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they are seen as underdogs in Friday’s football match against the survival-chasing side. Bordeaux failed to find the net in previous three league fixtures, which is yet another reason why away win should not be considered.

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Lille are enjoying a very successful season. Les Dogues are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League, but they can’t afford any complacency in the season finale. Lille aim to put icing on the cake on the very successful Ligue 1 campaign and we predict that they will stick to their attacking style of play against Nimes. Les Dogues outclassed PSG 5-1 in their last home game in the French top flight, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Nimes.


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As expected, Angers suffered a 2-1 loss to Olympique Lyon in their last league match, but they remained in the middle of the Ligue 1 table. Les Scoistes aim to finish the season in the top half of the table and we are positive that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football game. Angers are undefeated in previous six home game in the national championship and the fact that they managed to keep four clean sheets in those fixtures is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Reims. After suffering a 3-2 loss at Nantes, Amiens will be aiming to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Ligue 1 when they take on Strasbourg at their Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne on Matchday 34. The Unicorns are sitting in the 17th place in the standings ahead of Sunday’s football game and their top flight status is in great danger. The hosts are desperate to grab something from the Strasbourg game and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Nice will be looking to keep their hopes of booking their place in the Europa League alive when they take on Guingamp at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 34. Les Aiglons suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Caen in their last league match, meaning that they are desperate to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football game. Nice continue life without Mario Balotelli, but Patrick Vieira has a number of high-profile players, who are definitely capable of helping the team return to winning ways. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Monaco Paris Saint-Germain managed to defend their title, meaning that coach Thomas Tuchel can breathe easier ahead of the trip to Montpellier. Les Parisiens are undisputedly the dominant force in the French top flight and they will be looking to put icing on the cake on the very successful Ligue 1 campaign when they face la Paillade on Matchday 34. After upsetting Nice at Allianz Riviera, Caen will be looking to move away from the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings when they host Dijon at their Stade Michel d’Ornano. Fabien Merdadal’s troops proved their worth in the triumph over les Dogues, but they will have to be on top of their game in the remainder of the season if they are to avoid relegation to Ligue 2. Olympique Marseille do not want to give up on their Champions League dream. OM have been producing fine performances in the Ligue 1 of late, but despite recording back-to-back wins over Nimes and Guingamp in previous two league fixtures, they are still five points behind the Champions League berth. Rudi Garcia’s men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Nantes and seeing that les Canaris are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Thanks to a 2-0 win at Reims Saint-Etienne stayed in the race for a place in the Champions League, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the season finale if they are to secure a top-three finish. Les Verts have been in a fine form in the national championship, therefore, they are considered hot favourites to win Sunday’s football game against Toulouse. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, did well to hold second-placed Lille to a goalless draw at the weekend, with the team moving one step closer to securing the Ligue 1 survival. All eyes will be on Stade Matmut-Atlantique when Bordeaux and Olympique Lyon take on each other on day 34 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Girondins aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Saint-Etienne and Nimes, but seeing that they have little to play for in the season finale, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Buoyed by a splendid 5-1 win over star-studded PSG, Lille will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Toulouse at Stadium de Toulouse on Sunday afternoon. Les Dogues are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League, but they can’t afford any complacency in the season finale. Lille are enjoying a season to remember, but seeing that Toulouse are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw in this one. Nice will be aiming to stay in the race for a place in the Europa League when they welcome Caen at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 33. Les Aiglons have been impressive at the back and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the French top flight. Nice did well to beat Montpellier in their last home fixture in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football game. All eyes will be on Parc des Princes when PSG and Monaco face each other in the Ligue 1 on Matchday 33. Les Parisiens suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Lille at the weekend, meaning that they are eager to give fans some cheer. Thomas Tuchel’s troops want to celebrate yet another Ligue 1 title with the fans and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Monaco. Sunday’s football game at Stade Auguste-Delaune II pits together Reims and Saint-Etienne, the two teams who are eyeing a place in European competitions. Reims failed to win previous three league fixtures, but a victory over Saint-Etienne will see them keep their hopes of booking their place in the Europa League alive. Les Verts, on the other hand, did well to crush Bordeaux 3-0 in their last league fixture, with the team retaining fourth position in the standings. Following a splendid 3-1 win at Olympique Lyon, Dijon played out a goalless draw with Amiens in their last league fixture. The Mustards have been producing fine performances in the Ligue 1 of late, but their top flight status is still in great danger. Dijon are desperate to avoid automatic relegation to the Ligue 2 and we are positive that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Rennes on Matchday 33. Nimes and Bordeaux, the two teams who sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 standings, take on each other at Stade des Costieres on Matchday 33. Nimes have been producing splendid performances at home ground of late, with the team recording four wins in previous six home fixtures in the French top flight. Les Crocodiles are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Bordeaux and we believe that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Nantes will be aiming to build on a terrific 2-1 win over Olympique Lyon when they welcome Amiens at their Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau on Matchday 33. Nantes did remarkably well to escape the relegation zone and, no doubt, coach Vahid Halilhodzic can breathe easier ahead of the visit of Amiens. Les Canaris are a real fore to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Amiens failed to score in three of their last four league fixtures, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Despite recording a 2-1 win over Nimes at the weekend, Olympique Marseille remained in fifth position in the Ligue 1 standings. OM are eager to represent France in the Champions League next season and they should take advantage of the fact that Olympique Lyon suffered a dip in form. Anyhow, Rudi Garcia’s men should mind their own business and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Guingamp on Matchday 33. Strasbourg have been scoring goals for fun in the Ligue 1 of late. Following a 2-2 draw with PSG at Parc des Princes, Strasbourg played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Guingamp in their last league fixture and we are positive that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Montpellier. Le Racing are still in the race for a place in European competitions, but only a win counts for them this time out. You should bear in mind that Strasbourg are after their seventh home win of the season. After playing with Strasbourg mid-week in an outstanding game, Reims is hosting Lille at the Auguste-Delaune Stadium on Sunday. Right now, Reims is 14 points behind Lille but with a game in hand. Should they win against Strasbourg and beat Lille on Sunday, they will be just seven points off second place in the table. Apart from the leaders Paris Saint-Germain, Reims are the only unbeaten side in the league in the last six matches. Olympique Lyon will be aiming to make amends for an embarrassing 3-1 loss to Dijon when they take on Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau on Matchday 32. Les Gones are determined to book their place in the Champions League and we predict that they will stick to their attacking style of play against Nantes. Olympique Lyon failed to impress in the defeat to the Mustards, but they are definitely capable of beating Nantes on Matchday 32 as les Canaris suffered a dip in form. Following their mid-week encounter with Guingamp, Montpellier is travelling to Nice on Sunday. After Guingamp and Dijon, who have scored the least number of goals in the league this season, Nice is right there in third place. But they are also one of four teams who have conceded less than 30 goals this year. Winning or losing by a narrow margin has kept Nice in seventh place in the table as the only team in the top 11 with a negative goal difference. After holding star-studded PSG to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, Strasbourg will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Guingamp at their Stade de la Meinau on Matchday 32. Le Racing are enjoying a very successful season and seeing that they are still in the race for a place in the Europa League, we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match against the rock-bottom side. Nimes will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Caen when they square off against Rennes in a postponed fixture at their Stade des Costieres. The two teams are almost level on points in the Ligue 1 standings and they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. Nimes have been playing above expectations in the 2018/2019 season, but they need to keep on producing splendid displays in the season finale if they are to represent France in European competitions next season. With nine games to go and a 20-point advantage over Lille, all that’s left for Paris Saint-Germain to play for are records. Title in the pocket, they will certainly try to reach a 100-goal mark for the season. Averaging three goals per game so far, they should even reach 110. They are playing Strasbourg in the last match of the round on Sunday evening. The visitors will be easy prey since they are on a seven-game winless run in the league. Losing to Marseille mid-February left Amiens too close to the bottom of the table. However, since then they are unbeaten, recording two wins and three draws, including the two goalless draws against Angers and Bordeaux in the last two rounds. With these nine points out of possible fifteen, they moved up to 17th in the table, level on points with Monaco and probably safe from relegation. Some teams have more draws than others, and Angers, together with Reims, have the most draws in the league this season. They played thirteen games which ended without a winner. Their last four matches were also draws. And before that, they lost to Guingamp which means they are now five games without a win. On the other side, the up-to-recently solid Rennes team and their opponent on Saturday, has struggled in the last three games. Guingamp has finally moved off the bottom of Ligue 1 after a win against Dijon in the last round. With two wins and two draws from the last five games, they have now given themselves a fighting chance. But they will have to beat Monaco at the Stade Municipal de Roudourou to continue putting pressure on Caen who is a point above. And it can be done as Caen themselves showed in the last round. Olympique Lyon will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Dijon and Nantes when they host Angers at their Groupama Stadium on Friday evening. Les Gones are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League qualifiers, but seeing that their local rivals Saint-Etienne are breathing down their neck, the game against Angers is of big importance for Memphis Depay and Co. Lyon are eager to pick up all three points from Friday’s football match and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. After a surprising loss to Monaco a few rounds back, Lyon is unbeaten in four games. They will look to extend that run against Dijon at the Groupama Stadium on Saturday. Currently in third place in the table, Lyon has a chance of catching Lille in second place before the season ends. Only four points behind, they are playing Lille in May in the league so there’s all to play for. Dijon has dropped to the bottom of the table in the last couple of months are is in real danger of being relegated. Right now, it looks like that will have to fight Guingamp and Caen, both of which have won in the last round. Dijon hasn’t won a game in the league since beating Monaco at the end of January. They had a win in the French Cup less than two months ago, against Croix Football IC. Since then they’ve lined up eight defeats and a single draw. A home win is almost guaranteed. Rennes and Nice face each other at Roazhon Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Sunday’s program. Rennes sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table ahead of Matchday 32, but they could still book their place in European competitions. Les Rouges et Noirs recorded three wins in previous five home games in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Nice. After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bordeaux at the weekend, Lille will be aiming to put icing on the cake on a very successful season when they host Angers at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday evening. Les Douges clinched second position in the Ligue 1 standings, but they surely want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. A man to watch in the home team will be Ivory Coast international Pepe, who has netted 20 goals in the French top flight so far this season. PSG will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 5-1 loss to Lille when they take on Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau on Matchday 28. Les Parisiens suffered one of the biggest defeats in recent history at the weekend and, no doubt, they are desperate to get back on course. Coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to field the best possible side against Nantes and we are positive that the league leaders are going to prove their worth on the field. Olympique Marseille will be aiming to put an end to their three-match winless run in the Ligue 1 when they host Nimes at their Orange Velodrome on Matchday 32. OM suffered yet another dip in form, but they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. Rudi Garcia’s team produce much better showings at home than on the travels and it has to be noted that they recorded four wins in previous four matches at their Orange Velodrome. Saint-Etienne do not want to give up on their Champions League dream. Les Verts have been scoring goals for fun in the Ligue 1 of late and they are only six points behind top three in the standings ahead of Matchday 32. Saint-Etienne head into Sunday’s football game following a 2-2 draw with ten-man Amiens and they are certainly eager to return to winning ways. Stade Michel d’ Ornano will host Saturday’s football game between Caen and Angers. Caen are fighting hard to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Fabien Mercadal’s troops suffered four defeats in previous five league fixtures, but given the importance of Saturday’s clash for the relegation strugglers, home win should be considered. Against all odds, Dijon did well to beat Olympique Lyon on the road in their last league match, but, as things stand now, the Mustards will make it to the Ligue 1 play-out in the best case scenario. Dijon regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in the relegation six-pointer against Amiens on Saturday evening. After dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg at their Parc des Princes, PSG will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they take on Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Les Parisiens failed to impress in the draw with Le Racing, but it has to be noted that key attacker Kylian Mbappe started the game from the bench. The French rising star is likely to return to the starting XI against Lille and seeing that Thomas Tuchel’s troops will clinch the Ligue 1 title with a win over les Dogues, we are tempted to put our money on the reigning champions. Monaco chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in January and, as a result, les Rouges et Blancs are on the right track to secure the Ligue 1 survival. Cesc Fabregas and Co. head into Saturday’s football following a 1-1 draw with Guingamp, but they are seen as hot favourites to beat Reims on Matchday 32. Leonardo Jardim’s troops produce better displays at home than on the travels and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Montpellier and Toulouse take on each other at Stade de la Mosson on day 32 of the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign. La Paillade have been having their ups and downs in the second half of the season, but they still have slim chances of booking their place in European competitions. It is well known that Montpellier are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that the visitors head into the match with the lack of motivation, home win should be considered. Fourteen points separate Nimes and Caen in the table. Nimes are 12th but two games behind Angers in 11th. One of those outstanding matches is away to St Etienne mid-week. There is still an outside chance Nimes could fight for one of the European spots, but it’s a long shot. Safe in the middle of the table, the home side will be quite relaxed on the pitch on Saturday. By the end of the season, a real scrap might develop for the Champions League and Europa League places. While Lille can only win the title if Paris Saint-Germain somehow lose all their remaining matches, they will look to cement their second place. That means fending off teams like Lyon, Marseille and St Etienne who they are meeting at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in this round. The home side are 11 points above Lille, but should they win, they would be only eight points behind. However, they will have to be more consistent if they are to challenge them. And they’ve been everything but in the last six games. After drawing with Nantes, they lost to Rennes and narrowly beat Strasbourg. Then they lost to PSG before they barely defeated second from bottom Dijon. In the last round, they were bettered by Marseille who overtook them and are now in 4th place, with a one-point advantage. Lille are favourites but St Etienne are due for a win. The last game in Round 28 is between Marseille and Nice and it will take place on Sunday evening at the Velodrome. Both teams are in the top part of the Ligue 1 table with only four points separating them. Marseille are looking to move away from St Etienne and catch Lyon. Nice would move up a place if they should be victorious. The hosts are favourites to win the game which is corroborated by their current form. They are unbeaten in the last five league games, earning four wins and a draw. Nice have recorded three wins and three losses in their last six matches. Marseille won the first encounter of the season which was played in Nice. With the visitors failing to win any of the last eight away games, the most they could hope for is a draw. However, the only two teams to beat Marseille at the Velodrome this season were PSG and Lille. And no one has scored there in the last three games. It looks like a lock-out. Stade Pierre-Mauroy will host Friday’s football game between Lille and Monaco. Lille are having a season to remember and thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne they moved one step closer to securing a top-two finish. Les Dogues have been impressive at the back of late and despite the fact that Monaco are fighting hard to avoid relegation to Ligue 2, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Les Rouges et Blancs have been producing fine performances ever since the club chiefs reinforced the squad in January, but Lille are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Cesc Fabregas and Co. than their previous rivals. Monaco are undefeated in previous six league fixtures, but they will have a big fish to fry in Friday’s football game against Lille, who are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. Dijon and PSG face each other at Stade Gaston-Gerard in a postponed Ligue 1 fixture. Dijon are eager to escape the danger zone, whilst les Parisiens are determined to defend their trophy. Thomas Tuchel’s troops suffered a shocking loss to Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, meaning that they will be fully focused on the national championship in the remainder of the season. PSG aim to give fans some cheer following the unexpected loss to Man Utd and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Dijon suffered five defeats in previous six league fixtures and we predict that the title holders are going to extend their winning run in the national championship to six matches. When the two teams met at Parc des Princes PSG rolled over Dijon 8-0. The good news for the visitors is that important attacker Edinson Cavani has overcome his injury. Caen are precariously sitting in 18th place, level on points with Dijon who are a game behind and one point in front of bottom of the table Guingamp. They are going to Rennes in this round hoping to earn at least a point. Rennes, on the other hand, have been inconsistent and are in 10th place, but with a game in hand over 9th place Strasbourg who they are level on points with. The hosts managed to beat St Etienne before drawing with Real Betis in the Europa League first leg of the Round of 32. Then they lost to Reims in Ligue 1 before securing their spot in the next round of the Europa League competition by defeating Betis away from home. Next, they were up against Marseille who they held to a draw before beating lower league team Orléans in the French Cup quarter-final. Caen are without a win in the last nine matches and will find it hard to overcome Rennes away. Losing to Nice in the last round meant that Strasbourg dropped one place and are now ninth in the table. In addition, all the teams around them are a game behind. Lyon thrashed Toulouse to consolidate third place in the standings. It was just the boost they needed after a few sketchy games. They lost to Nice by a single goal and then narrowly beat Guingamp before drawing 0:0 with Barcelona in the Champions League. Then they lost to Monaco in the league, before beating Caen in the French Cup Quarter-final. Another victory would allow them to keep the pressure on second placed Lille. Strasbourg are now five games without a win, compounded by the fact they only scored three goals in those matches. However, they had three wins, a draw and just one defeat at home in the last five matches. Plus, Lyon haven’t scored in the last two away games which gives the home side a chance of a point if not a win. Nimes will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSG and Amiens when they host fellow mid-table side Strasbourg at their Stade des Costieres. Les Crocodiles have been struggling at the back of late, but they are tough to beat at home and the fact that they defeated Dijon 2-0 in their last home fixture is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Strasbourg. Le Racing, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in the French top flight, but they did well to hold Olympique Lyon to a draw at the weekend. Anyhow, seeing that Nimes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in the French elite division les Crocodiles recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over le Racing. Nice will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Olympique Marseille when they host Toulouse at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 29. Les Aiglons continue with their habit of producing fine performances at home, but they still struggle on the travels. Nice continue life without Mario Balotelli, but they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, are on the right track to secure the Ligue 1 survival, which is undisputedly the team’s main goal. Toulouse did well to beat Guingamp in front of home fans at the weekend, but seeing that Nice are tough to beat at their Allianz Riviera, we are tempted to put our money on draw. You should bear in mind that les Aiglons are undefeated in previous eight home games in the national championship, with the team keeping a clean sheet in previous three home fixtures. Dijon have suffered five defeats in a row which have dropped them down to 19th in the table, a point off the bottom of the table Guingamp. On the other hand, Reims are one of the two sides which are unbeaten in the last six league rounds. Four of the five losses the home side had suffered came from teams in the top five places in the table. Even Nimes are above them in the standings. And now they are facing Reims who haven’t lost in the league for eleven rounds now. During that time, they registered five wins and six draws. The large number of tied games is probably since only eight teams have scored less goals than them. However, that statistic seems to be improving as they have scored 13 goals in the last five matches, which is on average 2.5 goals per game. Before that, they averaged less than a goal per game. Also, they are unbeaten away in six games. We predict another away win. Nimes snapped their mini unbeaten run of three games with a loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the last round. This defeat left them 11th in the table. Amiens have taken themselves out of trouble winning seven out of twelve possible points in the last four matches. They are now five points above the bottom two a single point behind Monaco in front of them. A win against Nimes would go a long way towards ensuring their survival in the league. The visitors are raising their form as well, drawing with Montpellier and beating two teams below them in the table, Nantes and Dijon. Only five teams have scored more than them so far during the season. The reason they are not higher up in the table is their defence which is the fifth worse in the league. If the home side can continue with their average of a goal a game in the last four matches, they will have a chance, providing they tighten up in the back. PSG have been producing splendid displays in the Ligue 1 ever since they suffered elimination in the Champions League last 16. Les Parisiens are on a seven-game winning run in the French elite division and they are on the verge of defending their trophy. Olympique Lyon will be aiming to build on a 3-2 win over Montpellier when they take on Rennes at Roazhon Park. Les Gones are determined to book their place in the Champions League and a win over les Rouges et Noris will see them move one step closer to securing a top-four finish. Olympique Marseille have been producing fine performances in the Ligue 1 ever since Mario Balotelli joined the club in the January transfer window, but PSG proved to be a big catch for OM on Matchday 29. Rudi Garcia’s troops are eager to stay in the race for a place in the Champions League and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Angers. Olympique Marseille are on a four-game winning run at home ground and we are positive that they are going to prove their worth in Saturday’s football game. Reims will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Nantes at their Stade Auguste-Delaune II on Matchday 29. Reims are enjoying a very successful season, but they now want to put icing on the cake. David Guion’s men are eyeing a place in European competitions and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at les Canaris on Matchday 29. Nantes, on the other hand, were not into action at the weekend, meaning that tired legs are unlikely to prove to be a problem for them in Sunday’s football game. Reims want this win more than Nantes, who are safe for now, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. In their last meeting in Reims the hosts emerged triumphant and, taking everything into account, the history is likely to repeat itself. After holding Monaco to a 1-1 draw at Stade Louis II, PSG will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Rennes at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Matchday 29. Les Girondins failed to win previous four league fixtures, but they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Rennes. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the Europa League and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football game. Rennes, though, produce much better displays on home soil than on the travels, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on draw. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last five meetings in the Ligue 1 and yet another low-scoring affair is on the cards. Stade Raymond-Kopa will host Saturday’s football game between Angers and Amiens. Angers head into the match following back-to-back draws with the likes of Monaco and Montpellier, whilst Amiens are eager to build on a 2-1 victory over Nimes. Les Scoistes are eyeing a place in the top half of the standings, whilst the Unicorns are determined to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival. A lively contest is on the cards at Stade Raymond-Kopa and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. A man to watch in the home team will be Cameroon Stephane Bahoken, who has netted nine goals in the French top flight so far this term, whilst Angers defenders should have Moussa Konate at bay as French attacker Serhou Guirassy was sent off in a 2-1 victory over Nimes at the weekend. All eyes will be on Parc des Princes when Paris-Saint Germain and Olympique Marseille face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Following a shocking elimination in the Champions League last 16, PSG will be fully focused on the national championship in the remainder of the season. The capital club aim to clinch the trophy as soon as possible and we predict that they will stick to their attacking style of play against Olympique Marseille. Edinson Cavani is back, meaning that PSG attack will look much sharper on Matchday 29. OM have been in a fine form in the second half of the season and, as a result, they are still in the race for a place in the Champions League. Maro Balotelli and Co. recorded five wins in previous six league fixtures, but they face an uphill task in Sunday’s football game against the star-studded title holders. Olympique Lyon and Montpellier face each other at Groupama Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. Les Gones have been scoring goals for fun of late and seeing that they are eager to book their place in the Champions League, the game against La Paillade is of big importance for the hosts. Montpellier, on the other hand, have been playing above expectations in the 2018/2019 season and, as a result, they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. A lively contest is on the cards at Groupama Stadium, but seeing that Olympique Lyon crushed Toulouse 5-1 in their last home game in the French elite division, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in Lyon the two teams played out a goalless draw, but we are tempted to put our money on Memphis Depay and Co. this time out. Guingamp and Dijon take on each other at Stade du Roudourou in the relegation six-pointer. Guingamp were struggling to find their form in the first half of the season, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. The rock-bottom side aim to overtake Dijon in 18th place in the standings and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail in Saturday’s football match. The Mustards, on the other hand, continue to struggle in the 2018/2019 season, with the team suffering five defeats in previous six league fixtures. It is well known that Dijon struggle on the travels and seeing that Guingamp have been producing fine performances in recent weeks, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the rock-bottom side. In the first half of the season the Mustards emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Saturday’s football game between Caen and Saint-Etienne, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the second half of the season. Caen are eager to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, whilst Saint-Etienne are eyeing a place in European competitions. Les Verts suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Olympique Marseille and Lille in previous two league fixtures, but they are definitely capable of spoiling Caen’s party at Stade Michel d’Ornano. Fabien Mercadal’s troops failed to win previous ten league fixtures, meaning that they are desperate to give fans some cheer. Taking everything into account, a close game is on the horizon at Stade Michel d’Ornano and we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils on Matchday 29. You should, know, though that Saint-Etienne emerged triumphant in each of their last three meetings with Caen. The fans at the Raymond-Kopa Stadium will be welcoming the Monaco team which has finally started to play well this season. Angers sit in 12th place, eight points above Monaco, having lost 1:0 to Guingamp in the last round. Still, before that, they were on a four-game unbeaten run during which they won three and drew a game. They also conceded only once in those four matches. In the last 15 league games Angers lost only four. Monaco are having a revival of sorts. After four games without a defeat, they have moved off the bottom of the table to 16th place, only two wins away from the middle of the table. They beat Toulouse and drew with Montpellier before winning against Nantes and Lyon. Angers have won their last three home games without allowing a goal which suggests that Monaco will have a hard time getting a win. They might be able to hold them to a draw which would at least continue their good run. Two teams are unbeaten in Ligue 1 in the last six rounds and Reims is one of them. On Saturday, they will be taking on Amiens at the Auguste-Delaune II Stadium. The home side is enjoying a good season so far sitting in 6th place in the standings, level on points with Marseille in 5th place. They are the seventh worst offence in the league while also being the third best defence. They are hard to beat. Reims are in fact without defeat in their last ten matches in the league. Five were wins, including the last two games against Montpellier and Rennes and five were defeats. Two thirds of their total goals this season have come in those matches. In addition, they only lost twice at home in this campaign. Amiens is 17th in the table with two wins in the last six games and four in the last fifteen. They are also the third worst scoring side and the third worst defence. Reims should take all three points here without problems. All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco and Olympique Lyon take on each other in what used to be the Ligue 1 derby. Les Rouges et Blancs have been producing fine performances in the national championship ever since the club chiefs reinforced the squad in the January transfer window and thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nantes Leonardo Jardim’s men escaped the relegation zone. Monaco are determined to avoid relegation to the French top flight, but they will have a big fish to fry in Sunday’s football match against Olympique Lyon. Les Gones defeated Guingamp 2-1 at home at the weekend, but it has to be noted that the rock-bottom side hit woodwork in the dying seconds of the game. Both Monaco and Lyon are likely to go for a win in the Stade Louis II clash and both teams to score bet should be considered. Caen just can’t find their form in the second half of the season. Fabien Mercadal’s troops are on a seven-game winless run in the Ligue 1, with the team failing to find the net in previous five league fixtures. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Nantes, Caen played out a goalless draw with Strasbourg at the weekend, but that did not help them escape the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings. Caen must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to Toulouse, which is the main reason why away win should not be considered. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, failed to win last four league games, but they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. Toulouse are determined to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 table and we predict that they are going to prove their worth in Sunday’s football game against the relegation strugglers. After sharing the spoils with the likes of Nimes, Monaco and Lille in previous three league fixtures, Montpellier will be aiming to get back on course when they welcome Reims at their Stade de la Mosson. La Paillade are undefeated in previous six league games and, as a result, they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. Montpellier face Reims on Matchday 26 and seeing that two teams are level on points in the Ligue 1 standings, a close encounter is on the cards at Stade de la Mosson. Reims proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Reims in front of home fans at the weekend, but seeing that they produce better displays at home than on the travels, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. You should bear in mind, though, that Montpellier emerged triumphant in previous four meetings with Reims. Thanks to a win over Saint-Etienne PSG cemented to position in the Ligue 1 standings. Les Parisiens once again proved their worth in the 2018/2019 season and the title holders will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Nimes at their Parc des Princes on Matchday 26. Kylian Mbappe extended his goal-scoring run at the weekend and all eyes will be on the French superstar when PSG face Nimes on Saturday evening. The newcomers, on the other hand, did well to beat Dijon in front of home fans at the weekend, with the team moving one step closer to securing the Ligue 1 survival. In the first half of the season PSG outclassed Nimes 4-2 on the road and we believe that the reigning champions are going to register yet another triumph over Bernard Blaquart’s troops. Nantes and Bordeaux face each other at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau on Sunday afternoon in what is expected to be a very interesting game. Les Canaris recorded only one win in previous seven league fixtures and as a result, they dropped to 14th place in the standings. Nantes failed to impress in a 1-0 defeat to in-form Monaco at Stade Louis II at the weekend, but they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Sunday’s football match against Bordeaux. Les Girondins did well to beat Toulouse at home in their last league fixture, with the team putting an end to their three-game winless run in the French elite division. Both teams aim to move away from the danger zone, but, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In four of their last five meetings in Ligue 1 under 2.5 goals have been netted. Amiens will be aiming to move a little closer to the safe zone with a win over Nice at their Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne. The Unicorns did well to beat Caen in their last home game, but they failed to spoil Olympique Marseille’s party at Stade Velodrome at the weekend. Amiens have been struggling in front of goal in 2019 and that is the main reason why home win should not be considered. Les Aiglons, on the other hand, continue life without Mario Balotelli, who joined Olympique Marseille on loan in January, but they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. However, seeing that Nice are not regarded as good travelers, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Roazhon Park will host Sunday’s football game between Rennes and Olympique Marseille, the two teams who are eyeing a place in European competitions. Rennes suffered a 2-0 loss to Reims at the weekend, with the team extending their losing run on the road to three games. Les Rouges et Noirs aim to get back on course, but seeing that they could be tired following the Europa League clash against Real Betis, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Olympique Marseille, on the other hand, have found their best form of late, with the team recording a win in each of their previous three league fixtures. OM are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Rennes and we predict that Mario Balotelli and Co. are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Sunday afternoon. Stade Gaston-Gerard will host Friday’s football game between Dijon and Saint-Etienne. Dijon extended their losing run in the Ligue 1 to three matches, with the team suffering a defeat to Nimes on the road. The Mustards sit in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 26, therefore, we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Friday’s clash. Dijon are after their fourth home win of the season, but they should be happy with one point from the game as well. Les Verts, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to PSG and, no doubt, they would be satisfied with one point from the Dijon game as well. When the two teams met in the French Cup earlier in 2019 Dijon hammered Saint-Etienne 6-3, but we are tempted to put our money on draw this time out. After playing out a goalless draw with Caen at the weekend, Strasbourg will be looking to put an end to their three-match winless run in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Lille at their Stade de la Meinau on Matchday 26. Le Racing are eyeing a place in the Europa League and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Lille in Friday’s football match. Les Dogues continue to impress in the 2018/2019 season, with the team sitting in second place in the standings after 25 rounds. Lille recorded five wins in previous six league matches and you should bear in mind that they are after their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the French top flight. Lille are more of a team than Strasbourg, therefore, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the Stade de la Meinau clash. One of the top clashes in round 25 will be the match between Lille and Montpellier at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The home side is going into the encounter on the back of five straight wins looking to make it six out of six. The visitors are unbeaten in the last five games but with just one win and four draws, all against teams lower than them in the table. In their first match this season, which was only a couple of months ago, Lille walked away with a narrow 1:0 victory in Montpellier. The visitors will be facing a fortress as Lille have lost just once in their last 15 home games in the league. Montpellier are in fourth place in the table but level on points with three other teams. A defeat might see them go down more than two places in the standings. A single goal might be the decider in this great match-up. Reims will be taking on Rennes at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in a late afternoon kick-off on Sunday. The home side, unbeaten in their last eight league matches will look to continue this good run. After three wins and five draws, they will be hard to beat. Toulouse did manage that feat in the Coupe de France, but only after a penalty shootout. Reims are in 10th place in the table, level on points with 9th placed Strasbourg and only a point behind 8th placed Rennes. The visitors have bounced back with victories against Amiens and St Etienne after going three games without a win. And they have thrown Lille out of the French Cup after a 2:1 triumph. Reims beat them at home in their first match of the season, so Rennes will want to pay them back in kind. It should be an exciting game. A high scoring draw is quite probable. The Jean-Bouin Stadium will host a match between Angers and Nice on Saturday evening. Both sides won in the last round. Home side defeated Strasbourg 2:1 while the visitors beat Lyon with a single goal. After a three-game unbeaten run, Angers has moved up to middle of the table. They are still having trouble scoring and their goal difference is negative. At the start of 2019, they were shocked by the National 2 side Viry Châtillon and taken out of the French Cup. And four of their last ten games were draws. Nice only lost once in the last six games in the league. Lille defeated them 4:0 in round 23. They were also taken out of the French Cup but by Toulouse who beat them 4:1. Angers and Nice have met on ten occasions so far. Five games ended in a draw, including the last three encounters. We might be in for another. Saint Etienne are taking on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain in the last match of this round. The evening kick-off game will be played at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium. The Parisians have suffered their first defeat this season after going 20 matches unbeaten. It was Lyon who beat them 2:1. Even with two games in hand, PSG are ten points clear of 2nd placed Lille. St Etienne are sitting in 6th place, level on points with 4th placed Montpellier and 5th placed Marseille in front of them. The have a game in hand over Marseille. However, they are not in form right now. After losing to Lyon at home in the league and to Dijon at home in the French Cup, they drew with Nantes away from home. And then they lost to Rennes in the last round. But before they lost to Lyon, they were on an 11-game unbeaten run at home. They will fight PSG for at least a point. Parc des Princes will host Wednesday’s football game between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier. Les Parisiens recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne at the weekend, with Kylian Mbappe scoring his 19th goal of the season. The French rising start looks unstoppable at the moment and all eyes will be on him when PSG face Montpellier in the postponed fixture. La Paillade, on the other hand, are undefeated in last six league fixtures, but they face an uphill task in the Parc des Princes clash. Seeing that the league leaders are still without injured duo Cavani – Neymar, a low-scoring affair is on the horizon and we predict that one goal is going to separate the two teams in Wednesday’s clash. In their last meeting in the “city of lights” PSG crushed Montpellier 4-0, with Cavani, Di Maria and Neymar (two goals) scoring for the star-studded capital club. Bordeaux will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Toulouse when they host Guingamp at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Matchday 26. Les Girondins are eyeing their third consecutive win at home ground in the national championship and seeing that the visitors are stuck at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Jimmy Briand, who scored his fifth goal of the season at the weekend. The rock-bottom side, on the other hand, are on a four-match losing run in the French top flight, with the team failing to score in three of their previous four league fixtures. Guingamp have already suffered eight defeats on the road in the 2018/2019 season, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Bordeaux, who aim to climb to the top half of the standings. Marseille will welcome the travelling Amiens side at the Velodrome. The home side is in fifth place but level on points with Montpellier in fourth, St Etienne and Nice in sixth and seventh. The visitors are 16th in the standings, a point ahead of Dijon who have a game in hand. Amiens finally won in the last round after six matches without a victory. The game was a classic-six pointer as they beat Caen who were level on points with them. Lyon took them out of the Coupe de France with a 2:0 win in January. Marseille has won three and lost three games in the last six. They are on a mini run right now, winning back to back games against Bordeaux and Dijon. Home form for Marseille has been sketchy at best, with only two victories in the last ten matches in all competitions. And they’ve only won once in the last five games. Still, they should edge Amiens in this encounter. Two o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday will see a match between Bordeaux and Toulouse at the Matmut-Atlantique Stadium. Hosts are looking for a victory after three straight losses including the one against Paris St Germain in the last round. With the defeat to Strasbourg in the League Cup, that’s four straight losses for the home side. The last win was against Dijon in January. Their opponents, Toulouse, have gone four games without a win. After beating Reims on penalties to go through to the next round, they were taken out of the French Cup by Nantes two weeks later. They last won back in January as well, 1:0 against Nimes. Sitting next to each other in the table, both sides have a lot to gain with a win. However, Bordeaux are a game behind Toulouse and have a much better defensive record which should be enough for a home win in this match. PSG and Bordeaux take on each other at Parc des Princes in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. Les Parisiens aim to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 following a 2-1 loss at Lyon and we predict that they are going to go all guns blazing at les Girondins. Neymar is unlikely to be risked against Bordeaux, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered. In Neymar’s absence a man to watch in the home team will be Kylian Mbappe, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Bordeaux are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in the “City of Lights”. In their last meeting at Parc des Princes les Parisiens crushed les Girondins 6-2, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Amiens and Caen take on each other at Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne in the relegation six-pointer. Amiens are on a four-game losing run in the Ligue 1, with the team failing to score in three of those matches. The Unicorns are desperate to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that they head into Saturday’s football game with the lack of confidence, home win should not be considered. Caen, on the other hand, were not into action at the weekend, meaning that tired legs should not prove to be a problem for them in the Stade Credit Agricole clash. The two sides are level on points in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the relegation six-pointer and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 24. It has to be noted that Caen recorded a 1-0 win over Amiens in the first half of the season. After eliminating Entente SSG in the Coupe de France at the weekend, Nantes will be looking to start a new winning run in the Ligue 1 when they host Nimes at their Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau on Matchday 24. Les Canaris aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in the French top flight, but the game against Nimes will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Les Cocodriles, on the other hand, shared the spoils with Montpellier in their last league match and, as a result, they remained in the middle of the Ligue 1 table. Nimes, though, are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Rennes and Nice in previous two away games in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Olympique Marseille and Bordeaux face each other in a postponed fixture at Orange Velodrome. Olympique Marseille are eager to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Lille and Reims, but beating Bordeaux is easier said than done. OM have been slipping down the standings week by week and seeing that they are low on confidence ahead of the midweek fixture, home win should not be considered. January signing Mario Balotelli is likely to lead the line for the hosts. Les Girondins, on the other hand, were not into action at the weekend, meaning that tired legs are unlikely to prove to be a problem for them in the Orange Velodrome clash. Bordeaux are more of a team than Olympique Marseille and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors are going to prove their worth on the field in the postponed game. Strasbourg will be looking to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to five games when they host Angers at their Stade de la Meinau on Saturday evening. Le Racing will almost certainly secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but they could grab a place in European competitions as well. Strasbourg are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Saturday’s football game and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field once again. Angers are safe for now and seeing that they are nine points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Strasbourg, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Le Racing failed to beat les Scoistes in previous five meetings between the two teams in the French top flight, but we believe that the time has come for the hosts to have a reason for celebration. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Sunday’s football game between Saint-Etienne and Strasbourg, the two teams who sit in the Europa League berth ahead of Matchday 23. Saint-Etienne suffered a heavy 6-3 loss to Dijon in front of home fans in the Coupe de France, meaning that they are desperate to give fans some cheer. Les Verts are eyeing a place in the Champions League and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in the clash against Strasbourg. Le Racing continue to impress in the Ligue and they will be looking to extend their winning run to five games when they take on Saint-Etienne on Sunday afternoon. However, seeing that Les Verts have turned their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into a real fortress, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that Saint-Etienne are undefeated in previous three meetings with Strasbourg in the French top flight. Toulouse will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Monaco when they host Reims at their Stadium de Toulouse on Matchday 24. Les Pitchouns have been having their ups and downs of late, but their Ligue 1 status is not yet in danger. Toulouse are eight points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s football game and a win over Reims will see them move a little closer to the middle of the table. Les Pitchouns recorded back-to-back wins over Bordeaux and Nimes at home at the start of the season, but they have not registered a victory at their Stadium de Toulouse ever since. Reims, on the other hand, are having a season to remember as they sit in 7th place in the Ligue 1 standings after 23 rounds. Reims are more of a team than Toulouse and we believe that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Nimes will be looking to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Nice when they host Montpellier at their Stade des Costieres on Matchday 23. Les Crocodiles continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home ground than on the travels and they will be looking to extend their winning run on home soil when they face la Paillade on Sunday afternoon. It has to be noted that Nimes are eyeing their fifth home win of the season. Montpellier, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Caen at the weekend and they managed to get one. La Paillade did well to put an end to their five-game winless run in the national championship, but beating Nimes on the road is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we predict that they are going to play out a draw at Stade des Costieres. All eyes will be on Groupama Stadium when Olympique Lyon and Paris take on each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Gones did well to beat Amiens on the road in their last league match and they are now eager to melt PSG’s advantage in the Ligue 1 standings. Bruno Genesio’s men have found their form of late and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for the title holders in front of home fans. Les Parisiens, on the other hand, aim to cement top position in the table and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. However, seeing that important attacker Neymar is likely to miss the Ligue 1 derby with injury, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In their last meeting at Groupama Stadium Olympique Lyon recorded a 2-1 win over PSG. Dijon will be aiming to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Angers when they host Olympique Marseille at their Stade Gaston-Gerard on Matchday 24. The Mustards continue with their habit of struggling on the travels, but their home record is pretty fine. Dijon did well to beat struggling Monaco in their last home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of OM. Olympique Marseille just can’t find their best form. The club chiefs did well to sign Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window, but the new striker did not help the team grab something from the Reims game at the weekend. OM aim to bounce back from the defeat and we predict that they would be happy with one point from Friday’s football match against the Mustards. Caen will host Strasbourg at the Stade Michel-d’Omano in another early afternoon kick-off. After a loss to Montpellier in round 22, Caen won a penalty shootout against Bastia to reach the next round of the French Cup. But, only a few days later, they lost to Amiens in the league. In fact, they are yet to win in the league in 2019. Even though they are playing at home, that doesn’t seem to be an advantage, since they only won twice in the last 19 home games. Before losing to Angers in the last round, Strasbourg were on a decent four-game winning streak, scoring ten goals and conceding only two. Caen should be worried since the visitors have only lost once in their last seven away games. There is a lot to play for and Strasbourg might end up fourth in the table after this round if the other results go their way. We predict an away win. Even though they’ve managed two wins in the last six matches in Ligue 1, Guingamp are still bottom of the table. In round 25 they are travelling to the Stade des Lumieres to face Lyon. Sitting in third place in the table, the home side is six points away from Lille in second and six points above Montpellier in fourth. Two sides met only a week ago in the Coupe de France where Lyon won 2:1. Hosts started 2019 with a loss to Strasbourg but have since gone five games unbeaten in the league. However, in the last round, they lost 1:0 to Nice. Guingamp lost the last three league games, including the humiliating 9:0 defeat in Paris. They were successful in the league Cup, taking Monaco out of the competition after a penalty shootout. The last time the visitors beat Lyon was two years ago and it’s not likely they’ll be able to do so in this game. With four points from the last two matches Monaco has moved out of the bottom two into 18th place in the table. They drew 2:2 with Montpellier in the last round and beat Toulouse 2:1 in the round before that. In this game, they are hosting Nantes at the Stade Louis II. The visitors are in 15th place with a game in hand over Toulouse who are three points above them. If they win against Monaco and Toulouse lose their match, they would swap places because of goal difference. But Nantes haven’t won a match in Ligue one in the last five rounds. They did manage to take Toulouse out of the French Cup with a 2:0 victory. On the other side, Monaco lost on penalties to Guingamp in the French Cup. Seven days before that match, Metz, the Ligue 2 side, beat them 3:1 to throw them out of the League Cup. Monaco beat Nantes in the opening match of this season, back in August 2018. We predict a home win. As expected, Guingamp suffered a 2-1 loss to Olympique Lyon at Groupama Stadium in their last league match, with the team remaining in the ultimate position in the Ligue 1 standings. The rock-bottom side are desperate to get back on course and Saturday’s football match against Angers could be their last chance for salvation. Guingamp are likely to go all guns blazing at Angers and we predict that they are finally going to give fans some cheer. Les Scoistes, on the other hand, have found their best form of late, with the team recording a win in each of their previous three league fixtures. Angers did well to crush Nice 3-0 in front of home at the weekend, but seeing that this has to go down as a must-win game for Guingamp, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Caen will be aiming to put an end to their four-game losing run in Ligue 1 when they host Nantes at their Stade Michel d’Ornano on Wednesday evening. Caen have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to find the net in previous three league fixtures, but seeing that they face a must-win situation in the midweek game, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Nantes impressed in the first half of the season, but they have been struggling in the second half of the season. Les Canaris experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-2 loss to Nimes at the weekend and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from Wednesday’s football match. You should bear in mind, though, that Fabien Mercadal’s men are eyeing their only third home win of the season. Montpellier and Monaco take on each other at Stade de la Mosson in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Sunday’s program in Ligue 1. Montpellier are undefeated in previous four league fixtures and, as a result, they are sitting in the Europa League berth in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the visit of Monaco. La Paillade are eyeing a place in European competitions, but seeing that Monaco chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window, home win should not be considered. January signing Cesc Fabregas helped Monaco beat Toulouse 2-1 in their last league fixture, with the team putting an end to their four-game losing run in all competitions. Les Rouges et Blancs are desperate to escape the relegation zone, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Montpellier game. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Wednesday’s football game between Saint-Etienne and Strasbourg, the two teams who are eyeing a place in European competitions. Saint-Etienne suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Rennes at the weekend, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems at the back. Les Verts, though, produce much better showings at home than on the travels and we are positive that they are going to grab something from the midweek fixture. Le Racing have been playing above expectations in the 2018/2019 season and despite the fact that they suffered an unexpected 2-1 home loss to Angers in their last league match, we believe that they are going to hold Saint-Etienne to a draw at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. It has to be noted that Strasbourg managed to find the net in each of their previous nine matches in the French top flight. Nimes are 13 points above Dijon in the table, in 11th place in the league table. Dijon will probably be fighting for survival until the very end. Earlier in the season, Nimes brushed away Dijon with a 4:0 victory. They will contest this match in Nimes, at the Stade des Costieres. While Dijon will like to pay Nimes back for the beating at home, they have been struggling. One victory and a draw in the last six matches have kept them out of the relegation zone but not much more. They are a game behind Amiens in 16th but the bottom two teams also have a game in hand. To bring their confidence down even more, they were beaten by the National 2 side Croix Football IC and taken out of the French Cup only a few days ago. Still, Nimes are not playing that well at home right now, so they do have a chance of a draw at least. Roazhon Park will host Sunday’s football game between Rennes and Saint-Etienne, the two teams who are eyeing a place in European competitions. Les Rouges et Noirs have been impressive at home ground of late and you should bear in mind that they are after their fifth consecutive clean sheet in front of home fans. Rennes are four points behind the Europa League berth, meaning that the game against Saint-Etienne is of big importance for them. Les Verts, on the other hand, were not into action at the weekend as their game against Strasbourg was postponed. Saint-Etienne are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they have not been as impressive on the travels this season, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Julien Stephan’s troops, who defeated Amiens on home soil at the weekend. Guingamp and Lille, the two teams who sit in the opposite parts of the Ligue 1 standings, face each other at Stade du Roudourou on Matchday 24. Guingamp aim to move away from the bottom and seeing that they are four points behind the safe zone, Sunday’s football match is of big importance for them. The rock-bottom side, though, failed to score in three of their last four league fixtures, which is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs. Lille, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment. Les Dogues rolled over Nice 4-0 in their last league game, with the team extending their winning run in the French elite division to four matches. David faces Goliath at Stade du Roudourou and we are positive that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. All eyes will be on Allianz Riviera when Nice and Olympique Lyon take on each other on day 24 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Aiglons outplayed the likes of Bordeaux and Nimes in previous two home games in the French top flight, but they do not want to stop now. Mario Balotelli joined Olympique Marseille on loan in the January transfer window, but coach Patrick Vieira has a number of high-profile footballers, who are definitely capable of finding the net against Olympique Lyon. Les Gones, on the other hand, are brimming with confidence following a 2-1 win over league leaders PSG and we are positive that they are going to find the net in Sunday’s football match. Taking everything into account, a lively contest is on the horizon and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Buoyed by a thrilling 5-1 win at Monaco, Strasbourg will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Bordeaux at their Stade de la Meinau on Matchday 22. Strasbourg are on a three-game winning run in the Ligue 1 ahead of the visit of Bordeaux and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against les Girondins. Bordeaux, on the other hand, defeated ten-man Dijon in their last league match and stayed in the race for a place in the Europa League. Both teams are eager to represent France in European competitions next season and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Stade de la Meinau clash. A lively contest is on the cards and we believe that both teams are going to find the net on Matchday 22. Monaco suffered yet another disappointing defeat under Thierry Henry, with the team losing 5-1 to Strasbourg in front of home fans at the weekend. Les Rouges et Blancs continue to struggle in the 2018/2019 season, but a win over fellow relegation-threatened side Dijon could see them move away from bottom three. Monaco are desperate to give fans some cheer and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail in Saturday’s football match against Dijon. The Mustards failed to win previous three league fixtures and seeing that they have been struggling in front of goal of late, a low-scoring affair is on the cards. