opponents. Following a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium last Thursday, the hosts may this time, however, prove a rather sharper test.
Taking the scalps of AZ and most famously AS Roma last season at Aspmyra Stadium, a win against the Premier League leaders may be nothing more than a pipedream, but the hosts will fancy getting on the scoresheet. Indeed, for the last time Bodo/Glimt failed to score in a home game we have to go back to June 2021 when beaten 0-2 by rivals Molde. Arsenal should be comfortable winners, but an away win and BTTS at a boosted 15/8 with BoyleSports looks smart.
Back on UK soil, Manchester United welcome Omonia to Old Trafford. Hoping for a rather smoother ride than in MD3 than when the Cypriots took a shock lead in Nicosia, Erik ten Hag will be looking for the Red Devils to build up some much-needed confidence in front of goal and rack up the tally. That is very much the case also for Bruno Fernandes, who continues to play a rather peripheral role for United. His only goal this term so far came away to Southampton back in late August but that could be set to change here. For the Portuguese to score anytime, a 6/1 anytime shot with SpreadEx looks extremely generous.
In Seville meanwhile, Real Betis will be seeking the double over AS Roma following Luiz Henrique’s late winner in Rome last Thursday – seeing our 11/2 for Betis to score in both halves come in. Jose Mourinho will be keen reverse the result on familiar Spanish soil, however, the visitors are without Paulo Dybala here having been forced off shortly after taking Roma’s winning penalty against Lecce at the weekend. Significantly weakened by the Argentine’s absence – also now in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup himself – backing Betis to win at 17/10 with VBet therefore, could come in.
In the Europa Conference League, West Ham are sitting pretty in Group B after their late win over Anderlecht in Belgium last time out and can guarantee finishing top with victory at the London Stadium. Gianluca Scamacca is proving a cult hit in east London having netted in the last three games in league and Europe, with a rejuvenated Jarrod Bowen also combining for a double with the Italian in the last two Premier League games. It is that same double that we are eyeing here – providing they both start.
A 6.8/1 punt for both players to score with BetUK.com has its appeal, while for Scamacca alone to carry on his form in front of a goal, a brace at 8/1 with BoyleSports might be too good to spurn.
Back in the Europa League finally, Lazio welcome Sturm Graz to the Eternal City after a tempestuous goalless draw last week but will surely be confident of picking up a vital win. Now purring under Maurizio Sarri, the Biancocelesti have hit a quadruple of goals against no less than four sides since early September, with Cremonese, Spezia and Monday night’s opposition and latest victims Fiorentina, being put to the sword in the league.
Feyenoord also felt the sharp edge of the Italians in MD1 at Stadio Olimpico and despite a fiery goalless draw in Austria last time out, it should be the hosts’ cylinders that are firing here. To score over 3.5 goals once more this term, Lazio are 9/2 with PaddyPower.