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we believe that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 22, just like they did in the first half of the season. As expected, Guingamp were beaten by PSG at Parc des Princes on Matchday 21. The rock-bottom side conceded nine goals in the defeat to the league leaders, but they should now focus on Saturday’s football match against Reims. Guingamp did well to beat Rennes in their last home game in the national championship and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Reims. A man to watch in the home team will be Marcus Thuram, who has netted seven goals in the French top flight so far this term. David Guion’s men, on the other hand, are undefeated in previous five games in the French top flight, but given the importance of the match for the hosts, we are tempted to put our money on the rock-bottom side, who are desperate to escape the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 table. Nimes will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Angers at their Stade des Costieres on Wednesday evening. The Crocodiles suffered three defeats in previous four league fixtures and, as a result, they have been slipping down the standings week by week. Nimes aim to get back on course as soon as possible and seeing that they are only 9 points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday’s postponed fixture, we are positive that the hosts are going to leave their hearts on the field. Les Scoistes defeated Nantes at the weekend, which surely gave them a confidence boost, but they remained in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 table. The visitors are desperate to grab something from the Stade des Costieres clash and, taking everything into account, both teams should be happy with one point. Sunday’s football game at Stadium de Toulouse pits together Toulouse and Angers, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 22. After holding Olympique Lyon to a draw in front of home fans, les Pitchouns did well to beat Nimes on the road in their last league fixture, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. Toulouse aim to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 table and seeing that Angers are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash. Les Scoistes have been struggling in front of goal of late and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. You should bear in mind that in their last meeting at Stadium de Toulouse the hosts emerged triumphant. After sharing the spoils with the likes of Monaco and Reims in previous two league fixtures, Nice will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Nimes at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 22. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their previous 13 league fixtures and seeing that Nimes have been struggling in front of goal of late, yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon. Nice are undefeated in previous five home games in the French top flight and we believe that they are going to grab something from Saturday’s football match. Les Crocodiles, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Toulouse in front of home fans at the weekend and, as a result, they dropped to the bottom half of the standings. Mario Balotelli is set to join Olympique Marseille on loan, but, anyhow, home win should be considered as Nimes suffered a dip in form. Saint-Etienne will be looking to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to four games when they host Olympique Lyon at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the local derby on Matchday 21. There will be fireworks when the two teams face each other in Derby du Rhone on Sunday and it remains to be seen if les Verts are going to extend their winning run in the French top flight to four games. Les Gones, on the other hand, shared the spoils with the likes of Montpellier, Reims and Toulouse in previous three league fixtures and, as a result, they dropped to fourth place in the standings. Both sides are eager to book their place in the Champions League and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football game. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score in the Derby du Rhone. Olympique Marseille desperately needed a win against Caen at the weekend and they managed to get one. OM returned to winning ways in the national championship, with the team putting an end to their five-match winless run in the Ligue 1. Rudi Garcia’s troops regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to move a little closer to the Champions League berth with a win over Lille at their Orange Velodrome. Les Dogues, on the other hand, recorded three wins in previous four league fixtures and they are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. However, the season is quite long and Lille footballers will have to be at their sharpest if they are to make it to the elite competition. However, seeing that OM are a real force to be reckoned with at home and considering that they emerged triumphant in their last meeting at Orange Velodrome, we are tempted to put our money on Rudi Garcia’s men. Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Sunday’s football game between Caen and Olympique Marseille. Caen have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding 10 goals in previous five league fixtures. Fabien Mercadal’s troops are eager to move away from the danger zone, but beating OM is easier said than done. Rudi Garcia’s troops, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form in 2019, but the game against Caen could be the turning point for them. Olympique Marseille are on a nine-game winless run in all competitions and, no doubt, the situation in their dressing room is alarming. Seeing that the hosts are determined to secure the Ligue 1 survival, we are tempted to put our money on Fabien Mercadal’s charges. You should bear in mind, though, that Olympique Marseille emerged triumphant in each of their last six meetings with Caen. Stade Matmut-Atlantique will host Saturday’s football game between Bordeaux and Dijon. Les Girondins did well to beat Angers on the road in their last league match, with the team escaping the danger zone. Bordeaux aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. The Mustards are not enjoying a season to remember and considering that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Dijon suffered three defeats in previous four away games in the French top flight and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Bordeaux’s party at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. When the two teams met at Stade Gaston-Gerard in the first half of the season Bordeaux recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Dijon. Rennes play host to Montpellier at Roazhon Park in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Rennes recorded four wins in previous five league fixtures, but they failed to impress in a midweek game against Guingamp. Les Rouges et Noirs aim to represent France in European competitions next season and a win over Montpellier will see them move a little closer to the Europa League berth. Rennes are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football game and we are positive that they are going to get back on course. Montpellier, on the other hand, failed to win in previous four league matches and seeing that Rennes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In the first half of the season the two teams played out a 2-2 draw. David faces Goliath at Parc des Princes on day 21 of the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign. PSG are eyeing their third consecutive win in the French top flight and they are considered hot favourites to win Saturday’s football game against Guingamp, who are sitting in the ultimate position in the standings. Les Parisiens aim to cement top position in the Ligue 1 table and they are likely to record a routine win over the rock-bottom side. Kylian Mbappe looks unstoppable at the moment and the French rising star is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. The Stade du Roudourou outfit desperately needed a win against Guingamp at the weekend and they managed to get one, but we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in the “City of Lights”. Guingamp defeated PSG at Parc des Princes in the Coupe de la Ligue, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Sunday’s football game at Stade Raymond-Kopa pits together Angers and Nantes, the two teams who sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings. Angers failed to win previous six league fixtures, meaning that they are desperate to get back on course. Les Scoistes recorded only one win in previous eight home games in the national championship, but the match against Nantes could be the turning point for them. Les Canaris, on the other hand, suffered three defeats in previous four league fixtures and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Stade Raymond-Kopa clash. Nantes do not suit Angers, but given the importance of the match for the hosts, we predict that the two sides are going to play out a draw on Matchday 21. In the first half of the season the two teams shared the spoils. Monaco will be aiming to put an end to their four-game winless run when they host Strasbourg at their Stade Louis II on Matchday 21. Les Rouges et Blancs are on a four-game winless run in the French top flight and they are still sitting in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Saturday’s football match. Le Racing, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment and they are on a five-match winning run in all competitions. However, seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the relegation strugglers. In their last meeting at Stade Louis II Monaco crushed Strasbourg 3-0, with the likes of Rony Lopes and Radamel Falcao (two goals) scoring for les Rouges et Blancs. In four of their last five meetings in the French elite division Monaco emerged triumphant. Nimes and Nantes, the two teams who are level on points in the Ligue 1 standings, take on each other at Stade des Costieres in a postponed game. Nimes experienced all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back losses to the likes of Lille and Rennes and Lille, but Wednesday’s football match against Nantes could be the turning point for them. Les Crocodiles should be happy with one point from the game and we believe that they are going to adopt a cautious approach in the Stade des Costieres clash. Les Canaris, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Rennes in front of home fans at the weekend and seeing that they would be happy with one point from the game as well, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. You should know that the two teams shared the spoils in two of their last three meetings. Stade Louis II will host Wednesday’s postponed fixture between Monaco and Nice. Les Rouges et Blancs played out a 1-1 draw with Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome at the weekend, with the team finally giving fans something to cheer about. Monaco now aim to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 and the game against Nice is of big importance for the relegation strugglers. Thierry Henry’s troops have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at les Aiglons, but home win should not be considered. Nice proved their worth in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bordeaux at the weekend and we predict that they are going to grab something from the midweek clash against Monaco. A close encounter is on the horizon and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw in this one. Lille will be looking to build on a 3-1 win over Caen when they host Amiens at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Les Dogues aim to book their place in the Champions League and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Amiens. Lille are enjoying a very successful season and seeing that the Unicorns sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Nicolas Pepe scored his 13th goal of the season in the 3-1 victory over Caen and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other on Matchday 21. Amiens, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 3-0 loss to PSG and seeing that they failed to score in previous two league fixtures, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Lille. Guingamp will be aiming to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Saint-Etienne when they welcome Rennes at their Stade du Roudourou on Wednesday evening. The rock-bottom side continue to struggle in the French top flight, but the postponed fixture against Rennes could be the turning point for them. Les Rouges et Noirs, though, have been in a thrilling form of late and they are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the French elite division against Guingamp. The visitors have been in a much better form of late than the hosts and seeing that they aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Rennes have been impressive at the back of late and you should bear in mind that they are after their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the French elite division. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Lille and Rennes, Nimes recorded a very important win over Nantes in their last league match. The Crocodiles regained a much-needed confidence, with the team keeping their place in the middle of the Ligue 1 standings. Nimes recorded two wins in previous three home games in the national championship, so it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Saturday’s football match against Toulouse. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, dropped a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Olympique Lyon in midweek, but they are still five points clear of the relegation zone. Anyhow, seeing that Nimes are enjoying a very successful season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts, who aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth with a victory over les Pitchouns. Stade Auguste-Delaune II will host Saturday’s football game between Reims and Nice. Reims are undefeated in previous four league fixtures, whilst Nice suffered only one defeat in last ten games in the national championship. Reims sit in tenth position in the standings ahead of Matchday 21 and they are ten points clear of the relegation zone. In their last league match David Guion’s charges did well to hold Olympique Lyon to a draw at Groupama Stadium and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Nice game. Les Aiglons head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Monaco where Ihsan Sacko was sent off in the first half. The French midfielder misses the Reims game through suspension, but we believe that the visitors are going to hold Reims to a draw as they have been in a fine form of late. After holding Toulouse to a goalless draw on the road in their last league match, Angers will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Dijon at their Stade Raymond Kopa on Saturday evening. Les Scoistes missed a penalty in the draw to Toulouse and it has to be noted that they should have won the match. Anyhow, Angers have been showing signs of improvement of late and we predict that they are going to give fans some cheer this weekend. Dijon, on the other hand, did well to beat struggling Monaco at the weekend, with the team building on a thrilling 6-3 Coupe de France win over Saint-Etienne. The Mustards, though, are not regarded as good travelers and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on les Scoistes this time out. Thierry Henry is gone, but the problems are still living at Stade Louis II. Les Rouges et Blancs suffered yet another disappointing defeat in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 season at the weekend, with the team losing to Dijon on the road. Summer signing Cesc Fabregas is eager to prove his worth in his first game for Monaco at Stade Louis II and all eyes will be on the Spain international when the two teams face each other on Matchday 23. Leonardo Jardim’s men are desperate to escape the relegation zone and we are positive that they are going to go all guns blazing at Toulouse. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, are safe for now and seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Radamel Falcao and Co. You should bear in mind, though, that Monaco are after their first home win of the season. Olympique Marseille continue to struggle in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 season. OM have been slipping down the standings week by week and they are now nine points behind the Champions League berth. Rudi Garcia’s men are desperate to return to winning ways in the French top flight, but beating Reims on the road is easier said than done. David Guion’s troops did well to beat Guingamp on the road in their last league match, with the team extending their unbeaten run in the French top flight to six games. Reims have been in a much better form of late than Olympique Marseille, but seeing that the two teams are level on points in the Ligue 1 standings, we are tempted to put our money on draw. When the two teams met at Stade Velodrome in the first half of the season they played out a goalless draw. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille Lille extended their winning run in the Ligue 1 to three games. Les Dogues are determined to book their place in the Champions League and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail in Friday’s football game against Nice. Lille are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Nice often struggle on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Les Aiglons continue life without Mario Balotelli, but the Italian attacker was not sorely missed in a 2-0 win over Nimes at the weekend. Anyhow, considering that Nice are not regarded as good travelers, we are positive that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Lille. You should bear in mind, though, that les Dogues ar eyeing their first win over les Aiglons since 2012. As expected, Rennes were beaten by PSG at Parc des Princes in their last league match. Les Rouges et Noirs, though, produced a fine display in the first half of the match against the star-studded team, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Amiens. Rennes aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict that they are going to go all guns blazing at Amiens on Matchday 23. The Unicorns, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their previous three league fixtures and seeing that they have been struggling in front of goal of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. You should bear in mind that Rennes defeated Amiens in their last meeting at Roazhon Park. Nantes and Saint-Etienne face each other at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau in what is expected to be a very interesting game. Nantes have been totally out of form of late, with the team suffering a loss in each of their last three league fixtures and they surely face an uphill task in Saturday’s football match against Saint-Etienne. Les Canaris failed to find the net in four of their last five league fixtures, which is yet another reason why home win should not be considered. Les Verts, on the other hand, aim to book their place in the Champions League. Saint-Etienne defeated Guingamp in their last away game in the French top flight and we predict that they are going to spoil Nantes’ party at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau. In previous two meetings between the two teams in the French elite division les Verts defeated les Canaris. Parc des Princes will host Sunday’s football game between PSG and Rennes. Les Parisiens rolled over Guingamp 9-0 at the weekend, with the team moving one step closer to defending their Ligue 1 title. Thomas Tuchel’s men are determined to get their job done in the French top flight as soon as possible and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play in the Parc des Princes clash. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, managed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six league matches, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing PSG attackers from scoring on Matchday 22. Both Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani scored hat-tricks in the crushing of Guingamp and seeing that Neymar is likely to start the match as well, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Guingamp will be looking to bounce back from yet another disappointing defeat when they take on Bordeaux at Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Matchday 23.The rock-bottom side are four points behind the safe zone in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that Saturday’s football game is of big importance for them. However, seeing that they have been struggling in front of goal of late and considering that they were hammered by PSG 9-0 in their last away game, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Bordeaux’s party at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. Les Girondins, on the other hand, are eager to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Strasbourg and we are positive that they are going to go all guns blazing at Guingamp. Bordeaux produce much better displays at home than on the travels, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Montpellier and Caen face each other at Stade de la Mosson on day 22 of the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign. Montpellier were producing fine displays in the first half of the season, but it has to be noted that they failed to win previous five league fixtures in the national championship. La Paillade are eager to stay in the race for a place in European competitions and seeing that Caen failed to impress in a 1-0 home loss to out-of-form Olympique Marseille at the weekend, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Fabien Mercadal’s troops aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in the Frenc top flight, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Montpellier’s party at Stade de la Mosson. You should bear in mind that la Paillade are eyeing their only third home win of the season. Toulouse and Nantes are meeting on Sunday at the City Stadium. The teams are next to each other in the table, with Nantes a point behind but with a game in hand. However, they are unlikely to win that outstanding game as it is against Paris Saint-Germain. If they slip up, both teams will be dragged into the relegation fight before the season is over. In their first meeting this year, Nantes won comfortably at home. Toulouse would like to return the favor. Following a 3-0 home loss to league leaders PSG, Amiens were beaten by second-placed Lille on the road in their last league match as well. The Unicorns faced a tough fixture list and, to make things even worse for the fans, they take on star-studded Olympique Lyon on Matchday 22. Amiens and Lyon face each other for the second time in four days and we are positive that both teams will go for a win in Sunday’s football match. Les Gones, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the Champions League and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the relegation-threatened team. Seeing that the hosts head into the match with the lack of confidence, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne. Stade de la Mosson will host Wednesday’s football game between Montpellier and Guingamp, the two teams with totally different ambitions in the second half of the season. Montpellier are eyeing a place in European competitions, whilst Guingamp are eager to avoid relegation to Ligue 2. Dijon continue to struggle in the second half of the season. Following a 4-0 loss to PSG, the Mustards were beaten by Guingamp in their last league match and, as a result, they dropped to the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings. Dijon are on an eight-game winless run in the French top flight and, no doubt, the situation is alarming at Stade Gaston-Gerard ahead of the visit of Nice. After sharing the spoils with the likes of Olympique Lyon and Strasbourg in previous two league games, Strasbourg will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Reims at their Stade de la Meinau. Le Racing occupy 10th position in the standings ahead of the visit of Reims, but it has to be noted that they are on a seven-game winless run in the French top flight. Marseille has a tough challenge ahead to stay in contention for the place in Europa League next year. While a spot in the Champions League is still possible, it’s unlikely they will be able to make up the eight points deficit to Lyon in third place. Both St Etienne and Reims, who are below Marseille in the table, have outstanding games mid-week. They are likely to win them and move above Marseille before they travel to Bordeaux on Friday. Bordeaux will be looking to put an end to their five-game winless run in Ligue 1 when they face Amiens at Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne on Sunday afternoon. Les Girondins are safe for now, but they surely want to finish the season in the top half of the standings. Saint-Etienne will be looking to build on a thrilling 5-0 win at Caen when they take on Nimes at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Saint-Etienne are still in the race for a place in the Champions League, but they need to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football game as their local rival Olympique Lyon are six points clear of them in the Ligue 1 standings. Les Verts are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Monaco failed to impress in the first half of the season and, as a result, their Ligue 1 status was in great danger. The club owners then signed several top-class players in the winter transfer window, who helped les Rouges et Blancs get back on course. Nantes take on Lille at their Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau in what is expected to be a very interesting game. Nantes have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to score in previous two league fixtures. Les Canaris are eager to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, but beating Lille is easier said than done. Toulouse and Olympique Lyon take on each other at Stadium de Toulouse in a postponed game. Toulouse aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Strasbourg, whilst les Gones are eager to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 after dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Reims in front of home fans in their last league match. Bruno Genesio’s men just can’t find their best form, but they are still sitting in the Champions League berth in the standings. Anyhow, both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s football match and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. It has to be noted that Olympique Lyon emerged triumphant in each of their previous seven meetings in the French top flight. When the two teams met at Groupama Stadium earlier this term les Gones defeated les Pitchouns 2-0. Angers will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to seven games when they host Bordeaux at their Stade Raymond-Kopa on Matchday 21. Les Scoistes have been struggling in front of goal of late, but, on the other hand, they have been impressive at the back. The hosts are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the postponed fixture against Bordeaux and we are positive that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Stade Raymond-Kopa. Les Girondins aim to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, but given their poor away record, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. In their last meeting in the French elite division the two teams played out a goalless draw, but we believe that one goal is going to separate the two teams in Tuesday’s football match. Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Saturday’s football game between Caen and Lille. Caen scored 2+ goals in each of their previous three league fixtures and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Lille. Fabien Mercadal’s charges sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that this game could be crucial for them in their battle for survival. Lille, on the other hand, have been playing above expectations in the 2018/2019 season and, as a result, they sit in second position in the standings. Les Dogues are eyeing their third consecutive win on the road in the French top flight and seeing that Caen have been impressive in front of goal of late, we predict that both teams are going to find the net on Matchday 20. All eyes will be on Stade Geoffroy-Guichard when Saint-Etienne and Olympique Marseille face each other in a postponed fixture on Wednesday evening. Les Verts are eyeing their third consecutive win in the Ligue 1 and seeing that a victory over OM will see them climb to the Champions League berth, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Rudi Garcia’s men dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Monaco at the weekend and it is more than obvious that they suffered a dip in form. Saint-Etienne are determined to secure a top-four finish and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Wednesday’s football match. Olympique Marseille struggle at the back and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Saint-Etienne’s party at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the postponed clash. Toulouse and Strasbourg face each other at Stadium de Toulouse on day 20 of the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign. Toulouse have been scoring goals for fun of late, with the team rolling over Nice at their Stadium de Toulouse in the Coupe de France. Les Pitchouns aim to climb to the top half of the standings and seeing that Strasbourg are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Le Racing, on the other hand, were not into action at the weekend as their French Cup game was postponed, meaning that tired legs are unlikely to be a problem for them in Sunday’s football game. Les Pitchouns are determined to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict that they are going to record their third home win of the season this weekend. Nantes and Rennes take on each other at Stade de la Beaujoire in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Sunday’s program. Les Canaris do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, but a win over Chateauroux in the Coupe de France surely helped them regain some confidence. Nantes are a real force to be reckoned with at home and that is the main reason why we believe they are going to grab something from the Rennes game. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, have been in a splendid form in the French top flight of late, with the team recording a win in each of their last three league games. Rennes aim to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Ligue 1 and seeing that les Canaris are tough to beat at home, we believe that the two teams are going to play out a low-scoring draw on Matchday 20. PSG will be aiming to extend their winning run in all competitions to five games when they take on Amiens at Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne. Les Parisiens are enjoying a very successful season and they are on the right track to win the Ligue 1 trophy. The capital club are 13 points clear of second-placed Lille, meaning that a win over Amiens will see them cement top position in the standings. The Unicorns aim to secure the Ligue survival, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to avoid relegation to the French second tier. Amiens recorded only one victory in previous five league games and seeing that PSG coach Thomas Tuchel can count on all of his key players for Saturday’s football game, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the title holders. Orange Velodrome will host Sunday’s football game between Olympique Marseille and Monaco. Rudi Garcia’s troops suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Andrezieux in the Coupe de France, meaning that the situation in the dressing room is alarming ahead of the visit of Monaco. Anyhow, seeing that les Rouges et Blancs are probably the worst side in the league, we believe that OM are going to return to winning ways in the French elite division. Monaco suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to rock-bottom Guingamp in their last league game, meaning that the lack of confidence is likely to prove to be a big problem for Thierry Henry’s troops in the Orange Velodrome clash. When the two teams met at Stade Louis II earlier this term Marseille emerged triumphant, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Guingamp will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Monaco when they welcome Saint-Etienne at their Stade du Roudourou on Matchday 20. This win gave the rock-bottom side a confidence boost, but their battle for survival has just begun. Guingamp need to keep on improving their game if they are to avoid relegation to Ligue 2, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s football match against Saint-Etienne. Les Verts head into the match following a splendid 6-0 victory over Stade de la Meinau and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Guingamp. A lively contest is on the cards at Stade du Roudourou, but we believe that the visitors are closer to winning the match than the hosts. In previous two meetings between the two teams in Ligue 1 Saint-Etienne emerged triumphant. After suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Rennes and Saint-Etienne, Dijon will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Montpellier at their Stade Gaston-Gerard. The Mustards sit in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s football game, but it is well known that they are tough to beat at home. Montpellier, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in European competitions, meaning that this game is of big importance for the visitors. La Paillade did well to beat Monaco at Stade Louis II in their last league fixture and seeing that Dijon suffered a dip in form, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the Stade Gaston-Gerard clash. Taking everything into account, we predict that Montpellier are going to put an end to their six-game winless run in meetings with Dijon. Montpellier desperately needed a win against Nantes at the weekend, but they failed to get one (1-1). Les Canaris ruined La Paillade’s Europa League hopes, meaning that Michel der Zakarian’s troops have nothing to play for in the last game of the season against Olympique Marseille. OM failed to book their place in European competitions as well, but their pride will be at stake in Friday’s football match against Montpellier. Nantes were having their ups and downs in the first half of the season, but they have been producing splendid displays in the season finale. Vahid Halilhodzic’s men recorded five wins, while sharing the spoils with Nice and Montpellier in previous seven league fixtures, meaning that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the last game of the season against Strasbourg. Stade Gaston-Gerard will host Friday’s football match between Dijon and Toulouse. Toulouse’s Ligue 1 status is not in danger ahead of Matchday 38, whilst Dijon are desperate to escape the relegation zone. The Mustards are two points behind 18th-placed Caen ahead of the last game of the season, meaning that only a win counts for them this time out. A win over Amiens saw Monaco avoid relegation to the Ligue 1. The nightmare is finally over and coach Leonardo Jardim can breathe easier ahead of the trip to Nice. The Portuguese tactician is likely to mix the squad against les Aiglons, which is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered. Les Rouges et Blancs are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Nice’s party at Allianz Riviera. Paris Saint-Germain got their hands on the Ligue 1 trophy at the weekend, with the team crushing Dijon 4-0 in front of home fans. Kylian Mbappe returned from suspension and scored a brace for les Parisiens and, no doubt, the pacey attacker will pose a big threat for Reims defenders in the last game of the season. The capital club are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Friday’s football match and we predict that Neymar and Co. are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Thanks to a thrilling 4-0 win over Caen Olympique Lyon clinched their spot in the Champions League. Les Gones are enjoying yet another successful season and they will be looking to put icing on the cake with a victory over Nimes on Matchday 38. Coach Bruno Genesio could mix the squad against les Crocodiles, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, away win should be considered. Closing off the Saturday schedule, Monaco are facing Bordeaux at the Louis II Stadium. While the visitors are going through a period of bad form, the hosts are unbeaten in the last five league matches. With this run and 11 points out of the possible 15, Monaco have risen from the bottom of the table to 16th. It may not seem much, but it’s excellent considering how they started the season. And they’ve scored 11 goals in the last six matches which is a great improvement. Bordeaux have lost four of their last six games, including the one against Nantes in the last round. The only goals they scored in those matches were the two in the win against Toulouse. They are clearly struggling to find the net. Monaco haven’t lost at home in the last three matches. Bordeaux haven’t won any of their last five away games. The home side should be good for three points here. In their first meeting this season, Montpellier won 2:0 at home. This time they will be playing at the Matmut-Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux. Neither team is in good form right now. The home side lost to Nantes in the last round. Before that, they beat Toulouse and drew with Guingamp. Overall, they lost four out of the last six matches in the league. Interestingly, their five defeats in the last ten matches were all 1:0 losses. And in those ten matches the hosts have only scored five goals which means they are struggling to find the net. In fact, they share the fifth worst scoring record in the league this year, with just under a goal per game. Montpellier were closer to the top of the table but after five games without a win, they find themselves in seventh. To make things worse, the last time they won away from home was three months ago. Bordeaux are unbeaten at home in the last seven matches and will probably continue that run. Guingamp defeated Angers in the last round and drew with Bordeaux in the round before to come just two points off 18th and 19th place in the table. If they beat Nantes on Sunday, they might even get off the bottom of the table. Nantes have lost to Monaco before beating Bordeaux 1:0 in the last round. They are currently 14th in the standings. Out of their last ten games, the visitors won only three with six defeats and one draw. Their last five away games all finished with a score 1:0. However, only one was in favour of Nantes. Guingamp haven’t been prolific at home and are beatable. Still, after going unbeaten in two games, and with a chance to move out of the bottom two places in the table, they will be dangerous. One flash of brilliance might be enough for either team which is why it’s hard to call it. Guingamp, I am sure, will be happy to win a point. It’s anyone’s game in this bottom of the table clash between Toulouse and Guingamp. The hosts are without a win in six matches, during which period they let in 11 goals. They’ve dropped down to 15th in the standings. On the other hand, struggling visitors are unbeaten in the last three matches. They held Bordeaux and Nantes to goalless draws while beating Angers in-between those two games. With these five points, they are now a point off Dijon and Caen. It’s a perfect time to travel to Toulouse and get more points while the home side is struggling. But, even with the bad form, they haven’t been bested at home in four games. All those games were draws. Earlier in the season it was Toulouse who beat Guingamp away with a 2:1 score. It’s hard to predict what will happen this time but the visitors are in better form. Maybe enough so that they could even win here. Olympique Lyonnais is playing Toulouse at the Groupama Stadium in the late afternoon kick-off on Sunday. For Lyon, a surprising loss to Nice was followed by a win against bottom-placed Guingamp. After those two games, they held Barcelona to a goalless draw only to lose to Monaco in the last round. However, they are the only team to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the league this season. Toulouse beat Nimes in January before going on a six-game run without a win in all competitions. They lost to Nantes in the Coupe de France and to Monaco and Bordeaux in the league. The rest were draws against Angers, Reims and Caen in the last round. Lyon is very strong at home losing only three times this season. Toulouse has won three out of their last six away games. They might surprise the hosts and grab at least a point. Montpellier will try to break the five games winless run against Angers on Sunday at the Stade de la Mosson. They have drawn three games before losing to PSG and Reims. Unfortunately, they also conceded nine goals in those two defeats. As a result, they’ve dropped down to eight place in the table, although they do have a game in hand over Nice in 7th place. Before they let in those nine goals, they were the second-best defence, behind PSG. Angers have dropped five points in the last two rounds after a nice four-game unbeaten run. This has slowed down their rise in the table. Both teams will see this encounter as a must-win. If Angers win, they’ll be just a point behind Montpellier. The home side will visit Bordeaux for a league match which was postponed earlier. A win would make good preparation for this match. Angers are also struggling to score on their travels which should give the hosts added confidence to go and win all three points. Second in the table Lille have drawn their last two matches against Montpellier and Strasbourg. Dijon have now lost four in a row in the league, against Angers, Marseille, Nimes and St Etienne. The two teams will be locking horns at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the season, Lille travelled to Dijon and took home all three points. Last season, Dijon managed to defeat Lille at home. That was Lille’s only loss against Dijon ever in their head to head meetings. Lille has been beaten only once at home this season, by Toulouse in December. Not only are they hard to beat in front of their own crowd, but they only conceded nine times at home this year. At the same time, they scored 26 goals. Dijon have won the first two away games this season, but none since. In this top vs bottom clash, Lille are outright favourites. Paris Saint-Germain are travelling to Caen to take on the hosts at the Michel d’Ornano Stadium. They will be hoping for an easy match ahead of the second leg of their Champions League encounter with Manchester United. They managed to win the first leg 2:0 giving them a huge advantage. The Paris team has been beaten just once in the league this year and is sitting at the top of the table with a 17 points advantage over Lille with a game in hand. Caen have recorded just one triumph in the last 15 league matches and it happened in the middle of December. That was also the last home match they won. The four after that ended in three defeats and a goalless draw against Strasbourg. Scoring wise, with just six goals in the last ten home matches, they don’t seem equipped to get even a draw with the Ligue 1 leaders. A comfortable win by PSG is almost certain. The last game on Sunday and in this round is between Marseille and St Etienne. It’ll take place at the Orange Vélodrome. The visitors will be without five players who are side-lined due to injury. Marseille is fifth in the table, two points behind St Etienne in fourth place. The home side is going into this match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run, with wins against Bordeaux, Dijon and Amiens, followed by a draw with Rennes. St Etienne has beaten Dijon in the last round after losing to PSG in the previous round. In their first meeting this season St Etienne were victorious. They will feel confident travelling to Marseille after losing only one away game out of the last six. That was against Rennes. And they have only conceded five goals in those six games, three of which were against Rennes. Marseille has been a better scoring team so far this season and they will need to score to defeat St Etienne and maybe move above them in the table. Strasbourg beat Nice 2:0 earlier this season. Nice will be looking for payback at the Allianz Riviera Stadium on Sunday. Both teams have 37 points in the Ligue 1 table, but Strasbourg is in 8th place with quite a better goal difference than Nice in tenth. The main difference has been the scoring. Nice is the second worst team this season when it comes to putting goals in the net. In fact, Strasbourg have scored twice as many goals. The reason why Nice is so high at the table is their defence, rated number four in the league. Strasbourg has drawn the last two league matches, against Caen and Lille. Nice has lost two, against Angers and Amiens. The hosts have only scored four goals in the last six games. Visitors haven’t won away in the last three outings while Nice has won their last three at home without conceding a goal. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Friday’s football game between Saint-Etienne and Montpellier. Saint-Etienne aim to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 to five games and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Montpellier. Les Verts aim to secure a top-four finish, but that is easier said than done. Paris Saint-Germain play host to Nice at their Parc des Princes in what is a very important game for the title holders. Les Parisiens did well to defend their Ligue 1 trophy, but they suffered a shocking loss to Rennes in the Coupe de France final at the weekend. Thomas Tuchel is eager to keep his job and, no doubt, the hosts are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game. Montpellier do not want to give up on their Europa League dream. La Paillade have been in a fine form of late and a win over Amiens will see them keep their hopes of booking their place in European competitions alive. Montpellier are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Amiens failed to win previous six league fixtures, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. There will be fireworks when Monaco and Saint-Etienne face each other at Stade Louis II on Matchday 34. Monaco are eager to avoid relegation to Ligue 2, meaning that Sunday’s football game could be crucial in their battle for survival. Les Rouges et Blancs do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. Stade Matmut-Atlantique will host Saturday’s football game between Bordeaux and Angers. Bordeaux are on a three-game losing run in the Ligue 1, with the team dropping to 14th place in the standings. Les Girondings have been struggling at the back of late and it has to be noted that they will be without suspended defender Vukasin Jovanovic against Angers. Guingamp will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Nice when they welcome Caen at their Stade du Roudourou on Saturday evening. Guingamp have slim chances of securing the Ligue 1 survival, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the rock-bottom side in Saturday’s football match. Guingamp are on a five-game winless run in the national championship and seeing that Caen are determined to avoid relegation to Ligue 2, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. All eyes will be on Groupama Stadium when Olympique Lyon and Lille face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Both sides are enjoying a very successful season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Sunday’s football game. Les Gones prove their worth in a 3-2 win over Bordeaux, but they need to keep on winning as their local rivals Saint-Etienne are breathing down their neck. Rennes are enjoying a season to remember. Les Rouges et Noirs booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League and, to make things even better for the fans, they defeated star-studded PSG in the Coupe de France final at the weekend. Rennes could be low on motivation against Toulouse this weekend and seeing that the hosts are eager to secure the Ligue 1 survival, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Reims will be aiming to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Ligue 1 when they take on Nimes at their Stade Auguste-Delaune II. Reims have been playing above expectations in the 2018/2019 season and despite the fact that they suffered a dip in form, fans must be proud on their favourites. Coach David Guion has a number of players in the recovery room, which is yet another reason why home win should not be considered. There will be fireworks when Monaco and Olympique Marseille face each other at Stade Louis II on day 5 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Even though many people expected that Monaco would get back on course in the new Ligue 1 season, les Rouges et Blancs have yet to record a win in the process. Leonardo Jardim’s troops are determined to record their first win of the season this weekend, but beating Olympique Marseille is easier said than done. After making a promising start to the season, Saint-Etienne suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Lille and Olympique Marseille in previous two league fixtures. Against all odds, les Verts sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that they are likely to go all guns blazing at Toulouse on Matchday 5. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-0 home win over Amiens, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of spoiling Saint-Etienne’s party at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Nantes will be aiming to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 to three games when they host Reims at their Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Lille in the opening match of the season, but Sunday’s football match will be anything but a walk in the park for them. Dijon were more than fortunate to secure the Ligue 1 survival last season, with the team beating Lens in the play-out. The Mustards are determined to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, but they have yet to find their form in the new Ligue 1 season. Dijon suffered a loss in each of their first four league fixtures and, as a result, they are stuck at the bottom of the standings ahead of the visit of Nimes. After holding Olympique Lyon to a draw in their last league match, Bordeaux will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Metz at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique. Les Girondins are undefeated in previous three league fixtures, but fans are hungry for victories and we are positive that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game. PSG will be looking to retain top position in the Ligue 1 standings when they host Strasbourg at their Parc des Princes on Matchday 5. Les Parisiens head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as both Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are out of contention with injury, but Neymar, who stayed at Parc des Princes this summer, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Following a 1-0 win over Olympique Lyon, Montpellier suffered a 1-0 defeat to Nantes in their last game in the national championship. La Paillade have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season and they face a difficult task against in-form Nice. Les Aiglons have recorded three wins in the new Ligue 1 season and the fact that they outplayed Rennes at Roazhon Park in their last league fixture is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Montpellier. Stade de Francis – Le Ble will host Saturday’s football game between Brest and Rennes. Brest aim to make amends for a heavy 3-0 loss to Nimes and the fact that they are tough to beat at home is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Rennes. The hosts did well to beat Reims in their last home fixture in the national championship, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against les Rouges et Noirs. Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne will host Friday’s football game between Amiens and Olympique Lyon, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2019/2020 Ligue 1 season. Amiens aim to secure yet another top flight survival, whilst les Gones are determined to book their place in the Champions League for the third consecutive season. Lille continue life without top scorer from last season Pepe, with les Dogues recording two wins, while suffering two defeats in the 2019/2020 Ligue 1 season to date. Lille continue with their habit of producing splendid performances at home, but it has to be noted that failed to find the net in back-to-back defeats to Amiens and Reims away from home. Monaco will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to PSG when they welcome Tourlouse at their Stade Louis II in the opening match of the season. Les Rouges et Blancs were beaten by les Parisiens in the French Super Cup at the weekend, but they won the Ligue 1 trophy last season for the first time since 2000. Monaco are on a quest to defend their trophy and the good news is that French rising star Kylian Mbappe is still part of the team. Bernardo Silva, Valere Germain, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko left the club earlier this summer, but coach Leonardo Jardim has a number of top-class players to choose from and we predict that Monaco will defeat Toulouse in Friday’s football match. Les Pitchouns are not regarded as good travelers and they are unlikely to spoil Monaco’s party at Stade Louis II. This Sunday's afternoon kickoff will see mid-table Amiens travel to the Roahzon Park to take on fellow mid tablers Rennes in the 13th round of Ligue 1. The away side comes into this game at the back of a seven-game unbeaten and looks resilient, especially away from home. On the other hand, the home side, despite a flying start, has struggled for form recently. A thrilling 3-2 win over Toulouse last week was their only success in the previous five league games. Sunday's Ligue 1 round 13 match features stumbling Montpellier, who host relegation-threatened Toulouse at the Stade de la Mosson. The home team, despite boasting of the 3rd best home form in the league, sits in the middle of the standings and comes into this game at the back of a 2-2 away draw with Metz. Meanwhile, the away side, who have conceded more goals than any other team in the league this season, enters this game at the back of 2-3 home loss to Lyon. In-form Saint-Etienne travel to the Stade de la Beaujoire to take on 10th placed Nantes in the matchday 13 of Ligue 1 this Sunday at 17:00. Unbeaten in their last five of which they won four, the away side after a poor start has swiftly climbed up to 8th on the table and come into this game in blistering form. Meanwhile, Nantes's disappointing result at Bordeaux last week means that the home side has now lost three league games on the bounce. This Saturday's first Ligue 1 round 13 fixture will have league leaders PSG travel to the Stade Francis le Ble and take on mid-table Brest. The Parisian's usual dominance encountered an uncharacteristic blip in round 12, losing 2-1 away to Gijon. In the meantime, the home side have won just once in their previous five league games. However, their recent home form is commendable where-in they dropped merely four of the last 15 points played at home. Monday night's standalone Ligue 1 matchday 13 fixture involves Lyon, traveling to Stade Orange Velodrome to face Marseille. Touted to be the fixture of the round, Marseille and Lyon are regular frontrunners in the league. However, both teams are yet to live up to their expectations wholly this season. The home side who currently sit 4th, come into this game at the back of a 2-1 home win while the away team who oversaw back to back league victories for only the second time this season are looking to make it three on the bounce as they enter this game. In terms of head to head results, the fixture has been played 21 times in recent history. Bouyed by a 2-1 win at Nice Troyes host Nantes at their Stade de l’Aube on day 3 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. The newcomers have been playing above expectations at the start of the season and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Nantes in Saturday’s football match. Les Canaris kicked off the new season with a 3-0 loss to Lille on the road and, to make things even worse for the fans, they were beaten by Olympique Marseille on home soil at the weekend. Nantes are desperate to return to winning ways in the national championship, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. The visitors will be without defender Nicolas Pallois, who misses the match through suspension. Taking everything into account, a close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade de l’Aube. Monaco will be looking to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to three games when they take on Metz at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Friday night. Les Rouges et Blancs are eager to defend their trophy and despite the fact that the likes of Mendy, Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva left the club in the summer transfer window, Leonardo Jardim’s men are definitely capable of meeting the goal. Key attacker Kylian Mbappe, though, is on the verge of leaving the club and the French starlet could be sorely missed in the remainder of the season. Radamel Falcao, on the other hand, scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Dijon at the weekend and the Colombian attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Friday’s football match. Metz failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Bordeaux at the weekend and they are unlikely to upset the in-form title holders. Nantes will be looking to make amends for a heavy 3-0 loss to Lille when they welcome Olympique Marseille at their Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris failed to score in previous four games and, no doubt, they are determined to put an end to the negative trend. It is well known that Claudio Ranieri’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but Saturday’s football match against Marseille will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Despite failing to impress in their opener, OM eventually defeated Dijon 3-0 at their Stade Velodrome, but the star-studded team need to improve their game if they are to secure a top-three finish at the end of the season. A close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Nantes. Strasbourg suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Olympique Lyon on the opening day of the season and, no doubt, the newcomers are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Lille. Le Racing experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 4-0 defeat to les Gones and they need to improve defensively if they are to grab something from Sunday’s football game against Lille. Strasbourg, though, are tough to beat at home and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of their first home game of the season. Lille, on the other hand, rolled over Nantes (3-0) in their opener and they will be looking to build on the performance when they take on le Racing at Stade de la Meinau. Lille are more of a team than Strasbourg and that is the main reason why away should be considered. As expected, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Amiens in the opening match of the season. Les Parisiens failed to impress in their opener at Parc des Princes, but Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore eventually helped the capital club pick up all three points from the game. Big-money signing Neymar is likely to make his PSG debut against Guingamp and that is the main reason why away win should be considered. Les Parisiens are determined to regain the domestic trophy and, no doubt, they will leave their hearts on the field in every single match in the national championship this term. Coach Unai Emery can count on his key players for Sunday’s football match and we predict that the visitors will record their first away win of the season. Guingamp did well to beat Metz (3-1) on the road in their opener, but beating the star-studded capital club is easier said than done. Monaco came from behind to beat Toulouse on the opening day of the season. Les Rouges et Blancs showed character in the 3-2 win over les Pitchouns and it has to be noted that Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao opened his goal-scoring account at the weekend. Fellow striker Kylian Mbappe played below expectations in the triumph over Toulouse, but, no doubt, the French rising star is going to keep his place in the starting line-up. Arsenal target Thomas Lemar impressed in the opening match of the season and he will be yet another man to watch in the away team in Sunday’s football game against Dijon. Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men, on the other hand, did not deserve to suffer such a heavy loss (3-0) to Marseille in their opener and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will pick up one point from the Monaco game. Even though everybody expected that Amiens would suffer a heavy loss to Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in their opener, the newcomers produced a fine display against the star-studded capital club and eventually lost the game 2-0. Amiens fans certainly have a reason for optimism and their favourites are definitely capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s football match against Angers. Amiens recorded a win in each of their last three games at their Stade de la Licorne (competitive) and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from their first home match of the season. Angers, on the other hand, played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Bordeaux and Baptiste Guillaume scored a late equalizer for Stephane Moulin’s troops. Angers often struggle on travels in the French top flight and we would not be surprised if the visitors return home empty-handed from the trip to Amiens. Caen will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Montpellier when they host Stade Michel d’Ornano in their first home game of the season. Patrice Garande’s troops failed to impress in their opener, but it is well known that they produce much better performances in front of home fans. Croatia international Ivan Santini should lead the line for the hosts against Saint-Etienne and, no doubt, he is determined to open his goal-scoring account. Les Verts, on the other hand, did remarkably well to beat Nice in the opening game of the season, but defeating Caen on the road is easier said than done. Jonathan Bamba scored on his return to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and he will be one of the men to watch in the away side. Anyhow, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s football match.   Bordeaux have yet to recover from a shocking loss to Videoton in the Europa League qualifiers. Les Girondins played out a 2-2 draw with Angers in the opening match of the new Ligue 1 campaign and they will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Metz at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Saturday evening. Bordeaux are eager to record their first win of the season and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that Jocelyn Gourvennec’s troops will pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match. Les Grenats suffered a heavy 3-1 loss to Guingamp in their opener and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Bordeaux’s party at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. When the two teams met in Bordeaux earlier in 2017 les Girondins recorded a 3-0 win over les Grenats and the history is likely to repeat itself. Stadium Municipal will host Saturday’s football match between Toulouse and Montpellier. Despite producing a fine performance in their opener against Monaco at Stade Louis II, les Pitchouns eventually suffered a 3-2 loss to the title holders, but the team showed character and they will be looking to build on the display when they take on Montpellier in their first home game of the season. Toulouse are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash and we predict that fans will see a real football festival at Stadium Municipal. La Paillade, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Caen in the opening game of the season and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Toulouse game. A close encounter appears on the cards and we would not be surprised if the two sides played out a high-scoring draw on day 2 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Toulouse will be aiming to recover from a heavy 6-2 loss to Paris Saint-Germain when they welcome Rennes at their Stadium Municipal on Saturday evening. Les Pitchouns have already suffered two defeats in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, but it has to be noted that they faced title holders Monaco on the road on the opening day of the season. Toulouse recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Montpellier in their first home game of the season and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football match. Les Rouges et Blancs are eyeing their first win of the season as they were more than unfortunate not to beat Dijon in front of home fans at the weekend. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but seeing that les Pitchouns experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 6-2 loss to PSG, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in the Stadium Municipal clash. Paris Saint-Germain have been scoring goals for fun ever since Neymar joined the club. Les Parisiens rolled over Toulouse 6-2 at the weekend, with the Brazilian ace scoring a brace for the capital club. Unai Emery’s men aim to keep their 100% record in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign intact and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Saint-Etienne when the two teams face each other at Parc des Princes in Friday’s football match. PSG are determined to regain the domestic trophy and they are widely expected to extend their winning run in the French top flight. Saint-Etienne, on the other hand, recorded a 3-0 win over Amiens at the weekend and it has to be noted that les Verts have yet to conceded a goal in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. However, preventing star-studded PSG from scoring is easier said than done and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Lille rolled over Nantes at home on the opening day of the season (3-0), but they failed to impress in a 3-0 loss to Strasbourg in their first away game of the season. Les Dogues obviously produce much better performances at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy than on the travels and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Sunday’s football match against Caen. Summer signing El Ghazi will be the man to watch in the home team, but it has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Maignan misses the match through suspension. Caen, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Montpellier and Saint-Etienne and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. However, seeing that Lille are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that Marcelo Bielsa’s men will give fans a reason for celebration on Sunday evening. Paris Saint-Germain recorded a 2-0 win over Amiens on the opening day of the season, with the team outplaying Guingamp on Neymar’s debut in the French top flight at the weekend. The Brazilian superstar found the net in the 3-0 win over Guingamp, while providing an assist for his teammates and, no doubt, the former Barcelona man is going to help les Parisiens improve their game. The club chiefs are on the verge of signing Monaco rising star Kylian Mbappe as well and it is more than obvious that they have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 season. PSG are determined to regain the domestic trophy and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Toulouse in Sunday’s football match at Parc des Princes. Les Pitchouns are not regarded as good travelers and they are unlikely to grab something from the game against the reigning champions. Even though everybody expected that Olympique Lyon would struggle without last season’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, les Gones are on the right track to prove the doubters wrong. Lyon kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 4-0 win over Strasbourg and, to make things even better for the fans, they defeated Rennes (2-1) on the road on Matchday 2. Bruno Genesio’s men aim to keep their 100% record in the French top flight intact and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Bordeaux in Saturday’s football game. Summer signing Mariano Diaz has been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season and all eyes will be on the former Real Madrid man when the two teams meet at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Les Girondins defeated Metz (2-0) at the weekend, but beating les Gones away from home is easier said than done. Olympique Marseille will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over Dijon and Nantes when they square off against Angers on day 3 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. The club chiefs did remarkably well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window and their decision is already proving fruitful. Rudi Garcia can’t count on injured star Dimitri Payet for Sunday’s football match against Angers, but he has a number of top-class players to choose from and we predict that the hosts will extend their winning run in the national championship. Angers kicked off the new season with a 2-2 draw against Bordeaux and they proved their worth in a 2-0 win over newcomers Angers at the weekend. However, they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Olympique Marseille and they are unlikely to spoil OM’s party at Stade Velodrome on Sunday afternoon. Montpellier have been having their ups and downs at the star of the season. La Paillade kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 1-0 home win over Caen, but they suffered a loss to Toulouse in their first away game of the season. Montpellier aim to return to winning ways and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match against Strasbourg. Le Racing, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Olympique Lyon in the opening match of the season, but they did remarkably well to roll over Lille (3-0) at the weekend and they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Montpellier. La Paillade are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s clash, but seeing that they head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, share of spoils appears on the horizon in this one. Amiens were producing scintillating displays in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign, but they do not seem to be competitive at this level. The newcomers suffered a 2-0 loss to PSG in the opening match of the season, whilst losing to Angers in front of home fans on Matchday 2. The newly-promoted side have yet to find the net in the French top flight this season and it is no surprise they are considered underdogs in Saturday’s football match against Saint Etienne. Les Verts aim to build on back-to-back victories over Nice and Caen and, taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon. It is well known that Saint Etienne have turned their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to record a routine win over Amiens on day 3 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. You should know that les Verts are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the French elite division. As expected, Olympique Lyon rolled over Strasbourg in the opening match of the season (4-0), with both summer signing Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir scoring a brace for les Gones. Mariano produced a thrilling performance in the 4-0 win over Strasbourg and all eyes will be on the former Real Madrid attacker when Lyon take on Rennes in Friday’s football game at Roazhon Park. Rennes played out a 1-1 draw with Troyes in the opening match of the season and, no doubt they would be happy with one point from the game against Lyon. It is well known that les Gones are not regarded as good travelers and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon. You should bear in mind that the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Roazhon Park in their last meeting in the French top flight. Rennes will be aiming to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Olympique Lyon when they host Dijon at their Roazhon Park. Les Rouges et Noirs are eyeing their first win of the season and we believe that the time has come for Christian Gourcuff’s men to give fans some cheer. Summer signing Ismaila Sarr has yet to open his goal-scoring account, but Saturday’s football match could be the turning point for the former Metz attacker. Dijon, on the other hand, have been struggling at the back at the start of the season and they have already conceded seven goals in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Olivier Dall Oglio’s troops head into the match with the lack of confidence and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in Rennes the two teams played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on les Rouges et Noirs this time out. Nice impressed in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, but they have not been as successful at the start of the new season. Following a 1-0 loss to Saint-Etienne les Aiglons suffered a 2-1 defeat to Troyes on Matchday 2 and they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Mario Balotelli remains in the recovery room and that is probably the main reason why Nice struggle in front of goal. Lucien Favre’s troops are eager to get back on course and we believe that they would be happy with one point from Saturday’s football match against Guingamp. Antoine Kombouare’s charges kicked off the new season with a 3-1 win over Metz, but they failed to upset star-studded PSG at the weekend and, taking everything into account, the visitors would be happy with one point from the Allianz Riviera clash as well. Lille and Nantes face each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of the opening day of the season. Les Dogues outplayed Rennes (4-2) in their last warm-up game and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they face Nantes in Sunday’s football match. Experienced attacker Eder, who helped Portugal win the 2016 European Championship, is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Nantes and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Les Canaris were producing fine performances last season, with the team finishing the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign in seventh place in the standings, but considering that they produce much better displays at home ground, we believe that there is a certain value in betting on Lille this time out. Les Dogues outclassed les Canaris (3-0) n their last meeting in Lille and the history is likely to repeat itself. Nice kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 1-0 loss to Saint-Etienne, but it has to be noted that key attacker Mario Balotelli missed the game with injury. However, the good news for the fans is that Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder joined the club at the weekend and all eyes will be on the former Galatasaray midfielder when Nice welcome Troyes at their Allianz Riviera. The newcomers played out a 1-1 draw with Rennes at home in the opening match of the season, but grabbing something from Friday’s football game against les Aiglons is easier said than done. Over the years Nice have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to record their first win of the season on Friday evening. In Mario Balotelli’s absence, Alassane Plea is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Troyes. High-flying Bordeaux will be looking to extend their thrilling winning run when they take on Angers at Stade Raymond Kopa in the opening match of the season. Les Girondins were impressive in pre-season and they did well to beat Videoton in their Europa League opener. Bordeaux seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to Angers and despite the fact that Stephane Moulin’s men are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. A man to watch in the away team will be Younousse Sankhare, who scored a brace in the 2-1 win over Videoton last month. Angers have been producing fine performances in recent warm-up games as well, but Bordeaux are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. Taking everything into account, away win should be considered. Olympique Marseille chiefs have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 season and that is more than obvious. The club management signed Monaco attacker Valere Germain earlier this summer and the 27-year-old footballer did well to score a hat-trick against Oostende (4-2) on his OM debut in the Europa League. Dimitri Payet is still part of the team and seeing that Patrice Evra, Adil Rami and Luiz Gustavo joined the Stade de Velodrome outfit as well, it is no surprise Rudi Garcia’s men are seen as hot favourites to win Sunday’s football game against Dijon. The Mustards face an uphill task in the opening game of the season and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. When the two teams met at Stade Velodrome last term they played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on the star-studded hosts this time out. Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Monaco in the French Super Cup Paris Saint Germain welcome Amiens at their Parc des Princes on the opening day of the season. Les Parisiens got their revenge on les Rouges et Blancs at the weekend and they are now on a quest to regain the domestic trophy. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of star players in the summer transfer window and it is no surprise PSG are seen as No. 1 favourites to win the Ligue 1 title. Dani Alves scored a wonder free-kick goal in the 2-1 win over Monaco and all eyes will be on the summer signing when PSG face Amiens in Saturday’s football match. The newcomers face an uphill task in the opening match of the season and they are unlikely to claim a major scalp in the “City of Lights”. In their first and only meeting in a competitive match PSG recorded a 1-0 win over Amiens (Coupe de France, 2008). Star-studded PSG will be looking to record their fifth consecutive win in Ligue 1 when they take on Metz at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Friday evening. Les Parisiens have been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season and big-money signing Neymar looks unstoppable at the moment. The Brazilian ace has already netted three goals in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and seeing that Edinson Cavani has found his goal-scoring touch of late as well, it is no surprise Unai Emery’s men are seen as hot favourites to win Friday’s football match against Metz. Les Grenats, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings and they are unlikely to shock les Parisiens on Matchday 5. David faces Goliath at Stade Saint-Symphorien and we predict that PSG are going to keep their 100% record in the French top flight intact. Lille kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign in style, with the team beating Nantes 3-0 at home, but they have been struggling in the French top flight ever since. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Strasbourg and Caen, les Dogues shared the spoils with Angers in their last league match and, no doubt, they are desperate to return to winning ways. Lille sit in 13th place in the standings ahead of Friday’s football match against Bordeaux, but a win over les Girondins could see them climb to the top half of the standings. Bordeaux are undefeated in the French elite division this season and that is yet another reason why home win should not be considered. A close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on day 5 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Angers have been producing promising displays at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Following a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux in their opener, Stephane Moulin’s troops recorded a 2-0 win over Amiens on Matchday 2 and they did well to hold star-studded Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome to a 1-1 draw at the weekend. Angers are brimming with confidence ahead of Sunday’s football match against Lille and we would not be surprised if they pick up all three points from the game. Les Dogues rolled over Nantes on the opening day of the season, but they failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Strasbourg and Caen and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Cameroon attacker Toko Ekambi found the net in the 1-1 draw with Marseille at the weekend and he will be one of the men to watch in the home team. Sunday’s football game at Stade du Roudourou pits together Guingamp and Strasbourg. Guingamp recorded a 3-1 win over Metz in their opener, but they head into Sunday’s football game against le Racing following back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSG and Nice. Antoine Kombouare’s men obviously suffered a dip in form, but the game against Strasbourg could be the turning point for the hosts. Thierry Laurey’s troops rolled over Lille in their first home game of the season, but they have yet to record a win on the road in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and that is probably the main reason why we predict Guingamp will give fans some cheer this weekend. It has been 13 years since the two teams last met in the French elite division and it has to be noted that Guingamp recorded a 3-2 win over Strasbourg back then. Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau will host Sunday’s football game between Nantes and Dijon. Les Canaris are on a four-game winning run in the Ligue 1, with the team beating star-studded Olympique Marseille on the road at the weekend. Vahid Halilhodzic’s troops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Dijon and Despite the fact that the Mustards are fighting hard to avoid relegation to the Ligue 2, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Amiens impressed in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign, but they have been struggling to find their form in the French top flight. The newcomers suffered a loss in each of their three league games and they have yet to find the net in the Ligue 1 this season. Amiens were hammered by Saint-Etienne on the road at the weekend and, no doubt, Christophe Pelissier’s troops will give 100% to grab something from Saturday’s football match against Nice. Les Aiglons recorded their first win of the season at the weekend, with the team beating Guingamp 2-0 in front of home fans. Wesley Sneijder made his Ligue 1 debut against Antoine Kombouare’s charges and we predict that the Dutch midfielder is going to play an important role in Lucien Favre’s team in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Nice have been in a much better form of late than Amiens and away win should be considered. All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco take on Olympique Marseille in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Rouges et Blancs are determined to defend their trophy, but seeing that fellow contenders for the title PSG reinforced the squad in the summer transfer window, Leonardo Jardim’s troops will have to be at their sharpest in every single match this season if they are to win the national championship. Monaco have been in a fine form at the start of the season and they aim to keep their 100% record intact with a victory over OM. Following back-to-back wins over Dijon and Nantes, Rudi Garcia’s troops dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Angers at the weekend and seeing that key player is likely to miss Sunday’s football match with injury, we predict that the hosts will extend their winning run in the French top flight. In-form attacker Radamel Falcao is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Marseille. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Strasbourg and Rennes, Olympique Lyon played out a 3-3 draw with Bordeaux at the weekend. Les Gones were on the verge of beating les Girondins at their Groupama Stadium, but the visitors eventually scored two late goals and picked up one point from the match. Lyon aim to return to winning ways, but it has to be noted that important midfielder Sergi Darder misses the trip to Nantes through suspension. Following back-to-back losses to the likes of Lille and Marseille, les Canaris gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team beating Troyes on the road in their last league match and, no doubt, Claudio Ranieri’s men regained a much-needed confidence. It is well known that Nantes are tough to beat at home and, taking everything into account, the two teams are likely to share the spoils at Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Olympique Marseille and Monaco, Dijon played out a 2-2 draw with Rennes at the weekend and it has to be noted that they scored the equalizing goal in the dying minutes of the match. Dijon, though, need to keep on improving their game if they are to secure the Ligue 1 survival and it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording their first win of the season against Montpellier. La Paillade shared the spoils with Strasbourg at the weekend and they occupy ninth position in the Ligue standings ahead of Saturday’s football match. Montpellier and Dijon played out a draw in each of their previous three meetings in the French elite division and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at Stade Gaston-Gerard on day 4 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign.   Bordeaux have already recovered from a shocking elimination in the Europa League qualifiers. Les Girondins have been producing fine displays in the Ligue 1 at the start of the season and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the French top flight when they host Troyes at their Stade Matmut – Atlantique on Saturday evening. Bordeaux came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Olympique Lyon at the weekend and they are surely high on confidence ahead of the visit of Jean Louis Garcia’s troops. Les Girondins are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Troyes failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Nantes at the weekend, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football match. Brazilian attacker Malcom scored a brace against Olympique Lyon and he will be the man to watch in the home team. Caen will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Lille when they square off against Metz on day 4 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Patrice Garande’s troops recorded their first win of the season in Sunday’s football match against les Dogues and they will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Metz at their Stade Michel D’Ornano. Les Grenats have been struggling to find their form at the start of the season and they suffered a loss in each of their three league games in the French top flight. Coach Philippe Hinschberger feels pressure ahead of the trip to Caen and seeing that the visitors have been struggling in front of goal of late, we predict that Caen will pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match. In their last meeting in the French elite division Caen recorded a 3-0 victory over Metz. Troyes are determined to secure the Ligue 1 survival, but the newcomers are on a very difficult quest in the 2017/2018 season. Jean Louis Garcia’s men did well to beat Nice on the road on Matchday 2, but that is the team’s only win of the season and it is no surprise they sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Saturday’s football match against Montpellier. Troyes are determined to put an end to their four-game winless run in the French top flight and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field against Montpellier. La Paillade do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment as they suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Dijon and Nantes in previous two league fixtures and that is the main reason why away win should not be considered. Fans are likely to see a close encounter at Stade de l’Aube and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s clash. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Sunday’s football game between Saint-Etienne and Angers. As expected, Les Verts suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in their last league fixture and it has to be noted that les Parisiens put an end to their three-game winning run in Ligue 1. Saint-Etienne aim to get back on course and they are seen as favourites on paper to win Sunday’s football game against Angers. Stephane Moulin’s charges have yet to suffer a loss in the French top flight this season, but they will have a big fish to fry against les Verts. Oscar Garcia’s men outplayed the likes of Nice and Amiens in previous two home games in the national championship and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Summer signing Jonathan Bamba, who played for Angers last season, is likely to pose a big threat for his former teammates. Following back-to-back losses to the likes of Montpellier and Saint-Etienne, Caen did well to beat the likes of Lille and Metz in previous two league fixtures. SMC are eyeing their third straight victory in the French top flight and they are definitely capable of beating Dijon in front of home fans. Ronny Rodelin scored the winner against Metz, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Mustards, on the other hand, recorded their first win of the season on Matchday 4, with the team beating Montpellier 2-1 at their Stade Gaston-Gerard. However, seeing that the team’s away record is anything but good, we predict that Caen are going to give their fans yet another reason for celebration after Saturday’s football match. You should bear in mind, though, that the two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stade Michel d’ Ornano last season. Bouyed by a 3-2 win over Rennes, Toulouse take on Troyes at Stade de l’Aube on Matchday 5. Les Pitchouns have been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Saturday’s football match against Troyes. Swedish midfielder Jimmy Durmaz has netted three goals in the French top flight this term, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The newcomers, on the other hand, are eyeing their first home win of the season, but given Toulouse’s recent form, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Les Pitchouns create goal-scoring opportunities without any difficulties and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s Ligue clash. You should know that it has been 11 years since Jean Louis Garcia’s team recorded their last win over Toulouse. After playing out a goalless draw with Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau, Olympique Lyon will be looking to start a new winning run in Ligue 1 when they take on Guingamp at their Groupama Stadium. Les Gones are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they scored seven goals in the first two home games of the season. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Mariano, who has already started paying off. Guingamp, on the other hand, recorded a 2-0 win over Strasbourg on Matchday 4 and they are eager to spoil Lyon’s party at Groupama Stadium. However, seeing that they suffered a 2-0 loss to Nice in their last away game in the national championship, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Lyon. Toulouse have been producing fine performances at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Pitchouns have suffered only two defeats so far this season, but it has to be noted that they failed to grab something from matches against title contenders Monaco and PSG. Toulouse defeated Rennes in their last home game in the French top flight and they head into Friday’s football game against Bordeaux following a goalless draw with Troyes. Pascal Dupraz’s men aim to keep their 100% record at home intact, but beating les Girondins is easier said than done. Bordeaux have yet to suffer a loss in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 season and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the opening match of day 6. A close encounter appears on the horizon and we predict that the teams are going to play out a draw at Stadium Municipal. Montpellier and Nantes, the two teams who are level on points in the Ligue 1 standings, face each other at Stade de la Mosson on Saturday evening. La Paillade did well to kick off the new season with a hard-fought win over Caen, but they have not been as impressive in the French top flight ever since. Montpellier head into the football game against Nantes following a 2-1 loss to Dijon and it remains to be seen if they are capable of putting an end to their three-match winless run in the league. Les Canaris, on the other hand, did well to hold Olympique Lyon to a goalless draw in their last league match and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in Ligue 1. Nantes are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against Montpellier and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring encounter at Stade de la Mosson. Having suffered a heartbreaking 6-1 loss to Monaco in their last league match, Olympique Marseille will be looking to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they host Rennes at their Stade Velodrome. OM dropped to sixth place in the standings, but a win over Rennes could see them regain their spot in top four. Key player Dimitri Payet is unlikely to recover in time to face Les Rouges et Noirs, whilst Lucas Ocamps has yet to serve his two-match ban. Seeing that Rennes are desperate to move away from the relegation zone, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Velodrome. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Valere Germain, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League this season. Speaking of the away team, all eyes will be on Congo DR international Mubele, who has already netted three goals in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Saturday’s football match at Allianz Riviera pits together Nice and Monaco. Les Aiglons impressed in the French top flight last season, but they have been struggling to find their form at the start of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Nice have already suffered three defeats in the national championship and summer signing Wesley Sneijder did not help the team avoid defeat to Amiens on Matchday 4. Lucien Favre’s men are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Monaco and we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. The title holders continue where they left last season and despite the fact that the club chiefs sold several first-team regulars in the summer transfer window, Leonardo Jardim’s men have been producing outstanding performances in the French elite division at the start of the season. Monaco seem to be in a much better form than Nice at the moment and we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Saturday’s derby. Strasbourg will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Guingamp when they welcome Amiens at their Stade de la Meinau. Le Racing used international break to face Sandhausen in a friendly match and they did well to beat the German side at Stade Saint Etienne at the weekend. Strasbourg’s main goal is to secure the Ligue 1 survival and they need to keep on collecting points from home fixtures if they are to avoid relegation to the French second tier. Their next rivals Amiens did remarkably well to put an end to their three-game losing run in the league, with the team rolling over Nice (3-0) in front of home fans. The newcomers regained a much-needed confidence and we predict that they are going to grab something from Saturday’s football match against Strasbourg. Taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon. Nice made a very slow start to the season, but the team have been producing fine performances in the Ligue 1 of late. Les Aiglons rolled over Monaco (4-0) in their last home game in the French top flight and they head into Friday’s football match against Angers following a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Rennes. Martio Balotelli has been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks and all eyes will be on Super Mario when Nice face Angers on Matchday 6. Stephane Moulin’s troops failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Metz at the weekend and they are unlikely to spoil Nice’s party at Allianz Riviera. Taking everything into account, we predict that les Aiglons are going to extend their winning run in the national championship to three games. Alassane Plea should be deployed up front alongside Balotelli. Rennes have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Rouges et Noirs have recorded only one win in the French top flight this season, with the team beating Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome on Matchday 5. Rennes proved their worth in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Saint-Etienne as well and we believe that the time has come for Christian Gourcuff’s men to return to winning ways in the national championship. Their rivals Caen have been playing above expectations in the Ligue 1 this season, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on les Rouges et Noirs this time out. Wahbi Khazri found the net in the 2-2 draw with Les Verts at the weekend, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the former Sunderland man at bay. Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Saturday’s football match between Caen and Amiens. Following three straight wins over the likes of Lille, Metz and Dijon, Caen suffered a 1-0 loss to Nantes in their last league fixture, but they are considered favourites to win the game against Amiens. Caen have been impressive at home ground of late and we predict that they are going to extend their winning run at Stade Michel d’Ornano to three games. Amiens failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to star-studded Olympique Marseille at the weekend and we would not be surprised if they fail to grab something from Saturday’s clash against Caen. In their last meeting in a competitive match (Ligue 2, 2007) Caen recorded a 3-1 win over Amiens and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Patrice Garande’s troops, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Monaco will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Strasbourg and Lille when they welcome Montpellier at their Stade Louis II. Les Rouges et Blancs are only one point behind league leaders PSG in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that a win over La Paillade could see them climb to top position in the table. Radamel Falcao has already netted 11 goals in the French top flight this season and all eyes will be on the Colombian superstar when the two teams face each other on Matchday 8. Montpellier, on the other hand, did well to hold star-studded PSG to a goalless draw at the weekend, but it has to be noted that les Parisiens were without injured ace Neymar in Saturday’s football match. Monaco are a real force to be reckoned with at home and, taking everything into account, we predict that the title holders will extend their winning run to three games. Nantes have not been scoring goals for fun of late, but they recorded three wins in previous four league fixtures and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. Les Canaris have been impressive at the back in recent weeks and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s football game against Strasbourg. The newcomers aim to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that Nantes seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade de la Meinau this weekend. A close encounter appears on the cards and we would not be surprised if the two sides play out a goalless draw on day seven of the new Ligue 1 campaign. In their last meeting in the French elite division Nantes recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Strasbourg. Bordeaux will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Toulouse when they take on Guingamp at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique. Les Girondins are eyeing a top-four finish, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to turn their dream into reality. Bordeaux have been impressive at the back of late and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match against Guingamp. Antoine Kombouare’s men recorded back-to-back wins over Strasbourg and Lille in previous two home games in the Ligue 1, but their displays on the road leave a lot to be desired and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting at Stade Matmut-Atlantique Bordeaux recorded a routine 3-0 win over Guingamp and there is every chance the history is going to repeat itself this weekend. Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Amiens Olympique Marseille welcome Toulouse at their Stade Velodrome. OM did well to bounce back from an embarrassing 3-1 loss to Rennes and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. Rudi Garcia’s men are eyeing a place in the Champions League and they need to take every single match very seriously if they are to meet the goal. Dimitri Payet has been producing fine displays in the French top flight ever since he returned from injury, but a man to watch in the home team will be Clinton N’Jie, who scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Amiens. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, failed to score in previous two league fixtures and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp on Matchday 7. Taking everything into account, we predict that OM are going to extend their winning run to three games in all competitions. All eyes will be on Stade de la Mosson when big-spending Paris Saint-Germain square off against Montpellier in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. Les Parisiens recorded a hard-fought 2-0 win over Lyon at the weekend and they aim to keep their 100% record in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign intact. Neymar failed to score in the triumph over les Gones, but, no doubt, the Brazilian ace is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Montpellier did well to beat Troyes on the road in their last league match, but grabbing something from Saturday’s football match against PSG is easier said than done. Unai Emery’s men seem to be on top of their game at the moment and the last season’s runners-up are likely to extend their winning run in the national championship to seven matches. As expected, Olympique Lyon failed to spoil PSG’s party at Parc des Princes at the weekend, but it has to be noted that les Gones were more than unfortunate not to grab something from the match. Lyon defenders scored two own goals in the 2-0 loss to les Parisiens and, as a result, the team dropped to fifth place in the standings. However, a win over Dijon would see les Gones regain their spot in top four and we predict that the hosts will go all guns blazing at the Mustards in Saturday’s football match. Dion sit in the danger zone ahead of the trip to Lyon and seeing that they suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Caen and Saint-Etienne in previous two league fixtures, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Mariano, who has been producing fine performances in the French top flight this season. Against all odds, Metz recorded a 1-0 win at Angers on Matchday 5. Les Grenats were without Assou-Ekotto and Riviere in Sunday’s football match, but they showed character and managed to pick up all three points from the game. Metz, though, are still sitting in the ultimate position in the Ligue 1 standings, but a win over Troyes could see them escape the relegation zone. Troyes have been struggling in front of goal of late and they failed to score in three of their previous four league fixtures. Both teams are likely to go for a win in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer, but we are tempted to put our money on Metz, who proved their worth in the triumph over Angers. You should bear in mind that Metz are after their third consecutive win over Troyes in competitive matches and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. All eyes will be on Allianz Riviera when Nice and Olympique Marseille square off against each other in Ligue 1 in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Sunday’s program. Les Aiglons failed to impress in a 2-2 draw with Angers at the weekend, but thanks to Ismael Traore’s own goal they picked up one point from the match. Mario Balotelli scored his fourth goal of the season in the draw against Angers and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the former Liverpool ace. Olympique Marseille produced a fine display in a 2-0 win over Toulouse in their last league match and they aim to extend their winning run to three games in the national championship. Both sides are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s football match and we predict that fans will see goals galore at Allianz Riviera on Matchday 8. Having dropped two points in a 3-3 draw with Metz, Olympique Lyon will be looking to return to start a new winning run in the Ligue 1 when they face Angers at Stade Raymond Kopa on Sunday afternoon. Les Gones are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against les Scoistes and it remains to be seen if they will regain a much-needed confidence with a victory over the mid-table side. Angers produced a splendid display in a 2-2 draw with Nice and, taking everything into account, a lively contest appears on the horizon at Stade Raymond Kopa. In each of their previous three meetings in the French elite division Lyon emerged triumphant and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. Summer signing Mariano has been scoring goals for fun for les Gones this term and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Toulouse will be aiming to put an end to their four-game winless run in Ligue 1 when they host Amiens at their Stadium Municipal. Les Pitchouns are eager to escape the danger zone in the standings and Saturday’s football game against the newcomers could be the turning point for the hosts. Toulouse played out a 1-1 draw with Guingamp on the road in their last league fixture and it has to be noted that they totally deserved to pick up one point from the game. Amiens, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Olympique Marseille and Caen and they are certainly low on confidence ahead of the trip to Toulouse. Les Pitchouns are desperate to get back on course and we believe that they will record their third home win of the season after they defeated the likes of Montpellier and Rennes on home soil in August. Paris Saint-Germain play host to Bordeaux at their Parc des Princes on day 8 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Parisiens dropped two points in a goalless draw with Montpellier at the weekend, but you should bear in mind that coach Unai Emery couldn’t count on summer signing Neymar for the match. The last season’s runners-up are eager to regain the trophy and seeing that second-placed Monaco are breathing down their neck, we predict that the league leaders will leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football game against Bordeaux. Aforementioned attacker Neymar could recover in time to face Bordeaux and seeing that les Girondins were beaten by the capital club in each of their last three meetings in all competitions, we are tempted to put our money on Unai Emery’s troops, who have been impressive at home ground so far this season. Following a 2-0 loss to star-studded PSG, Olympique Lyon played out back-to-back draws with the likes of Dijon and Angers in previous two league fixtures. Les Gones scored six goals in total in the last two games and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Friday’s football match against Monaco. Lyon need to pick up all three points from the Ligue 1 derby if they are to stay in the race for the title, but beating the reigning champions is easier said than done. Les Rouges et Blancs were on the verge of beating Montpellier on Matchday 9, but La Paillade eventually scored a late equalizer in the Stade Louis II clash. Leonardo Jardim’s men are eager to return to winning ways in the national championship and, taking everything into account, we predict that fans will see goals galore at Groupama Stadium. Troyes desperately needed a win against Metz at the weekend and they managed to get one. The Stade de l’Aube outfit managed to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and you should know that they scored the winner against les Grenats with ten men on the field. Full-back Mathieu Deplagne was sent off in the 1-0 victory over Metz, meaning that coach Jean Louis Garcia can’t count on the former Montpellier man for Sunday’s football match against Saint-Etienne. Les Verts came from behind to share the spoils with Rennes in their last league fixture, but they dropped to fourth place in the standings. Saint-Etienne are eager to book their place in European competitions and we predict that Oscar Garcia’s men are going to prove their worth in Sunday’s clash against Troyes. Stade de la Licorne will host Saturday’s football match between Amiens and Lille. Amiens suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Olympique Marseille and Caen in previous two league fixtures and, as a result, they sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 8. The newcomers are eager to get back on course and we predict that they will go for a win in Saturday’s clash against les Dogues. Lille, on the other hand, failed to score in previous three league fixtures and they are on a six-match winless run in the national championship ahead of the trip to Amiens. Lille experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to title holders Monaco at the weekend and seeing that they are low on confidence at the moment, we believe that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Dijon welcome Strasbourg at their Stade Gaston-Gerard on day 8 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Caen and Saint-Etienne, the Mustards were desperate to grab something from Saturday’s football match against Lyon and they managed to spoil les Gones’ party at Groupama Stadium. Dijon came from behind to share the spoils with Lyon (3-3) and, no doubt, that gave them a confidence boost. Olivier Dall’Oglio’s charges are eyeing their only second win of the season and seeing that they take on Strasbourg in front of home fans this weekend, we predict that they will give fans some cheer this time out. Le Racing have been struggling to find their form at the start of the season and we do not believe that the newcomers are capable of putting an end to their three-match losing run in the French elite division. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in Ligue 1. The new Ligue 1 campaign has been a mixed bag for Guingamp to date. Antoine Kombouare’s men are eyeing their third consecutive win at home in the national championship, whilst they suffered a loss in each of their first three away games of the season. Guingamp head into Saturday’s football match against Toulouse following a 3-1 loss to Bordeaux, but seeing that they have been producing fine showings on home soil this season, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Toulouse failed to find the net in previous two league fixtures and we predict that they are going to extend their goal-scoring run in Ligue 1 to three matches. In last three meetings between the two sides at Stade du Roudourou Guingamp emerged triumphant and les Pitchouns are unlikely to put an end to the negative trend. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Jimmy Briand, who has netted two goals so far this term. Following a goalless draw with Olympique Lyon Nantes recorded three consecutive wins in the Ligue 1, with the team beating the likes of Montpellier, Caen and Strasbourg. Les Canaris are brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match against Metz and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against les Grenats. Nantes are eyeing their second home win of the season and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Metz, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to ten-man Troyes at home in their last league games and, as a result, they are a rock-bottom side in the Ligue 1 ahead of Matchday 8. Nantes have been in a much better form of late than Metz and, taking everything into account, we believe that les Canaris will extend their winning run in the French top flight. Despite being regarded as big underdogs in Sunday’s football match against Nice, Strasbourg did remarkably well to beat les Aiglons at Allianz Riviera. The newcomers are determined to secure the Ligue 1 survival, but le Racing need to keep on improving their game if they are to turn their dream into reality. Strasbourg have been impressive in front of goal of late and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s clash against Angers. Les Scoistes aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Toulouse, but seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Stephane Moulin’s troops. It has been eight years since Strasbourg recorded their last win over Angers. The two teams faced each other in the Ligue 2 back then and it has to be noted that they meet for the first time ever in the French elite division this weekend. All eyes will be on Stade Velodrome when Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Marseille played out a 3-3 draw with Strasbourg at the weekend, but they are still in the race for a place in the Champions League. OM have been scoring goals for fun in the French top flight of late and we predict that they are going to find the net against les Parisiens. The star-studded capital club recorded a hard-fought win over Dijon at the weekend and, as a result, they are six points clear of second-placed Monaco in the Ligue 1 standings. Edinson Cavani is likely to return to the starting line-up and the Uruguay international should pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. A lively contest appears on the horizon and there is every chance both sides will find the net in Sunday’s football match at Stade Velodrome. Having dropped two points in the Ligue 1 derby against Olympique Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Nice at their Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens aim to retain top position in the standings, but Friday’s football game against Nice will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Key player Neymar was sent off in the 2-2 draw with Marseille and there is every chance Angel Di Maria will return to the starting line-up. Les Aiglons, on the other hand, are on a four-match losing run in all competitions and despite the fact that Neymar misses the match through suspension, we are tempted to put our money on the league leaders. It has to be noted that Nice failed to score in three of their last three away games in the national championship. Monaco chiefs were force to sell several first-team regulars in the summer transfer window, but despite the fact that the likes of Silva, Mbappe, Mendy and Bakayoko left the club, les Rouges et Blancs made a flying start to the season. Leonardo Jardim’s men, though suffered a dip in form and following a 1-1 draw with Montpellier they were beaten by Olympique Lyon in their last league match. Monaco are eager to start a new winning run in the national championship and seeing that they are six points behind league leaders PSG ahead of Saturday’s football match against Caen, we are tempted to put our money on the title holders this time out. Caen failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Angers at the weekend and, taking everything into account, the visitors are unlikely to claim a major scalp on day 10 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Despite producing a fine display in Sunday’s football match against Montpellier, Nice eventually suffered a 2-0 loss to la Paillade on the road. Les Aiglons have been having their ups and downs in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and it is no surprise they sit in 14th place in the standings ahead of the visit of Strasbourg. Nice want to return to winning ways as soon as possible and we believe that the game against Strasbourg is going to be the turning point for Lucien Favre’s men. Le Racing, on the other hand, are on a seven-game winless run in the league, but they proved their worth in a 3-3 draw with Olympique Marseille at the weekend. Strasbourg are tough to beat at home, but their away record is anything but good and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be former Premier League ace Mario Balotelli. Thanks to Nabil Fekir’s late goal Olympique Lyon recorded a 3-2 win over title holders Monaco at the weekend. Les Gones proved their worth in the triumph over les Rouges et Blancs, but they sit in sixth position in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Sunday’s football match against Troyes. Olympique Lyon have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the newcomers this weekend. Mariano Diaz scored his seventh goal of the season in the 3-2 victory over Monaco and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the former Real Madrid starlet. Troyes were more than fortunate to hold Lille to a 2-2 draw in their last league match and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the visitors, who are eyeing a place in the Champions League. Following four consecutive wins in Ligue 1, Nantes shared the spoils with Bordeaux at Stade Matmut-Atlantique at the weekend. Les Canaris extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven games and it is no surprise they sit in the Europa League berth ahead of Saturday’s football match against Guingamp. Nantes have been impressive at home ground of late and you should know that they are eyeing their third consecutive win at their Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau. Guingamp recorded a very important home win over Rennes at the weekend, but their showings on the travels leave a lot to be desired. Antoine Kombouare’s men are on a three-game losing run on the road and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on les Canaris this time out. It has to be noted that Nantes rolled over Guingamp 4-1 in their last meeting in the French elite division. Stade Raymond Kopa will host Saturday’s football game between Angers and Toulouse. Angers proved their worth in a come-from-behind draw against Lyon and, to make things even better for the fans, les Scoistes defeated Caen on the road in their last league match. Angers aim to retain their spot in the top half of the table and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against in Saturday’s clash against Toulouse. Les Pitchouns recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Amiens at the weekend, with the team putting an end to their four-game winless run in the national championship. Seeing that only one point separates the two teams in the Ligue 1 table, we predict that Angers and Toulouse are going to share the spoils on Matchday 10. It has to be noted that the two sides played out a goalless draw in their last meeting at Stade Raymond Kopa. Amiens will be looking to put an end to their three-game losing run in Ligue 1 when they square off against Bordeaux at their Stade de la Licorne. The newcomers sit in the danger zone in the standings ahead of the visit of Bordeaux and they failed to find the net in previous three league fixtures. Les Girondins, on the other hand, did well to bounce back from a heavy 6-2 loss to PSG, with the team sharing the spoils with Nantes at the weekend and they now aim to return to winning ways in the French top flight. Bordeux are not regarded as good travelers, but they defeated Toulouse in their penultimate away game in the league and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match against Amiens, who have been totally out of form in recent weeks. Saturday’s football game at Stade Saint-Symphorien pits together Metz and Dijon. Les Grenats suffered a 3-1 defeat to Saint-Etienne at the weekend, with the team extending their losing run in the national championship to three games. Metz head into the clash against Dijon with a severely-weakened squad and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the rock-bottom team. The Mustards, on the other hand, were on the verge of sharing the spoils with star-studded PSG at the weekend, but full-back Meunier eventually scored a late winner for the visitors. Dijon are eager to put an end to their five-game winless run in the league, but seeing that they will be without the likes of Tavares and Yambere against Metz, share of spoils appears on the horizon. You should bear in mind that the two teams played out a goalless draw at Stade Gaston-Gerard last season. Stade de l’Aube will host Saturday’s football game between Troyes and Strasbourg. Troyes aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Olympique Lyon and Caen, but their next rivals have been in a fine form of late. Strasbourg are undefeated in previous six games in all competitions and it has to be noted that they defeated Nice at Allianz Riviera in their last away match in the Ligue 1. Le Racing aim to escape the danger zone in the standings and we predict that they are going to spoil Troyes’ party at Stade de l’Aube. Martin Terrier scored his second goal of the season in a 2-2 draw with Angers at the weekend and he is eager to add more goals to his account. Seeing that Troyes are on a three-game losing run ahead of the visit of Strasbourg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form visitors. Rennes will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Lille and Montpellier when they square off against Bordeaux at their Roazhon Park. Les Rouges at Noirs are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the Ligue 1 and you should know that under 2.5 goals were scored in each of their previous four league fixtures. Rennes recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lille in their last home game in the national championship, but that was the team’s first home win of the season. Les Girondins, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Monaco in front of home fans at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in the French elite division to four games. Bordeaux are more of a team than Rennes, but seeing that the visitors have been struggling to find their best form of late, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils in Friday’s football match. Olympique Lyon will be aiming to build on a thrilling 5-0 win over Troyes when they host Metz at their Groupama Stadium. Les Gones have been scoring goals for fun in the Ligue 1 this season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against les Grenats. Former Manchester United man Memphis Depay scored a hat-trick against Troyes and all eyes will be on the pacey winger when Lyon face Metz on Matchday 11. Bruno Genesio’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should know that they scored 3+ goals in four of their five home league fixtures. Metz, on the other hand, head into Sunday’s football match following a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Dijon and seeing that the rock-bottom team are on a four-game losing run in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. Olympique Marseille produced a terrific display in the Ligue 1 derby against Paris Saint-Germain and they were on the verge of beating the star-studded capital club. OM, though, conceded a late goal in Sunday’s football match and eventually shared the spoils with the league leaders at their Stade Velodrome. Rudi Garcia’s men aim to return to winning ways in the French top flight, but beating Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy is easier said than done. Les Dogues suffered yet another disappointing defeat at the weekend, with the team losing to Rennes on the road. Lille are desperate to escape the relegation zone, but the lack of confidence seems to be key problem for the team at the moment and we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Florian Thauvin scored his third goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with PSG and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Toulouse will be looking to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 to three games when they welcome Saint-Etienne at their Stadium Municipal on Matchday 11. Toulouse recorded back-to-back wins over Amiens and Angers in previous two league games and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. Les Pitchouns are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s football match against Saint-Etienne and a low-scoring affair appears on the horizon. Les Verts failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Montpellier at the weekend and, no doubt, they want to give fans some cheer. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to play out a draw at Stadium Municipal. You should bear in mind that they shared the spoils in three of their last five meetings in the French top flight. Bordeaux and Monaco face each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. Les Girondins suffered a 1-0 loss to Amiens at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in Ligue 1 to three games. Bordeaux continue with their habit of producing fine displays at home ground, whilst their away record is anything but good. Les Girondins face a difficult task in Saturday’s football match against Monaco and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. Leonardo Jardim’s men desperately needed a win against Caen at the weekend and they managed to get one. Monaco are still in the race for the Ligue 1 trophy and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach against Bordeaux. Both teams are likely to go for a win in the Stade Matmut-Atlantique clash and there is every chance both teams will find the net on Matchday 11. Thanks to a 2-1 win at Metz Dijon put an end to their five-game winless run in the Ligue 1, but they do not want to stop now. The Mustards are determined to escape the relegation zone and Saturday’s football match against Nantes is of big importance for the hosts. Dijon have been creating a number of clear-cut chances to score of late and we predict that they are going to find the net on Matchday 11. Les Canaris, on the other hand, recorded a 2-1 win over Guingamp at home ground in their last league fixture and you should bear in mind that they are on an eight-game unbeaten run in the French elite division. Nantes have been impressive at the back in the first half of the season and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s game against Dijon. Taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the in-form visitors. Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Saturday’s football match between Caen and Troyes. As expected, Troyes were outplayed by Olympique Lyon (0-5) in their last league match and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Caen. The newcomers would be happy with one point from the clash and we predict that they will adopt a defence-minded approach against Patrice Garande’s troops. Caen suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Angers and Monaco in previous two league matches and they are determined to put an end to the negative trend. Caen emerged triumphant in each of their last two meetings with Troyes and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. You should bear in mind that Patrice Garande’s team are after their fourth consecutive win at home in the French top flight, with the team defeating the likes of Metz, Dijon and Amiens at their Stade Michel d’Ornano earlier in the process. High-flying Lyon will be looking to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 to five games when they host Montpellier at their Groupama Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Les Gones are seven points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain and a win over la Paillade would help them keep their title hopes alive. Over the years Lyon have turned their stadium into a real fortress and seeing that they hammered their local rivals Saint-Etienne (5-0) on Matchday 12, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Montpellier have been struggling in front of goal of late and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. A man to watch in the home team will be Nabil Fekir, who scored a brace in the 5-0 win over les Verts in the local derby and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Sunday’s football match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pits together Saint-Etienne and Rennes. Les Verts have been producing splendid performances in the Ligue 1 so far this term and, as a result, they sit in third place in the standings ahead of Matchday 7. Saint-Etienne are eyeing a place in European competitions and their display in a 1-0 win over Dijon is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. It is well known that les Verts have turned their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to record their third home win of the season. Rennes, on the other hand, did remarkably well to crush Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome in their last away game in Ligue 1, but Nice proved to be a big catch for les Rouges et Noirs at the weekend. Taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon. After making a promising start to the season, Angers suffered an unexpected dip in form. Les Scoistes recorded only one win in previous eleven league fixtures and it is no surprise they sit in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s football match against Troyes. Angers are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, but beating Troyes on the road is easier said than done. Jean Louis Garcia’s men, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Dijon and there is every chance both sides will go for a win in the Stade de l’Aube clash. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to share the spoils in the relegation six-pointer this weekend. It has to be noted that under 1.5 goals were scored in each of their previous two meetings in the national championship. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Dijon Nice put an end to their six-game losing run in all competitions and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Caen at Stade Michel d’Ornano. Les Aiglons sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, but given the quality of Lucien Favre’s team, the visitors should quickly climb to the top half of the table. Nice are not regarded as good travelers, but we predict that in-form attacker Mario Balotelli and his teammates are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match against Caen. The hosts suffered an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome on Matchday 13 and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to upset les Aiglons this weekend. In their last meeting in the Ligue 1 the two teams played out a 2-2 draw. Saint-Etienne will be aiming to put an end to their four-game winless run in Ligue 1 when they welcome Strasbourg at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Friday evening. Les Verts have yet to recover from a heart-breaking 5-0 loss to Olympique Lyon and they head into the game against Stasbourg following a 3-1 loss at Lille. Saint-Etienne do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and you should know that they failed to score in three of their previous four league fixtures. Le Racing, on the other hand, showed character in a 2-1 win over Rennes at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they escaped the relegation zone. Considering that les Verts have been playing below expectations of late, we predict that the visitors, who are desperate to secure the Ligue 1 survival, will grab something from Friday’s football match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. All eyes will be on Stade Matmut-Atlantique when Bordeaux and Olympique Marseille face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Girondins are eyeing a place in European competitions, but they sit in ninth place in the standings ahead of Sunday’s football game and they are eight points behind the Europa League berth. Bordeaux failed to score in previous three league fixtures and seeing that they are on a five-game winless run in the French elite division, home win should not be considered. OM, on the other hand, aim to stay in the race for the title and we predict that the visitors will stick to their attacking style of play against Bordeaux. Konstantinos Mitroglou found the net in a 5-0 win over Caen before the international break and the Greek attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Sunday’s showdown. Both Dijon and Troyes head into Saturday’s football match at Stade Gaston-Gerard with severely-weakened squads. Dijon are without suspended trio Haddadi, Yambere and Jeannot, whilst the likes of Said and Lautoa are likely to miss the game with injury. The Mustards did well to beat Nantes 1-0 in their last home game in the French top flight and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Troyes. As for the away team, Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in a 3-0 win over Strasbourg, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Saturday’s match against Dijon. The likes of Traore and Vizcarrondo are suspended for the visitors and, taking everything into account, both teams will give 100% to avoid defeat in the Stade Gaston-Gerard clash. You should bear in mind, though, that Troyes emerged triumphant in each of their last three meetings with Dijon in competitive matches. Guingamp will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 6-0 loss to Monaco when they take on Angers at their Stade du Roudourou. Antoine Kombouare’s troops experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the defeat to the title holders and they are on a four-game winless run in all competitions ahead of Saturday’s football match. Guingamp aim to move away from the danger zone and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the match against Angers, who were hammered by PSG on Matchday 12. Seeing that only one point separates the two sides in the Ligue 1 standings, a close encounter appears on the horizon and we predict that the two teams will play out a draw in Guingamp. Angers are undefeated on the road this season and, taking everything into account, home win should not be considered. Toulouse will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Nantes when they welcome Metz at their Stadium Municipal on day 13 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Pitchouns aim to regain their spot in top ten and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the rock-bottom side on Saturday evening. Toulouse are eyeing a place in European competitions and they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to keep their hopes of representing France in Europe next season alive. Metz have collected no more than three points from possible 36 in the French top flight so far this term and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in Saturday’s football match. Les Grenats were outclassed by Lille at home before the international break and we predict that they will suffer yet another heavy defeat in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. PSG will be aiming to build on a thrilling 5-0 win over Angers when they square off against Nantes at their Parc des Princes on Matchday 13. Les Parisiens aim to cement top position in the Ligue 1 standings and they are likely to go all guns blazing at les Canaris in Saturday’s football match. Unai Emery’s troops aim to keep their 100% record at home intact, but Nantes should not be underestimated. Les Canaris have been producing fine performances in the first half of the season and, as a result, they sit in fifth place in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 13. Nantes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their away record is anything but magnificent and that is the main reason why we do not believe the visitors will spoil claim a major scalp on Matchday 13. Strasbourg have been having their ups and downs in the Ligue 1 in the first half of the season and it has to be noted that Troyes put an end to their four-game unbeaten run before the international break. Le Racing experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 3-0 defeat to Troyes, but a win over Rennes should see the newcomers escape the relegation zone. Strasbourg are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they want this win more than Rennes, home win should be considered. Les Rouges et Noirs are on a three-game winning run in the French elite division and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. A low-scoring affair is on the horizon and we predict that one goal will separate the two sides at Stade de la Meinau. Friday’s football match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy pits together Lille and Saint-Etienne. Following nine consecutive games without win, Lille did well to beat rock-bottom Metz on the road in their last league match and, no doubt, that gave les Dogues a confidence boost. Edgar Le is sidelined through suspension for the hosts, but seeing that Marcelo Bielsa’s men are desperate to escape the relegation zone, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. Les Verts, on the other hand, suffered an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Lyon in the local derby and considering that they failed to find the net in previous three league fixtures, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Former Zenit midfielder Hernani misses the match through suspension and, taking everything into account, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors. Stade de la Licorne will host Friday’s football game between Amens and Monaco. Amiens aim to move away from bottom three, whilst Monaco are determined to melt PSG’s advantage to one point in the Ligue 1 standings. Les Rouges et Blancs rolled over Guingamp (6-0) in their last league fixture and it has to be emphasized that the title holders are on a three-game winning run in the national championship. Monaco have been in a terrific form of late and that is the main reason why away win should be considered. Amiens, on the other hand, shared the spoils with the likes of Guingamp and Montpellier in last two league games, but Monaco are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the newcomers than their previous rivals. Guido Carrillo, who scored a brace in the 6-0 win over Antoine Kombouare’s charges, is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Amiens. Metz and Lille, the two teams who made a slow start to the season, square off against each other at Stade Saint-Symphorien on day 12 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Metz are on a five-game losing run in the French top flight ahead of Sunday’s football match against Lille and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the game. Les Dogues, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form of late as well and they head into the game following back-to-back losses to the likes of Rennes and Olympique Marseille. Both teams are eager to return to winning ways and that is the main reason why we predict the fans will see a lively contest at Stade Saint-Symphorien. In their last meeting in Metz the hosts defeated Lille 3-2, but we believe that the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw this time out. Nice impressed in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, with the team booking their place in the Champions League qualifiers. Star-studded Italian side Napoli proved to be a big-catch for les Aiglons in the qualifiers for the elite competition and the Allianz Riviera outfit have yet to recover from the defeat. Nice have been struggling in the first half of the season and they are on a four-game losing run in the national championship ahead of Sunday’s football match against Dijon. Mario Balotelli and Co. are desperate to get back on course and we predict that they are going to prove their worth in the game against the fellow relegation-threatened team. Dijon have been having their ups and downs in the Ligue 1 this season and we would not be surprised if they return home empty-handed. In each of their last two meetings in the French elite division les Aiglons emerged triumphant. After producing a fine performance in a 2-2 draw with star-studded PSG, Olympique Marseille did well to beat Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on day 12 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. OM returned to winning ways at the weekend, but they do now want to stop now. The club chiefs pumped up a lot of money into the squad in the summer transfer window and the team’s main goal is to book their place in the Champions League. Rudi Garcia’s men have been in a fine form of late and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match against Caen. The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Troyes at the weekend, but Marseille are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. Taking everything into account, home win should be considered. There will be fireworks when two bitter rivals Saint-Etienne and Olympique Lyon face each other ain the Derby Rhone-Alpes on Sunday evening. Les Verts made a good start to the season, but their recent form is anything but promising as they recorded only one win in last five league fixtures. However, Saint-Etienne are tough to beat at home and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the local derby. Lyon, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over rock-bottom Metz at the weekend, with Nabil Fekir scoring a brace for les Gones. The French striker has already netted nine goals in the Ligue 1 this season and all eyes will be on him when the two fierce rivals take on each other at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. A close encounter appears on the cards and Lyon recorded their last win at Saint-Etienne back in 2013, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Le Derby. Toulouse will be looking to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Ligue 1 when they face Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire on Matchday 12. Les Pitchouns have been impressive at the back of late and we predict that they will rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match against les Canaris. Toulouse are not regarded as good travelers, but you should know that they did well to beat Angers in their last league fixture. Nantes, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Dijon and they are after their fourth consecutive win at home ground. Over the years les Canaris have turned their Stade de la Beaujoire into a real fortress and it is no surprise Claudio Ranieri’s men are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s clash. Nantes are eyeing a place in European competitions and we believe that they will return to winning ways in the national championship this weekend. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Nice and Saint-Etienne, Montpellier suffered a 1-0 loss to Rennes in their last league fixture. La Paillade failed to extend their unbeaten run to six games, but they remained in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings. Montpellier are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match and seeing that under 2.5 goals were scored in each of the team’s last seven league games, a low-scoring affair appears on the cards. Amiens played out a 1-1 draw with Guingamp at Stade du Roudourou at the weekend, but seeing that they have already suffered three defeats on the road this season, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The two teams meet for the first time ever in the French top flight, but you should know that Montpellier recorded a 2-1 win over Amiens when the two sides met at Stade de la Mosson in the Ligue 2 nine years ago. Buoyed by back-to-back wins over the likes of Caen and Bordeaux Monaco take on Guingamp at their Stade Louis II on day 12 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to stay in the race for the domestic trophy and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Antoine Kombouare’s troops. Key attacker Radamel Falcao remains in the recovery room and there is every chance Keita Balde, who scored the in the 2-0 win over Bordeaux, will lead the line for the hosts against Guingamp. The visitors recorded only one win in previous five league fixtures and as a result, they dropped to the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table. Anyhow, Guingamp face an uphill task in Saturday’s football match against the title holders and we predict that Leonardo Jardim’s men are going to extend their winning run in the league to three games. Guingamp and Amiens square off against each other at Stade du Roudourou on day 11 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Guingamp are eyeing their fourth home win of the season and they are eager to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Nantes. Antoine Kombouare’s men want to regain their spot in the top half of the standings and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Amiens this weekend. The newcomers showed character in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bordeaux at the weekend, but their away record is anything but good and we believe that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Guingamp. Abdoul Camara, who found the net in the 2-1 loss to Nantes at the weekend, will be the man to watch in the home team and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the Guinea international. Stade Raymond Kopa will host Saturday’s football game between Angers and PSG. Neymar-less Parisiens did well to beat Nice (3-0) on Matchday 11 and, as a result, they are still four points clear of second-placed Monaco in the Ligue 1 standings. The star-studded capital club are determined to regain the domestic trophy and seeing that aforementioned attacker Neymar returns from suspension, we predict that Unai Emeri’s troops are going to record their tenth win of the season this weekend. Angers have nothing to lose in Saturday’s showdown against Paris Saint-Germain and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. However, given the quality of the away team, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of claiming a major scalp this weekend. You should bear in mind that PSG emerged triumphant in each of their previous four meetings with Angers in the French top flight. Montpellier did not make a flying start to the season, but they have been in a splendid form of late. After sharing the spoils with title contenders PSG and Monaco la Paillade defeated Nice on Matchday 9 and, to make things even better for the fans, they recorded a hard-fought win over Saint-Etienne on the road in their last league fixture. Montpellier have been climbing the standings week by week and they are surely brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match against Rennes. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 1-0 win over Lille at the weekend, with the team putting an end to their four-game winless run in the national championship. Anyhow, Montpellier have been in a much better form than Rennes of late and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Stade de la Mosson clash. Saint-Etienne are running down a blind alley ahead of Sunday’s football game against Nantes. Les Verts have been dropping down the standings week by week and they sit in the bottom half of the table ahead of Matchday 16. Julien Sable’s men have been struggling at the back of late and it has to be emphasized that they conceded 13 goals in total in last four league fixtures. Nantes, on the other hand, proved their worth in a hard-fought 1-0 win over title holders Monaco and they are brimming with confidence at the moment. Les Canaris are eyeing a place in European competitions and seeing that Saint-Etienne do not seem to be on top of their games these days, we predict the visitors will emerge triumphant in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. You should bear in mind that Nantes are undefeated in previous three meetings with les Verts in the French elite division. Toulouse have been struggling to find their best form in the first half of the season. Les Pitchouns are on a three-game losing run in the Ligue 1 ahead of Saturday’s football match against Caen and they recorded their last win in the national championship on October 21. Toulouse are eager to escape the relegation zone and the game against Patrice Garande’s troops is of big importance for the hosts. Caen, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Olympique Lyon, but seeing that they have been playing above expectations of late, we are tempted to put our money on the relegation strugglers. Toulouse were beaten by Caen in their last meeting at Stadium Municipal and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge. You should bear in mind that les Pitchouns are eyeing their fourth home win of the season. Buoyed by a 2-1 win over star-studded PSG, Strasbourg will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Bordeaux at Stade Matmut-Atlantique on day 17 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Le Racing showed character in the historical triumph over les Parisiens, but their top flight status is still in great danger. The newcomers occupy 16th position in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the trip to Bordeaux and we predict they will fight tooth and nail against les Girondins. Joselyn Gourvennec’s men suffered a 3-2 loss to Dijon in their last league fixture, but they are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they outclassed Saint-Etienne in their last home game in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on les Girondins. Brazilian rising star Malcolm has netted seven goals in the Ligue 1 to date and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. As expected, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Troyes (2-0) at their Parc des Princes on Matchday 15. Les Parisiens were struggling to break the deadlock, but Neymar and Edinson Cavani eventually scored for the capital club and helped them extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to five games. PSG are leading the chase for the domestic trophy and they will be looking to cement top position in the standings with a win over Strasbourg at Stade de la Meinau. Unai Emery’s men are eager to regain the trophy and, no doubt, they will go for a win in every single match in the remainder of the season. Le Racing failed to impress in a goalless draw with Caen on Tuesday evening and we do not believe they are capable of upsetting les Parisiens. In their last away game in Ligue 1 PSG outplayed Monaco and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on the high-flying visitors. Struggling Lille desperately needed a win against Olympique Lyon on Wednesday evening and they managed to claim a major scalp on Matchday 15. Les Dogues made amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Amiens and Montpellier, but they are sitting in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Toulouse. Thanks to the 2-1 win at Lyon Lille regained a much-needed confidence and we predict they are going to keep on raising their form. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, are on a five-game winless run in the national championship and they head into Saturday’s football match following a 2-1 home loss to Nice. Toulouse do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and they are likely to return home empty-handed. Ezequiel Ponce scored his second goal of the season against les Gones and, no doubt, he is eager to add more goals to his account. Olympique Lyon will be looking to bounce back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Lille when they take on Caen at Stade Michel d’Ornano. Les Gones dropped to third place in the Ligue 1 standings and, as things stand now, they have slim chances of winning the national championship. Lyon are eyeing a place in the Champions League and seeing that they rolled over the likes of Troyes, Saint-Etienne and Nice in previous three away games in the French top flight, we predict the visitors will pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match. Caen have been having their ups and downs of late and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered. Bruno Genesio’s men scored exactly five goals in each of their last three games on the road and they are widely expected to make amends for the 2-1 loss to Lille. Monaco will be aiming to put an end to their three-game losing run in all competitions when they welcome out-of-sorts Angers at their Stade Louis II. Les Rouges et Blancs dropped to fourth position in the standings, but they are only two points behind the Champions League berth ahead of Saturday’s football match against the relegation strugglers. Leonardo Jardim’s men failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Nantes on Matchday 15, but seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the title holders. Angers sit in bottom three in the Ligue 1 table ahead of the trip to Monaco and given their poor form, we predict the visitors will extend their winless run in the league to six games. In their last meeting in the French top flight Monaco recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers. After recording back-to-back wins over the likes of Guingamp and Metz, Olympique Marseille will be aiming to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 when they face Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson. La Paillade head into Sunday’s football game following a goalless draw with Guingamp and they are on a four-match unbeaten run in the national championship. Montpellier are after their fourth straight clean sheet in the Ligue 1, but preventing the star-studded visitors is easier said than done. OM are eager to stay in the race for the title and despite the fact that La Paillade have been in a fine form of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Rudi Garcia’s men. Florian Thauvin scored his seventh goal of the season in the 3-0 win over Metz and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Nice quickly bounced back from a heart-breaking 5-0 loss to Olympique Lyon, with the team beating Toulouse at Stadium Municipal on Matchday 15. The win over les Gones gave les Aiglons a confidence boost, but they do not want to stop now. Nice aim to keep on climbing the Ligue 1 standings and they are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s football match against les Grenats. The rock-bottom team are having a season to remember and seeing that they failed to score in previous five league fixtures, the visitors are unlikely to spoil Nice’s party at Allianz Riviera. The hosts are showings signs of improvement and we predict they are going to build on the 2-1 win over Toulouse when they face les Grenats on Matchday 16. A man to watch in the home team will be Mario Balotelli, who scored his seventh goal of the season against les Pitchouns. High-flying Amiens will be looking to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to four games when they square off against Rennes at Roazhon Park. The newcomers have been producing fine performances in their debut season in the French elite division and they are on the right track to secure the Ligue 1 survival. Amiens sit in seventh position in the standings ahead of the trip to Rennes and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s football match. Les Rouges et Noirs did well to beat Angers on the road in their last league fixture and they seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Rennes are on a three-match winning run in the national championship and we predict Sabri Lamouchi’s men will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the French top flight. Friday’s football game at Stade Gaston-Gerard pits together Dijon and Bordeaux, the two teams who sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 16. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Troyes and Toulouse, Dijon suffered a 2-1 loss to Amiens at Stade de la Licorne in their last league fixture. The Mustards aim to return to winning ways in the national championship, but the game against Bordeaux will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Les Girondins proved their worth in a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Tuesday evening and thanks to the triumph the team put an end to their seven-game winless run in the French top flight. Nonethless, seeing that Bordeaux’s performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors this time out. Troyes are a team with two faces. Jean Louis Garcia’s men are tough to beat at home, but they struggle on the travels and, as a result, they continue with ups and downs in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Troyes recorded three wins in previous four home fixtures in the French top flight and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Saturday’s football match against Guingamp. The Stade de l’Aube outfit produced a fine display in a 2-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes and you should bear in mind that the star-studded capital club broke the deadlock in the 70th minute of the match. Antoine Kombouare’s charges on the other hand, are on a seven-game winless run in the national championship and we predict the visitors will return home empty-handed. It has been ten years since Troyes recorded their last win over Guingamp in a competitive match and Jean Louis Garcia’s troops are likely to put an end to the negative trend. Angers do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Wednesday’s football match against Rennes. Les Scoistes experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Troyes at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in the Ligue 1 to five games. Stephane Moulin’s men are on the verge of dropping to the relegation zone, meaning that the midweek fixture is of big importance for the hosts. Rennes, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Nantes and it has to be emphasized that they recorded four wins in previous five games in the French elite division. Les Rouges et Blancs are not regarded as good travelers, but seeing that Angers have been totally out of form of late, we predict the visitors will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Wednesday evening. Wednesday’s football match at Groupama Stadium pits together Lyon and Nice. Les Gones rolled over Nice at Allianz Riviera at the weekend (5-0), with Memphis Depay scoring a brace for Bruno Genesio’s troops. Thanks to the triumph Lyon managed to overtake Monaco in second place in the standings, but they do not want to stop now. Les Gones are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Lille and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict Bruno Genesio’s men will give fans yet another reason for celebration in midweek. Les Dogues, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Amiens and Montpellier and we do not believe they are capable of spoiling Lyon’s party at Groupama Stadium. Yet another man to watch in the home team will be Mariano Diaz, who has netted ten goals in the national championship so far this season. Stade du Roudourou will host Wednesday’s football game between Guingamp and Montpellier. Guingamp failed to spoil Olympique Marseille’s party at Stade Velodrome at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in the Ligue 1 to five games. Antoine Kombouare’s men sit in the danger zone in the standings ahead of the visit of Montpellier and we predict they will leave their hearts on the field in the midweek fixture. La Paillade, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-0 win over Lille at the weekend and, as a result, they climbed to seventh place in the Ligue 1 table. Montpellier have been producing fine performances on the travels this season and we believe that they are going to pick up all three points from Wednesday’s clash against the out-of-sorts hosts. Ivory Coast international Sio found the net in the 3-0 win over les Dogues, thus the opposition back-line should have him at bay. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Zulte-Waregem Nice booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages, but they have been struggling in the Ligue 1 this season. Les Aiglons head into Wednesday’s football match against Toulouse following an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Olympique Lyon and, no doubt, les Gones put extra pressure on Nice coach Lucien Favre. He is in danger of getting fired, but the game against les Pitchouns could be the turning point for the Swiss tactician and his men. Les Aiglons are desperate to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek fixture. Toulouse have been struggling in the French top flight of late as well and they are on a four-game winless run in the national championship. A lively contest is on the horizon and there is every chance both teams will find the net in the Stadium Municipal clash. Monaco failed to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 Champions League defeat to Leipzig, with the team losing to star-studded Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 derby at the weekend (1-2). Les Rouges et Blancs remained in second place in the standings, but they are now nine points behind the league leaders, thus they will have a mountain to climb in the remainder of the season if they are to regain the title. Monaco are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Nantes and that is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered. Les Canaris, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSG and Rennes and, taking everything into account, we predict the two sides are going to play out a draw at Stade de le Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. You should bear in mind that Nantes failed to score in previous six meetings with Monaco in the French top flight. Metz continue to struggle in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Les Grenats have collected no more than four points from possible 42 and it has to be noted that they failed to score in previous four games in the national championship. Metz head into Wednesday’s football game against Marseille following a 2-0 home loss to Amiens and we do not believe they are capable of upsetting Rudi Garcia’s men in the midweek fixture. Olympique Marseille produced a fine performance in a 1-0 win over Guingamp and, as a result, they stayed in the race for the title. OM are more of a team than Metz and we predict they will record their fifth away win of the season on Wednesday evening. Greece international Kostas Mitroglou, who missed several league fixtures with injury, is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Guingamp and he should pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Monaco at Stade Louis II, high-flying PSG will be looking to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to five games when they face Troyes at their Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, but coach Unai Emery must warn his men against complacency as the season is quite long. The league leaders are seen as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football game against Troyes and they are likely to keep their 100% record on home soil intact. Jean Louis Garcia’s men did well to beat the likes of Strasbourg and Angers in previous two home games in the national championship, but their away record is anything but good and we predict the visitors will return home empty-handed. Summer signing Neymar scored his eighth goal of the season in the 2-1 win at Monaco and the Brazilian superstar is likely to pose a big threat for Troyes defenders. Amiens will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Lille and Metz when they host Dijon at their Stade de la Licorne on Tuesday evening. The two teams are level on points ahead of the midweek fixture and a close encounter is on the horizon. Amiens are on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Dijon, but it has to be noted that they are only four points clear of the relegation zone. Moussa Konate scored his fourth goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Metz, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Dijon have been in a fine form of late as well, but seeing that their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, we do not believe that away win should be considered in this one. As expected, Troyes suffered a 3-2 loss to Monaco at Stade Louis II, but their performance in the game against the title holders was anything but poor. Jean Louis Garcia’s men dropped a two-goal advantage in the defeat to les Rouges et Blancs, but seeing that they faced a tough fixture list, we predict that they are going to grab something from Saturday’s football match against Amiens. The newcomers head into the match following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Rennes and Lyon and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Stade de l’Aube clash. The two teams seem to be evenly matched ahead of Matchday 18 and there is every chance they will share the spoils in what should be considered the relegation six-pointer. You should bear in mind that two sides meet for the first time ever in the French elite division. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Friday’s football match between Saint-Etienne and Monaco. Les Verts kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign in style, but they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Saint-Etienne are on an eight-game winless run in the national championship ahead of the visit of Monaco and they will be without suspended duo Dabo – Lacroix against les Rouges et Blancs. Leonardo Jardim’s men came from behind to beat Troyes in their last league fixture and thanks to the triumph they managed to keep their hopes of defending the Ligue 1 title alive. Monaco have been in a much better form of late than Saint-Etienne of late and we predict the visitors will pick up all three points from Friday’s clash. Taking everything into account, les Rouges et Blancs are likely to extend their winning run in the league to three games. Nice did well to make amends for an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Olympique Lyon, with the team recording back-to-back wins over the likes of Toulouse and Metz in previous two league fixtures. Les Aiglons have been climbing the Ligue 1 standings week by week and a win over Nantes would see them regain their spot in top ten. Mario Balotelli scored his eighth goal of the season in the 3-1 win over les Grenats at the weekend and all eyes will be on “Super Mario” when Nice face Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris shared the spoils with Saint-Etienne on the road in their last league fixture and, as a result, they managed to keep their hopes of booking their place in European competitions alive. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and they are likely to play out a draw in Nantes on Matchday 17. Olympique Lyon continue to impress on the travels in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Les Gones defeated Caen at Stade Michel d’Ornano at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run on the road to four games. Bruno Genesio’s men aim to stay in the race for the title and, no doubt, they will go all guns blazing at Amiens when the two teams face each other at Stade de la Licorne on Sunday afternoon. Mariano Diaz has been scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season and the former Real Madrid attacker will be the man to watch in the away team. The newcomers aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Rennes, but beating Lyon, whose away record is amazing, is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we predict the visitors will pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match. After suffering yet another disappointing defeat in the Ligue 1 at the weekend, Metz will be looking to give fans something to cheer about when they host Rennes at their Stade Saint-Symphorien. Les Grenats experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 3-1 loss to Nice on Matchday 16 and it has to be emphasized that they are on a ten-game winless run in the national championship ahead of Saturday’s football match against Rennes. Les Rouges et Noirs continue to impress in the 2017/2018 season as they recorded a routine 2-0 win over Amiens in their last league fixture. Rennes are eyeing a place in European competitions and seeing that the rock-bottom teams have been struggling in the first half of the season, we predict the visitors will extend their winning run in the French elite division to four games. Former Premier League ace Wahbi Khazri scored his fifth goal of the season against Amiens, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Stade Louis II will host Saturday’s football match between Monaco and Troyes. Les Rouges et Blancs desperately needed a win against Angers at the weekend and they managed to get one. The title holders have returned to winning ways and they will be looking to melt PSG’s advantage in the Ligue 1 standings to six points with a win over Troyes on Matchday 17. Leonardo Jardim’s men are eyeing their seventh home win of the season and we predict they will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Troyes head into the game following back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSG and Guingamp and we do not believe they are capable of spoiling Monaco’s party at Stade Louis II. Radamel Falcao scored the winner for the reigning champions against Angers and we believe that the Colombian attacker is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Montpellier Olympique Marseille extended their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to eleven games, but they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to stay in the race for the title. OM are nine points behind the league leaders in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict the star-studded team will go all-out attack against Saint-Etienne. Les Verts made a flying start to the season, but they do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to Marseille. Les Verts failed to win previous seven games in the French elite division and they are unlikely to spoil OM’s party at Stade Velodrome. Florian Thauvin extended his goal-scoring run at the weekend and the pacey winger is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. When the two teams met in Marseille last season Olympique crushed Saint-Etienne 4-0. As expected, Angers suffered a 1-0 loss to Monaco at Stade Louis II, with the team extending their losing run in the Ligue 1 to three games. Les Scoistes recorded their last win in the French top flight back on October 14, 2017 and it is no surprise they sit in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Montpellier. Angers are desperate to get back on course and we predict they will leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match against la Paillade. Montpellier did well to hold Olympique Marseille to a 1-1 draw in their last league fixture, meaning that they continue to impress in matches against top-table sides. However, seeing that les Scoistes are desperate to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1, we are tempted to put our money on the relegation strugglers in this one. In their last meeting at Stade Raymond Kopa Angers recorded a 2-0 win over Montpellier. PSG will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Strasbourg when they host Lille at their Parc de Princes. Les Parisiens remained in top position in the Ligue 1 standings, but they can’t afford yet another upsetting defeat. Brazilian superstar Neymar misses Saturday’s football match against Lille through suspension, but Edinson Cavani is likely to return to the starting line-up and we predict the hosts will start a new winning run in the national championship on Matchday 17. Over the years PSG have turned their Parc des Princes into a real fortress and despite the fact that les Dogues are high on confidence following back-to-back wins over the likes of Lyon and Toulouse, home win should be considered. Unai Emery’s men recorded a win in each of their eight home fixtures in the French top flight and they are widely expected to keep their 100% record at home intact. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win at Troyes Guingamp put an end to their six-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. Antoine Kombouare’s men are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match against Dijon. With only two points separating the two teams in the Ligue 1 standings, a close match is on the cards and we would not be surprised if one goal separates the two sides at Stade du Roudourou. The Mustards, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Bordeaux in front of home fans at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run at home to four games. Dijon, though, often struggle on the travels and that is main reason why we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash. Troyes play host to Bordeaux at their Stade de l’Aube on Matchday 20 and with only one point separating the two sides in the standings, a close encounter is on the horizon. Troyes have been struggling on the travels in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, but they are tough to beat at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fifth home win of the season. Bordeaux, on the other hand, suffered a shocking elimination in the Coupe de France at the weekend, with the team losing to National 2 team Granville in extra time. Les Girondins extended their losing run in all competitions to six games and they must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to Troyes. Seeing that Jean Louis Garcia’s men have turned their Stade de l’Aube into a real fortress, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. Out-of-sorts Angers will be looking to put an end to their nine-game winless run in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Dijon at their Stade Raymond Kopa. Les Scoistes failed to grab something from Sunday’s football match against ten-man Nantes and it is more than obvious that the lack of confidence is the team’s biggest problem. Angers sit in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 19 and we predict they are going to leave their hearts on the field against Dijon. The Mustards are a team with two faces; Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men are on a five-game winning run at home, but their away record is anything but good. Dijon suffered a loss in each of their previous three away games in the French top flight and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the relegation strugglers, who are hungry for a win. Strasbourg suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to rock-bottom Metz in their last game in 2017 and, no doubt, they are eager to get back on course. Le Racing are not regarded as good travelers, but they have been impressive at their Stade de la Meinau this season and it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win Friday’s football match against Guingamp. Strasbourg head into the game following a 3-2 Coupe de France win over Dijon and they are certainly high on confidence ahead of Matchday 20. Guingamp are on a five-game unbeaten run in the national championship ahead of the trip to Strasbourg and they managed to keep four clean sheets in previous five league fixtures. Antoine Kombouare’s men are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against le Racing and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Stade de la Meinau. After making a promising start to the season Bordeaux suffered a dip in form. Les Girondins do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and they suffered a 1-0 loss to Nice in their last league fixture. Bordeaux are on a three-game losing run in the Ligue 1 ahead of Wednesday’s football match against Montpellier and they have been dropping down the standings week by week. Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men sit in the danger zone in the table and this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts. Given the quality of the team, their top flight status should not be in danger, but les Girondins will have to prove their worth on the field. La Paillade experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 home loss to rock-bottom Metz and seeing that Bordeaux are hungry for a win, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Nantes will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers when they take on Amiens at Stade de la Licorne on Wednesday evening. Les Canaris have been in a fine form in the first half of the season and a win over les Licornes will see them cement fifth position in the Ligue 1 standings. Nantes are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Wednesday’s football match against Amiens and they are definitely capable of scoring on the break. The newcomers suffered a 1-0 loss to Troyes in their last league fixture, with the team extending their losing run in the national championship to three games. The hosts are low on confidence ahead of the visit of les Canaris and, taking everything into account, we predict the visitors will give fans yet another reason for celebration. A man to watch in the away side will be Emiliano Sala, who scored the winner from the penalty spot against Angers. Guingamp and Saint-Etienne face each other at Stade du Roudourou on day 19 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Guingamp played out a goalless draw with Caen at the weekend, with the team managing to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the French top flight. Antoine Kombouare’s men are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Wednesday’s football match against Saint-Etienne and yet another low-scoring affair is on the cards. Les Verts experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Monaco at the weekend and it has to be noted that they are on a ten-game winless run in all competitions ahead of Matchday 19. The visitors will be without suspended first-choice goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that Antoine Kombouare’s team outclassed Dijon 4-0 in their last home game in the French elite division. High-flying Nice will be aiming to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 when they take on Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Matchday 19. Les Aiglons have found their best form of late and thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bordeaux they climbed to sixth place in the standings. Nice are eyeing a place in European competitions and we predict they will go all guns blazing at Lille in Wednesday’s football match. Les Dogues, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Dijon in their last league fixture and, as a result, they remained in the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings. The hosts want this win more than the visitors, but seeing that they suffered a dip in form, we are tempted to put our money on Lucien Favre’s men, who will be without suspended ace Mario Balotelli against Lille. Thanks to a 3-1 win at Montpellier Metz managed to keep their hopes of securing the Ligue 1 survival alive. Les Grenats put an end to their 11-game winless run in the national championship, but they are still the rock-bottom side in the standings. Metz need to keep on raising their form if they are to avoid relegation to the Ligue 2 and, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Wednesday’s football match against Strasbourg. Le Racing did well to beat Toulouse 2-1 in their last league fixture, with the team extending their winning run in the French top flight to three games. However, given the importance of the match for the relegation strugglers, home win should be considered. You should bear in mind that Metz recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Strasbourg in their last meeting at Stade Saint-Symphorien. Despite creating several clear-cut opportunities to score in Sunday’s football match against Olympique Lyon, Olympique Marseille eventually lost the Ligue 1 derby. OM aim to bounce back from the heartbreaking loss to les Gones and we predict they will fight tooth and nail against Troyes. Over the years Marseille have turned their Stade Velodrome into a real fortress and they are widely expected to pick up all three points from the midweek fixture. Troyes defeated Amiens at home in their last league match, but they are on a four-game losing run on the road and that is the main reason why home win should be considered. French winger Florian Thauvin has been scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. You should bear in mind that Olympique Marseille crushed Troyes 6-0 in their last meeting at Stade Velodrome. Buoyed by a splendid 4-0 win over Saint-Etienne, Monaco take on Rennes at their Stade Louis II on Matchday 19. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to stay in the race for the Ligue 1 title and we predict they will leave their leave hearts on the field in their last league fixture of the year. Monaco are eyeing their fourth straight win in the national championship and we believe that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. A man to watch in the home team will be Colombian attacker, who has netted 14 goals in the French elite division so far this term. Rennes failed to shock star-studded PSG at the weekend (1-4) and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Monaco’s party at Stade Louis II. It has to be noted that Rennes will be without midfielder Andre, who was sent off in the 4-1 loss to les Parisiens. Having defeated their bitter rivals Olympique Marseille at the weekend, Olympique Lyon will be looking to stay in the race for the Ligue 1 title with a win over Toulouse at Stadium Municipal. Les Gones are after their fourth consecutive win in the national championship and we predict they will go all guns blazing at les Pitchouns. Mariano Diaz scored his 12th goal of the season in the 2-0 win over OM and the summer signing will be the man to watch in the away team. Les Pitchouns suffered four defeats in previous five league games and they do not seem to be at their sharpest ahead of Wednesday’s football match. Toulouse face an uphill task in their last game of the year and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered. It has to be noted that Lyon emerged triumphant in each of previous five meetings between the two teams in the French elite division. Saturday’s football match at Stade Michel d’Ornano pits together Caen and Guingamp, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Ligue 1 standings. Caen aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Lyon and Toulouse and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Guingamp on Matchday 18. Patrice Garande’s team recorded only one win in previous six league fixtures and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point for Saturday’s clash. Guingamp rolled over Dijon 4-0 in their last league fixture and you should know that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, we predict they are going to play out a draw at Stade Michel d’Ornano this weekend. In their last meeting in Caen the two teams shared the spoils (1-1). PSG will be aiming to put icing on the cake on a very successful first half of the season when they welcome Caen at their Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening. The star-studded capital club head into the match following a 4-1 win over ten-man Rennes and a win over SMC will see them move one step closer to regaining the domestic trophy. Unai Emery’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and predict Neymar and Co. will pick up all three points from Wednesday’s football match. Caen failed to score in previous four away games in the national championship and they are unlikely to spoil PSG’s party at Parc des Princes. Neymar scored a brace in the 4-1 win over les Rouges at Noirs at the weekend and all eyes will be on the Brazilian superstar when PSG face Caen in the “City of Lights”. After playing out a 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne on Matchday 16, Nantes suffered a 2-1 loss to Nice at their Stade de la Beaujoire at the weekend. Les Canaris suffered their first home defeat since August and it has to be noted that les Aiglons put an end to their five-game winning run on home soil. Nantes aim to get back on course quickly and we predict they will leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s football game against Angers. Les Scoistes have been slipping down the standings week by week and you should know that they are on an eight-game winless run in the French elite division ahead of the trip to Nantes. Les Canaries emerged triumphant in each of their previous four meetings with Angers in all competitions and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Claudio Ranieri’s charges. Following three consecutive wins over the likes of Nantes, Angers and Amiens, Rennes played out a 1-1 draw with Metz in their last league fixture. Les Rouges et Blancs are eyeing a place in European competitions and they are eager to grab something from Saturday’s football game against Paris Saint-Germain. Les Parisiens recorded a routine 3-1 win over Lille at the weekend, with the team bouncing back from a shocking loss to Strasbourg. The star-studded capital club are on the right track to regain the domestic trophy and a win over Rennes would see them move one step closer to meeting the goal. However, seeing that the hosts have been in a fine form of late, we predict the hosts are going to share the spoils with the league leaders. It has to be noted, though, that PSG emerged triumphant in each of their previous five meetings with Rennes in the French top flight. All eyes will be on Groupama Stadium when Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Both sides have slim chances of overtaking star-studded PSG in top position in the standings, but they are definitely capable of booking their place in the Champions League. Les Gones came from behind to beat Amiens on the road in their last league game and, unlike previous seasons, they have been producing better performance on the travels than on home soil in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. OM, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-0 win over ten-man Saint-Etienne and we predict they will stick to their attacking style of play in Sunday’s football game against Lyon. Both sides are likely to go for a win in the Ligue 1 derby and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Nice made a very slow start to the season, but they have been showings signs of improvement of late. Les Aiglons are on a three-game winning run in the Ligue 1 ahead of Sunday’s football match against Bordeaux and, no doubt, they regain a much-needed confidence. Mario Balotelli scored his ninth goal of the season in a come-from-behind win over Nantes at the weekend and the former Premier League ace is likely to prove a handful for Bordeaux defenders when the two teams face each other at Allianz Riviera. Les Girondins have been totally out of form of late and seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to newcomers Strasbourg, we predict the hosts will pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash. You should know that Nice defeated rock-bottom Metz (3-1) in their last home game in the national championship. Out-of-sorts Metz did well to share the spoils with Rennes in their last league match, but that did not help them escape the relegation zone. The rock-bottom side continue to struggle in the Ligue 1 and they are on an eleven-game winless run in the French top flight ahead of the trip to Montpellier. La Paillade, on the other hand, are undefeated in previous six league fixtures and they are sitting in the top half of the table ahead of Saturday’s football match. Montpellier are more of a team than Metz and seeing that les Grenats suffered four defeats in previous five away games in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Metz defeated Montpellier in each of their two meetings in the Ligue 1 last season and we predict Michel der Zakarian’s men are going to get their revenge on the Stade Saint-Symphorien outfit. Thanks to Maxwell Cornet’s late goal Olympique Lyon defeated Nancy in their Coupe de France opener at the weekend and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they host Angers at their Groupama Stadium on Matchday 20. Les Gones have been in a fine form of late and they are after their fifth consecutive win in the national championship. Lyon are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Angers are on a three-game losing on the road in the French top flight, we predict the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match against Bruno Genesio’s troops. Angers suffered a 2-0 loss to Lorient in the French Cup and seeing that they failed to score in previous three away games in the French top flight, the visitors are unlikely to spoil Lyon's party at Groupama Stadium. All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco and Nice face each other in a midweek fixture in Ligue 1. Les Rouges et Blancs dropped two points in a goalless draw with Montpellier at the weekend, but it has to be noted that coach Leonardo Jardim could not count on several first-team regulars for the clash. Top scorer Radamel Falcao remains in the recovery room and we predict that he is going to be sorely missed in Tuesday’s football match against Nice. Les Aiglons, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late and they did well to beat Amiens (1-0) in their last league fixture. Nice are eyeing a place in European competitions and seeing that the hosts head into the game with a severely-weakened squad, we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Louis II. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Nimes in the Coupe de France Saint Etienne managed to put an end to their 11-game winless run in all competitions. Les Verts now aim to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Toulouse on Matchday 20. Saint-Etienne have been playing below expectations in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, but Sunday’s football match against les Pitchouns could be the turning point for the hosts. Toulouse head into the relegation six-pointer following a 1-0 win over Nice in the French Cup and they are definitely capable of spoiling Saint-Etienne’s party at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The two relegation-threatened teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to play out a draw in Saint-Etienne. It has to be noted that les Verts failed to win previous five home games in the French elite division. After recording back-to-back wins over the likes of Angers and Amiens in previous two league fixtures, Nantes will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host PSG at their Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris have been impressive at the back of late and they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. However, preventing les Parisiens from scoring is easier said than done, meaning that the hosts will have to find the net against Unai Emery’s troops if they are to grab something from Sunday’s football match. PSG are eager to cement top position in the Ligue 1 standings and there is every chance coach Unai Emery is going to field the best possible side against Nantes. Neymar and Co. have been scoring goals for fun of late and, taking everything into account, we predict that they will extend their winning run in the national championship to four games. Olympique Marseille failed to impress in a Coupe de France game against Valenciennes (1-0), but they did well to crush Rennes (3-0) on the road in their last league match. OM are on the right track to finish the season in top four, but the team’s main goal is to book their place in the Champions League. Rudi Garcia’s men are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Tuesday’s football match against Strasbourg. Le Racing, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Metz and Guingamp in previous two league fixtures and it is no surprise they are seen as big underdogs in the Stade de Velodrome clash against Olympique Marseille. Over the years OM have turned their stadium into a real fortress and given Strasbourg’s poor form, home win should be considered. Dijon continue with their habit of producing fine performances at home ground, but they continue to struggle on the travels. The Mustards are on a five-game winning run on home soil in the Ligue 1 and they are likely to stick to stick to their attacking style of play in Saturday’s football match against Metz. Dijon aim to retain their spot in top ten, but the rock-bottom team should not be written off just yet. Back-to-back wins over the likes of Montpellier and Strasbourg gave les Grenats a confidence boost and it has to be noted that they head into the game against Dijon following a 4-2 win over Dunkerque in the Coupe de France. Metz have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to share the spoils with the Mustards on Matchday 20. Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Saturday’s football game between Caen and Lille. Caen are on a five-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and they have been slipping down the standings week by week. Patrice Garande’s team defeated Hazebrouck in the Coupe de France at the weekend and that certainly helped the team regain a much-needed confidence. Caen are eager to get back on course and they are likely to go all guns blazing at les Douges on Matchday 20. Lille, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Nice in their last league fixture, with the team extending their winless run in the French top flight to three games. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are eager to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that two teams are evenly matched at the moment, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Michel d’Ornano. Montpellier square off against Monaco at Stade de la Mosson on Matchday 20 in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. Montpellier defeated National 3 side Pontarlier on penalties in the Coupe de France at the weekend, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the football match against Monaco. La Paillade are eyeing a place in the Europa League and we believe that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach against Monaco. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to stay in the race for the Ligue 1 title and this has to go down as yet another must-win situation for Leonardo Jardim’s charges. The reigning champions are on a five-game winning run in all competitions ahead of the trip to Montpellier and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Rennes will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 6-1 loss to PSG in Coupe de France when they host Olympique Marseille at their Roazhon Park. Les Rouges et Noirs are on a three-game losing run in all competitions and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans some cheer. Rennes want to retain their spot in top ten, but they face an uphill task in Saturday’s football match against Olympique Marseille. Rudi Garcia’s men are eyeing a place in the Champions League and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Rennes. Dimitri Payet failed to impress in the Coupe de France win over Valenciennes at the weekend, but the former Premier League ace will be the man to watch in the away team. Seeing that the hosts are low on confidence following the embarrassing defeat to PSG, we predict the visitors will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash. Nice will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Amiens at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 20. Following four consecutive wins in the national championship, les Aiglons played out a 1-1 draw with Nice in their last league fixture, but, no doubt, they managed to get back on course. Nice are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict Mario Balotelli and Co. are going to give fans a reason for celebration this weekend. Amiens experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a heavy 6-0 loss to Sochaux in the Coupe de France at the weekend and they are unlikely to spoil Nice’s party at Allianz Riviera. Dijon and Rennes face each other at Stade Gaston-Gerard in the opening match of day 23 in the Ligue 1. Dijon have been struggling on the travels this season, but they have already recorded six wins at home in the 2017/2018 season and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Rennes. The Mustards are eager to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Friday’s football match. Les Rouges et Noirs have little to play for in the remainder of the season as they sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table and, taking everything into account, the hosts want this win more than the visitors. In their last meeting at Stade Gaston-Gerard in the French top flight Dijon emerged triumphant and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau will host Saturday’s football match between Nantes and Bordeaux. Following a 1-0 loss to league leaders PSG, Les Canaris played out a 1-1 draw with Toulouse in their last league fixture and, as a result, they remained in 5th position in the standings. Nantes are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their seventh home win of the season. Les Girondins, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Caen, but beating Nantes on the road is easier said than done. Brazilian rising star Malcom is still part of the team and he will be the man to watch in the away team. Bordeaux, though, have been struggling to find their best form of late and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. Toulouse will be looking to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Ligue 1 when they take on Troyes in the relegation six-pointer at their Stadium Municipal. Les Pitchouns sit in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Troyes and, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match. The game against Jean Louis Garcia’s men could be the turning point for Toulouse and we believe that the time has come for the hosts to return to winning ways in the French top flight. Troyes did well to beat Lille at home in their last league fixture, but their displays on the road leave a lot to be desired and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that les Pitchouns emerged triumphant (1-0) in the last meeting between the two teams at Stadium Municipal. Nice were on the verge of beating Monaco at Stade Louis II at the weekend, but Radamel Falcao eventually scored a late goal for the title holders and helped them pick up one point from the match (2-2). Anyhow, les Aiglons proved their worth in the draw with Leonardo Jardim’s troops and they will be looking to build on the performance when they welcome Saint-Etienne at their Allianz Riviera. Mario Balotelli scored a brace in Tuesday’s football match against Monaco, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Les Verts, on the other hand, did well to beat Toulouse at home at the weekend, but they were totally outplayed by rock-bottom side Metz in their last league match. Saint-Etienne obviously struggle on the travels and we predict that Nice will return to winning ways this weekend. In their last meeting at Allianz Riviera les Aiglons recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over les Verts and the history is likely to repeat itself. Sunday’s football game at Stade Louis II pits together Monaco and Metz, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Monaco aim to secure a top-four finish, whilst Metz are desperate to secure yet another top flight survival. Les Rouges et Blancs head into the match following a 2-2 draw with Nice and it has to be noted that they scored the equalizer in the dying minutes of the midweek game. Leonardo Jardim’s men aim to regain their spot in top three and we predict the title holders will go all guns blazing on Metz on Matchday 22. Les Grenats showed character in a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne at the weekend, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to avoid relegation to Ligue 2. Metz are tough to beat at home, but they are not regarded as good travelers and, taking everything into account, the relegation strugglers are likely to return home empty-handed. All eyes will be on Groupama Stadium when Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Lyon dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Angers at the weekend, but they proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Guingamp on Wednesday evening. Les Gones are eyeing a place in the Champions League and they are desperate to grab something from the classic against Unai Emery’s troops. Les Parisiens rolled over Dijon (8-0) in their last league match and thanks to the triumph they cemented top position in the Ligue 1 standings. A win over Lyon would see them move one step closer to regaining the trophy and we predict that both teams will go for a victory in Sunday’s football match. A lively contest is on the cards and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Following five consecutive defeats, Amiens played out a 1-1 draw with Montpellier in their last league fixture. Les Licornes are eager to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and Saturday’s football match against Guingamp could be the turning point for the hosts. Amiens failed to win previous three home games in the national championship and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the relegation-threatened team. Antoine Kombouare’s men did well to beat Strasbourg on the road at the weekend, but they failed to grab something from Wednesday’s clash against star-studded Olympique Lyon. Guingamp aim to get back on course and seeing that Amiens have been totally out of form of late, we predict that the visitors are going to grab something from the Stade de la Licorne clash. In their last three meetings in all competitions the two teams shared the spoils. Following back-to-back draws with likes of Monaco and Amiens, Montpellier will be aiming to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they welcome Toulouse at their Stade de la Mosson. La Paillade aim to retain their spot in top ten, whilst les Pitchouns are desperate to escape the relegation zone. Toulouse are not enjoying a season to remember and they are on a four-game winless run in the national championship ahead of the trip to Montpellier. The visitors want this win more than the hosts, but given their poor form, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Pascal Dupraz’s men. Montpellier are eyeing a place in European competitions and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Les Pitchouns defeated la Paillade in the first half of the season and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge. After coming from behind to beat Lille in midweek, Rennes will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Angers at their Roazhon Park. Les Rouges et Noirs sit in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings and they could even book a place in European competitions at the end of the season. Rennes faced a tough fixture list in January and December and it is no surprise they suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of PSG and Olympique Marseille in previous two home games. Angers, on the other hand, proved their worth in the relegation six-pointer against Troyes and it is more than obvious that they have found their best form. Les Scoistes are desperate to gab something from Saturday’s football match against Rennes and we predict that they are going to share the spoils with les Rouges et Noirs on Matchday 22. Lille will be looking to bounce back from a more than expected loss to Paris Saint-Germain when they face Dijon at Stade Gaston-Gerard. Les Dogues have been showing signs of improvement of late and the fact that they outplayed star-studded Olympique Lyon in their penultimate away game in the national championship is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football match. Anwar El Ghazi came as a substitute and scored in the 3-1 loss to les Parisiens and the former Ajax winger is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Dijon, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Guingamp in their last league match and that is probably the main reason why home win should not be considered. Lille have been in a fine form of late and we predict the visitors will return to winning ways this weekend. Lille and Strasbourg face each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Matchday 22. Lille aim to escape the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings, but they head into Sunday’s football game following back-to-back losses to the likes of Rennes and Troyes, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the hosts this time out. Les Dogues, though, produce much better displays at home ground than on the road and we would not be surprised if they grab something from Sunday’s clash. Strasbourg did well to put an end to their three-game losing run in the national championship at the weekend, with the team beating Dijon in front of home fans, but their away record is anything but perfect and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to share the spoils with Christophe Galtier’s men at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. After recording four consecutive wins in the Ligue 1, Olympique Marseille played out a 2-2 draw with Monaco in their last league match. Rudi Garcia’s men sit in third place in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Sunday’s football match against Metz, but les Rouges et Blancs are breathing down their neck. OM need to take every single game in the remainder of the season very seriously if they are to book their place in the Champions League and they are considered as hot favourites to win Sunday’s clash against les Grenats. The rock-bottom side did well to beat Nice at the weekend, but it has to be noted that les Aiglons finished the match with ten men on the field. Metz will have a much bigger fish to fry against Olympique Marseille and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Olympique Lyon and Amiens, Guingamp will be looking to get back on course in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Nantes at their Stade de Roudourou on Saturday evening. Guingamp sit in the middle of the table ahead of the visit of Nantes and, no doubt, a win over les Canaris will help them regain a much-needed confidence. Antoine Kombouare’s men outplayed the likes of Dijon and Saint-Etienne at home in December and they are definitely capable of matching Nantes in front of home fans. Les Canaris have been impressive at the back in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Stade de Roudourou clash. A low-scoring affair is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a goalless draw on Matchday 22. Buoyed by a 2-1 win over star-studded PSG, Olympique Lyon square off against Bordeaux at Stade Matmut-Atlantique in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Sunday’s program. Memphis Depay scored a late winner for les Gones in the triumph over the league leaders, but it has to be noted that les Parisiens were without Brazilian ace Neymar in the Ligue 1 derby. Anyhow, Lyon moved one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League and a win over Bordeaux will see them cement second position in the standings. Les Girondins did well to beat Nantes on the road in their last league fixture, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s football match against les Gones and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors, who proved their worth in the victory over Unai Emery’s troops at the weekend. Stade Raymond-Kopa will host Saturday’s football game between Angers and Amiens. Following a 3-1 win over Troyes, Angers suffered a 1-0 loss to Rennes in their last league match and, as a result, their Ligue 1 status is in great dangers. Les Scoistes are desperate to get back on course and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that they are going to grab something from the relegation six-pointer against Amiens. The newcomers are only three points clear of bottom three in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the trip to Angers and seeing that they suffered a loss in each of their last three away games in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this in this one. You should bear in mind that les Scoistes are eyeing their third consecutive win at their Stade Raymond-Kopa. As expected, Metz suffered a 3-1 loss to Monaco at Stade Louis II at the weekend, but they should not be looking for points in matches against the title-chasing teams. Les Grenats remain in the ultimate position in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that they face a must-win situation against Nice on Matchday 23. Metz made a very slow start to the season, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late and, in our opinion, they are definitely capable of matching les Aiglons at their Stade Saint-Symphorien. Nice, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought win over Saint-Etienne, with Wylan Cyprien scoring the winner for the Allianz Riviera outfit. Mario Balotelli failed to impress in the victory over les Verts, but the former Premier League star is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Metz. Seeing that les Grenats are tough to beat at home, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s football match. All eyes will be on Stade Velodrome when Olympique Marseille and Monaco face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. As things stand now, PSG are going to win the domestic trophy, but both Marseille and Monaco are determined to finish the season in second position in the standings and a lively contest is on the horizon. OM impressed in a 3-0 win at Rennes in their last league fixture and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Leonardo Jardim’s troops. The title holders recorded a routine 3-1 win over ten-man Metz at the weekend, but Sunday’s football match against Rudi Garcia’s men will be anything but a walk in the park for les Rouges et Blancs. A high-scoring affair is on the horizon and we predict that the two sides are going to play out a draw at Stade Velodrome on Matchday 22. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to bounce back from a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to their bitter rivals Olympique Lyon when they welcome Montpellier at their Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens were beaten by les Gones at the weekend, but they are still leading the chase for the Ligue 1 trophy. Brazilian ace Neymar missed the derby with a thigh injury, but he could recover in time to face Montpellier. The league leaders have been impressive at home ground this season and seeing that they hammered Dijon 8-0 in their last home game in the national championship, we predict that Unai Emery’s men are going to return to winning ways this weekend. La Paillade, on the other hand, recorded a very important 2-1 win over Toulouse in their last league fixture, but the capital club are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Michel der Zakarian’s troops than their previous rivals. Saint-Etienne footballers gave fans something to cheer about on January 14 when they defeated Toulouse at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, but the team then suffered yet another dip in form. Les Verts continue to struggle in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and, as a result, they are only one point clear of the relegation zone in the standings ahead of Matchday 23. Saturday’s football match against Caen is of big importance for the hosts and we predict that the relegation-threatened team will fight tooth and nail against Patrice Garande’s charges. Caen, on the other hand, are safe for now, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season as they are only five points clear of bottom three in the Ligue 1 table. Saint-Etienne produce much better displays at home than on the travels and seeing that they are desperate to escape the danger zone, home win should be considered. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Friday's football game between Saint-Etienne and Olympique Marseille. Les Verts sit in 12th position in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 25, but they are only four points clear of the relegation zone. Saint-Etienne's top flight status could be in great danger in the season finale and there is every chance they will fight tooth and nail against Olympique Marseille. Rudi Garcia's troops rolled over Metz (6-3) at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they retained second position in the Ligue 1 table. OM are eager to secure a top-four finish and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Saint-Etienne. Florian Thauvin scored a hat-trick in the 6-3 triumph over les Grenats and the pacey winger is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. A lively contest is on the cards, but we believe that the visitors are closer to picking up all three points from the match than the hosts. Thanks to a 3-0 win over Guingamp Nantes put an end to their three-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and thanks to the triumph they managed to keep their hopes of booking their place in European competitions alive. Les Canaris have been producing fine performance at home ground this season, but they have not been as impressive on the travels. Anyhow, seeing that Caen head into Sunday’s football match following back-to-back losses to the likes of Olympique Marseille and Saint-Etienne, we predict that the visitors are going to grab something from the Stade Michel d’Ornano clash. Patrice Garande’s men have been totally out of form of late and it has to be noted that they recorded only one win in previous nine league fixtures. Taking everything into account, we believe that Caen and Nantes are going to share the spoils on Matchday 24. Metz will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 6-3 loss to Olympique Marseille when they face Montpellier on Matchday 25. Les Grenats sit in the last position in the Ligue 1 standings, seven points behind the safe zone, thus this has to go down as yet another must-win game for the rock-bottom side. Metz have been struggling on the travels this season, but they are on a three-game winning run at home and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will pick up all three points from Saturday's football match. La Paillade did well to beat Angers in their last league match, but they are not regarded as good travelers, therefore, we believe that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be emphasized that les Grenats defeated the likes of Nice, Saint-Etienne and Strasbourg in previous three home games in the national championship. Rennes play host to Guingamp at their Roazhon Park on day 24 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and, with only two points separating the two teams in the standings, a close encounter is on the horizon. Sabri Lamouchi’s troops aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Dijon and you should know that they are eyeing their sixth home win of the season. Guingamp, on the other hand, suffered a serious dip in form and they are on a four-game losing run in all competitions ahead of Sunday’s football match. Antoine Kombouare’s men have been struggling on the travels of late and seeing that over the years Rennes have turned their Roazhon Park into a real fortress, we predict that the hosts are going to return to winning ways in the national championship this weekend. Guingamp defeated Rennes in the first half of the season, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. After suffering a shocking 2-1 loss to Metz at the weekend, Nice will be aiming to get back on course in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Toulouse at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 24. Les Aiglons were beaten by the rock-bottom side at Stade Saint-Symphorien, but it has to be emphasized that midfielder Lees Melou was sent off in the 38th minute of the match. The French footballer misses the Toulouse game through suspension, but Swiss tactician Lucien Favre has a number of top-class players to choose from and seeing that Nice are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match against Toulouse. Les Pitchouns are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they suffered a loss in each of their last six away games in the French top flight, we believe that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Lille did remarkably well to get their revenge on Strasbourg for a loss in the Coupe de France, with the team beating le Racing in the national championship at the weekend. Les Dogues put an end to their three-game losing run in all competitions and thanks to the 2-1 win over Strasbourg they escaped the relegation zone. Lille undisputedly deserve to be a part of the French top flight, but they will have to prove their worth on the field themselves in order to avoid relegation to Ligue 2. Les Dogues face an uphill task in Saturday’s football match against PSG and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the high-flying league leaders. Les Parisiens will be without suspended full-back Dani Alves against Lille, but seeing that Unai Emery’s men have been scoring goals for fun in the French elite division of late, we predict that the star-studded capital club will cement top position in the Ligue 1 standings. Amiens and Saint-Etienne, the two relegation-threatened sides, face each other at Stade de la Licorne on Matchday 24. Les Licornes do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, with the team recording only one win in previous eight league fixtures, but the fact that they defeated Guingamp in their last home game in the French top flight is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Saint-Etienne. Les Verts desperately needed a win against Caen at the weekend and they managed to get one. Jean-Louis Gasset’s men have been producing fine performances on home soil of late, but they suffered a loss in each of their last six games on the road and we do not believe that away win should be considered. There will be fireworks when the two teams face each other at Stade de la Licorne and, taking everything into account, we predict that one goal will separate the two sides in Saturday’s football match. Stade de la Meinau will host Saturday’s football match between Strasbourg and Bordeaux, the two teams who sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 standings. Strasbourg have been struggling on the road in the 2017/2018 season, but they are tough to beat at home and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Bordeaux. Le Racing recorded three wins in previous four home games in the national championship and we predict that they are going to find the net in Saturday’s clash. Les Girondins, on the other hand, recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Nantes and Olympique Lyon in last two league fixtures and they aim to keep on climbing the standings. Both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Stade de la Meinau game and we are positive that fans are going to witness a real football festival. As expected, Montpellier suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes at the weekend, but they are definitely capable of beating Angers at home ground. La Paillade aim to retain their spot in top ten and seeing that les Scoistes often struggle on the travels, it is no surprise the hosts are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s football match. Michel der Zakarian’s men defeated Toulouse 2-1 in their last home game in the French top flight and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Angers, on the other hand, are a team with two faces. Stephane Moulin’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their displays on the road leave a lot to be desired and you should bear in mind that les Scoistes are on a seven-game winless run, speaking of away games. As expected, Strasbourg suffered a heavy 5-2 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes in their last league match, but the newcomers should not be looking for points in matches against the title-chasing teams. Le Racing are only four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Friday’s football match against Montpellier, meaning that the game is of big importance for the hosts. It is well known that Strasbourg are tough to beat at home, but beating La Paillade, who are eyeing a place in European competitions, is easier said than done. Montpellier produced a fine performance against Guingamp at the weekend, but they eventually picked up only one point from the match. La Paillade suffered only one loss in previous eight league fixtures, with the team losing to PSG in Paris and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to grab something from Friday’s clash against Strasbourg. After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Udinese, Milan did remarkably well to crush SPAL (4-0) at Stadio Paolo Mazza in their last league match. The Rossoneri are determined to book their place in European competitions, thus they face yet another must-win situation against Sampdoria. Genaro Gatusso's men are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of La Samp and seeing that Marco Giampaolo's troops often struggle on the travels, we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in Sunday's football match. Italian rising star Patrick Cutrone scored a brace in the 4-0 win over Milan, meaning that the opposition back-line should have him at bay. The Rossoneri defeated Lazio in their last fixture at Stadio San Siro and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced attacker Fabio Quagliarella, who has netted 17 goals in the Serie A so far this term. Troyes and Dijon face each other at Stade de l’Aube in a postponed fixture. Troyes did well to pick up all three points from Saturday’s relegation six-pointer against Metz, with the team moving away from bottom three. Troyes’ top flight status, though, is still in great danger and they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to secure yet another elite division survival. As expected, Dijon suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Monaco in their last league match, with the team extending their losing run on the road to seven games. Dijon’s displays on the travels leave a lot to be desired and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Troyes. When the two teams met at Stade de l’Aube in Ligue 2 four years ago Troyes recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Dijon. Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over rock-bottom Metz, Montpellier will be looking to regain their spot in top five when they take on Guingamp at their Stade de la Mosson. La Paillade are eyeing their third consecutive win at home in the national championship, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The 2017/2018 season has been a mixed bag for Guingamp to date and, as a result, they sit in tenth position in the Ligue 1 standings. The visitors have been impressive at the back of late and you should bear in mind that they are after their third straight clean sheet in the French elite division. When the two teams met in Guingamp earlier this term they played out a goalless draw and we predict that they are going to play out a low-scoring draw at Stade de la Mosson. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 wn over Lille on Matchday 22 Troyes put an end to their three-game losing run in the Ligue 1, but their celebration did not last long. Jean Louis Garcia’s men suffered a 1-0 loss to Toulouse in the relegation six-pointer at the weekend and, as a result, they remained in bottom three in the Ligue 1 standings. Troyes are determined to secure yet another top flight survival and Saturday’s football match against Dijon is of huge importance for the relegation strugglers. The Mustards, on the other hand, recorded a 2-1 win over Rennes at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they managed to escape the danger zone. Dijon are tough to beat at home, but they are on a six-game losing run on the road in the national championship and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Troyes. Against all odds, Olympique Lyon suffered a 2-0 loss to Rennes at their Groupama Stadium in their last league match. As a result, les Gones are now four points behind the Champions League berth, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for them. Bruno Genesio’s troops are on a three-game losing run in the French elite division ahead of the trip to Lille, but seeing that they have already recorded eight wins on the road so far this term, we are tempted to put our money on Mariano Diaz and Co. this time out. Les Dogues are fighting hard to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but we do not believe that they should be looking for points in the match against the French giants. You should know that in their last meeting at Stade Pierre-Mauroy Lyon recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lille. Despite producing a fine defensive display against PSG at the weekend, Toulouse eventually suffered a 1-0 loss to les Parisiens in front of home fans. Toulouse’s Ligue 1 status remains in great danger, but a win over Amiens in Saturday’s football match could see les Pitchouns escape the danger zone in the standings. Mickael Debeve’s men did well to beat Nice in their last away game in the national championship and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Amiens. Les Licornes, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in the French top flight ahead of the visit of Toulouse, meaning that Saturday’s clash is of huge importance for both sides. With only one point separating the two teams in the Ligue 1 standings, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils on Matchday 26. Caen and Rennes, the two teams who sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table, face each other at Stade Michel d’Ornano on Matchday 26. Caen have been struggling at home ground of late, with the team recording only one win in previous five home games in the national championship. However, the fact that they defeated Nantes 3-2 in their last home match in the French elite division is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Rennes. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, did well to spoil Lyon’s party at Groupama Stadium at the weekend, with the team beating les Gones 2-0. Rennes put an end to their three-game losing run in all competitions and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. The visitors aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but beating Caen on the road is easier said than done, therefore, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s football match. After suffering three consecutive defeats in the Ligue 1, Nice will be looking to give fans some cheer when they host Nantes at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 26. Les Aiglons have been having their ups and downs in the 2017/2018 season, but we believe that the time has come for Mario Balotelli and Co. to get back on course. Nice are eyeing a place in European competitions and considering that a win over Nantes could see them climb to seventh place in the standings, we predict that the hosts are going to leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s football match. Nantes were on the verge of beating Lille in front of home fans at the weekend, but les Dogues eventually scored a late equalizer and grabbed something from the game. Les Canaris are tough to beat at home, but they have not been as impressive on the travels this term and that is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Stade Raymond-Kopa will host Saturday’s football match between Angers and Saint-Etienne. Angers experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Monaco in their last league fixture and, as a result, their Ligue 1 status is in great danger. Les Scoistes are desperate to bounce back from the heavy defeat and they are definitely capable of matching Saint-Etienne in front of home fans. Les Verts, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late as they shared the spoils with Olympique Marseille following back-to-back wins over Caen and Amiens. Saint-Etienne, though, are not regarded as good travelers, so we would not be surprised if they return home empty-handed. Les Scoistes failed to beat les Verts in previous seven meetings between the two teams, but we predict that the hosts are going to put an end to the negative trend. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to get their revenge on Strasbourg for a 2-1 loss at Stade de la Meinau in the first half of the season when the two teams face each other at Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens aim to get their job done in the Ligue 1 as soon as possible and we predict that the league leaders are going to go all guns blazing at Strasbourg on Matchday 25. Edinson Cavani was rested in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Toulouse, but the Uruguay attacker should lead the line for the hosts this time out. Le Racing are a team with two faces, they are tough to beat at home, but their away record is anything but good, so we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the star-studded capital club in Saturday’s football match. In their last home game in the French top flight PSG recorded a 4-0 win over Montpellier. There will be fireworks when Troyes and Metz face each other at Stade de l’Aube in the relegation six-pointer. Troyes have been struggling to find their best form of late and, as a result, they sit in the penultimate position in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Saturday’s football match. Jean Louis Garcia’s men are eyeing their sixth home win of the season, but the game against Metz, who are totally unpredictable, will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Les Grenats suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Marseille and Montpellier in previous two league fixtures, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from Saturday’s clash against fellow relegation-threatened team. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we are positive that they are going to play out a draw at Stade de l’Aube on Matchday 26. Stade de la Meinau will host Sunday's football match between Strasbourg and Troyes. Strasbourg aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Lille and Bordeaux and we predict that they are going to go all guns blazing at Troyes. Le Racing are only two points clear of bottom three ahead of the relegation six-pointer, meaning that they will almost certainly leave their hearts on the field. Strasbourg have been producing fine performances at home this season and seeing that Jean Louis Garcia's men suffered a loss in each of their last seven away games in the French elite division, we are positive that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday's clash. You should bear in mind that Troyes conceded 10 goals in last four away matches in the national championship and that is yet another reason why there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Monaco will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Angers when they host Dijon at their Stade Louis II on Friday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs failed to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages, meaning that they will be fully focused on the national championship in the remainder of the season. Leonardo Jardim’s troops have been scoring goals for fun of late and seeing that Dijon’s away record is anything but good, we predict that the reigning champions are going to pick up all three points from Friday’s football match. Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men have been impressive at home ground this term, but they are on a six-game losing run on the road at the moment and we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of spoiling Monaco’s party at Stade Louis II. Stevan Jovetic scored a brace for Monaco against Angers, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Stade Matmut-Atlantique will host Sunday’s football match between Bordeaux and Nice. After recording four consecutive wins in the Ligue 1, les Girondins suffered a 1-0 loss to Olympique Marseille in their last league fixtures. Bordeaux, though, remained in the top half of the standings and a win over Nice will see them move a little closer to the Europa League berth. Les Girondins suffered a 1-0 loss to les Aiglons in the first half of the season, meaning that they are hungry for revenge. Nice, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Nantes at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in all competitions to five games. Seeing that Mario Balotelli and Co. are still playing on two fronts, we predict that Bordeaux, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home, are going to return to winning ways in the French top flight. All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco and Olympique Lyon face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Rouges et Blancs head into Sunday’s football match following a 2-2 draw with Olympique Marseille and they aim to extend their unbeaten run in the league to nine games. Leonardo Jardim’s men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against les Gones and we predict that they are going to find the net on Matchday 24. Lyon suffered an upsetting 3-1 loss to Bordeaux at the weekend, but they remained in second position in the standings. Les Girondins put an end to Lyon’s seven-game winning run on the road and seeing that Monaco are tough to beat at home, we do not believe that away win should be considered. Les Rouges et Blancs are eager to secure a top-three finish and we believe that there is a certain value in betting on the hosts. Strasbourg will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Olympique Marseille when they welcome Dijon at their Stade de la Meinau on Saturday evening. Le Racing aim to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Dijon. Strasbourg are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they suffered only one loss in previous seven home games in the French top flight. The Mustards, on the other hand, are a team with two faces. They are tough to beat at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired. Dijon experienced all sorts of problems in an 8-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes in midweek and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Strasbourg’s party at Stade de la Meinau on Matchday 22. Allianz Riviera will host Friday's football match between Nice and Lille, who do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Nice played out a goalless draw with Bordeaux at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in Ligue 1 to five games, whilst Les Dogues failed to win previous four league matches. Mario Balotelli and Co. are eyeing a place in European competitions, therefore, we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Lille on Matchday 28. Christophe Galtier's men are fighting hard to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but beating Nice at Allianz Riviera is easier said than done. Les Aiglons are a real force to be reckoned with at home and there is every chance they will emerge triumphant in Friday's clash. You should bear in mind that Nice are after their eighth home win of the season. There will be fireworks when Olympique Lyon and Saint-Etienne face each other in the local derby at Groupama Stadium. Les Gones dropped a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Lille at the weekend and, as a result, they are six points behind the Champions League berth in the Ligue 1 standings. Bruno Genesio’s men face a must-win situation in Sunday’s football match against les Verts and we predict that they are going to get back on course in the national championship. Pacey winger Traore scored a brace in the 2-2 draw with Lille, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Saint-Etienne are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from the Derby du Rhone. It is important to note that les Verts have already suffered eight defeats on the road in the 2017/2018 season. After sharing the spoils with the likes of Caen and Montpellier, Guingamp will be looking to start a new winning run in the Ligue 1 when they host Metz at their Stade du Roudourou. Antoine Kombouare’s men are still sitting in the middle of the table, but they are only five points behind fifth-placed Nantes. Guingamp aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth and that they are going to pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match. The rock-bottom side, on the other hand, have slim chances of securing yet another Ligue 1 survival and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting Antoine Kombouare’s team at Stade du Roudorou. You should bear in mind that les Grenats are on a four-game losing run in all competitions at the moment, with the team failing to score in previous two league fixtures. Dijon will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 4-0 loss to Monaco when they welcome Caen at their Stade Gaston-Gerard in Saturday’s football match. The Mustards have been struggling on the travels this season, but they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Dijon are eyeing their ninth home win of the season and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Patrice Garande’s troops. Caen are on a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, but seeing that Dijon have been scoring goals for fun at their Stade Gaston-Gerard this term, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A man to watch in the home team will be Julio Tavares, who has netted nine goals in the French top flight so far this term. When the two teams met at Stade Michel D’Ornano in the first half of the season Caen recorded a 2-1 win over Dijon, thus the hosts are hungry for revenge. PSG will be aiming to cement top position in the Ligue 1 standings with a win over Olympique Marseille at their Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens are undisputedly the team to beat in the French top flight this term and they are on the right track to regain the domestic trophy. Coach Unai Emery can count on his star players for Sunday’s football match and seeing that PSG have turned their Parc des Princes into a real fortress, we predict that the league leaders are going to extend their winning run in the national championship to five games. OM, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bordeaux in their last league match, with the team moving one step closer to securing a top-three finish. Marseille are determined to book their place in the Champions League, but they will have a big fish to fry in Sunday’s derby against the star-studded capital club. After coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with star-studded Lyon, Lille will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they welcome Angers at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Les Dogues are determined to secure yet another top flight survival and seeing that they are only one point clear of bottom three, Saturday’s football match against Angers is of big importance for the hosts. Les Scoistes, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in the national championship and they are certainly low on confidence ahead of the trip to Lille. Both teams are likely to leave their hearts on the field in the relegation six-pointer, therefore, we predict that both sides are going to find the net in the Stade Pierre-Mauroy clash. Lille and Angers played out a 1-1 draw in the first half of the season and we believe that the history is likely to repeat itself. Thanks to a 2-1 win over Lille Nice put an end to their five-game winless run in the Ligue 1, but les Aiglons need to keep on raising their form if they are to book their place in European competitions. Nice obviously produce much better showings on home soil than on the travels, but seeing that their next rivals Guingamp suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Angers in their last league match, the visitors are definitely capable of picking up all three points from Sunday's football game. Antoine Kombouare's men are seven points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Nice, thus they should be happy with one point from the game. However, Mario Balotelli, who has netted 14 goals in the Ligue 1 so far this term, and his teammates want this win more than the hosts, which is the main reason why away win should be considered. Olympique Lyon will be looking to stay in the race for a place in the Champions League with a win over Caen at their Groupama Stadium. Les Gones are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they dropped five points in previous two home games against Rennes and Saint Etienne. However, Bruno Genesio's men missed a number of clear-cut chances to score in the 2-0 loss to Rennes, with les Verts scoring a late equalizer in the local derby to spoil Lyon's party at Groupama Stadium. Caen, on the other hand, recorded a 2-0 win over Strasbourg in their last league match, but les Gones are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. It is well known that Caen struggle on the travels and seeing that they recorded only one win in previous nine away games in the French top flight, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday's football match. Dijon play host to Amiens at their Stade Gaston-Gerard on Matchday 29. The Mustards are undefeated in previous three league fixtures, with the team holding Saint-Etienne to a 2-2 draw at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in their last league match. Dijon are on a nine-game winless run on the road in the national championship, but they have been impressive on home soil so far this term, which is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday's football game. Les Licornes aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Rennes, but seeing that they recorded only one win in previous 13 games in all competitions, we predict that the Mustards will pick up all three points from the Stade Gaston-Gerard clash. Dijon aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday's clash against the relegation-threatened side. Paris Saint-Germain rolled over Metz (5-0) at the weekend and, no doubt, they will be fully focused on the national championship in the remainder of the season. Unai Emery's troops aim to get their job done in the French top flight as soon as possible and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Angers in Wednesday's football match. Les Scoistes, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late. After recording back-to-back wins over the likes of Lille and Guingamp, they played out a goalless draw with Bordeaux at the weekend. Angers are after their third consecutive clean sheet in Ligue 1, but given PSG's impressive home record, we are tempted to put our money on the league leaders this time out. In Neymar's absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Edinson Cavani. Toulouse were on the verge of suffering a loss to rock-bottom Metz at the weekend, but thanks to Kelvin Amian's late goal les Pitchouns eventually picked up one point from the match. Mickael Debeve's men will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday's football game against Olympique Marseille and seeing that they are on a four-game winless run in the national championship, home win should not be considered. Rudi Garcia's men, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the Champions League and a win over Toulouse will see them move one step closer to securing a top-three finish. Florin Thauvin has been in a terrific form in the second half of the season, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Olympique Marseille suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to star-studded PSG in their last league match, but we predict that they are going to beat the relegation strugglers at Stadium Municipal. Nantes will be aiming to stay in the race for a place in European competitions with a win over Troyes at their Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris are on a five-game winless run in the Ligue 1 ahead of Saturday's football match and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against the relegation-threatened side. Nantes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they suffered a dip in form, with the team failing to win previous four home fixtures in the national championship. Troyes, on the other hand, failed to take advantage of the fact that PSG played with a severely-weakened squad in Saturday's clash at Stade de l'Aube, with the team losing to the league leaders 2-0. Jean Louis Garcia's men failed to find the net in previous three league fixtures and, as a result, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Bordeaux will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Monaco when they welcome Angers at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Matchday 29. Les Girondins extended their winless run in the Ligue 1 to three games at the weekend, but Saturday's football match against Angers could be the turning point for the hosts, who are eyeing a place in European competitions. Bordeaux are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that Angers outclassed Guingamp 3-0 in their last league fixture, we are tempted to put our money on Gustavo Poyet's charges. Les Scoistes, on the other hand, have found their best form of late, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Lille and Guingamp in previous two league fixtures, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Saturday's clash against Bordeaux, who are eyeing their seventh home win of the season. After holding Lyon to a 2-2 draw on Matchday 26, Lille suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Angers and Nice in previous two league fixtures. Les Dogues once again dropped to the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that Saturday's football match against Montpellier could be crucial for the hosts in their battle for survival. Lille are on a five-game winless run in the national championship, but we predict that they are going to give fans some cheer this weekend as a victory over La Paillade should see them move away from bottom two. Montpellier have been producing fine performances in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and, as a result, they sit in sixth place in the standings ahead of the trip to Lille. When the two teams met at Stade de la Mosson in the first half of the season la Paillade recorded a 3-0 win over les Dogues, thus the hosts are hungry for revenge. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Metz at the weekend Troyes put an end to their three-game losing run in the Ligue 1. Les Rouges et Noirs gave fans something to cheer about and they will be looking to move away from the danger zone with a victory over Rennes on Matchday 27. Jean Louis Garcia’s troops, though, have been struggling on the road in the 2017/2018 season and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the relegation-threatened team. Rennes, on the other hand, failed to build on a splendid 2-0 win over Lyon, with the team sharing the spoils with Caen in their last league fixtures. Les Rouges et Noirs are eyeing a place in European competitions and given Troyes’ poor away record, we predict that the hosts are going return to winning ways in the national championship this weekend. Stadium Municipal will host Saturday’s football match between Toulouse and Monaco. Les Pitchouns head into the game following a goalless draw with Amiens and you should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals were scored in each of their last four league fixtures. Toulouse aim to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against Leonardo Jardim’s troops. The title holders, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run in the national championship, with the team scoring goals for fun of late. Les Rouges et Blancs are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against les Pitchouns and seeing that they have already suffered elimination in European competitions, we predict that the visitors are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. You should bear in mind that Monaco are eyeing their third consecutive win over Toulouse in the French top flight. Saturday's football game at Parc des Princes pits together Paris Saint-Germain and Metz, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the second half of the season. Les Parisiens aim to regain the domestic trophy, whilst les Grenats are desperate to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival. Despite the fact that Unai Emery's team were without Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe against Troyes at the weekend, they did well to beat the relegation strugglers at Stade de l'Aube, with the team moving one step closer to winning the domestic trophy. PSG have been impressive at home ground this season and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up against Metz, we predict that the league leaders are going to extend their winning run in the French top flight to seven games. Les Grenats, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that they are unlikely to spoil PSG's party at Parc des Princes. Nantes did well to hold Nice to a 1-1 draw at Allianz Riviera at the weekend, but they extended their winless run in the Ligue 1 to three games. Les Canaris occupy fifth position in the standings ahead of Saturday’s football match against Amiens and they are certainly eyeing a place in European competitions. It is well known that Nantes have turned their Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau into a real fortress and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s clash. Amiens, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Toulouse in their last league fixture, with the team putting an end to their three-game losing run in the French top flight. The team’s Ligue 1 status is in great danger, but given Nantes’ impressive home recorded, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fontenau game. Nantes were producing splendid displays in the first half of the season, but they have not been as impressive in the Ligue 1 in 2018. Les Canaris recorded only one win in previous five league fixtures and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Lille. Nantes aim to keep their hopes of booking their place in European competitions alive and they are definitely capable of beating the relegation strugglers in front of home fans. Despite producing a fine display in Saturday's football match against PSG, les Dogues eventually suffered a 3-0 loss to the league leaders. Lille's top flight status is in great danger, but given their poor away record, we predict that the hosts are going to return to winning ways in the French elite division this term. Nantes failed to score in previous four meetings with Lille in all competitions, but the time has come for les Dogues to put an end to the negative trend. Monaco will be looking to build on a hard-fought 3-2 win over Olympique Lyon when they face Angers at Stade Raymond-Kopa on Saturday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs are determined to book their place in the Champions League and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday's football game against Angers. Leonardo Jardim's men showed character in the 3-2 victory over Les Gones as winger Keita Balde was sent off in the 44th minute of the match and, no doubt, the visitors are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Angers. Les Scoistes suffered a 2-1 loss to Montpellier in their last league match in the national championship and despite the fact that they are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on the title holders. A man to watch in the away team will be Colombian international Radamel Falcao, who has been scoring goals for fun this term. Following a thrilling 2-1 win over star-studded PSG Olympique Lyon suffered a dip in form. Les Gones were beaten by Bordeaux on Matchday 23 and, to make things even worse, they failed to grab something from Sunday's football match against ten-man Monaco. As a result, Bruno Genesio's men dropped to fourth position in the standings, but a win over Rennes will certainly help the team regain a much-needed confidence. Les Gones are likely to go all-out attack against les Rouges et Noirs and seeing that the visitors are on a three-game losing run in all competitions, we predict that Lyon are going to get back on course this weekend. Mariano Diaz scored his 14th goal of the season in the 3-2 loss to Monaco and the former Real Madrid attacker will be the man to watch in the home team. Taking everything into account, home win should be considered. Thanks to a 3-0 win over Lille Paris Saint-Germain moved one step closer to regaining the Ligue 1 title, but coach Unai Emery must warn his men against complacency. Les Parisiens will be with one eye on the Champions League clash against Real Madrid when they face Toulouse at Stadium Municipal, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that the league leaders are going to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to three matches. PSG are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and we do not believe that les Pitchouns are capable of claiming a major scalp on Matchday 25. Toulouse did well to record back-to-back wins over the likes of Troyes and Nice in previous two league fixtures, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Saturday's football match against the capital club. After suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Toulouse and Metz, Nice will be looking to give fans some cheer when they face Dijon at Stade Gaston-Gerard. Les Aiglons are eyeing a place in European competitions and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday's football match against Dijon. Nice need to get back on course as soon as possible if they are to book their place in the Europa League and the game against the Mustards could be the turning point for the visitors. Dijon are a team with two faces, they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their performances on the travels leave a lot to be desired. Nice are more of a team than Dijon, but seeing that Stade Gaston-Gerard will host Saturday's clash, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils on Matchday 25. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win at Rennes Guingamp managed to put an end to their three-game losing run in the Ligue 1. Antoine Kombouare's men sit in the top half of the table ahead of Matchday 25, but they are only two points clear of their next rivals Caen. Patrice Garande's charges did well to beat Nantes (3-2) at home in their last league fixture, with the team bouncing back from two consecutive defeats to the likes of Olympique Marseille and Saint-Etienne. Guingamp and Caen seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils in Saturday's football match. The two teams played out a goalless draw in the first half of the season and you should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last five meetings in all competitions. Caen will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Olympique Lyon and Angers when they welcome Montpellier at their Stade Michel d'Ornano on Matchday 31. Patrice Garande's charges sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table ahead of Sunday's football match against Montpellier, but they are only six points clear of the relegation zone. Caen need to take April league fixtures very seriously as their Ligue 1 status could be in great danger if they extend their losing run. La Paillade, on the other hand, shared the spoils with each of their previous five rivals in the French top flight. Montpellier sit in seventh place in the table ahead of the trip to Caen, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we predict Patrice Garande's men are going to emerge triumphant in the Stade Michel d'Ornano clash. All eyes will be on Stade Geoffroy-Guichard when Saint-Etienne and PSG face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Verts have been in a fine form in the second half of the season and they head into Friday's football match following back-to-back wins over the likes of Guingamp and Nantes. Saint-Etienne are only three points behind fifth-placed Montpellier and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against the star-studded capital club. PSG, on the other hand, have already suffered elimination in the Champions League, meaning that they will be fully focused on the national championship in the season finale. A win over Saint-Etienne could see les Parisiens clinch the domestic trophy, but seeing that key player Neymar has yet to recover from a serious injury, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Matchday 32. Rennes and Monaco face each other at Roazhon Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Matchday 31 in the Ligue 1. Rennes sit in fifth position in the standings, whilst Monaco cemented second position with a win over Lille at their Stade Louis II. Les Rouges et Noirs recorded three wins in previous four league fixtures and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of the reigning champions. Both sides are likely to go for a win in Wednesday's football match and we predict that both Rennes and Monaco are going to find the net in the midweek fixture. Stevan Jovetic has found his goal-scoring touch of late and the Montenegro international, who scored the winner against Lille, will be the man to watch in the away team. Speaking of the home team, the opposition defenders should have Wahbi Khazri at bay. Stade du Roudourou will host Sunday's football game between Guingamp and Bordeaux, the two teams who do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Guingamp are on a three-game losing run in the Ligue 1, with the team recording their last win in the national championship back on February 4. Antoine Kombouare's men are eager to get back on course, but the game against Bordeaux will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Les Girondins have been totally out of form of late as well, with the team failing to win previous five league fixtures. Gustavo Poyet's troops failed to score in four of their last five league games and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Stade du Roudourou clash. It has to be noted that the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in their last meeting in Guingamp. Bordeaux will be aiming to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 when they take on Amiens at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Matchday 25. Les Girondins have found their best form of late and it seems as if the club chiefs made a right decision when they kept hold of Brazilian starlet Malcom. Bordeaux are high on confidence ahead of Saturday's football match against Amiens and we predict that they are going to record their fourth consecutive win in the national championship. Les Licornes aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Angers and Saint-Etienne, but we do not believe that the relegation-threatened team are going to spoil Bordeaux's party at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. When the two teams met at Stade de la Licorne in the first half of the season Bordeaux recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Amiens, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Sunday's football match at Stade de l'Aube pits together Troyes and Nice, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. Troyes are eager to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, whilst Nice are eyeing a place in European competitions. Jean Louis Garcia's men have been totally out of form of late, with the team failing to win previous five league fixtures. The relegation-threatened team have been struggling in front of goal in recent weeks and we do not believe that they are capable of beating Nice on Matchday 31. Les Aiglons, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to PSG in their last league match , but seeing that they outplayed the likes of Lille and Guingamp earlier in March, we predict that Mario Balotelli and Co. are going to pick up all three points from Sunday's clash against the out-of-sorts hosts. Nantes will be looking to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they host Saint-Etienne at their Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau on Matchday 31. Les Canaris are undefeated in previous three league fixtures and a win over Saint-Etienne could see them climb to fifth place in the standings. Nantes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but seeing that les Verts have been in a fine form of late, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Saint-Etienne chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window and their decision has already proving fruitful. Les Verts are now sitting in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings and seeing that they are undefeated in previous eight league fixtures, we predict that they are going to grab something from Sunday's football match against les Canaris. Lille and Amiens face each other at Stade-Pierre Mauroy in the Ligue 1 relegation six-pointer. Les Dogues are on a seven-game winless run in the French top flight and, as a result, they dropped to the relegation zone in the standings. However, a win over Amiens in Sunday's football match will see Christophe Galtier's troops move away from bottom three. Lille faced a tough fixture list in March and February, but they should pick up a lot of points from upcoming games against Amiens, Bordeaux and Guingamp. Les Licornes are on a three-game winless in the French top flight, but, no doubt, they should be happy with one point from the relegation six-pointer against Lille. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and seeing that only three points separate them in the Ligue 1 table, we predict that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 31. After suffering a heart-breaking loss to Olympique Lyon, Olympique Marseille will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they square off against Dijon at Stade Gaston-Gerard. OM are determined to book their place in the Champions League and seeing that les Gones are breathing down their neck in the Ligue 1 standings, we predict the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday's football match against Dijon. The Mustards, though, have been in a fine form of late, with the team being on a five-game unbeaten run in the French top flight. Dijon did well to hold Montpellier to a 2-2 draw at Stade de la Mosson on Matchday 30 and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Marseille game. The Mustards are tough to beat at home and you should bear in mind that they are undefeated in previous nine home games in the French elite division. Nice will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Troyes when they welcome Rennes at their Allianz Riviera on Matchday 32. Les Aiglons are eyeing a place in European competitions and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Rennes in Sunday's football game. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, were not into action at the weekend, but seeing that they have been in a fine form in 2018, the visitors are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Nice game. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we predict they are going to play out a draw this weekend. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be controversial attacker Mario Balotelli, who has netted 14 goals in the French top flight so far this term and we believe that he is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Stade Raymond-Kopa will host Friday’s football game between Angers and Nice. Angers dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Strasbourg at the weekend, with le Racing scoring the equalizer from the penalty spot in the second half of the match. Les Scoistes are seven points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Nice and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. Les Aiglons, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Rennes at the weekend and they will be looking to get back on course in the national championship on Matchday 33. Seeing that the game will be played at Stade Raymond-Kopa, we predict the two teams are going to play out a draw. When the two teams met at Allianz Riviera in the first half of the season they played out a 2-2 draw. Following back-to-back losses to the likes of Caen and Monaco, Strasbourg played out a 2-2 draw with Toulouse in their last league match. Le Racing were producing fine displays in the first half of the season, but they do not seem to be on top of their game in 2018. As a result, they are only three points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Sunday's football match against Metz, meaning that a win is a must for the hosts. Les Grenats, on the other hand, are with one foot in the French second tier and they are totally out of confidence ahead of the trip to Strasbourg. Le Racing are a real force to be reckoned with at home, which is yet another reason why we predict they are going to emerge triumphant in the Stade de la Meinau clash. Metz outclassed Strasbourg (3-0) in the first half of the season, thus the hosts are hungry for revenge. Monaco have no chance of defending their Ligue 1 title, but they are determined to prolong PSG's celebration as much as possible. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to clinch second place in the standings and they will be looking to extend their winning run at home to six matches when they host Nantes at their Stade Louis II. Leonardo Jardim's troops are enjoying yet another successful season and seeing that they have already suffered elimination in European competitions, we predict that the reigning champions are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Les Canaris are tough to beat at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, which is the main reason why home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao, who has overcome his injury. Sunday's football game at Stade Saint-Symphorien pits together Metz and Olympique Lyon, the two teams who have entirely different ambitions in the season finale. Les Grenats face yet another must-win situation, but seeing that they are eight points behind the safe zone in the Ligue 1 standings, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs. Les Gones, on the other hand, do not want to give up on their Champions League and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against the rock-bottom side on Matchday 32. In their last away game in the national championship Lyon outplayed star-studded Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered. You should bear in mind that Les Gones emerged triumphant in each of their previous four meetings with les Grenats in the French top flight. Olympique Lyon will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Caen and Olympique Marseille when they take on Toulouse at their Groupama Stadium on Matchday 31. Les Gones proved their worth in the victory over the star-studded OM, but that did not help them climb to the Champions League berth in the Ligue 1 standings. Bruno Genesio's men need to keep on winning if they are to secure a top-three finish and we predict they will go all guns blazing at Toulouse in Sunday's football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Mariano Diaz, who has netted 16 goals in the French top flight so far this term. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in the national championship, therefore, we are tempted to put our money on the in-form hosts. Amiens and Caen, the two teams who sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, face each other at Stade de la Licorne on Matchday 32. Amiens did well to beat Lille 1-0 in the relegation six-pointer at the weekend, with the team putting an end to their three-game winless run in the national championship. Les Licornes, though, do not want to stop now and they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to avoid relegation to the French second tier. Caen, on the other hand, are in the same situation as Amiens and seeing that only one point separates the two teams in the Ligue 1 table, we predict that they are going to play out a draw at Stade de la Licorne. Both sides are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Saturday's football game, thus, a low-scoring affair is on the cards. After recording a routine 3-1 win over Dijon at the weekend, Olympique Marseille will be looking to cement their spot in top three with a victory over Montpellier at their Stade Velodrome. OM are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun in the second half of the season, we predict that they are going to move one step closer to booking their place in the elite competitions. La Paillade did well to beat Caen on the road in their last league fixture, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday's football match against Olympique Marseille. Dimitri Payet scored a late goal in the triumph over Dijon and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Taking everything into account, away win should be considered. Thanks to a 2-1 win over Bordeaux Guingamp put an end to their three-game losing run in the Ligue 1 and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. Antoine Kombouare's charges aim to keep on climbing the standings and they are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday's football match against Troyes. The relegation strugglers, on the other hand, suffered a heart-breaking loss to Nice in front of home fans and, as a result, their Ligue 1 status is now in great danger. Troyes are desperate to move away from bottom three, but seeing that Guingamp impressed in the 2-1 win over les Girondins, we predict that Antoine Kombouare's men are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. It has to be emphasized that Guingamp emerged triumphant in previous three meetings with Troyes. Buoyed by a thrilling 3-0 win over Caen, Angers take on Strasbourg at their Stade Raymond-Kopa on Matchday 32. Les Scoistes moved one step closer to securing the Ligue 1 survival, but they can't afford any complacency in the remainder of the season. It is well known that Angers are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they rolled over the likes of Guingamp and Caen in previous two games in front of home fans, we do not believe that Strasbourg are capable of grabbing something from Saturday's football match. Le Racing are on a six-game winless in the French top flight and considering that their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, we predict the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Angers. You should know that Strasbourg conceded 2+ goals in each of their last six away games in the Ligue 1. Toulouse will be looking to put an end to their seven-game winless run in the Ligue 1 when they host Dijon at their Stadium Municipal on Matchday 32. Les Pitchouns are running down a blind alley at the moment, but Saturday's football match against the Mustards could be the turning point for the hosts. Dijon, on the other hand, are on the right track to secure the top flight survival and seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Mickael Debeve's charges. Toulouse used to secure the survival in the season finale earlier this century and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. In their last meeting at Stadium Municipal the two teams played out a goalless draw, but home win appears on the horizon this time out as les Pitchouns are desperate to pick up all three points from Saturday's clash. As expected, Paris-Saint Germain rolled over Metz at the weekend (5-0), with youngster Christopher Nkunku scoring a brace for les Parisiens. Unai Emery's men are on a seven-game winning run in the national championship and they are on the right track to defend their Ligue 1 trophy. The Saints are fully focused on the domestic league as they have already suffered elimination in the Champions League knockout stages and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at les Aiglons when the two teams face each other at Allianz Riviera. Nice are tough to beat at home, but they will have a big fish to fry in Sunday's football match against the league leaders. Les Parisiens outplayed Mario Balotelli and Co. at Parc des Princes in the first half of the season and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors, who will be without injured ace Neymar. Metz will be looking to make amends for a heavy 6-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain when they take on Nantes at Stade Saint-Symphorien. Les Grenats are on a six-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and the rock-bottom side have slim chances of avoiding relegation to the French second tier. Metz are low on confidence ahead of Sunday's football match and seeing that Nantes are eyeing a place in the Europa League, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Les Canaris, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Troyes at the weekend and they managed to get one. Nantes, though, will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to book their place in European competitions and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against les Grenats, who are having a season to forget. Troyes are running down a blind alley ahead of the trip to Amiens. Jean-Louis Garcia's men are on a three-game losing run in the Ligue 1, with the team failing to find the net in previous four league fixtures. Troyes must be low on confidence at the moment, but one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday's football match as their top flight status is in great danger. Amiens have been totally unpredictable this season, the team have been having their ups and downs and, as a result, they sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings. Seeing that their next rivals have been out of form in recent weeks, we are tempted to put our money on Christophe Pelissier's troops. Troyes recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Amiens in the first half of the season, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Monaco will be aiming to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to three games when they host Lille at their Stade Louis II on Friday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs are fully focused on the national championship and they are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. The title holders sit in second place in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Friday's football match against Lille and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Lille. Monaco have been scoring goals for fun in the French top flight of late and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Les Dogues, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in the league ahead of the trip to Monaco and they are unlikely to grab something from the match. All eyes will be on Stade Veldrome when Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. A place in the Champions League is at stake and, no doubt, there will be fireworks in Sunday's football match. OM have been in a fine form of late and they are on the right track to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals. Seeing that Rudi Garcia's men are tough to beat at home, we do not believe that Lyon are capable of spoiling their party at Stade Velodrome. Les Gones have been producing fine performances in the Europa League of late as well, but seeing that they are on a four-game winless run on the road in the national championship, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the Ligue 1 derby. A man to watch in the home team will be former Premier League ace Dimitri Payet, whilst OM defenders should have Mariano Diaz at bay. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Lille and Guingamp, Angers played out a goalless draw with Bordeaux in their last league match. Les Scoistes have found their best form of late, but their Ligue 1 status is still n great danger. Angers are only four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Caen, meaning that Saturday's football match is of big importance for the hosts. Caen are tough to beat at home, but their away record is anything but good, with the team already suffering eight defeats on the road in the 2017/2018 season. Angers and Caen seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but seeing that the hosts have been producing fine performances in the French top flight of late, we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Saturday's clash at Stade Raymond-Kopa. Saint-Etienne chiefs were very active in January transfer window, with the club management signing several high-profile footballers. As a result, les Verts have been producing fine performances in the second half of the season, with the team being undefeated in previous seven league fixtures. Their Ligue 1 status is no longer in danger, but coach Jean-Louis Gasset must warn his men against complacency as the season is not over yet. Guingamp, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Angers, which is probably the main reason why we predict the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday's football game. In their last meeting at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Saint-Etienne recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Guingamp, with Romain Hamouma scoring the winner for les Verts. Taking everything into account, we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. Toulouse welcome Strasbourg at their Stadium Municipal on day 30 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Les Pitchouns aim to escape the danger zone and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Le Racing in the relegation six-pointer. Toulouse have been totally unpredictable in the French top flight this season, but they obviously produce better displays at home than on the travels. Strasbourg, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 loss to Monaco at home in their last league match, with the team extending their winless run in the national championship to four games. Thierry Laurey's men are on a five-game losing run on the road in the French elite division, with the team conceding 14 goals in total in those matches. In previous four meetings between the two sides Strasbourg emerge triumphant, but we believe that Toulouse are going to put an end to the negative trend. Stade de la Mosson will host Saturday's football match between Montpellier and Dijon. La Paillade are undefeated in previous six league games, but it has to be noted that they shared the spoils with each of their previous four rivals in the French top flight. Montpellier are eyeing a place in European competitions and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Dijon. The Mustards, on the other hand, have been struggling on the travels in the 2017/2018 season, with the team already suffering nine defeats on the road in the Ligue 1 this term. Considering that Montpellier are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are positive that they are going to return to winning ways in the national championship this weekend. Dijon defeated Montpellier in the first half of the season (2-1), thus the hosts are hungry for revenge. Roazhon Park will host Saturday's football match between Rennes and Saint-Etienne. Rennes aim to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Troyes and Amiens and the fact that they scored exactly two goals in each of their previous four league fixtures is definitely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of les Verts. Les Rouges et Noirs are eyeing a place in European competitions and there is every chance they will leave their hearts on the field. Saint-Etienne chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window and, as a result, the team have been producing fine performances in the second half of the season. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at Roazhon Park on Matchday 29. In their last meeting in the national championship Rennes and Saint-Etienne played out a 2-2 draw. Troyes have been struggling to find their form of late. The relegation-threatened team are on a three-game losing run in Ligue 1 ahead of Saturday’s football match against Lille and they are surely low on confidence at the moment. Troyes experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Angers in midweek, but the game against Lille could be the turning point for the hosts. Les Dogues have been playing below expectations in the 2017/2018 season and, as a result, their top flight status is in great danger. Lille are desperate to grab something from the relegation six-pointer against Troyes and we predict that the visitors are going to leave their hearts on the field. The two teams seem to be evenly matched ahead of Matchday 22 and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at Stade de l’Aube. Out-of-form Amiens will be looking to put an end to their five-game losing run in Ligue 1 when they welcome Montpellier at their Stade de la Licorne. As expected, les Licornes were beaten by Nice at Allianz Riviera at the weekend and it has to be noted that they failed to find the net in previous five games in all competitions. Amiens’ Ligue 1 status is in great danger and we predict that the relegation-threatened side are going to fight tooth and nail against Montpellier. La Paillade did well to hold reigning champions Monaco to a goalless draw in their last league match and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. A close encounter is on the horizon and we would not be surprised if the two teams share the spoils at Stade de la Licorne on Matchday 21. Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Bordeaux, Caen welcome Olympique Marseille at their Stade Michel d’Ornano on Matchday 22. Patrice Garande’s men put an end to their six-game winless run in the national championship, with the team climbing to tenth position in the standings. Caen are on the right track to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but the season is quite long and they will have to be at their sharpest in upcoming fixtures if they are to remain in the safe zone. Marseille recorded a hard-fought 2-0 win over Strasbourg at home and thanks to triumph they managed to overcome title holders Monaco in third place in the Ligue 1 table. OM are on a four-game winning run in all competitions and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s football match. Dimitri Payet came as a substitute and scored in the 2-0 win over Strasbourg and he is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Olympique Marseille have been in a fine form of late and away win should be considered. After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Angers, Olympique Lyon will be looking to start a new winning run in Ligue 1 when they face Guingamp at Stade du Roudourou. Les Gones failed to beat the ten-man Angers in front of home fans, but they remained in the Champions League berth in the standings. Lyon were without top scorer Mariano Diaz in the 1-1 draw with les Scoistes and he will be sorely missed in Wednesday’s football match against Guingamp. Antoine Komboure’s men have been in a fine form of late and they recorded four wins in previous five league fixtures. Les Gones face a difficult task against Guingamp and, taking everything into account, we predict the two sides are going to share the spoils on Matchday 21. In each of last four meetings between the two teams over 2.5 goals were scored and the history is likely to repeat itself. Angers were struggling to find their form in the first half of the season, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. Les Scoistes defeated Dijon in their last home game in the Ligue 1 and, to make things even better for the fans, they managed to hold Lyon to a 1-1 draw at Groupama Stadium at the weekend. Angers are determined to secure yet another top flight survival and Wednesday’s football match against Troyes could be crucial for the hosts. Jean Louis Garcia’s men, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Bordeaux in their last league fixture, but you should bear in mind that they missed a penalty in the first half of the match. Troyes do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to Angers and seeing that they suffered five losses in last six league matches, we predict the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Stade Matmut-Atlantique will host Tuesday’s football game between Bordeaux and Caen. Les Girondins desperately needed a win against Troyes at the weekend and they managed to get one. Bordeaux regained a much-needed confidence, but it has to be noted that Brazilian rising star Malcom is on the verge of leaving the club. Anyhow, Bordeaux aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we predict the hosts will go all guns blazing at Caen on Matchday 21. Patrice Garande’s men, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form in the French top flight of late and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting les Girondins at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. Caen failed to score in four of their last five away games in the national championship and they are widely expected to return home empty-handed from the trip to Bordeaux. Wednesday’s football game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy pits together Lille and Rennes. Les Dogues have been in a fine form in 2018 and they will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Caen when they face les Rouges et Noirs in front of home fans. Lille are only three points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that the game against Rennes is of big importance for the hosts. Sabri Lamouchi’s men, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Olympique Marseille in their last league fixture, with the team extending their losing run in the national championship to three games. Lille seem to be in a better form than Rennes at the moment and, taking everything into account, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the midweek fixture. You should bear in mind that les Dogues are after their fourth home win of the season. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Montpellier and Strasbourg, Metz played out a 1-1 draw with Dijon in their last league game. Les Grenats are desperate to avoid relegation to Ligue 2, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to meet the goal. Metz are likely to go all guns blazing at Saint-Etienne on Matchday 21, but seeing that les Verts have been showings signs of improvement of late, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Saint-Etienne are not enjoying a season to remember, but they gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team beating Toulouse (2-0) in front of home fans. A close encounter is on the horizon and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Wednesday’s football match at Stade Saint-Symphorien. Toulouse and Nantes, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, face each other at Stadium Municipal on Matchday 21. Toulouse head into Wednesday’s football match following a 2-0 loss to Saint-Etienne and it has to be noted that they are on a three-game losing run in the French top flight. Les Pitchouns are eager to escape the relegation zone and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Nantes. Les Canaris, on the other hand, failed to upset star-studded PSG in their last league match, but they remained in fifth position in the Ligue 1 standings. Nantes are eyeing a place in European competitions, but seeing that their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, share of spoils appears on the horizon. In five of their last six meetings in the national championship under 2.5 goals have been netted. Paris Saint-Germain will be aiming to clinch top position in the Ligue 1 standings with a win over Dijon at their Parc des Princes. Brazil superstar Neymar missed Sunday’s football game against Nantes with a rib injury and he is rated doubtful for the Dijon clash. Nonetheless, Neymar-less PSG did well to beat les Canaris on the road and you should know that they are eyeing their eighth consecutive win in all competitions. PSG are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against the Mustards. Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men have been impressive at home ground this season, but they struggle on the travels and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling PSG’s party at Parc des Princes. In their last meeting in the “City of Lights” PSG recorded a routine 3-0 win over Dijon. After dropping two points in a 3-3 draw with Toulouse, Monaco did well to beat Bordeaux at their Stade Louis II in their last league match. Les Rouges et Blancs came from behind to beat les Girondins on Matchday 28, but, as things stand now, they are unlikely to defend their Ligue 1 title. PSG look unstoppable at the moment, with the team being 1 points clear of Monaco in the standings. Anyhow, the reigning champions are likely to take Friday's football match against Strasbourg very seriously as they are determined to secure a top-four finish. Montenegro attacker Stevan Jovetic has been in a fine form of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Stade de la Meinau clash, but seeing that Monaco emerged triumphant in each of their last three meetings between the two teams in the Ligue 1, we predict that the visitors will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Olympique Lyon will be aiming to put an end to their five-game winless run in Ligue 1 when they face Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson on Matchday 28. Les Gones dropped four points in back-to-back draws against the likes of Lille and Saint-Etienne, but it seems as if their performances are better than their results. Lyon are eager to secure a top-three finish and seeing that they are five points behind the Champions League berth in the Ligue 1 standings, this has to go down as a must-win game for the visitors. La Paillade, on the other hand, have been playing above expectations in the French elite division this term, with the team occupying fifth position in the standings ahead of Sunday's football match. Montpellier are tough to beat at home, but seeing that les Gones want this win more than the hosts, we are tempted to put our money on Bruno Genesio's troops. Despite being regarded as underdogs in Saturday's football match against Nantes, Amiens did remarkably well to spoil les Canaris' party at Stade de la Beaujoire (1-0). Les Licornes managed to put an end to their four-game winless run in the French elite division, but their Ligue 1 status is still in great danger. Amiens are only one point clear of the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Rennes, meaning that the game is of big importance for the hosts. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Troyes, with the team managing to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. Rennes, though, are not regarded as good travelers, which is the main reason why we predict the two teams will share the spoils at Stade de la Licorne on day 28 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Bordeaux do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Saturday's football match against Rennes. Les Girondins are eager to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and a victory over Rennes will see them retain their spot in top ten. Bordeaux produce much better performances at home than on the travels and the fact that they are undefeated in previous four games at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Rennes. Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, are on a five-game winless run in the French elite division, but they are still in the race for a place in European competitions. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 30. As expected, Olympique Marseille suffered a 3-0 loss to league leaders PSG at Parc des Princes on Sunday evening, but they are still on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. OMhave been impressive at their Stade Velodrome of late, with the team recording seven wins in previous eight home games in the French top flight, but les Canaris should not be written off just yet. Nantes are one of those unpredictable teams, but considering that they suffered a dip in form, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs. As previously mentioned, Rudi Garcia's men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, therefore, there is every chance they will emerge triumphant in Sunday's football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Florian Thauvin, who has been in a splendid form in the second half of the season. Sunday's football game at Stade Michel d'Ornano pits together Caen and Strasbourg, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 28. Caen are on a three-game winless run in the national championship, with the team suffering a 2-0 loss to Dijon in their last league fixture. Patrice Garande's men are after their seventh home win of the season, but the game against Strasbourg will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Le Racing head into the match following a goalless draw with Montpellier and given the importance of the game for the visitors, we predict that Thierry Laurey's charges are capable of spoiling Caen's party at Stade Michel d'Ornano. It has been 12 years since Strasbourg recorded their last win over Caen in a competitive match,, but we predict that the visitors are going to put an end to the negative trend. Thanks to a 2-1 win at Lille Angers put an end to their three-game losing run in the Ligue 1, but they need to continue with fine displays in the remainder of the season if they are to secure yet another top flight survival. Les Scoistes aim to escape the danger zone, but Saturday's football match against Guingamp will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Antoine Kombouare's men are undefeated in previous four league fixtures, with the team sharing the spoils with the likes of Caen, Montpellier and Metz in the last three games in the national championship. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Stade du Roudourou in the first half of the season and seeing that Stade Raymond-Kopa will host Saturday's clash, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw on Matchday 28. Saturday's football game at Stade Saint-Symphorien pits together Metz and Toulouse, who face each other in the relegation six-pointer. Les Grenats were on the verge of beating Guingamp on the road in their last league match, but Antoine Kombouare's men eventually scored a late equalizer and grabbed something from the match. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, came from two goals behind to share the spoils with star-studded Monaco at the weekend, with the team showing their character once again. Seeing that Metz have slim chances of securing the Ligue 1 survival, we predict that Toulouse are going to put an end to their three-game winless run in the national championship as they are desperate to escape the danger zone. Yaya Sanogo, who scored his second goal of the season in the 3-3 draw with Monaco, is eager to give Toulouse fans yet another reason for celebration, thus the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Buoyed by a 3-0 win over Olympique Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain take on Troyes at Stade de l'Aube on Matchday 28. Les Parisiens moved one step closer to regaining the Ligue 1 title and they want to get their job done in the national championship as soon as possible. Unai Emery's troops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Troyes and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that the visitors are going to extend their winning run in the French top flight to six games. Jean Louis Garcia's troops, on the other hand, sit in bottom three in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Saturday's football match, with the team failing to find the net in previous two league fixtures. PSG are eyeing their seventh consecutive win over Troyes in the league and we believe that away win should be considered. Saint-Etienne were on the verge of suffering a loss to Olympique Lyon in the Derby du Rhone at the weekend, but thanks to Mathieu Debuchy's goal in the dying minutes of the match les Verts eventually spoiled les Gones' party at Groupama Stadium. Saint-Etienne remains in the middle of the Ligue 1 table, but they are only five points behind fifth-placed Montpellier. The club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window and it is no surprise les Verts are seen as favourites to win Saturday's football game against Dijon. The Mustards have been impressive at home ground this season, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired. Dijon suffered seven defeats in previous eight away games in the national championship, which is the main reason why we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in Saturday's football match. Monaco and Bordeaux square off against each other at Stade Louis II in the opening match of day 28. Les Rouges et Blancs dropped a two-goal advantage in a 3-3 draw with Toulouse at the weekend, but seeing that Olympique Marseille suffered a 3-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes, they remained in second place in the Ligue 1 standings. Leonardo Jardim's troops have been scoring goals for fun of late, with the team recording a win in each of their previous four home games in the national championship. Bordeaux, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Nice at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique at the weekend and, as a result, they remained in 8th place in the standings. Monaco, who are eyeing a place in the Champions League, want this win more than les Girondins, so we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Friday's football match. Strasbourg are flying high ahead of the visit of Toulouse. Following a historical win over star-studded Paris Saint-Germain, le Racing did well to crush Bordeaux on the road (3-0) in their last league fixture, but they do now want to stop now. The newcomers aim to climb to the top half of the Ligue 1 standings and we predict they will go all guns blazing at Toulouse when the two teams face each other at Stade de la Meinau. Les Pitchouns put an end to their six-game winless run at the weekend, with the team beating Caen in front of home fans, but seeing that their away record in the 2017/2018 season is anything but good, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form hosts. Strasbourg are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Saturday evening. Bordeaux and Lille face each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday's program. Bordeaux suffered a dip in form and they will be looking to put an end to their six-game winless run in the national championship when they take on Lille on Matchday 32. Les Dogues, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival and, no doubt, they want this win more than the hosts. Lille head into Saturday's football match following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Monaco and Amiens, meaning that they should be happy with one point from the Bordeaux game. The two teams played out a goalless draw at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the first half of the season and, taking everything into account, we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. Nice and Lyon, the two sides who represent France in the Europa League this season, face each other at Allianz Riviera in what is expected to be a real football festival. Both sides are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s football match and a high-scoring affair is on the horizon. Les Aiglons have been playing below expectations in the first half of the season, but given the attacking potential of the home team, we are positive that they will find the net against Lyon. Les Gones were held to a goalless draw by Montpellier at the weekend and, no doubt, they are desperate to start a new winning run in the French top flight. In their last meeting in the Ligue 1 the two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Groupama Stadium and we predict the history is going to repeat itself. Bordeaux are running down a blind alley ahead of Tuesday’s football game against Saint-Etienne. Les Girondins are on a seven-game winless run in Ligue 1 and they suffered four defeats in previous five league fixtures. Bordeaux have been slipping down the standings week by week and, no doubt, situation at Stade Matmut-Atlantique is alarming ahead of the visit of les Verts. Saint-Etienne have been struggling in the national championship of late and they failed to win previous five games in the French top flight. Both sides are likely to go for a win in Tuesday’s clash and we predict fans will see a lively contest at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. Over 3.5 goals were scored in each of their previous three meetings and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. When the two teams met in Bordeaux last term les Girondins recorded a 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Lille and Caen, Olympiques Marseille played out a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux at the weekend, with Morgan Sanson scoring the equalizers for Rudi Garcia’s troops in the dying seconds of the match. OM aim to return to winning ways in the French top flight and a win over Guingamp could see them climb to the Champions League berth in the Ligue 1 standings. Marseille are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they hammered Caen 5-0 in their last home fixture in the national championship is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday’s football game. Antoine Kombouare’s men suffered an embarrassing 6-0 loss to Monaco in their last away game in the league and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Marseille’s party at Stade Velodrome. Following three consecutive wins in the Ligue 1 Rennes suffered an unexpected 2-1 loss to Strasbourg in their last league fixture. Les Rouges et Noirs sit in 11th place in the standings ahead of Saturday’s football match against Nantes, but they are only three points clear of the relegation zone. Les Canaris, on the other hand, are enjoying a very successful season and they are eyeing a place in European competitions. Star-studded PSG proved to be a big catch for Nantes at the weekend, but Claudio Ranieri’s men are definitely capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s game against Rennes. A close encounter is on the horizon and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw at Roazhon Park on Matchday 14. In their last meeting in the French top flight the two teams shared the spoils and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. Saturday’s football game at Stade Gaston-Gerard pits together Dijon and Toulouse, the two teams who sit in the middle part of the Ligue 1 table ahead of Matchday 14. Les Pitchouns aim to put an end to their three-match winless run in the national championship, but you should bear in mind that they are after their only second away win of the season. Dijon have been impressive at home ground of late and they did well to beat the likes of Nantes and Troyes in previous two home fixtures in the French elite division. With only one point separating the two teams in the Ligue 1 standings, there is every chance we will see a close match at Stade Gaston-Gerard, but we will put our 50 cents on the hosts this time out. When the two teams met in Dijon last term Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men recorded a 2-0 win over les Pitchouns. Despite being regarded as big underdogs in Sunday’s football game against Olympique Lyon, Montpellier did remarkably well to share the spoils with Les Gones at Groupama Stadium. La Paillade have been producing fine performances in matches against top-table sides and they totally deserve to sit in the top half of the table ahead of the visit of Lille. Montpellier have been impressive at the back in the first half of the season and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s clash against les Douges. Lille made a very slow start to the season, but back-to-back wins over Metz and Saint-Etienne certainly helped them regain a much-needed confidence. The visitors are eager to move away from the relegation zone, but beating la Paillade on the road is easier said than done. Michel Der Zakarian’s men proved their worth in the draw with Lyon and home win should be considered. Rock-bottom Metz were desperate to grab something from Saturday’s football game against Toulouse and they managed to hold les Pitchouns to a goalless draw. Les Grenats continue to struggle in the Ligue 1, but the game against Amiens could be the turning point for the hosts. The two teams face each other in the relegation six-pointer at Stade Saint-Symphorien and we predict that both sides will leave their hearts on the field this time out. Metz are eyeing their only second win of the season, but seeing that Amiens are on a four-game unbeaten run in the national championship, we are not tempted to put our money on Frederic Hantz’s troops. Les Grenats are likely to go all guns blazing at the newcomers and we believe that the visitors will have a number of opportunities to score on the break in the Stade Saint-Symphorien clash. Angers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 season when they host Metz at their Stade Raymond Kapa. Les Scoistes found the net in each of their five league fixtures and it is no surprise they are seen as favourites on paper to win Sunday’s football game against Metz. Angers are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that the rock-bottom team suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to PSG at home in their last league match, we predict that Stephane Moulin’s troops are going to record their second win of the season this weekend. Les Grenats are desperate to put an end to their five-match losing run in the French top flight, but they are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Angers and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs. There will be fireworks when Monaco and PSG, the two contenders for the Ligue 1 title, face each other at Stade Louis II on Sunday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Amiens at the weekend and, as a result, they are six points behind les Parisiens in the standings ahead of Matchday 14. The reigning champions are eager to stay in the race for the title and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in the Ligue 1 derby. The star-studded visitors recorded a routine 4-1 win over Nantes at the weekend Edinson Cavani adding two goals to his account and, no doubt, the Uruguayan attacker will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. PSG are likely to have a number of opportunities to score on the break and we believe that their pacey attackers are going to take advantage of the situation. Lille play host to Monaco at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy on day seven of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Dogues have yet to find their best form and they are low on confidence ahead of Friday’s football game against the title holders. Lille suffered a 1-0 loss to Guingamp at the weekend and it has to be noted that they failed to score in four of their previous five league fixtures. Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-0 win over Strasbourg in their last league match, but they are still three points behind star-studded PSG in the Ligue 1 standings. Monaco need to keep on winning if they are to defend their title and given Lille’s poor form, we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from the match. Radamel Falcao scored a brace against Strasbourg and he will be the man to watch in the away team. Olympique Marseille chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window, but the Stade de Velodrome outfit have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the season. OM suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Monaco and Rennes in previous two league games and it has to be noted that they conceded no less than nine goals in those encounters. Coach Rudi Garcia is under big pressure ahead of Sunday’s football match against Amiens and we predict that the visitors will go all guns blazing at Christophe Pelissier’s troops. Olympique Marseille key player Dimitri Payet has overcome his injury and the former Premier League ace, who provided an assist for Morgan Sanson in the 3-1 loss to Rennes, will be the man to watch in the away team. Taking everything into account, away win should be considered as OM are desperate to return to winning ways. All eyes will be on Parc des Princes when Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon face each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Parisiens have been impressive in the French elite division ever since Brazilian ace Neymar joined the club and it has to be noted that they scored 14 goals in previous three league fixtures. The capital club aim to retain top position in the standings and seeing that Lyon often struggle on the travels, we predict that the last season’s runners up are going to have a reason for celebration on Sunday evening. Les Gones recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Guingamp at the weekend, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the football match against PSG. Unai Emery’s team emerged triumphant in each of their last three meetings with Lyon and les Gones are unlikely to put an end to the negative trend. In-form attacker Edinson Cavani is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Bruno Genesio’s troops. Guingamp play host to Lille at their Stade du Roudourou on day 6 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Guingamp failed to spoil Olympique Lyon’s party at Groupama Stadium, but they are definitely capable of beating Lille in front of home fans. Antoine Koumbare’s troops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and we predict that they are going to find the net in Saturday’s football match against les Dogues. Lille played out a goalless draw with Bordeaux in their last league fixture and it has to be noted that they have recorded only one win so far this season. Algeria international Yassine Benzia has yet to open his goal-scoring account in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, but the opposition defenders should have him at bay. A lively contest appears on the cards and there is every chance both sides will score in the Stade du Roudourou clash. Sunday’s football match at Roazhon Park pits together Rennes and Nice. Les Rouges et Noirs did well to spoil Olympique Marseille’s party at Stade Velodrome and they will be looking to build on the 3-1 victory over the famous French club when they take on Nice on Matchday 6. Rennes aim to move away from the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and they are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s clash against Nice. Les Aiglons, on the other hand, did not make a flying start to the season, but they proved their worth in a 4-0 crushing of Monaco at the weekend. Mario Balotelli scored a brace in the triumph over the title holders and all eyes will be on “Super Mario” when Nice face Rennes at Roazhon Park. A real football festival appears on the cards and we predict that both teams are going to find the net in Sunday’s showdown. Stade Gaston-Gerard will host Saturday’s football match between Dijon and Saint-Etienne. Despite taking the lead in Saturday’s football match against Caen, Dijon eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to the ten-man hosts and, as a result, they remained in the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings. Dijon are eager to get back on course, but they face a difficult task against Saint-Etienne, who have been in a fine form of late. Les Verts recorded three consecutive wins over the likes of Nice, Caen and Amiens at the start of the season, but following a 3-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes they played out a 1-1 draw with Angers in their last league fixture. Saint-Etienne are eyeing a place in European competitions and a win over Dijon could see them climb to top three in the Ligue 1 table. Jonathan Bamba, who has already netted two goals in the French top flight this season, will be the man to watch in the away team. Nantes will be aiming to keep their fourth straight clean sheet in Ligue 1 when they square off against Caen at their Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau. Les Canaris did well to record a hard-fought 1-0 win at Montpellier in their last league fixture and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football game against Caen. Emiliano Salo has been struggling in front of goal of late, but the Argentine attacker is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Caen. Ten-man SMC came from behind to beat Dijon at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run in the French top flight to three game. A low-scoring affair appears on the horizon and we predict that one goal will separate the two teams at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau. Taking everything into account, the hosts are closer to picking up all three points from the match than the visitors. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Saturday’s football game between Saint-Etienne and Nice, who face each other on the opening day of the season. Saint-Etienne finished the 2016/2017 season in eighth place in the standings and, no doubt, they are eager to regain their spot in European competitions. Les Verts are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but beating les Aiglons, who represent France in the Champions League qualifiers this term, is easier said than done. Nice impressed in the French top flight last term and given the quality of Lucien Favre’s team, we predict that they will play an important role in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign as well. Mario Balotelli is still part of the team and the controversial attacker will be the man to watch in the away team. Nice are not regarded as good travelers and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the cards. Olympique Lyon were determined to put an end to PSG’s dominance in French football last season, but Monaco eventually won the Ligue 1 trophy. Les Gones finished the season in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they will represent France in the Europa League. Bruno Genesio’s men have big ambitions for the upcoming season, but it has to be noted that key attacker Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal earlier this summer. In Lacazette’s absence Memphis Depay will be the man to watch in Bruno Genesio’s team and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for Strasbourg defenders in Saturday’s football match. The newcomers are likely to leave their hearts on the field in the opening match of the season, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we do not believe that Thierry Laurey’s charges are capable of shocking les Gones at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Thanks to a 2-1 win over Rennes Strasbourg put an end to their four-game winless run in Ligue 1, but they have yet to escape the danger zone. Le Racing are level on points with Nice, who sit in bottom three, but, no doubt, the win over Rennes gave them a confidence boost. Strasbourg are tough to beat at home and they scored two goals in each of their previous three home games in the national championship. Caen, on the other hand, did well to beat Bordeaux in their last league match and thanks to the triumph they regained sixth position in the standings. Le Racing have a number of injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s football game against Caen, but seeing that Patrice Garande’s men struggle on the travels, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade de la Meinau. Montpellier head into the opening game of the season following a 1-1 draw with Olympique Lyon in their last warm-up game. La Paillade are on a four-game unbeaten run ahead of Saturday’s football match and they are definitely capable of kicking off the new season with a win over Patrice Garande’s charges. Montpellier are tough to beat at home, but the game against Caen will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit were more than fortunate not to drop to the Ligue 2 at the end of the 2016/2017 season and securing the top flight survival remains the team’s main goal. A close encounter appears on the cards, but seeing that Montpellier were producing fine performances in pre-season, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. In previous two meetings between the two teams in Ligue 1 la Paillade emerged triumphant. Metz did remarkably well to secure the Ligue 1 survival last term, with the team finishing the season in 14th place in the standings. Les Grenats want to keep the top flight status as longer as possible and picking up points from home games could prove to be the key to the team’s success in the 2017/2018 season. Metz welcome Guingamp at their Stade Saint-Symphorien in the opening match of the season and we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from Saturday’s football game. Nolan Roux joined the club in the summer transfer window and the former Saint-Etienne attacker will be the man to watch in the home team. Guingamp, on the other hand, head into the match following back-to-back defeats to Bordeaux and Torino (pre-season) and we would not be surprised if they visitors return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in Metz the two teams played out a 2-2 draw. As expected, Saint-Etienne recorded a 3-1 win over relegation strugglers Metz at the weekend and thanks to the triumph the team climbed to third place in the Ligue 1 standings. Les Verts aim to remain in the Champions League berth and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Montpellier this weekend. Saint-Etienne are undefeated at home ground this season and they are widely expected to grab something from Saturday’s match. Montpellier, on the other hand, have been in a splendid form ahead of the trip to Saint-Etienne. Following back-to-back draws against the likes of PSG and Monaco, la Paillade defeated Nice at the weekend and they are definitely capable of spoiling les Verts’ party at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Taking everything into account, a close encounter appears on the cards and we are tempted to put our money on draw this time out. The 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign has been a mixed bag for Nice to date. Les Aiglons outclassed title holders Monaco (4-0) last month, but they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-2 loss to Olympique Marseille in their last league match. Playing on four fronts could prove to be a big problem for Nice this season and, no doubt, they will be with one eye on the Europa League clash against Lazio when they face Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson on Sunday. La Paillade did well to share the spoils with PSG and Monaco, the two main contenders for the title, and we predict that they will grab something from the football game against Nice as well. A close encounter appears on the cards and we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Montpellier. As expected, Bordeaux suffered a heavy 6-2 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes before the international break, but they are only one point behind top three in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Sunday’s football game against Nantes. Les Girondins have been impressive at home ground this season and they will be looking to keep their 100% record at Stade Matmut-Atlantique intact when they take on les Canaris on Matchday 9. Brazilian starlet Malcom has been scoring goals for fun of late and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in Bordeaux. Nantes did not kick off the new season in style, but they seem to be on top of their game ahead of Sunday’s clash against Bordeaux. Les Canaris are on a four-match winning run in the national championship and we predict that they will hold les Girondins to a draw. Roazhon Park will host Saturday’s football match between Rennes and Lille. Rennes do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of the visit of Lille and they failed to score in three of their previous four league fixtures. Les Rouges at Noirs are desperate to move away from the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings, but, no doubt, they should be happy with one point from the match. Les Dogues played out a 2-2 draw with Troyes at the weekend, but it has to be noted that the newcomers scored the equalizing goal from the penalty spot in the dying minutes of the match. Both Rennes and Lille aim to get back on course and we predict that both sides will go for a win in Saturday’s clash at Roazhon Park. Seeing that Lille often struggle on the travels, the hosts are close to picking up all three points from the game than the visitors. Saint-Etienne made a flying start to the season, but they have been struggling to find their best form in the Ligue 1 of late. Les Verts recorded only one win in previous five league fixtures and they have been slipping down the standings week by week. Oscar Garcia’s men are eyeing a place in European competitions and, no doubt, they will take Saturday’s football match against Metz very seriously. French rising star Jonathan Bamba has netted four goals in the national championship so far this term and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Les Grenats, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Troyes and Nantes in previous two league fixtures and we predict that they will extend their losing run in the French elite division this weekend. It has to be noted that Metz are after their first win over Saint-Etienne since 2001. Saturday’s football match at Stade du Roudourou pits together Guingamp and Rennes, the two teams who aim to climb to the top half of the Ligue 1 standings. Following a 3-1 loss to Bordeaux, Guingamp played out a 1-1 draw with Toulouse in their last league match and, as a result, they dropped to 11th place in the standings. Antoine Kombouare’s men are tough to beat at their Stade du Roudourou and they are eyeing their third home win of the season. Rennes sit in the danger zone ahead of the trip to Guingamp and it has to be noted that they have recorded only one win in the French top flight to date. Les Rouges et Noirs outclassed star-studded Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome last month, but they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and that is the main reason why home win should be considered. PSG will be looking to build on a thrilling 6-2 win over Bordeaux when they take on Dijon at Stade Gaston-Gerard on Saturday afternoon. Les Parisiens are determined to regain the domestic trophy and trio Cavani – Neymar – Mbappe looks unstoppable at the moment. The capital club are likely to go all guns blazing at Dijon as they want to take advantage of the fact that Monaco face Lyon on the road this weekend. Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men are on a four-game winless run in the league ahead of Saturday’s football match and they sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings. PSG have been scoring goals for fun in the national championship so far this season and we predict that they will record a routine win over Dijon on Matchday 9. It has to be noted that les Parisiens emerged triumphant in each of previous four meetings between the two teams in the French top flight. Angers did well to come from to goals behind to share the spoils with Olympique Lyon before the international break, but they have not recorded a win in Ligue 1 since August 12, when they defeated Amiens on the road. Les Scoistes are on a six-match winless run in the league ahead of Saturday’s football game against Caen and they have been struggling at the back of late. Angers are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Patrice Garande’s team and we predict that they will find the net in the Stade Michel d’Ornano clash. Caen recorded five wins in previous six league fixtures and they want to give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Croatia international Ivan Santini has netted three goals in the Ligue 1 so far this season, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Taking everything into account, both teams are likely to score on Matchday 9. Following four consecutive defeats in Ligue 1, Strasbourg managed to pick up one point from the football game against Dijon. Le Racing did well to crush Lille 3-0 in their first home game of the season, but they have been struggling in the French elite division ever since. Strasbourg have been slipping down the standings week by weekend and they sit in the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s football game against Olympique Marseille. Rudi Garcia’s men proved their worth in a thrilling 4-2 win at Nice and they are eager to build on the triumph. OM aim to stay in the race for the title and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Strasbourg in the Stade de la Meinau clash. You should bear in mind, though, that the visitors will be without key midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who was sent off in the 4-2 victory over les Aiglons. Against all odds, Lille sit in the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings after eight rounds. Les Dogues are determined to get back on course in the French top flight and it remains to be seen if they are capable of putting an end to their six-game winless run. Lille experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to title holders Monaco on Matchday 7 and it has to be noted that they took the lead in their last league match against Dijon when the match was abandoned. Lille are eager to give fans some cheer this weekend and we predict that will leave their hearts on the field in in Saturday’s football game against Troyes. The newcomers aim to build on back-to-back wins over Metz and Saint-Etienne, but beating les Dogues on the road is easier said than done. 16th placed Dijon travel to the Stade Louis II to take on fellow mid tablers Monaco in the 13th round of Ligue 1, this Saturday. Off of a scintillating 2-1 victory over defending champions PSG in their last outing, the away side enters this game with supreme momentum. On the contrary, the home side is coming into this game at the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Saint Etienne. Saturday's Ligue 1 matchday 13 action rolls on with fifth-placed Lille, who will lock horns with early relegation nominee Metz at the Stade Pierre- Mauroy. Both teams come into this game with an identical vein of weak league form, each having won just one of their last five games. The home team meanwhile slightly edges the head to head, winning three of the last six meetings between the two. In what promises to be a thrilling encounter, Saturday's Ligue 1 Matchday 13 action will see 7th placed Reims take on a high-flying Angers (2nd) at the Stade Auguste Delaune. The away side who oversaw an explosive start to their league campaign, with just one win their last five, have seemed to have lost that initial vigor. The home side, meanwhile, has had slightly more ups than downs in their campaign and come into this game with an air of unpredictability around them. Friday night's solo Ligue 1 kickoff will see a mid-table struggler's Nice host sixth-placed Bordeaux at the Allianz Riviera stadium. A solid 2-0 victory against Reims in their last outing, is pretty much the only success the home side has seen in recent history. They will look to build on this result when they face a Bordeaux side who, meanwhile, have the second-best away record in the league. Nimes will be looking to put an end to their five-game winless run when they host Lens at their Stade des Costieres in the Coupe de la Ligue. Nimes made a very slow start to the new Ligue 1 campaign and, as a result, they sit in the danger zone in the standings ahead of the visit of Lens. Les Crocodiles are low on confidence ahead of Tuesday’s football match and they surely face a difficult task in the match against Lens, who are seen as one of the main favourites to secure automatic promotion to the French top flight. Saturday night's 20:00 kickoff between relegation-threatened teams Strasbourg and Nimes at the Stade de la Meinau will be one of the four same time kickoffs as Ligue 1 rolls on for matchday 13. The away side comes into this game rock bottom and winless in any of their last five league matches. The home side meanwhile has won just two of their previous five, but both those victories came at the la Meinau. A place in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16 will be at stake when Bordeaux and Dijon face each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Tuesday evening. Bordeaux aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Saint-Etienne and Lille and they are definitely capable of beating the Mustards at home ground. Les Girondins are determined to regain a much-needed confidence and we are positive that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Dijon. A place in the Coupe de la Ligue final will be at stake when Strasbourg and Bordeaux face each other at Stade de la Meinau on Wednesday evening. The two teams meet for the second time in just four days and it remains to be seen if Strasbourg are capable of recording yet another victory over Bordeaux. Kenny Lala scored a late winner for le Racing in the 1-0 win over les Girondins at the weekend, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In each of their previous three meetings in the French top flight under 2.5 goals have been netted. A man to watch in the away team will be Guinea international Francois Kamano, who has netted 11 goals in all competitions so far this term. There will be fireworks when Strasbourg and Guingamp face each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the Coupe de la Ligue final on Saturday evening. Strasbourg are eyeing their fourth trophy in the competition, but it has to be noted that they won their last French League Cup title in 2005. Le Racing are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle when they leave their Stade de la Meinau. Bordeaux made a flying start to the season and many people expected that they would continue to impress in the Ligue 1. However, les Girondins suffered a dip in form and they are low on confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match against Caen. Bordeaux have been slipping down the standings week by week and considering that they often struggle on the travels, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team this time out. Patrice Garande’s troops, on the other hand, did well to make amends for a heavy 5-0 loss to Olympique Marseille, with the team sharing the spoils with Nice in front of home fans at the weekend. That certainly gave Caen footballers a confidence boost and we predict that they are going to return to winning ways in the French elite division on Matchday 14. David faces Goliath at Parc des Princes in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals. Les Parisiens are eager to win each and every trophy in the 2018/2019 season and we are positive that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play in Wednesday’s football game. Coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to mix the squad against Guingamp, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that the hosts are going to extend their winning run. The underdogs sit in the last position in the Ligue 1 standings, meaning that they are unlikely to claim a major scalp in the quarter-finals of the French League Cup. In their last meeting in Paris the two teams played out a 2-2 draw, but seeing that Guingamp are having a season to forget, anything but a routine home win will be a major surprise. Monaco will be looking to save the season by winning the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Rouges et Blancs have been struggling in the Ligue 1 this term and, no doubt, they are desperate to give fans some cheer. Coach Thierry Henry has a number of injury worries ahead of the quarter-finals of the League Cup, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Radamel Falcao and Co. Rennes, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Monaco by beating Nantes in front of home fans. Les Rouges et Noirs aim to go all the way in the Coupe de la Ligue this season, but seeing that Monaco want this win more, home win should be considered. In their last meeting in the league Rennes emerged triumphant, meaning that Thierry Henry’s troops are hungry for revenge. Struggling Monaco will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Dijon when they take on Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue semis. Les Rouges et Blancs are having a season to forget, but winning of the French League Cup will surely help them save the season. Cesc Fabregas will be the man to watch in the away side and seeing that Guingamp sit in the ultimate position in the Ligue 1 standings, we are tempted to put our money on Leonardo Jardim’s men. The hosts head into Tuesday’s football game following a 1-0 home loss to Reims and we do not believe that they are capable of beating Monaco, who are desperate to give fans some cheer. Experienced Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Guingamp and we believe that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Bordeaux and Le Havre face each other for the second time in four days. The two teams met in the Coupe de France at the weekend, with the Ligue 2 side shocking the Ligue 1 team at Stade Matmum-Atlantique. Les Girondins are hungry for revenge and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Wednesday’s football game. Bordeaux are determined to book their place in the semis of the Coupe de la Ligue and we predict that they are going to meet the goal. Le Havre are unlikely to claim yet another major scalp and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Guinea international Francois Kamano, who has netted 11 goals in all competitions this term, but Jimmy Briand is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well. Manchester United will be aiming to cement top position in Group L when they take on rock-bottom Astana at Astana Arena on Thursday evening. The Red Devils proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Partizan, and they are seen as hot favourites to win their penultimate group game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to stick to his rotation policy against the Kazakhs. Bordeaux will be aiming to build on a 3-1 win over Toulouse when they take on Saint-Etienne at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Sunday. Les Girondins quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to PSG, with the team climbing to 4th position in the standings. Bordeaux are eyeing their second home win of the season, but the game against Saint-Etienne will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Following back-to-back wins over Nice and Brest, Monaco suffered a 3-1 loss to Montpellier in their last league match. Les Rouges et Blancs are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they continue to struggle on the travels. Leonardo Jardim’s troops aim to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and they are definitely capable of taking advantage of the fact that Rennes suffered a dip in form. After failing to win previous four league fixtures, Olympique Marseille will be aiming to give fans something to cheer about when they host Strasbourg at their Orange Velodrome. OM suffered a dip in form, but Sunday’s football game could be the turning point for Andre Villas-Boas’ charges. The hosts are only three points behind the Champions League berth in the Ligue 1 standings and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Strasbourg. After recording back-to-back wins over Trabzonspor in the previous two group games, Krasnodar will be looking to climb to second place in Group C when they welcome Basel at their Stadion FK Krasnodar. Sergei Matveev’s troops aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Seeing that the RotBlau are with one foot in the Europa League knockout stages, home win should be considered. Ivan Ignatjev, who came from the bench and found the net in the 3-1 win over Trabzonspor, is likely to be recalled to the starting XI. Angers will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 4-0 loss to PSG when they welcome Brest at their Stade Raymond-Kopa on Saturday evening. Les Scoistes have been impressive on home soil in the first half of the season and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their fifth home triumph. Angers aim to regain their spot in top three and given Brest’s poor away record in the French top flight, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Stephane Moulin’s troops. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Olympique Marseille Amiens climbed to 11th place in the Ligue 1 standings. Les Licornes regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Nimes at Stade des Costieres. Amiens proved their worth in the triumph over OM and given Nimes’ poor form, we are positive that the visitors are going to grab something from Saturday’s football game. Olympique Lyon will be looking to put an end to their seven-game winless run in the Ligue 1 when they host Dijon at their Groupama Stadium on Matchday 10. Les Gones need to get back on course as soon as possible if they are to keep their hopes of securing a top-three finish alive and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Mustards this weekend. Metz take on Nantes at Stade Saint-Symphorien in what is expected to be one of the most exciting matches of Saturday’s program. Metz aim to escape the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings, whilst Nantes are determined to retain second position. Les Grenats failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Brest in their last league fixture and, as a result, they are the rock-bottom side in the Ligue 1 ahead of Matchday 10. Saturday’s football game at Stade Auguste-Delaune II pits together Reims and Montpellier. Reims aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rennes, but they face a difficult task in the clash against la Paillade. The two teams are level on points in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Matchday 10 and a close encounter is on the horizon. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rennes, but seeing that the visitors made a promising start to the season, the hosts would be happy with one point from the match as well. Allianz Riviera will host Friday’s football game between Nice and PSG. Les Aiglons aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Nantes, but they will have a big fish to fry in the clash against the big-spending capital club. Nice continue with their habit of producing much better displays at home than on the travels, but given their poor form, we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the title holders. Saturday’s football game at Stadium de Toulouse pits together Toulouse and Lille, the two teams with completely different ambitions in the 2019/2020 season. Les Pitchouns sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and their main goal is to avoid relegation to the French second tier at the end of the season. Toulouse have been struggling at the back of late and seeing that they failed to win previous five league fixtures, home win should not be considered. A place in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals will be at stake when Dijon and Bordeaux face each other at Stade Gaston-Gerard on Wednesday evening. Dijon’s main goal is to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but they aim to record a good result in the French League Cup as well. The Mustards did well to beat Caen 3-1 in the opening match of their Coupe de la Ligue campaign, which is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Bordeaux. Les Girondins, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs this season and, as a result, they sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table. Eric Bedouet’s men are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Wednesday’s football match and seeing that Dijon are tough to beat at home, we predict that the winner will be decided after extra-time. Huseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu will host Thursday’s football game between Trazbonspor and Getafe. Trazbonzpor have been struggling to live up to their Europa League expectations, with the team collecting only one point from possible 12 in the process to date. Since the Turkish side have slim chances of booking their place in the last 32, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. A place in the Coupe de la Ligue semis will be at stake when Olympique Lyon and Strasbourg face each other at Groupama Stadium on Tuesday evening. Les Gones set up a meeting with le Racing by beating Amiens 3-2 on the road and Bruno Genesio’s men are considered favourites to win the Groupama Stadium clash. Olympique Lyon are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s football game. Strasbourg, on the other hand, have defeated Lille and Olympique Marseille on their way to the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the clash against Lyon. Les Gones do not suit le Racing and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A place in the Europa League knockout stages will be at stake when AZ Alkmaar and Partizan face each other at Cars Jeans Stadion. The Dutch outfit impressed in back-to-back wins over Astana, and, as a result, they are on the verge of booking their place in the last 32. The Cheeseheads have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions, and despite being four points clear of Partizan in Group L, we are positive that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu will host Thursday’s Europa League clash between Istanbul Basaksehir and Roma. A spot in the knockout stages is at stake as only two points separate the two teams in Group J. Thanks to back-to-back wins over Wolfsberger, the Turkish side climbed to the top position in the standings, but Borussia M’gladbach and Roma are breathing down their neck. Nice and Guingamp face each other for the second time in three weeks. When the two teams met in the Ligue 1 earlier this month they played out a goalless draw at Stade du Roudourou, but les Aiglons are seen as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football match. This time out the two sides face each other in the Coupe de la Ligue and seeing that Nice have slim chances of winning the national championship, we predict that they are going to take this clash very seriously. Over the years Mario Balotelli and Co. have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress and seeing that Guingamp are stuck at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings. Les Aiglons have been impressive at the back of late and we are positive that they are going to keep a clean sheet in the last 16 of the French League Cup. Olympique Lyon will be looking to build on a routine 3-0 win over Monaco when they face Amiens at Stade Credit Agricole de la Licorne in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16. Les Gones quickly bounced back from a shocking 2-0 loss to Rennes and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Coach Bruno Genesio may use Wednesday’s football match to rest some of his first-team regulars, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Olympique Lyon, who are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Amiens set up a meeting with les Gones by beating Metz on the road, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s clash against the star-studded visitors. All eyes will be on Roazhon Park when Rennes and Nantes face each other in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue. The two teams are almost level on points in the Ligue 1, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards. Rennes play on four fronts in the 2018/2019 season and they surely want to go all the way in each and every of those competitions. Les Rouges et Noirs head into Wednesday’s football game following back-to-back wins over Lyon and Dijon and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Nantes set up a meeting with Rennes in the last 16 of the French League Cup by beating Montpellier 3-0 on the road, but considering that les Canaris often struggle on the travels, we believe that they are going to return home empty-handed. A place in the quarter-finals of the French Coupe de la Ligue will be at stake when Olympique Marseille and Strasbourg face each other at Orange Velodrome in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Wednesday’s program. Olympique Marseille have slim chances of winning the Ligue 1 title and, no doubt, they are going to give 100% in order to win the French League Cup. OM produce much better displays at home than on the travels and seeing that Strasbourg are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that Rudi Garcia’s men are going to give fans some cheer this time out. A man to watch in the home team will be pacey winger Florian Thauvin, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. You should bear in mind that Olympique recorded a 3-2 win over Strasbourg in their last meeting in Marseille. Wednesday’s football game at Stade Louis II pits together Monaco and Lorient, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2018/2019 season. Monaco aim to secure the Ligue 1 survival, whereas Lorient are eager to return to the French top flight. Les Rouges et Blancs have been struggling in all competitions in the first half of the season, meaning that a win over Lorient will surely give them a confidence boost. As always, a man to watch in Thierry Henry’s team will be Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Les Merlus, on the other hand, are on a five-game winless run in all competitions and seeing that the Coupe de la Ligue clash is of huge importance for the hosts, we predict that Thierry Henry’s men are going to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. By beating the likes of Bourg-en-Bresse, Brest and Troyes Le Havre set up a meeting with Nimes in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals. The Ligue 2 side aim to claim a major scalp in the French League Cup and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Nimes. A man to watch in the home team will be French rising star Alimami Gory, who has netted four goals in the Ligue 2 so far this term. The Crocodiles, on the other hand, are enjoying a very successful season and they sit in the top half of the table after 18 rounds. However, seeing that Le Havre are tough to beat and home and given their good run of results in the Coupe de la Ligue, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Nimes welcome Saint-Etienne at their Stade des Costieres in what is expected to be a very interesting game. The Crocodiles did well to beat Strasbourg on the road in their last league game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue clash. In their last meeting at Stade des Costieres in the Ligue 1 the two teams played out a 1-1 draw and seeing that Saint-Etienne are not regarded as good travelers, yet another close encounter is on the cards. Les Verts recorded only one win in previous eight away games in the Ligue 1, but given the quality of Jean-Louis Gasset’s team, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. A man to watch in the away team will be Tunisia attacker Wahbi Khazri, who has netted six goals in the French top flight so far this term. After playing out three consecutive draws with their rivals in the Ligue 1, Guingamp will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Angers at their Stade de Roudourou in the Coupe de la Ligue last 32. Guingamp are stuck at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. Coach Antoine Kombouare is definitely capable of helping the team get back on course and Wednesday’s football match against Angers could be the turning point for the hosts. Angers, on the other hand, are on a four-game winless run in the French top flight, but they sit in the middle of the standings after 11 rounds. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that Wednesday’s League Cup match between the two Ligue 1 side will go into extra-time. Wednesday’s football match at Stade Oceane pits together Le Havre and Troyes in what is expected to be a very close encounter. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Beziers and Ajaccio, Le Havre defeated Lens in their last league fixture, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. Le club doyen set up a meeting with Troyes in the Coupe de la Ligue last 32 by beating the likes of Bourg-en-Bresse and Brest, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s clash. Troyes sit in the middle of the Ligue 2 standings as well, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on draw. In their last meeting in the French second tier the two teams shared the spoils and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Nice will be looking to kick off their Coupe de la Ligue campaign in style when they host Auxerre at their Stade des Costieres on Wednesday evening. It is well known that Nice are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they have not been impressive at their Stade de Costieres this term. Anyhow, Les Aiglons are eager to give fans something to cheer about and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Wednesday’s football game. Auxerre, on the other hand, have been struggling in Ligue 2 this season, with the team sitting in the relegation zone after 12 rounds. Pablo Correa’s men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-0 loss to Paris at the weekend and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Mario Balotelli and Co. in the French League Cup last 32. Following four consecutive defeats in Ligue 1, Dijon did well to hold Monaco to a 2-2 draw at Stade Louis II at the weekend. Dijon are still sitting in the danger zone in the standings and, no doubt, the team’s main goal is to secure yet another top flight survival. The Mustards play host to Caen at their Stade Gaston-Gerard in their Coupe de la Ligue opener and, no doubt, they want to give fans some cheer. Dijon are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Wednesday’s football match and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Caen, on the other hand, failed to find the net in previous three league fixtures and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Anyhow, Dijon are desperate to get back on course and home win should be considered. Stade Auguste-Delaune II will host Wednesday’s football game between Reisms and Orelans. Reims made a fine start to the season, but they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. David Guion’s men failed to win previous eight league fixtures and they must be low on confidence ahead of the visit of Orleans. Reims have been struggling in front of goal, but seeing that the Coupe de la Ligue clash could be the turning point for the hosts, home win should be considered. The Ligue 2 side produced probably their best performance of the season at the weekend, with the team rolling over Red Star 4-0 on the road. Orleans are on a six-game winning run in the French second tier, but seeing that the team’s main goal is promotion to Ligue 1, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Metz and Amiens face each other at Stade Saint-Symphorien in what is expected to be a close encounter. Metz are leading the Ligue 2 standings after 12 rounds and they are surely brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Amiens. Les Grenats rolled over Niort 3-0 in their last home game in the English second tier, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue clash. Amiens, on the other hand, have been struggling in the first half of the new Ligue 1 season, with the team sitting in the relegation zone in the standings. Amiens experienced all sorts of problems in two consecutive defeats to PSG and Nantes and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Metz’s party at Stade Saint-Symphorien. A man to watch in the home team will be Diallo, who has already netted 11 goals in the French second tier so far this term. David faces Goliath at Stade de la Source in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue. Paris Saint-Germain are seen as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s football match and seeing that Thomas Tuchel’s men were not into action at the weekend, we predict that he is going to field the best possible side against the Ligue 2 side. Neymar has overcome his injury and we are positive that the Brazilian superstar is going to help PSG move one step closer to defending their Coupe de la Ligue title. Orleans set up a meeting with the French giants by beating the likes of Beziers, Nancy and Reims and seeing that they won each and every of those games on penalties, we are positive that the visitors are going to book their place in the quarter-finals of the French League Cup. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the competition. After extending their winning run in Ligue 1 to four games at the weekend, Lille will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Strasbourg at Stade de la Meinau in the Coupe de la Ligue last 32. Les Dogues have been in a terrific form of late, but seeing that le Racing are tough to beat at home, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors. Strasbourg sit in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings as well and seeing that they are undefeated in previous league fixtures, we predict the two sides are going to play out a draw in Tuesday’s football match. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon. Strasbourg and Lille meet for the first time this season. Toulouse will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Montpellier when they host Lorient at their Stadium de Toulouse on Wednesday evening. Toulouse have been struggling at the back of late and it has to be noted that they conceded seven goals in total in previous two league fixtures. Les Pitchouns are determined to put an end to their seven-game winless run and, no doubt, they want this win more than Lorient. Les Merlus, on the other hand, are eager to return to the French top flight and, no doubt, they are fully focused on Ligue 2 matches in the 2018/2019 season. In their last meeting at Stadium de Toulouse les Pitchouns emerged triumphant and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. A man to watch in the home side will be Ivory Coast international Max Gradel, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. There will be fireworks when PSG and Monaco face each other in the Coupe de la Ligue final. Les Parisiens will be without injured star Neymar in the title game, but they are still regarded as favourites to win the match. Unai Emery’s troops have already suffered elimination in the Champions League knockout stages and, no doubt, they are going to fight tooth and nail against les Rouges et Blancs in the League Cup finals. Monaco set up a meeting with PSG in the Stade Matmut-Atlantique clash by beating Montpellier in the semis and, no doubt, they are determined to upset the star-studded capital club in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. Seeing that PSG will be without Neymar this time out, we predict that Saturday’s football match will go into extra-time. Taking everything into account, a close encounter appears on the horizon. Montpellier and Nantes face each other at Stade de la Mosson in the French League Cup last 32. Montpellier have been impressive in the Ligue 1 this season and they sit in third place in the standings ahead of the visit of Nantes. La Paillade have been scoring goals for fun of late and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against the Canaries. A man to watch in the home team will be Andy Delort, who has netted five goals in the French top flight so far this season. Nantes, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the Ligue 1 standings and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we do not believe that they are going to spoil Montpellier’s party in Tuesday’s football match at Stade de la Mosson. Thanks to back-to-back wins over the likes of Troyes and Tours Amiens set up a meeting with PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals. Amiens, though, suffered a dip in form and they head into Wednesday’s football match against les Parisiens following a heavy 6-0 loss to Sochaux. Les Licornes failed to score in previous three games in all competitions and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the star-studded capital club. Unai Emery’s team rolled over Rennes (6-1) in their French Cup opener at the weekend and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Amiens. The former Sevilla coach wants to win everything with PSG this season and, taking everything into account, we predict les Parisiens will make it to the Coupe de la Ligue semis. When the two teams met at Parc des Princes earlier this term PSG recorded a 2-0 win over Amiens. All eyes will be on Allianz Riviera when Nice and Monaco face each other at in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals. Nice set up a meeting with Monaco by beating Lille on penalties, but they will have a much big fish to fry in Tuesday’s football match against les Rouges et Blancs. Les Aiglons are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but beating the Ligue 1 champions is easier said than done. Leonardo Jardim’s team outplayed Caen in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16 and seeing that they have slim chances of defending their Ligue 1 trophy, we predict the visitors will take the Nice game very seriously. Monaco have been in a fine form of late and, taking everything into account, we are positive les Rouges et Blancs will book their place in the League Cup semis without any difficulties. A place in the French Coupe de la Ligue final will be at stake when Rennes take on Paris Saint-Germain at their Roazhon Park. Rennes suffered an embarrassing 6-1 loss to PSG in the Ligue 1 earlier in January, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Les Rouges et Noirs are eager to claim a major scalp in the League Cup semis, but beating the star-studded capital club is easier said than done. Spanish tactician Unai Emery wants to win everything with les Parisiens and we predict that he is going to field the best possible side against Rennes. Brazilian ace Neymar should recover in time to play some part in the first leg and, taking everything into account, Unai Emery’s troops are likely to book their place in the Coupe de la Ligue final. Yet another man to watch in the away team will be Uruguay international Edinson Cavani, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term. A place in the Coupe de la Ligue semis will be at stake when Rennes and Toulouse face each other at Roazhon Park on Wednesday evening. Rennes aim to make amends for an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to PSG in Coupe de France, but the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the hosts in the football match against Toulouse. Les Rouges et Noirs have been struggling at the back of late and we do not believe that home win should be considered. Toulouse, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Nice in the French Cup at the weekend and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Rennes at Roazhon Park. Les Pitchouns outplayed Bordeaux in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue and we are tempted to put our money on the visitors this time out. Angers and Montpellier square off against each other at Stade Raymond-Kopa in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Angers set up a meeting with Montpellier by beating the likes of Nancy and Metz in front of home fans and they are definitely capable of extending their winning run in the League Cup. Les Scoistes have been struggling in the Ligue 1 this season and, no doubt, they want to give fans some cheer. La Paillade, on the other hand, outclassed Olympique Lyon in their last game in the last 16 and they aim to move one step closer to winning the trophy. However, seeing that Angers are tough to beat at home, a close encounter is on the horizon and we predict the winner will be decided in the extra time. It has to be emphasized that the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the Ligue 1 in December. Monaco and Montpellier face each other at Stade Louis II in the French Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals. Les Rouges et Blancs have defeated the likes of Caen and Nice on their way to the semis and they are seen as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football match against La Paillade. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim can count on key players for the League Cup clash and seeing that the Ligue 1 champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Radamel Falcao and Co. Montpellier did well to hold Leonardo Jardim’s troops to a goalless draw at their Stade de la Mosson earlier in January (Ligue 1), but it has to be noted that les Rouges et Blancs were without several first-team regulars back then. Taking everything into account, we predict that the hosts will make it to the Coupe de la Ligue final without any difficulties. Amiens and Tours square off against each other at Stade de la Licorne in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue. Amiens are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Wednesday’s football match against the Ligue 2 side. Moussa Konate scored for Amiens in a 2-1 win over Troyes in their Coupe de la Ligue opener and the Senegal international will be the man to watch in the home team. Tours, on the other hand, set up a meeting with les Licornes by beating the likes of Niort, Le Havre and Nantes, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in the competition. Tours are stuck at the bottom of the Ligue 2 standings and we predict that the Ligue 2 team will return home empty-handed. Thanks to Mateo Pavlovic’s late goal Angers eliminated Nancy in the opening match of their Coupe de la Ligue campaign. Les Scoistes aim to build on the victory and they are seen as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s football match against Metz. Angers sit in the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the visit of les Grenats and, no doubt, a win in the League Cup will see them regain a much-needed confidence. Over the years les Scoistes have turned their Stade Raymond Kopa into a real fortress and we predict the hosts will defeat the out-of-sorts visitors. Metz are on the right track to drop to the Ligue 2 and we do not believe they are capable of upsetting Angers in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue. In their last meeting in Ligue 1 les Grenats emerged triumphant and, no doubt, Stephane Moulin’s men are hungry for revenge. Montpellier did well to beat Guingamp on the road in their Coupe de la Ligue opener, but Olympique Lyon are likely to pose a much bigger threat for la Paillade than their previous rivals. Montpellier sit in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Wednesday’s football match and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. La Paillade are undefeated in previous three home games in the national championship and they are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach against Lyon. Les Gones are still in the race for the Ligue 1 trophy and we would not be surprised if coach Bruno Genesio mixes the squad against Montpellier. The hosts want this win more than the visitors and we predict Michel Der Zakarian’s troops will book their place in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals. You should know, though, that Montpellier recorded their last win over Lyon back in November, 2015. Paris Saint-Germain will be aiming to get their revenge on Strasbourg for a 2-1 loss in the Ligue 1 when the two teams face each other at Stade de la Meinau in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16. Les Parisiens are eager to win everything in the 2017/2018 season and we predict the capital club will go for a win in Wednesday’s football match against Strasbourg. Coach Unai Emery could rest some of his first-team regulars against le Racing, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, away win should be considered. Thierry Laurey’s men want to claim yet another major scalp, but we believe PSG footballers will prove their worth on the field this time out. Strasbourg defeated Saint-Etienne on penalties in the opening match of their Coupe de la Ligue campaign, but beating the big-spending capital club for the second time in a row is easier said than done. Wednesday’s football game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy pits together Lille and Nice. Lille have been producing fine performances in the Ligue 1 of late and they aim to kick off their Coupe de la Ligue campaign in great manner. Les Dogues are tough to beat at home, but the game against les Aiglons will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Nice have been having their ups and downs in the Ligue 1 this season and they are one of those unpredictable teams. Les Aiglons often struggle on the travels and we predict that they are going to share the spoils (regular time) with Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. A man to watch in the away team will be Mario Balotelli, who has found his goal-scoring touch, whilst Nice defenders should have Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes at bay as he has been in a fine form of late. A place in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals will be at stake when Toulouse and Bordeaux face each other at Stadium Municipal on Saturday afternoon. Les Pitchouns have been struggling in the first half of the 2017/2018 season and, as a result, they sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings. Toulouse set up a meeting with Bordeaux in the French League Cup last 16 by beating Clermont 4-2, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s football match against les Girondins. Bordeaux have been struggling in the French top flight this season as well and, no doubt, the Coupe de la Ligue game against the Toulouse could be the turning point for the visitors. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict the game will go into extra time. It has to be noted that under 1.5 goals were scored in each of previous two meetings between the two sides. Stade Louis II will host Tuesday’s football match between Monaco and Caen. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to kick off their Coupe de la Ligue campaign in style and seeing that they have slim chances of defending their Ligue 1 trophy, Leonardo Jardim’s men are likely to take the match very seriously. Monaco are a real force to be reckoned with at home and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict the hosts will make it to the quarter-finals of the cup competition. Caen, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Monaco by beating Lorient in their opener, but they face an uphill task in Tuesday’s clash against Radamel Falcao and Co. Caen are not regarded as good travelers and we predict the visitors will return home empty-handed. In their last meeting at Stade Louis II Monaco recorded a 2-0 win over Caen. Metz kick off their Coupe de la Ligue campaign with a match against Red Star. Les Grenats welcome the National 1 side at their Stade Saint-Symphorien and seeing that they have been struggling in the Ligue 1 at the start of the season, we predict that the hosts will go all guns blazing at Regis Brouard’s men. Metz aim to get back on course and, no doubt, a victory over Red Star in Wednesday’s football game will give them a confidence boost. The National 1 side failed to score in previous three away games in the league and we predict that they will return home empty-handed. When the two teams met in the Ligue 2 last year Metz recorded a 2-0 win over Red Star and there is every chance the history is going to repeat itself. Taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon. Lille made a slow start to the season. Les Dogues have been struggling to find their best form in the French elite division and, no doubt, a win over Valenciennes should help them regain a much-needed confidence. Lille are eyeing their first ever Coupe de la Ligue trophy and, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 French League Cup campaign. Les Dogues are eager to give fans some cheer and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against Valenciennes. Les Atheniens, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Lille by beating the likes of Sochaux and Reims, but the Ligue 1 team are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Nicolas Rabuel’s men than their previous rivals. The hosts want this win more than the visitors and, taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Strasbourg and Saint-Etienne square off against each other at Stade de la Meinau in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Wednesday’s program in the Coupe de la Ligue. Strasbourg’s main goal in the 2017/2018 season is to avoid relegation to the French second tier and we predict that coach Thierry Laurey is going rest some of his first-team regulars for the Ligue 1 game against Angers. You should bear in mind that le Racing are on a three-match winless run at home in the national championship ahead of the visit of Saint-Etienne. Les Verts suffered an early exit in the 2016/2017 Coupe de la Ligue season and, no doubt, they want to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. Taking everything into account there is a big value in betting on Saint-Etienne and we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Toulouse play host to Clermont at their Stadium Municipal in the opening match of their Coupe de la Ligue campaign. Les Pitchouns have been producing much better performances at home than on the travels this season and you should know that they have recorded three wins in front of home fans so far this season. Toulouse are determined to go all the way in the French League Cup this season and we predict that they will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s football match against Clermont. Pascal Gastien’s men sit in the top half of the Ligue 2 table ahead of the trip to Toulouse and their main goal is to secure promotion to the French elite division. Seeing that Clermont are not regarded as good travelers, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in the Coupe de la Ligue Clermont defeated Toulouse on penalties and, no doubt, les Pitchouns are hungry for revenge. Stade Raymond Kopa will host Wednesday’s football game between Angers and Nancy. Angers sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table ahead of their Coupe de la Ligue opener and it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win the match. Les Scoistes are on a three-game losing run in the French League Cup and, no doubt, the hosts want to put an end to the negative trend. Angers have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Coupe de la Ligue campaign and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Nancy, on the other hand, sit in the danger zone in the Ligue 2 table and their away record is anything but good. Nancy face an uphill task in Wednesday’s clash against Angers and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in the French League Cup. Dijon take on Rennes at Stade Gaston-Gerard in the opening match of their Coupe de la Ligue campaign. Dijon have been struggling in the French top flight this season and they are considered one of main favourites for relegation to the Ligue 2. The Mustards’ main goal is to secure yet another elite division survival, meaning that Wednesday’s football game against Rennes is not of huge importance for the hosts. Les Rouges et Blancs suffered a heavy 7-0 loss to Monaco in the 2016/2017 Coupe de la Ligue campaign and they are determined to record a good result in the competition this term. Rennes are likely to take the Dijon game very seriously and we predict that they will book their place in the next round of the Coupe de la Ligue. Christian Gourcuff’s men are more of a team than the Mustards and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered. Troyes failed to impress in a previous two editions of the Coupe de la Ligue, with the team suffering early exits in those campaigns. Jean Louis Garcia’s men are fully focused on securing the Ligue 1 survival and we would not be surprised if the French tactician mixes the squad against Amiens. Les Licornes, on the other hand, have been struggling in front of goal of late and it has to be noted that under 1.5 goals were scored in each of Amiens’ previous three away games in the French top flight. Christophe Pelissier’s men are on a three-game losing run in the French League Cup and, no doubt, they want to put an end to the negative trend. However, considering that Troyes are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two teams will play out a draw (90 mins) in Wednesday’s football game at Stade de l’Aube. Stade de la Vallee du Cher will host Wednesday’s football game between Tours and Nantes. Tours made a very slow start to the season and they sit in the ultimate position in the Ligue 2 standings ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue clash against Nantes. TFC kicked off their French League Cup campaign with a routine 4-1 win over, with the team defeating Le Havre on penalties in round 2. However, seeing that Tours have been totally out of form of late, we do not believe that they are capable of shocking Nantes. Les Canaris have been producing fine displays under Claudio Ranieri this season and we predict that they are going to make it to the next round of the Coupe de la Ligue without any difficulties. It has to be noted that Nantes emerged triumphant in each of their previous three meetings with Tours. Tuesday’s football match at Stade du Roudourou pits together Guingamp and Montpellier. Guingamp have been having their ups and downs in the Ligue 1 this season, but it has to be noted that they have been impressive in front of home fans of late. Antoine Kombouare’s men recorded three wins in previous four home games in the national championship and they are definitely capable of beating Montpellier in their Coupe de la Ligue opener. Montpellier proved their worth in back-to-back draws against PSG and Monaco last month and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Tuesday’s clash against Guingamp. A low scoring affair appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams will play out a draw (90 mins) at Stade du Roudourou. It has to be noted that two teams shared the spoils in each of their previous three meetings in the French top flight. CSKA Moscow will be looking to record the first win of their 2019/2020 Europa League campaign when they welcome Ludogorets at VEB Arena. The Armeitsy aim to keep their qualifying hopes alive, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Bulgarian champions in Thursday’s match. Even though the Russian outfit failed to find the net in the previous three group games, we predict that they are going to pick up vital three points from the VEB Arena clash. Sporting Braga and Wolverhampton square off against each other in the Group K derby at Estadio Municipal de Braga. Braga have been struggling to live up to their expectations in Primeira Liga, but they have been producing excellent showings in the Europa League this term. The Portuguese outfit are one point away from securing their spot in the last 32, but the game against the Wolves will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Thursday’s football game at Groupama Arena pits together Ferencvaros and Espanyol, the two teams who are eyeing a spot in the Europa League knockout stages. Ferencvaros are only one point behind second-placed Ludogorets in Group H, meaning that a win over los Periquitos could see them regain their spot in the top two. The Hungarians are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they shared the spoils with rock-bottom CSKA in Budapest in their last group game. Besiktas’ pride will be at stake when they host Slovan Bratislava at their Vodafone Park on Thursday evening. The Black and Whites suffered a loss in each of their four group games, but they are surely capable of making life difficult for the Slovaks, who have slim chances of making it to the Europa League last 32 as well. There will be fireworks when Feyenoord and Rangers face each other in Rotterdam in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. The Eredivisie outfit aim to regain their spot in the top two in Group G, but beating Steven Gerrard’s troops is easier said than done. The Liverpool legend is doing a fantastic job with the Gers, who have been producing thrilling performances in both Premiership and Europa League this season. After sharing the spoils with Oleksandria in each of their previous two group games, Saint-Etienne will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Europa League when they welcome Gent at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. As les Verts are eyeing their first win of the process, we are positive that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Gent. Emirates Stadium will host Group F derby between Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt. Following three consecutive wins, the Gunners shared the spoils with Vitoria Guimaraes in their last group game. Even though Spanish tactician Unai Emery is likely to stick to his rotation policy against Eintracht Frankfurt, we predict that the Premier League side will find the net in Thursday’s showdown. Young Boys take on Porto at STADE DE SUISSE in their last home game in the 2019/2020 Europa League group stages. Gerardo Seoane’s troops failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they are on the right track to make it to the Europa League last 32. The Swiss champions, who sit in top position in Group G, are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they are going to beat Porto on the artificial turf. Borussia M’gladbach will be aiming to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League last 32 when they take on Wolfsberger at Merkur Arena. Die Fohlen are hungry for revenge as they were hammered by the Austrian side at Stadion im Borussia-Park 4-0 earlier in the process, and given the home team’s current form, away win should be considered. There will be fireworks when F91 Dudelange and APOEL take on each other at Stade Josy Barthel II in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Both teams are still in the race for a place in the Europa League last 32, but given Dudelange’s poor form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Cypriotes. APOEL proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Qarabag, and they are now on a quest to get their revenge on the Luxembourg champions for the shocking 4-3 loss at Neo GSP. Lorient kicked off their Coupe de la Ligue campaign with a win over Laval on penalties and, to make things even better for the fans, they defeated Lens 3-2 in their second match of the process. Les Merlus are after their first ever Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but they will have a mountain to climb if they are to go all the way in the competition. Lorient have been producing splendid displays at home this season and it has to be noted that the Ligue 2 side have yet to suffer a loss at their Stade Yves Allainmat Le Moustoir and, no doubt Caen face a difficult task in Tuesday’s football match. Caen sit in the top half of the Ligue 1 table and, no doubt, they are eager to beat Lorient in their Coupe de la Ligue opener. However, seeing that les Merlus are tough to beat at home, we predict that the game will go into extra-time. Thanks to a thrilling 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome, Celtic booked their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Hoops, though, want to finish the process in the top position, and we are positive that they are going to take Thursday’s game against Rennes very seriously. Seeing that the Scottish champions have turned their Celtic Park into a real fortress, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from the match. Lugano desperately needed a win against Malmo in their last group game, but they failed to get one. The Swiss outfit have been playing above expectations in all competitions this season, and, as a result, they have slim chances of booking their place in the Europa League last 32. Seeing that the rock-bottom side are low on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Copenhagen, we do not believe that punters can find value in betting on the hosts. Standard Liege will be looking to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt when they take on Vitoria Guimaraes at Estadio Dom Afonso in their penultimate group game. The Red Devils aim to retain their spot in the top two in Group F, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Os Vimaranenses on Thursday evening. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Renaud Emond, who has been in a fine form in the Belgian top flight in the first half of the season. Thanks to a thrilling 4-1 win over PSV, LASK managed to keep their hopes of making it to the Europa League knockout stages alive. The Austrian outfit proved their worth in their last group game, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the process as well if they are to secure a top-two finish. LASK head into Thursday’s clash in high spirits, and given Rosenborg’s poor performances in the Europa League group stages, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the away team. Sporting CP will be aiming to extend their winning run in Group D to four games when they welcome PSV at their Estadio Jose Alvalade. The Lions, who sit in top position in the standings ahead of the penultimate group game, are eager to get their revenge on PSV for the 3-2 loss at Phillips Stadion. Leonel Pontes’ troops are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s showdown. Sevilla will be aiming to keep their 100% record intact in the Europa League group stages when they welcome Qarabag at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday evening. Even though head coach Julen Lopetegui has been resting key players in the Europa League, los Sevillanos have been scoring goals for fun in Group A, and they are seen as hot favourites to beat Qarabag in Andalusia. A spot in the Europa League last 32 will be at stake when Malmo and Dynamo Kyiv face each other at Swedbank Stadion on Thursday evening. Malmo failed to win the domestic title, but they are surely capable of making it to the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Sky Blues are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and you should bear in mind that they recorded five wins in the previous six home games in the Europa League. Lazio will be looking to keep their hopes of advancing to the Europa League last 32 alive when they take on Cluj at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday. Since the Biancocelesti are six points behind the Romanian outfit in the standings, this has to go as a must-win game for them. Simone Inzaghi’s men are likely to leave their hearts on the field this time out, and we predict that they are going to pick up vital three points from their penultimate group game. After beating Fabril Barreiro 3-1 in their Taca de Portugal opener, Moreirense will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Mafra at their Parque Desportivo Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas. The Os verdes e brancos are on a seven-game winless run in the national championship, meaning that a victory over Mafra in the Portuguese Cup will give them a confidence boost. After kicking off their Taca de Portugal campaign with a 5-0 win over Coimbroes, Porto will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Vitoria Setubal at their Estadio do Dragao on Sunday evening. Head coach Sergio Conceicao is likely to mix the squad against Julio Velazquez’s troops. Nonetheless, regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered. Sporting Braga will be aiming to build on the Primeira Liga win over Vitoria Guimaraes when they host Gil Vicente at their Estadio Municipal de Braga. Os Arsenalistas have slim chances of winning the national championship, but they are surely capable of going all the way in Taca de Portugal. Sporting Braga kicked off their Portuguese Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over Leca, and they are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s football match. Friday’s football game at Estadio do Mar pits together Leixoes and Santa Clara, the two teams who face each other in the Taca de Portugal round 4. Leixoes kicked off their Portuguese Cup campaign with a 4-2 win over Pairense, but beating the Primeira Liga side is easier said than done. However, the fact that the Herois do Mar outplayed the likes of Porto II and UD Oliveirense in the previous two league fixtures is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Joao Henriques’ troops. Thanks to a 2-1 win over Louletano after extra-time, Pacos de Ferreira booked their place in the Taca de Portugal round 4. Os Castores sit in the relegation zone in the Primeira Liga standings, meaning that they are eager to give fans some cheer with a win over Sanjoanense in the Portuguese Cup. Pacos de Ferreira did well to beat Tondela in their last home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday’s football match. Despite failing to impress in their Taca de Portugal opener, Famalicao eventually defeated Lusitania Lourosa on penalties to set up a meeting with Academica in round 4. Unlike their Taca de Portugal opener, Famalicao have been producing excellent displays on their debut season in Primeira Liga. The newcomers sit in the top three ahead of Matchday 12, meaning that they head into Saturday’s Portuguese Cup game against Academica in high spirits. A place in the Taca de Portugal last 16 will be at stake when Vizela and Benfica face each other at Estadio Do Vizela on Saturday evening. Carlos Cunha’s troops are leading the Campeonato de Portugal standings after 11 rounds, meaning that they will be entirely focused on the league in days to come. Since Vizela are unlikely to fight tooth and nail in the Portuguese Cup clash against Benfica, we are tempted to put our money on the Lisbon Eagles. Getafe will be aiming to get their revenge on Basel for a shocking 1-0 loss in the suburbs of Madrid when the two teams face each other at St. Jakob-Park on Thursday evening. Los Azulones are still on the right track to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but the Spaniards will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the process if they are to secure a top-two finish. APOEL and Qarabag meet for the fourth time this season. When the two teams faced each other in the Champions League qualifiers, APOEL eliminated Qarabag in the third round qualifying round, but the two sides shared the spoils in the Europa League two weeks ago. APOEL and Qarabag played out a 2-2 draw in Baku, and yet another close encounter is on the horizon. Since LASK and PSV played out a goalless draw at Phillips Stadion two weeks ago, yet another close game is on the cards at Linzer Stadion. LASK aim to record their second win of the process as they defeated Rosenborg at home in their opener, but Thursday’s football match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Austrians are still in the race for the domestic trophy, but they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League season as well. Astana will be looking to get their revenge on AZ Alkmaar for a 6-0 loss in the Netherlands when the two teams face each other at Astana Arena on Thursday afternoon. The Kazakhs, though, are entirely focused on the national championship these days as Kairat are breathing down their neck in the standings, there is every chance head coach Roman Grigorchuk will mix the squad against AZ. As expected, Sevilla defeated F91 Dudelange 3-0 at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with the team keeping their 100% record intact in Group A. Los Sevillanos aim to cement their spot in the Europa League knockout stages with yet another win over F91 Dudelange, and we are positive that the Spaniards will take this match very seriously. Head coach Julen Lopetegui is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, away win should be considered. Thursday’s football game at Kybunpark pits together Lugano and Malmo. Lugano are eyeing their first win of the process, and they aim to take advantage of the fact that Malmo lost the Allsvenskan trophy on the last day of the season. The Blues were on the right track to lift the domestic trophy, but Djurgarden’s two goals in the second half of the match against Norrkoping eventually spoiled their party in Orebro. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rennes at Roazhon Park, Cluj climbed to second place in Group E, moving one step closer to booking their spot in the knockout stages. The Romanian outfit, who have been producing splendid performances in the Europa League this season, will be without right-back Mateo Susic in Thursday’s football match as he was sent off in the 1-0 win over Rennes. Copenhagen will be looking to retain top position in Group B when they welcome Dynamo Kiev at their Telia Parken. The Danish champions failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they are on the right track to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. However, since there are three matches to go until the end of the process, the hosts must take the Dynamo Kiev game very seriously. Thanks to a 2-0 win at Trabzonspor, Krasnodar put an end to their seven-game winless run in the Europa League and kept their hopes of making it to the knockout stages of the competition alive. Since the Russian outfit regained a much-needed confidence, we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Turkish outfit in the Stadion FK Krasnodar clash. After suffering a 2-1 loss at Celtic, Lazio dropped to third position in Group E. The Biancocelesti are hungry for revenge, and we are positive that head coach Simone Inzaghi is going to field the best possible side against the Scottish champions this time out. The Serie A side are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and given the importance of the match for Simone Inzaghi’s troops, home win should be considered. All eyes will be on Stadion im Borussia-Park when Borussia M’gladbach and Roma face each other in the Group J derby. Borussia have been playing below expectations in the Europa League group stages, collecting only two points from possible nine, but Thursday’s game could be the turning point for the visitors. The Romans, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in the standings, and we are positive the Serie A outfit will adopt a cautious approach in the Stadion im Borussia-Park clash. Thursday’s Europa League game at Groupama Arena pits together Ferencvaros and CSKA Moscow, the two teams who are eyeing a place in the knockout stages of the competition. CSKA have slim chances of securing a top-two finish in Group H as they suffered a loss in each of their three group games. The Russian outfit travel to Hungary with the lack of confidence, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Stade Maurice Dufrasne will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Standard Liege and Eintracht Frankfurt. The Red Devils kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-0 in front of home fans, but the Belgian side then suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt on the road. Over the years, Sporting Braga have established themselves as a team that produce terrific displays in the Europa League. The Primeira Liga side are on the right track to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition, but they can’t afford any complacency in the last three group games. Braga have turned their Estadio Municipal into a real fortress, and we are positive that they are going to beat Besiktas, who suffered a loss in each of their first three league fixtures. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ludogorets in Razgrad, Espanyol moved one step closer to securing their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Los Periquitos are leading the standings ahead of the visit of the Bulgarian champions, meaning that they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s clash. Even though the La Liga side will be without suspended full-back Javi Lopez against Ludogorets, we are positive that they are going to grab something from the game. Lerkendal Stadion will host Thursday’s football game between Rosenborg and Sporting CP, the two teams who compete in Group D. The Norwegian outfit suffered a loss in each of their first three group games, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from the Sporting CP clash. The Lisbon Lions, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to PSV, with the team beating LASK and Rosenborg in previous two group matches. Oleksandria and Saint-Etienne, the two teams who have yet to record a win in the Europa League this season, face each other at Arena L’viv on Thursday evening. Oleksandria did well to hold Saint-Etienne to a draw in France, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the reverse fixture. The Ukrainians played out a 1-1 draw with Gent in their first home game of the process, which is yet another reason why we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s clash. Rangers and Porto face each other at Ibrox Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. Rangers did well to hold Porto to a draw at Estadio do Dragao two weeks ago, which is certainly giving fans a reason to be optimistic ahead of the reverse fixture. Head coach Steven Gerrard is doing a great job with the Scottish outfit, and his men are surely capable of matching Porto at home ground. Wolfsburg will be looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Gent when they take on Oleksandria at Arena L’viv on Thursday evening. Despite suffering the heartbreaking defeat to the Belgian outfit, the Wolves remained in the top two in Group I. Oliver Glasner’s troops have been struggling to find their best form of late, but the game against Oleksandria could be the turning point for the Germans. Feyenoord continue with their habit of producing much better displays at home than on the travels. The Dutch team did well to beat Porto 2-0 on home soil, but they failed to impress in away defeats to Rangers (0-1) and Young Boys (0-2). Feyenoord need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Young Boys if they are to keep their knockout stages hopes alive, and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. VOLKSWAGEN ARENA will host Thursday’s football match between Wolfsburg and Gent, the two teams who are on the right track to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Wolfsburg have been producing excellent displays in all competitions this season, and it is no wonder they are considered favourites to win the Europa League clash against Gent. Wolfsberger could not have wished for a better start to their Europa League campaign, with the team rolling over Borussia M’gladbach 4-0 on the road, but they have not been impressive in Group J ever since. After playing out a 1-1 draw with Roma, the Austrian side suffered a 1-0 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Turkish capital in their last group game. Wolfsberger aim to regain their spot in the top two, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. Against all odds, Wolfsberger crushed Borussia M’gladbach 4-0 on the road on their Europa League debut. The Austrian side proved their worth in their first ever game in the European competition and, no doubt, the hosts are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Roma. Wolfsberger have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and you should bear in mind that they netted 15 goals in total in previous four home games in the national championship. Wolverhampton will be aiming to retain their spot in the top two in Group K when they welcome Slovan Bratislava at their Molineux Stadium. Since the Wolves did well to beat the Slovaks in Bratislava, it is no wonder the Premier League side are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football game. Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops aim to get their job done in the group stages as soon as possible, but the Portugal tactician must warn his men against complacency. Borussia M’gladbach will be aiming to bounce back from an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Wolfsberger when they take on Istanbul Basaksehir in Istanbul in their second group game. Die Fohlen did remarkably well to beat Hoffenheim 3-0 on the road in their last league fixture, meaning that they head into the Europa League clash in good spirits. Despite creating a number of clear-cut opportunities to score in their opener against AZ Alkmaar, Partizan eventually picked up only one point from the match against the ten-man Dutch outfit. Savo Milosevic is doing a great job with the Serbian outfit and the fact that they outplayed their bitter rivals Crvena Zvezda 2-0 in the national championship is seeing giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Kazakhstan. Groupama Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Ferencvaros and Ludogorets, the two clubs who have been in a fine form in their respective domestic championships of late. Ferencvaros are on a quest to defend their domestic trophy and, on the other hand, they kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Espanyol in Barcelona. All eyes will be on Vodafone Park when Besiktas and Wolverhampton face each other in the Group K derby. Besiktas failed to impress in their Europa League opener, with the team losing to Slovan Bratislava 4-2 on the road and, no doubt, they are desperate to grab something from their second group game. The Wolves, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a surprising 1-0 loss to Sporting Braga and, taking everything into account, a lively contest is on the cards in Istanbul. Sporting Braga made a very slow start to the new Primeira Liga campaign, but, on the other hand, they did well to beat Premier League side Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium in their Europa League opener. Sa Pinto’s men aim to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages and we are positive that they will go for a win in Thursday’s football match against Slovan Bratislava. CSKA Moscow will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 5-1 loss to Ludogorets when they welcome Espanyol at VEB Arena on Thursday evening. The Armeitsy have been in a splendid form in the Russian Premier League of late and thanks to a 3-0 win at Ural they climbed to top position in the standings. CSKA Moscow have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League season as well and seeing that Espanyol failed to impress in their opener against Ferencvaros, we are tempted to put our money on the Russian outfit. All eyes will be on Cars Jeans Stadion when AZ Alkmaar and Manchester United face each other in the Group L derby. The Dutch outfit did well to hold Partizan to a draw in their opener despite the fact that Norwegian defender Jonas Svensson was sent off in the first half of the match. The 26-year-old misses the Man Utd game through suspension, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that the hosts are capable of grabbing something from the match. Gent will be looking to build on a 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne when they take on Oleksandria at Arena L’viv in their second group game. Oleksandria are eyeing their first ever win in the group stages of the Europa League, but they face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against the Belgian outfit. The Ukranian outfit have been producing fine performances in the national championship of late, with the team sitting in 3rd position in the standings, but seeing that Gent have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term, home win should not be considered. Feyenoord will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Rangers when they take on Porto in Rotterdam in their second group game. The Eredivisie outfit head into the Europa League clash following a heavy 3-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in the national championship and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans some cheer. Feyenoord are tough to beat at home, but Thursday’s football match against Porto will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Young Boys play host to Rangers at their Stade de Suisse in their second group game in the 2019/2020 Europa League season. The Swiss outfit produce much better performances on home, artificial soil, than on the travels and we are positive that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Cameroon attacker Jean Pierre Nsame, who has netted 8 goals in the Swiss top flight so far this season. Saint-Etienne have been struggling in all competitions in the 2019/2020 season. Saint-Etienne sit in the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings, with the team suffering a 3-2 loss to Gent in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. Les Verts are eager to give fans something to cheer about, but beating Bundesliga side Wolfsburg is easier said than done. The Wolves have been in a fine form of late, with the team beating Mainz on the road in their last league match. Basel and Krasnodar face each other at St. Jakob-Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League round 1. Both sides failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. Basel are no longer considered the best team in Switzerland as Young Boys clinched the 2018/2019 Swiss Super League trophy in style, but seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that the RotBlau are going to grab something from their opener. Arsenal will be looking to keep their 100% record in the 2019/2020 Europa League season intact when they take on Vitoria Guimaraes at Estadio Dom Alfonso Henriques on Wednesday evening. Arsenal coach Unai Emery is likely to stick to his rotation policy, relying on young and talented players. The Gunners have been producing excellent performances in the Europa League this term, and given Vitoria Guimaraes’ poor results in Group F, away win should be considered. Qarabag play host to star-studded La Liga side Sevilla at their Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu in their Europa League opener. The Azerbaijan champions failed to impress in the Europa League play-offs, but thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Linfield they eventually booked their place in the group stages of the European competition. Qarabag face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match and seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the double-header against the Northern Ireland outfit, home win should not be considered. As expected, Espanyol defeated Ukrainian side Zorya in the Europa League play-offs to book their place in the group stages of the European competition for the first time since 2007. Los Periquitos did not make a flying start to their La Liga campaign, but they are regarded as hot favourites to win their Europa League opener against Ferencvaros. The Hungarian outfit have been producing fine performances in European competition of late, but it is more than obvious that they are a team with two faces. Roma kick off their Europa League campaign with a match against Istanbul Basaksehir at their Stadio Olimpico. The Romans are seen as one of the main candidates to win the Europa League trophy, but the campaign is quite long, meaning that the capital club need to take every single match seriously if they are to go all the way in the European competition. Getafe return to the Europa League following a nine-year absence. The La Liga side were on the verge of booking their place in the Champions League, but they eventually missed out on a spot in the elite competition on the last day of the season. As a result, los Azulones represent Spain in the Europa League this season and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, Jose Bordalas’ men are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Estadio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira will host Sunday’s Taca de Portugal clash between Chaves and Belenenses. Chaves set up a meeting with Belenenses by beating the likes of Mirandela and Boavista, and given their fine form in Segunda Liga, we predict that the hosts are capable of making life difficult for the Primeira Liga club. After eliminating Maribor on away goal rule in the Europa League play-offs, Ludogorets will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome CSKA Moscow at their Ludogorets Arena on Thursday evening. The Bulgarian champions were not at their sharpest in the Champions League qualifiers and, no doubt, they want to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. After eliminating Real Betis in the last 32, Rennes were beaten by Arsenal in the double-header in the last 16 of the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign. Les Rouges et Noirs aim to, at least, repeat the last season’s success and we are positive that they will go for a win in their opener against Scottish champions Celtic. All eyes will be on Commerzbank-Arena when Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal face each other in the Group F derby in the Europa League. Eintracht Frankfurt did well to crush Ligue 1 side Strasbourg 3-0 at home in the Europa League play-offs, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football game against the Premier League outfit. Despite outclassing Basel in the Champions League third qualifiying round, LASK eventually failed to book their place in the group stages of the elite competition as Club Brugge proved to be a big catch for the Austrian side in the play-offs. As a result, die Laskler will compete in the Europa League group stages in the 2019/2020 season. The Austrians are placed in Group D alongside Rosenborg, PSV and Sporting CP, with the team kicking off their campaign with a match against the Norwegian side. Narodny Futbalovy Stadion will host Thursday’s football match between Slovan Bratislava and Besiktas, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the Europa League group stages. Slovan Bratislava failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, but despite suffering a 3-2 loss to PAOK in Thessaloniki, they made it to the Europa League on away goal rule. Wolfsburg impressed in the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season and, as a result, they will represent Germany in the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. The Wolves are widely expected to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Germans are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Oleksandria and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Oliver Glasner’s charges. Lazio will be looking to kick off their Europa League campaign in style when they take on Cluj at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu on Thursday evening. The Biancocelesti have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League season and we are positive that the Serie A club will go for a win in their opener. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be experienced Italian attacker Ciro Immobile, but Serbia international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders as well. NSK Olimpijs’kyj will host Thursday’s football game between Dynamo Kiev and Malmo, the two teams who face each other in the opening match of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. Dynamo Kiev were beaten by Club Brugge in the Champions League third qualifying round, but they are definitely capable of recording a good result in the Europa League this term. Copenhagen were more than unfortunate not to beat Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League round 3, with the team losing the double-header on penalties. Key player from the last season Robert Skov was sorely missed in the two-legged tie against Crvena Zvezda, but the club chiefs did well to sign experienced attacker Nicklas Bendtner in the summer transfer window. APOEL and F91 Dudelange face each other at Neo GSP in their Group A opener. Despite producing fine displays in the Champions League qualifiers, APOEL eventually failed to eliminate star-studded Dutch side Ajax in the two-legged tie. Anyhow, those performances are giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of F91 Dudelange and seeing that the Cypriotes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. It has been 17 years since Rangers and Feyenoord last faced each other in the Europa League. Back then Feyenoord defeated Rangers in the two-legged tie and, no doubt, the Gers are determined to get their revenge on the Dutch outfit. Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is doing a magnificent job with the Scottish outfit and seeing that over the years they have turned their Ibrox Stadium, it is no surprise the hosts are seen as slim favourites to win their Europa League opener. Thursday’s football game at Estadio Do Dragao pits together Porto and Young Boys, the two teams who face each other for the first time ever in the Europa League group stages. The Portuguese Dragons suffered a shocking loss to Krasnodar in the Champions League qualifiers, but they are seen as favourites to win their Europa League opener against Young Boys. Wolfsberger will be looking to impress on their debut in the Europa League group stages when they face Borussia M’gladbach at Stadion in BORUSSIA-PARK on Thursday evening. The Austrians are eager to spoil Borussia’s party in M’gladbach, but the underdogs will have to be at their sharpest in their opener if they are to avoid defeat in the Stadion in BORUSSIA-PARK clash. All eyes will be on Phillips Stadion when PSV and Sporting CP face each other in the Group D derby at the start of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. The Dutch vice-champions failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team losing to Basel in the double-header, but they should not be written off just yet. Stade Maurice Dufrasne will host Thursday’s football game between Standard Liege and Vitoria Guimaraes, the two teams who face each other at the start of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. Standard made a promising start to the new domestic campaign and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Vitoria Guimaraes. Gent and Saint-Etienne take on each other at GHELAMCO-arena in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League round 1. Gent booked their spot in the Europa League group stages thanks to victory over Rijeka in the double-header and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face les Verts. Manchester United missed out on a place in the Champions League, but the Red Devils will surely give 100% to go all the way in the Europa League this term. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops are seen as one of the main favourites to win the trophy and they are likely to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game against Astana. After eliminating Molde in the Europa League play-offs, Partizan will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host AZ Alkmaar at their Stadion Partizana on Thursday evening. The Serbian club have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign as pacey attacker Lazar Markovic joined the club on the deadline day. There will be fireworks when Wolverhampton and Braga face each other at Molineux Stadium in the Group K derby on Thursday evening. The Wolves faced no difficulties in the qualifying matches against Crusaders, Pyunik and Torino, but the game against the Portuguese outfit will be anything but a walk in the park for the Premier League side. Wolverhampton produce much better performances at home than on the travels and seeing that coach Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to field the best possible side against Braga, we are positive that the hosts are going to pick up one point from the match. After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Partizan in Belgrade, Manchester United will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages with yet another triumph over Savo Milosevic’s troops. Partizan were a better side in the first meeting of the two clubs, but the Serbs failed to turn their dominance into goals. F91 Dudelange did remarkably well to beat the odds and pick up all three points from their Europa League opener against APOEL at Neo GSP. The Luxembourg outfit continue to impress in European competitions and seeing that their next rivals Qarabag experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 home loss to Sevilla, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Arsenal will be aiming to cement top position in Group F when they host Standard Liege at their Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening. The Gunners kicked off their Europa League campaign in style despite the fact that boss Unai Emery rested several first-team regulars in the Commerzbank-Arena clash. The Premier League club are a real force to be reckoned with at home and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Unai Emery’s charges. After sharing the spoils with Rennes at Roazhon Park, Celtic will be aiming to record their first win of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign when they host Cluj at their Celtic Park. The Hoops head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Hibernian, but despite dropping two points in their last league fixture, they remained in top position in the Scottish Premier League standings. Thursday’s football game at Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques pits together Vitoria Guimaraes and Eintracht Frankfurt. Vitoria Guimaraes aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Standard Liege, but they face an uphill task in their second group game against the Bundesliga outfit. Die Adler, on the other hand, aim to get back on course following a 3-0 loss to Arsenal. After holding Steaua to a goalless draw at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, Mlada Boleslav will be looking to clinch their spot in the play-offs with a win over the Romanian side at their Adidas Arena. Josef Weber’s troops were more than fortunate not to concede in the first leg as Steaua had 20 goal attempts (8 on target), but they managed to keep a clean sheet and nothing else matters. Maccabi Tel Aviv will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against Suduva when they take on the Lithuanian outfit at Marijampolės sporto centro stadione on Thursday evening. The Israeli outfit suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Vladimir Cheburin’s troops in front of home fans, but seeing that the Lithuanian champions produced fine performances in the Champions League double-header against Crvena Zvezda this outcome should not be a surprise. Torino rolled over Shakhtyor Soligorsk 5-0 in front of home fans in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Il Toro got their job done on Thursday evening and there is every chance coach Walter Mazzarri will rest several first-team regulars in the return leg. The Serie A club have been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League qualifiers and despite the fact that Mazzarri is unlikely to field the best possible side in Thursday’s football match, away win should be considered. Savo Milosevic is doing a great job with Partizan and that is more than obvious. The Serbian club produced a splendid performance in a 3-1 win over Malatyaspor in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg, with the team creating a number of clear-cut opportunities to score. Summer signing Takuma Asano impressed on his Partizan debut (one goal and one assist) and all eyes will be on the Japan international when the two teams face each other in Malatya on Thursday evening. Despite creating a number of clear-cut opportunities to score in the first leg, Norrkoping eventually played out a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. The Israeli outfit scored a vital away goal in the Ostgotaporten clash and, as a result, they are considered favourites to advance to the Europa League play-offs. Hapoel are undefeated in previous nine games in all competitions, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. AEK Athens will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Universitatea Craiova when they host the Romanian club at their Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis. The Black and Yellows proved their worth in the first leg, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match as Romanian sides should never be written off. Croatia international Marko Livaja, who came from the bench and found the net in the 2-0 win over Universitatea, is likely to be recalled to the starting XI. As expected, Ludogorets outclassed The New Saints 5-0 in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, with the team moving one step closer to securing their place in the play-offs. The Bulgarian champions are on the right track to make amends for the unsuccessful Champions League qualifying campaign and despite the fact that they are defending such a big lead in Thursday’s football match, away win should be considered. Bnei Yehuda play host to Neftci at their HaMoshava Stadium in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. There was not much separating the two clubs in a 2-2 draw at Bakcell Arena, but it has to be noted that Neftci scored the equalizer in the seventh minute of the stoppage time. Despite scoring the equalizing goal in the dying seconds of the match, the Azeri outfit need to go for a win in the return leg if they are to book their place in the Europa League play-offs. Viktoria Plzen will be aiming to overcome a one-goal deficit in the Europa League tie against Antwerp when the two teams take on each other at Doosan Park on Thursday evening. The Czech outfit were outclassed by Olympiakos in the Champions League second qualifying round and seeing that they suffered a 1-0 loss to Antwerp at Stade Roi Baudouin in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg, Pavel Vrba’s troops must be desperate to return to winning ways in the European competition. A place in the Europa League play-offs will be at stake when Trabzonspor and Sparta Prague face each other at Medical Park Stadyumu on Thursday evening. The two teams were evenly matched in the first leg, sharing the spoils at Generali Arena and yet another close encounter is on the cards. The Turks showed character in the 2-2 draw with the Czech outfit, with Ekuban and Sorloth scoring late goals for Unal Karaman’s charges. PSV’s job in the Europa League third qualifying round is half-done as they recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Haugesund in the first leg. The Eredivisie club are with one foot in the Europa League play-offs and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Coach Marc van Bommel has a number of high-profile footballers to choose from and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, the Rood-witten are likely to record yet another win over the Eliteserien outfit in the Europa League qualifiers. As expected, Astana rolled over Valetta 5-1 in front of home fans in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Kazakhs are with one foot in the play-offs, meaning that coach Roman Grigorchuk is likely to mix the squad for the return leg. Iceland international Runar Mar Sigurjonsson scored a brace in the first leg, but he is likely to be rested against Valetta this time out. After outplaying Serbian side Cukaricki in the second qualifying round Molde moved one step closer to making it to the Europa League play-offs with a thrilling 3-0 win over Aris. With Molde’s domestic campaign being in a full swing, it is no wonder the Norwegians outclassed the Greeks at their Aker Stadion. Key midfielder Eikrem, who found the net in the first leg, will be one of the men to watch in the away team in Thursday’s football match at Stadio Harilaou Kleanthis Vikelidis. After playing out a goalless draw with Mariupol at Stadion Chornomorets in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, AZ Alkmaar will be looking to book their place in the play-offs with a win over the Ukrainian outfit at their AFAS Stadion. Arne Slot’s troops kicked off the new Eredivisie campaign with a thrilling 4-0 win over Fortuna Sittard at home ground and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Mariupol. David faces Goliath at Commerzbank-Arena in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Eintracht Frankfurt rolled over Vaduz 5-0 at Rheinpark Stadion, but given German mentality, the Bundesliga side do not want to stop now. Die Adler aim to record yet another routine win over the Liechtenstein outfit and we are positive that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play. Serbia international Filip Kostic scored a brace in the 5-0 crushing of Vaduz, but he could be given a rest this time out. Seeing that Zrinjski eliminated Eredivisie side Utrecht in the Europa League second qualifying round, many people expected that they would make life difficult for Malmo at Swedbank Stadion. However, the Allsvenskan outfit totally outplayed the Bosnians in Malmo, scoring three goals without conceding. Uwe Rosler is doing a great job with the Swedbank Stadion outfit and we are positive that the Swedes are going to stick to their attacking style of play in the return leg. Gent were on the verge of beating AEK Larnaca at AEK Arena – George Karapatakis in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, but the Cypriotes eventually scored a late equalizer and grabbed something from the match. There was not much separating the two teams in the first leg, but Gent are seen as hot favourites to win the return leg. Rangers play host to Midtjylland at their Ibrox Stadium in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Gers proved their worth in the 4-2 win over the Danish club at MCH Arena, with the Scottish team scoring three goals in just 13 minutes. Steven Gerard is undisputedly doing a great job with the Ibrox Stadium outfit and we are positive that his men are going to book their place in the Europa League play-offs without any difficulties. Nonetheless, seeing that Rangers are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the second leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw this time out. Aberdeen will be looking to overcome a two-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against Rijeka when the two teams face each other at Pittodrie Stadium on Thursday evening. The Dons failed to impress in the 2-0 loss to the Rijecki bijeli at Stadion HNK Rijeka, but it is well known that the Scottish club produce much better displays at home than on the travels. Thanks to a routine 3-0 win over Luzern in Switzerland Espanyol moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League play-offs. Los Periquitos proved their worth in the crushing of the Swiss Super League side and seeing that they are with one foot in the final qualifying round, coach David Gallego could use Thursday’s football match to rest several first-team regulars. After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria, Strasbourg will be aiming to get their job done in the Europa League third qualifying round with yet another victory over the Bulgarian outfit when the two teams face each other at Stade de la Meinau on Thursday evening. The Ligue 1 outfit obviously have big ambitions for the upcoming Europa League campaign and seeing that Lokomotiv Plovdiv are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on le Racing. Thanks to a routine 4-0 win over Pyunik Wolverhampton almost secured their place in the Europa League play-offs. The Wolves obviously take the Europa League games very seriously and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up in the return leg, we are positive that Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops are going to record yet another win over the Armenian side. Sporting Braga play host to Brondby at their Estadio Municipal de Braga in the return leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Braga outplayed Brondby 4-2 in Denmark and it is no surprise the Primeira Liga side are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football match. It is well known that over the years Sa Pinto’s troops have turned their stadium into a real fortress and seeing that the visitors head into the game with the lack of confidence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Portuguese outfit. As expected, Getafe kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over Trabzonspor. Los Azulones aim to move one step closer to booking their place in the last 32 of the European competition and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Krasnodar. Lazio will be aiming to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Cluj when they host Rennes at their Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening. The Biancocelesti aim to keep their hopes of booking their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League alive and we are positive that coach Simone Inzaghi is going to field the best possible side this time out. Over the years Lazio have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from their second group game. Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Malmo, Dynamo Kiev will be looking to cement top position in Group B with a triumph over Lugano at Kybunpark. Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko’s troops have slim chances of winning the domestic trophy as Shakhtar Donetsk are the dominant force in the Ukrainian top flight, but they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. Malmo and Copenhagen, the two neighbouring clubs, face each other at Swedbank Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Malmo are fully focused on winning the domestic trophy and it is no surprise they suffered a 1-0 loss to Dynamo Kiev in their Europa League opener. The Blues, though, are a real force to be reckoned with at home and that is the main reason why we predict they are going to grab something from their second group game. A place in the Europa League play-offs will be at stake when Zorya and CSKA Sofia face each other at Slavutych-Arena on Thursday evening. The two teams were evenly matched in the first leg, playing out a 1-1 draw in the Bulgarian capital and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when they meet in Zaporozhe in the return leg of the third qualifying round. Estadio Dom Afonso will host Thursday’s Europa League clash between Vitoria Guimaraes and Ventspils. David faces Goliath in Guimaraes as the Primeira Liga club outclassed the Latvian side 3-0 at Daugavas Stadiona and it is no surprise Ivo Vieira’s charges are considered hot favourites to win the return leg. Os Vimaranenses are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match and given their thrilling form, we are positive that they are going to record yet another win over Ventspils. Against all odds, Linfield came from behind to beat Sutjeska in Podgorica in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Northern Ireland club are on the verge of making it to the play-offs, but coach David Healy must warn his men against complacency. Kirk Millar, who scored a brace in the 2-1 win over the Montenegro champions, will be the man to keep an eye on in the home team. As expected, Dudelange totally outplayed Nomme Kalju in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, with the Luxembourg outfit taking 24 goal attempts (13 on target) in the 3-1 win over the Estonians. To make things even worse for Nomme Kalju, forward Robert Kirss was sent off in the dying minutes of the match and, as a result, he is going to miss the return leg through suspension. There will be fireworks when Atromitos and Legia Warsaw face each other at Stadio Peristeriou in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. Legia failed to turn their dominance into goals in the goalless draw with Atromitos at their Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszalka Jozefa Pilsudskiego, but the fact that they were a much better side in the first leg is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Greece. Astana played out an embarrassing goalless draw with Andorran side FC Santa Coloma in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round, but the Kazakhs proved their worth in the return leg, rolling over the minnows 4-1 at their Astana Arena. Marin Tomasov scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory over Santa Coloma and all eyes will be on the Croatia international when Astana and Valetta square off against each other in the first leg of round 3. Slovan Bratislava were struggling to break the deadlock in the first leg, but thanks to David Holman’s late goal the Slovaks eventually turn their dominance into the winning goal. The Kings of Bratislava are now on a quest to defend their slim lead at Tallaght Stadium and seeing that they were a much better side in the first leg, we are positive that Jan Kozak’s troops will advance to the Europa League play-offs. AEK Larnaca welcome Gent at their AEK Arena – George Karapatakis in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Cypriotes have been in a fine form of late and they will be looking to extend their winning run to five games in the European competition when they face the Belgian outfit on Thursday afternoon. AEK managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous four games in the Europa League qualifiers and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the first leg. After eliminating Honved on penalties in the Europa League second qualifying round, Universitatea Craiova will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host AEK Athens at their Stadionul Ion Oblemenco on Thursday evening. The Romanian side have been impressive at the back in recent games and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. AEK Athens look solid at the back as well, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the horizon in Craiova. After coming from behind to beat Ararat-Armenia at Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg, Saburtalo will be looking to clinch their spot in the play-offs with yet another victory over the Armenian club at their Mikheil Meskhis sakhelobis Stadioni. The Georgians proved their worth in the first leg and they must be high on confidence ahead of Wednesday’s football match. As expected, Ventspils eliminated Gzira United in the Europa League second qualifying round, with the team scoring six goals in total in the double-header against the Maltese outfit. The Latvian club do not want to stop now and they will be looking to claim a major scalp in the Europa League qualifiers when they face Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes in the two-legged tie. A place in the Europa League play-offs will be at stake when Sparta Prague and Trabzonspor face each other in the highly-anticipated double-header. Sparta have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the new domestic campaign, which is probably the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the Czech outfit. Nonetheless, considering that Vaclav Jilek’s troops are tough to beat at home, we predict that the hosts are going to hold Trabzonsport to a draw in the first leg. All eyes will be on Haugesund Stadion when Haugesund and PSV face each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. The Norwegian outfit did well to eliminate Sturm Graz in round 2, but they will have a mountain to climb in the double-header against the Dutch vice-champions. PSV were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the Champions League third qualifying round, with the team suffering elimination to Basel on away goal rule. Brondby and Sporting Braga take on each other at Brondby Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. The Danish outfit eliminated Lechia in the Europa League second qualifying round, with the team beating Piotr Stokowiec’s troops in extra-time. The Drengene Fra Vestegnen produce much better showings at home than on the travels, but given the number of high-profile players in the away team, the Danes are still seen as underdogs in Thursday’s football match. AZ Alkmaar will be looking to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Hacken when they take on Mariupol at Stadion Chornomorets in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. The Eredivisie outfit regained a much-needed confidence and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match. The Ukrainians face an uphill task in the opening match of their Europa League qualifying campaign and seeing that they have been having their ups and downs in pre-season, we believe that the Dutch club will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Neftci will be aiming to keep their 100% record in the 2019/2020 Europa League qualifying campaign intact when they host Bnei Yehuda at Bakcell Arena on Thursday evening. The Azeri have been producing thrilling displays in the qualifiers and you should bear in mind that they are after their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the process. Italian tactician Roberto Bordin is doing a great job with the Black and Whites and we predict that his men will prove their worth on the field once again. Molde will be looking to build on a routine 3-1 win over Cukaricki in Belgrade when they host Aris at their Aker Stadion in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Norwegian club have been impressive in all competitions this season and they must be high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match. Considering that Molde’s domestic campaign is already in a full swing, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Erling Moe’s troops. All eyes will be on Stockhorn Arena when Thun and Spartak Moscow take on each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. Marc Schneider’s troops aim to prove their worth on their debut in the 2019/2020 Europa League qualifying campaign and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we believe that the Swiss Super League side are capable of making life difficult for the Russians. AIK were on the verge of beating Maribor in the Champions League second qualifying round, but thanks to Alexandru Cretu’s late goal in extra-time the Slovenia side eventually made it to round 3 of the qualifiers for the elite competition. The Allsvenskan club are now on a quest to book their place in the Europa League group stages and they are seen as favourites to win the double-header against Sheriff of Moldova. Wolverhampton will be aiming to move one step closer to making it to the Europa League group stages when they take on Pyunik at Gyumri City Stadium (neutral location) in the first leg of the third qualifying round. As expected the Wolves rolled over Crusaders of Northern Ireland in round 2, with Raul Jimenez once again proving his worth. The Mexican attacker looks unstoppable in 2019 and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in Thursday’s football match. Thursday’s football game at Stadion Lokomotiv pits together Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Strasbourg. The Bulgarian outfit set up a meeting with the French club by beating Spartak Trnava on away goal rule, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the double-header against le Racing. The Smurfs undisputedly produce much better performances at home than on the travels and seeing that Strasbourg are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that the Bulgarians are going to grab something from the first leg. After eliminating Osijek on penalties in the Europa League second qualifying round, CSKA Sofia will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Zorya at their Stadion Balgarska Armija on Thursday evening. The Armymen undisputedly produce much better showings in front of home fans than on the travels, but beating Zorya is easier said than done. Feyenoord have been struggling in pre-season, but it has to be noted that coach Jaap Stam used warm-up games to test as many players as possible for the upcoming season. The former Milan, Lazio and Manchester United defender, though, is going to field the best possible side against Dinamo Tbilisi as the Dutch outfit are determined to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Antwerp, who impressed in a 4-1 win over Eupen in the opening match of the new domestic campaign, will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Viktoria Plzen at their Stade Roi Baudouin on Thursday evening. Laszlo Boloni’s troops will have a home field advantage in the first leg and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Czech vice-champions. Plzen experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 4-0 loss to Olympiakos in the Champions League qualifiers, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Belgian club. Swedbank Stadion will host Thursday’s football match between Malmo and Zrinjski, who take on each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Allsvenskan club came from behind to beat and eliminate Domzale in round 2 and Uwe Rosler’s troops are seen as hot favourites to win the clash against Zrinjski as well. As always, a man to watch in the Swedish outfit will be experienced attacker Markus Rosenberg, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Against all odds, F91 Dudelange eliminate Shkendija in the Europa League second qualifying round, with the team extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games. The Luxembourg outfit aim to move one step closer to repeating the last season’s success when they participated in the group stages of the Europa League and seeing that Nomme Kalju struggle at the back, we are tempted to put our money on Henri Bossi’s charges. MCH Arena will host Sunday’s football game between Midtjylland and Rangers, the two sides who take on each of other in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. Kenneth Andersen’s troops made a flying start to the season, with the team recording a win in each of their first three league fixtures, but Rangers are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Danes than their previous rivals. There will be fireworks when Sarajevo and BATE Borisov square off against each other at Stadion Bilino Polje in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Sarajevo failed to upset Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers, but they are definitely capable of making life difficult for BATE, who failed to impress in the CL double-header against Rosenborg. A place in the Europa League play-offs will be at stake when Rijeka and Aberdeen face each other in the double-header. Over the years the Rijecki bijeli have established themselves as one of the best Croatian sides, but the two-legged tie against Aberdeen will be anything but a walk in the park for Igor Biscan’s troops. Rijeka kicked off the new domestic campaign with back-to-back wins over Varazdin and Lokomotiva Zagreb, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of the Scottish outfit. Norkopping will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six games when they welcome Hapoel Be’er Sheva at their Ostgotaporten in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. The Allsvenskan outfit are eyeing their fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match. Ligue 1 side Strasbourg kick off their Europa League qualifying campaign with a match against Maccabi Haifa. Le Racing have been producing fine performances in pre-season and they are likely to go for a victory in Thursday’s football game against the Israeli outfit. Strasbourg were producing splendid performances in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign and they certainly want to continue where they left last term. Legia play host to KuPS at their Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. The Wojskowi failed to impress in their Europa League opener, with the team sharing the spoils with FC Europa in Gibraltar, but they rolled over the minnows 3-0 in front of home fans to set up a meeting with the Finnish club. After making it to the Europa League semis last season, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to at least repeat the success when they kick off their European campaign with a game against Flora at A. Le Coq Arena. The two teams face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg, with the Bundesliga side being hot favourites to win the match. Aberdeen faced no difficulties in the double-header against RoPS and, as expected, the Scottish team advance to the Europa League second qualifying round. The Dons do not want to stop now as their goal is to book a place in the group stages of the European competition. Aberdeen are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Georgia and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Utrecht play host to Zrinjski at Stadion Galgenwaard in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. The Eredivisie club return to European competitions following a two-year absence and they are determined to book their place in the Europa League. Despite the fact that Zrinjski outplayed Akademija Pandev in the first qualifying round, we believe that there is a big value in betting on John van den Brom’s troops. There will be fireworks when Aris and AEL square off against each other at Stadio Harilaou Kleanthis Vikeldis in the Europa League derby. Aris have been struggling to find their form in pre-season, with the team suffering three consecutive defeats to the likes of Fortuna Sittard, Gent and PSV, but a win over AEL will see them regain a much-needed confidence. Gent and Vitorul face each other at GHELAMCO-arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Gent have been scoring goals for fun in pre-season and they are likely to stick to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Europa League qualifier against the Romanian club. The Belgian outfit are a real force to be reckoned with at home and given the number of high-profile footballers in Jess Thorup’s squad, home win should be considered. Unlike fellow Serbian club Radnicki Nis who suffered elimination to Flora, Cukaricki did well to roll over Banants in the Europa League first qualifying round (8-0 on agg.). The capital club, though, will have a mountain to climb in the double-header against Molde if they are to book their place in the third qualifying round. Cukaricki produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that coach Aleksandr Veselinovic counts on a number of young and unexperienced footballers, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs. A place in the Europa League third qualifying round will be at stake when Yeni Malatyaspor and Olimpija face each other in the double-header. Yeni Malatyaspor aim to impress on their Europa League debut and seeing that coach Ali Riza Sergen Yalcin has a number of high-profile players to choose from, we believe that there is a big value in the Turkish Super Lig outfit. Buoyed by a thrilling 5-1 win over Cliftonville, Haugesund will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages when they welcome Sturm Graz at their Haugesund Stadion. The Eliteserien outfit have been in a splendid form of late and seeing that they head into Thursday’s football match high on confidence, we are tempted to put our money on the Norwegians. Narodny Futbalovy Stadion will host Wednesday’s football game between Slovan Bratislava and Feronikeli, the two teams who failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers. The Slovakian champions were more than unfortunate not to beat Sutjeska in the double-header, with the Montenegro outfit scoring a late equalizer in the return leg. After failing to eliminate Helsinki in the Champions League first qualifying round, Faroe Islands champions HB will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Linfield at their Gundadalur in the first leg of the Europa League 2nd qualifying round. The Blues, on the other hand, were outclassed by Rosenborg in their attempt to record a good result in the Champions League, but they have good chances of eliminating HB in the Europa League double-header. After rolling over Tre Penne 10-0 on aggregate in the Europa League second qualifying round, Suduva will be looking to claim a major scalp in the qualifiers for the European competition when they take on Maccabi Tel Aviv at Winner Stadium on Thursday evening. The Lithuanian champions are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, but beating Maccabi in Tel Aviv is easier said than done. Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle will host Tuesday’s football game between Tre Penne and Suduva, who face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. Tre Penne aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to FC Santa Coloma in the Champions League qualifiers, but the clash against the Lithuanian champions will be anything but a walk in the park for the San Marino club. Despite beating Cluj at home in the Champions League first qualifying round, first leg, Astana eventually failed to eliminate the Romanian club in the elite competition double-header. The Kazaks are now on a quest to book their place in the Europa League group stages and seeing that they face Santa Coloma in round 2, they are likely to move one step closer to meeting the goal. AEK Arena – George Karapatakis will host Thursday’s football game between AEK Larnaca and Levski Sofia. The Cypriotes did well to beat Petrocub in the Europa League first qualifying round, with the team keeping a clean sheet in each of the two legs. The hosts are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the clash against Levski Sofia, but beating the Bulgarian outfit is easier said than done. Thanks to a 4-0 win over Valur Ludogorets set up a meeting with The New Saints in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Bulgarian champions quickly bounced back from a shocking elimination to Ferencvaros in the Champions League qualifiers, but coach Stoycho Stoev must warn his men against complacency ahead of the visit of the Welsh champions. RoPS will be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run in all competitions when they host Aberdeen at their Rovaniemen Keskuskentta in the Europa League first qualifying round, return leg. The Finnish side scored a late away goal in the first leg, but they still need to beat the Scottish Premier League side in front of home fans if they are to make it to round 2. Levadia will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Stjarnan when the two teams face each other at A. Le Coq Arena on Thursday evening. Levadia scored a vital goal in the 2-1 loss to the Icelanders in the first leg which undisputedly gave the team a confidence boost. Seeing that only a win counts for the hosts this time out, we are positive that Aleksandar Rogic’s troops are going to fight tooth and nail in the return leg. Dinamo Minsk were on the verge of suffering a loss to Liepaja at Stadions Daugava in the first leg of the Europa League 1st qualifying round, but thanks to Nikita Kaplenko’s late goal the Belarusians eventually grabbed something from the match. Dinamo Minsk moved one step closer to booking their place in round 2, but coach Sergei Gurenko must warn his men against complacency as Liepaja produced a fine display in the first leg. As expected, Apollon recorded a 2-0 win over Kauno Zalgiris in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Cypriotes’ job is all but done, but we are positive that they will go for a win in the return leg at Neo GSP. Apollon did well to beat star-studded Serie A side Lazio in their last home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Kauno Zalgiris. Ararat-Armenia play host to Lincoln Red Imps at their Yerevan Football Academy on Tuesday afternoon. Vardan Minasyan’s troops suffered elimination to AIK in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers, but it has to be noted that their performances in the double-header against the Swedish champions were anything but poor. A place in the Europa League second qualifying round will be at stake when Levski Sofia and Ruzomberok face each other at Vivacom Arena – Georgi Asparuhov in the return leg. The Bulgarian side did well to beat the Slovaks 2-0 in Ruzomberok, meaning that they are with one foot in round 2. Levski Sofia recorded a 3-2 win over Vaduz in their last home game in the Europa League, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Thanks to a 4-1 win over Inter Turku Brondby moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League second qualifying round. The Danish outfit proved their worth in the second half of the match, with the team scoring three goals in just 12 minutes, but they can’t afford any complacency in the second leg. TS Tramwaj Krakow Stadion will host Thursday’s football game between Cracovia and DAC. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at MOL Arena in the first leg of the Europa League 1st qualifying round, first leg and it is no wonder the Poles are seen as hot favourites to qualify for the next round. Cracovia aim to get their job done in front of home fans and despite the fact that the Stripes failed to impress in pre-season warm-up games, we are tempted to put our money on Michal Probierz’s troops. Steaua Bucharest will be looking to defend their two-goal lead in the Europa League tie against Milsami when the two teams face each other Complexul Sportiv Raional in the return leg of the first qualifying round. The Romanian side proved their worth in the 2-0 win over the Moldovans, meaning that they are with one foot in round 2. Generali Arena will host Thursday’s Europa League clash between Austria Wien and Apollon. The Violets aim to kick off their qualifying campaign in style and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, it is no surprise the Austrian Bundesliga club are seen as favourites to win the first leg. Considering that Austria Wien did well to beat the likes of Banik Ostrava and Queens Park Rangers in pre-season, home win should be considered. Despite suffering an embarrassing 3-2 loss to Alashkert in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg in front of home fans, Steaua eventually set up a meeting with Mlada Boleslav in round 3. FCSB aim to make amends from the unexpected defeat, but they will have to do it without defender Mihai Balasa, who was sent off in the 3-2 defeat to Alashkert. By beating the likes of Europa and KuPS Legia Warsaw set up a meeting with Atromitos in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Polish side have been impressive at the back in the 2019/2020 Europa League qualifiers, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the cards at Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszalka Jozefa Pilsudskiego. Legia’s main goal for the first leg is not to concede and we predict that they are going to prevent Atromitos attackers from scoring in Thursday’s football match. David faces Goliath at Rheinpark Stadion on Thursday evening as Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt take on Liechtenstein outfit Vaduz in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. Despite failing to impress in the two-legged tie against Flora, die Adler recorded back-to-back wins over the Estonian side to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages. By beating Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, Chelsea set up a meeting with Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The Blues are seen as one of main favourites to win the Europa League title, but they first need to prove their worth in the two-legged tie against the Czech side. Coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to stick to his rotation policy and France international Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Slavia. Thanks to two late goals Valencia recorded a 3-1 win over Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Los Che proved their worth in the first leg, but they will surely stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match. It is well known that Valencia are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they recorded a win in each of their previous seven home games in the Europa League is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Villarreal. A place in the Europa League semis will be at stake when Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt face each other in the double-header. Benfica are still playing on three fronts and they want to win everything in the 2018/2019 season. The Eagles are tough to beat at home, but we are positive that they are going to rely on their solid defense in Thursday’s football match. Salzburg will be looking to overcome a three-goal deficit in the tie against Napoli when they host the Serie A side at their Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls failed to impress in the 3-0 loss to Napoli at Stadio San Paolo and, as a result, they are on the verge of suffering elimination in the Europa League last 16. The Austrian champions, though, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Partenopei and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. Seeing that Salzburg are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that they are going to emerge triumphant in the return leg, but recording a huge win over Carlo Ancelotti’s troops is easier said than done. Napoli produce much better displays at home than on the travels, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Red Bulls. All eyes will be on Emirates Stadium when Arsenal and Napoli face each other in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. Arsenal have slim chances of winning the Premier League title and they surely want to save the season with a triumph in the Europa League. The Gunners are a real force to be reckoned with at home and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football game. Thanks to a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge Chelsea moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League quarter-finals. The Blues proved their worth in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their big lead. The Premier League side are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football game and, no doubt, they would be happy if they share the spoils with the Ukrainians. Dynamo Kiev are low on confidence ahead of the return leg, but seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men are going to play out a draw with Chelsea this time out. In their last meeting in the Ukrainian capital (2015, Champions League), the two teams played out a goalless draw and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. Despite being regarded hot favourites to win the first leg, Sevilla played out a 2-2 draw with Slavia Prague at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Los Sevillanos missed a number of clear-cut chances to score the winner in the second half and they are definitely capable of beating Slavia in Prague in the second leg. Ben Yedder, who scored the opener in the first leg, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s football match at Sinobo Stadium. The Czechs are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the return leg, but given the experience of Sevilla footballers, away win should be considered. You should bear in mind that the Andalusians recorded six wins in previous eight away games in the Europa League. In their last meeting in the capital of Czech Republic Sevilla defeated Slavia Prague 3-0. Krasnodar and Valencia take on each other at Stadion FK Krasnodar in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Valencia aim to defend their slim lead in the return leg, but that is easier said than done. Krasnodar are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we are positive that fans will see a close encounter at Stadion FK Krasnodar. A man to watch in the way team will be Rodrigo, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, but we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. As previously mentioned, Krasnodar have turned their stadium into a real fortress and given los Che’s poor away record, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Russian outfit. Dinamo Zagreb will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against Benfica when the two teams face each other at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Thursday evening. The Croatian champions proved their worth in the 1-0 win over the Portuguese side at Stadion Maksimir, but they will have a mountain to climb in the return leg if they are to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Over the years the Eagles have turned their stadium into a real fortress and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Dinamo Zagreb are enjoying a season to remember, but avoiding defeat to Benfica in Lisbon is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be Switzerland international Haris Seferovic, who has netted 19 goals in all competitions so far this season. All eyes will be on Commerzbank-Arena when Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter take on each other in the Europa League last 16, first leg. Eintracht Frankfurt are enjoying a season to remember and they did well to outplay Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 32 of the European competition. Die Adler aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football game against Inter. A man to watch in the home team will be Bundesliga top scorer Luka Jovic, who looks unstoppable at the moment. The Nerazzurri proved their worth in the double-header against Rapid Wien, but Eintracht are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Serie A side than their previous rivals. The Germans are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. All eyes will be on Stadio Giueseppe Meazza when Inter and Eintracht Frankfurt face each other in the Europa League last 16, return leg. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Frankfurt, but it has to be noted that the Nerazzurri missed a penalty in the first half of the match. Eintrach are enjoying a season to remember and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, but given the experience of Inter’s footballers, we predict that the Serie A side will advance to the Europa League quarter-finals. A man to watch in the home team will be Croatia international Perisic, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Inter defenders, on the other hand, should have Luka Jovic at bay as the Serbian striker has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Luciano Spalletti’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Stadion Maksimir will host Thursday’s football game between Dinamo Zagreb and Benfica, who face each other in the Europa League last 16, first leg. Dinamo Zagreb managed to overcome a deficit in the tie against Viktoria Plzen, with the team rolling over the Czech side in front of home fans, whilst Benfica eliminated Turkish side Galatasaray in the double-header. The Eagles are more of a team than the Croatian champions, but seeing that the hosts are undefeated in previous seven games at their Stadion Maksimir in the Europa League, away win should not be considered. A close encounter is on the cards and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the capital of Croatia in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. In their last meeting in the Europa League Benfica defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-0. Despite being regarded as underdogs in the tie against Real Betis, Rennes did remarkably well to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League. Les Rouges et Noirs do not want to stop now and they are eager to claim yet another major scalp in the knockout stages of the European competition. Rennes play host to Arsenal at their Roazhon Park and seeing that the Gunners have been struggling on the travels in the 2018/2019 season, we are tempted to put our money on the Ligue 1 side. Arsenal were beaten by BATE in Borisov in previous round, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to lead the line for the visitors, whilst one of the men to watch in the home side will be former Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. Against all odds, Villarreal recorded a thrilling 3-1 win over Zenit in Sankt-Petersburg and moved one step closer to making it to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The Yellow Submarine have been struggling in La Liga this season and, no doubt, they want to go all the way in the second best European club competition. Villarreal are tough to beat at home and we are positive that they are going to advance to the quarter-finals. The Russian side, on the other hand, need to overcome a two-goal deficit if they are to book their place in the next round, but that is easier said than done. The Spaniards are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match and we believe that they are going to play out a draw with the Zenitchiki at their Estadio de la Ceramica. Emirates Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Arsenal and Rennes. The Gunners suffered a shocking 3-1 loss to the Ligue 1 side in France, meaning that they need to record a big win in the second leg if they are to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Unai Emery’s troops are likely to leave their hearts on the field in the second leg and despite the fact that important defender Sokrates misses the match through suspension, home win should be considered. Arsenal have been impressive at their Emirates Stadium this season and we predict that they are going to overcome the deficit. Rennes, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Real Betis in the last 32, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the clash against the star-studded Premier League side. Gabon international Aubameyang is likely to lead the line for the hosts. Sevilla will be looking to extend their winning run in the Europa League to four games when they welcome Slavia Prague at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Los Sevillanos are the most successful team in the competition in the 21st century and given their impressive home record, it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. The La Liga side are eyeing their ninth consecutive home win in the Europa League and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Czechs, on the other hand, rolled over Genk in the last 32, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the tie against Sevilla. Los Sevillanos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we are positive that they are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. Zenit and Villarreal take on each other at Saint-Petersburg Stadium in what is expected to be a real Europa League cracker. The Zenitchiki came from behind to eliminate Fenerbahce in the last 32 of the Europa League, but they will have a mountain to climb in the two-legged tie against the Yellow Submarine if they are to advance to the quarter-finals of the European competition. Anyhow, seeing that the Russians are tough to beat at home, we predict that the hosts will grab something from Thursday’s football match. The La Liga side, on the other hand, are undefeated in previous eight game in the Europa League and seeing that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last five matches in the competition, a low-scoring affair is on the cards in Sankt Petersburg. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Chelsea will be looking to move one step closer to winning the Europa League trophy with a win over Dynamo Kiev at their Stamford Bridge. The Blues faced no difficulties in the double-header against Malmo, but they will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s football match against the Ukrainian side if they are to extend their winning run in the Europa League to three games. Dynamo Kiev, on the other hand, eliminated Olympiakos in the last 32, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Chelsea’s party in London. Maurizio Sarri is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered. French attacker Olivier Giroud is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. As expected, Napoli defeated Zurich in the Europa League last 32, with the team beating the Swiss side in both legs. The Neapolitans aim to go all the way in the Europa League this season and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Salzburg in Thursday’s football match. Over the years the Serie A side have turned their Stadio San Paolo into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. A man to watch in the home team will be Italian attacker Lorenzo Insigne. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, aim to make amends for the unsuccessful Champions League qualifying campaign. The Austrian champions rolled over Club Brugge in the last 32, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Stadio San Paolo clash against Carlo Ancelotti’s troops. Valencia take on Krasnodar at their Estadio de Mestalla in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Los Che eliminated Celtic in the last 32 without any difficulties and they are widely expected to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The La Liga side are on a six-game winning run at home in the Europa League and seeing that they have been in a fine form in the second half of the season, home win should be considered. Krasnodar did well to beat Bayer Leverkusen in previous round, but it has to be noted that they were more than unfortunate not to suffer a loss in the return leg at BayArena. The Russians are not regarded as good travelers and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Valencia’s party at Estadio de Mestalla. All eyes will be on Commerzbank Arena when Eintracht Frankfurt and Shakhtar Donetsk face each other in the Europa League last 32, return leg. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw in Ukraine, but it has to be noted that Shakhtar played with ten men from the 11th minute of the match. Defensive midfielder Stepanenko misses the return leg through suspension, but the Ukrainians will surely adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the away team will be Brazil international Taison, who found the net in the first leg. Die Adler, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and thanks to the 2-2 draw with Shakhtar in Donetsk they moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League last 16. Seeing that Eintracht are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Against all odds, Arsenal suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to BATE in Borisov in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Gunners failed to turn their dominance into goals in the first leg and, as a result, they need to record a big win over the Belarusian champions if they are to advance to the last 16 of the European competition. Unai Emery is likely to field the best possible side against BATE in Thursday’s football match and we predict that the Premier League side will overcome the deficit. Alexandre Lacazette misses the match through suspension, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to the starting line-up after coming as a substitute in the first leg. BATE are tough to beat at home, but seeing that they struggle on the travels, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to London. After coming from behind to beat Dinamo Zagreb in Czech Republic, Viktoria Plzen will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against the Croatian side when the two teams face each other at Stadion Maksimir in the return leg of the last 32 of the Europa League. Dinamo Zagreb impressed in the group stages of the European competition, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. The Croats outplayed Spartak Trnava and Fenerbahce in front of home fans earlier in the process and seeing that Viktoria Plzen produce much better displays at home than on the travels, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Zagreb. A man to watch in the home side will be Petkovic, who has been in a fine form in the 2018/2019 season. As expected, Partizan eliminated semi-professional Welsh outfit Connah’s Quay in the Europa League second qualifying round, but the Serbian side face an uphill task in the double-header against Yeni Malatyaspor. Savo Milosevic is doing a great job with Partizan and the former Aston Villa attacker has a number of young and talented footballers to choose from. High-flying Torino will be looking to move a little closer to making it to the Europa League group stages when they host Shaktyor at their Stadio Olimpico Torino in the first leg of the third qualifying round. Il Toro are on a four-game winning run in all competitions and seeing that the club chiefs managed to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Serie A outfit. After suffering elimination to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League second qualifying round, Saburtalo will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages when they take on Ararat-Armenia at Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht stadium on Tuesday evening. The Georgian outfit are on a three-game losing run in all competitions and seeing that Ararat-Armenia are tough to beat at home, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team. After failing to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, Dundalk will be looking to give fans some cheer when they face Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Lilywhites experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 defeat to Qaragab and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in Wednesday’s match against the Slovakian champions. Daugavas Stadiona will host Thursday’s football game between Riga and Helsinki, the two teams who face each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. Riga did well to beat the odds and eliminate Polish champions Piast Gliwice in round 2 and they are definitely capable of matching the Finnish champions in the upcoming double-header. Estadio de la Ceramica will host all-Spanish clash between Villarreal and Valencia, who face each other in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. Villarreal booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Zenit in the double-header, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against the fellow La Liga side. A man to watch in the home team will be Toko Ekambi, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late. Despite failing to impress in the two-legged tie against Faroe Islands side Ki Klaksvik, Luzern eventually set up a meeting with Espanyol in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Swiss Super League side face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match and seeing that they have been impressive at the back of late, we are positive that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in the first leg. Red Bull Arena will host Thursday’s football match between Salzburg and Club Brugge, who face each other in the Europa League last 32, return leg. Club Brugge came from behind to beat Salzburg in the first leg and the Belgians are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in the Red Bull Arena clash. However, seeing that the Austrian Bundesliga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that away win should be considered. The Red Bulls are on a five-game winning run at home in the Europa League and seeing that they face a must-win situation in Thursday’s clash, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Israel international Dabour, who has netted 20 goals in all competitions so far this season. Anyhow, the hosts are likely to make it to the last 16. Thanks to Alfonso Pedraza’s goal Villarreal recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Yellow Submarine have been struggling in La Liga this season, but they proved their worth in the Europa League clash against the Portuguese outfit. The Spaniards are with one foot in the last 16 of the European competition, but their job is only half done. The Lions have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Villarreal, but beating the La Liga side at Estadio de la Ceramica is easier said than done. The Yellow Submarine aim to make amends for the unsuccessful La Liga campaign and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration in Thursday’s football game. In previous two home games in the Europa League Villarreal defeated Spartak Moscow and Rapid Wien. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Zurich in Switzerland Napoli almost secured their spot in the Europa League last 16, but coach Carlo Ancelotti must warn his men against complacency. The Neapolitans proved their worth in the first leg, but we are positive that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football game. It is well known that the Partenopei are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Zurich head into the match with the lack of confidence, we are tempted to put our money on the Italian side. Lorenzo Insigne scored the opener in the 3-1 win over the Swiss outfit a week ago and the Italian attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders once again. In their last home game in the Europa League Napoli were beaten by Leipzig, but they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s clash against Zurich. A place in the Europa League play-offs will be at stake when Sutjeska and Linfield take on each other in the two-legged tie. After upsetting Slovan Bratislava in the Champions League first qualifying round, Sutjesk failed to claim yet another major scalp in round 2 as they were beaten by APOEL 4-0 on agg. in the double-header. Nikola Rakojevic’s troops aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and they are regarded as favourites to beat Linfield in the Europa League third qualifying round. There will be fireworks when Dynamo Kiev and Olympiakos Piraeus face each other at NSK Olimpijs’kyj in the Europa League last 32, return leg. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw in Greece a week ago and yet another close match is on the horizon. Dynamo Kiev are hoping for a low-scoring encounter as they scored two away goals in the first leg and we predict that the hosts are going to rely on their defence in Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Slovenia international Verbic, who found the net in the 2-2 draw with Olympiakos in Piraeus. The Thrylos need to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg if they are to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League, but seeing that Dynamo Kiev are tough to beat in Ukraine, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Valencia will be looking to defend their two-goal lead in the tie Europa League tie against Celtic when the two teams take on each other at Estadio de Mestalla on Thursday evening. Los Che did well to beat the Scottish champions in Glasgow, with Cheryshev and Sobrino finding the net for the La Liga side at Celtic Park. Valencia are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match and seeing that the Hoops often struggle on the travels in European competitions, we believe that Marcelino’s men are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Celtic have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at los Che, but beating the Spanish club at Estadio de Mestalla is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, Marcelino’s troops are going to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League without any difficulties. A place in the Europa League last 16 will be at stake when Bayer Leverkusen and Krasnodar take on each other at BayArena on Thursday evening. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Russia and yet another closer encounter is on the horizon. Bayer Leverkusen have been scoring goals for fun in the Bundesliga of late and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Krasnodar. The BayArena outfit did well to beat star-studded Bayern Munchen at home earlier in February, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Krasnodar should not be written off just yet, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Bayer Leverkusen’s party at BayArena. A man to watch in the home team will be Karim Bellarabi, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Zenit play host to Fenerbahce at their Saint-Petersburg Stadium in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Zenitchiki aim to overcome a 1-0 goal deficit in the return leg and we are positive that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Artem Dzyuba failed to impress in the 1-0 loss to Fenerbahce in Istanbul, but we believe that the Russian attacker is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Mak missed a penalty in the first leg, but he is likely to make life difficult for Fener back-line as well. The Turkish side did well to keep a clean sheet in front of home fans and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. Fenerbahce have been producing much better displays ever since Ersun Yanal took over the reins, but seeing that Zenit are a real force to be reckoned with at home, home win should be considered. Despite suffering three defeats in the group stages of the Europa League, Celtic eventually made it to the last 32 of the competition. The Hoops have big ambitions for both Scottish Premier League and the Europa League and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game against Valencia. Los Che, on the other hand, recorded four wins in previous five games in the Europa League and seeing that they have been in a fine form in the national championship of late, it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win the tie against Brendan Rodgers’ troops. Valencia are more of a team than Celtic and we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. In their last meeting in the Europa League los Che eliminated the Hoops in the double-header. Thanks to a 2-1 win over Galatasaray in Istanbul Benfica moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League last 16. The Eagles are with one foot in the next round, but given the quality of the Turkish side, the hosts are likely to take the return leg very seriously. The Portuguese outfit have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and you should bear in mind that they crushed Nacional 10-0 in their last home game in the national championship. Galatasaray have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Benfica in Thursday’s football match, but beating the Eagles in Lisbon is easier said than done. Benfica are more of a team than Galatasaray and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Haris Seferovic has found his goal-scoring touch of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. A place in the Europa League last 16 will be at stake when Genk and Slavia Prague face each other at Luminus Arena on Thursday evening. The two teams played out a goalless draw in the first leg and seeing that they are evenly matched, we believe that yet another close encounter is on the horizon. Genk, though, produce much better showings at home than on the travels and that is the main reason why they are considered favourites to win the return leg. The Belgian side recorded five wins in previous six home games in the Europa League, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Slavia Prague. The Czechs are once again likely to rely on their rock-solid defence, but we predict that the hosts are going to break the deadlock eventually. Inter will be aiming to defend their slim lead in the Europa League tie against Rapid Wien when the two sides take on each other at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Thursday evening. The Nerazzurri scored only one goal in the first leg, but that goal helped them move one step closer to making it to the last 16 of the European competition. Coach Luciano Spalletti rested key attacker Mauro Icardi in the 1-0 win over Rapid, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up in Thursday’s football game, home win should be considered. The Austrian side face an uphill task in the return leg and considering that Inter are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the Serie A side. It has to be noted that Luciano Spalletti’s men are eyeing their third consecutive win at home in the Europa League. All eyes will be on Stadion FK Krasnodar when Krasnodar and Bayer Leverkusen face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg. Krasnodar suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Sevilla in their last group game, but they totally deserved to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition. It is well known that the Russian side have turned their stadium into a real fortress and despite the fact that Bayer Leverkusen have found their form of late, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Bundesliga side have been scoring goals for fun of late, but tired legs are likely to prove to a big problem for the visitors in Thursday’s football match. Taking everything into account, we believe that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg at Stadion FK Krasnodar. Turk Telekom Stadyumu will host Thursday’s football game between Galatasaray and Benfica. Galatasaray finished the group stages of the Champions League in third position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League. The Turkish side have slim chances of winning the national championship and we are positive that they are going to give 100% in order to record a good result in the Europa League knockout stages. Benfica, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth win in all competitions and they are determined to score an away goal in the first leg in Istanbul. Given the attacking potential of the two teams, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. In their last meeting in a competitive match Benfica recorded a 2-1 win over Galatasaray. After failing to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages, Inter will be looking to prove their worth in the Europa League two-legged tie against Rapid Wien. The Nerazzurri head into Thursday’s football game following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Parma and they are considered hot favourites to win the first leg. A man to watch in the away team will be Mauro Icardi, who is eager to find his goal-scoring touch. The Austrian side have yet to kick off the second half of the season and that is probably the main reason why we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Serie A team. Rapid Wien did well to beat the likes of Spartak Moscow and Rangers in last two games in the Europa League, but Inter are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Austrians that their previous rivals. All eyes will be on Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when Sevilla and Lazio face each other in the Europa League last 32, return leg. The La Liga side recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Biancocelesti at Stadio Olimpico, meaning that they are with one foot in the last 16 of the European competition. It is well known that Pablo Machin’s men have turned “Pizjuan” into a real fortress and seeing that Lazio are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the Spaniards. French striker Ben Yedder scored the winner for los Sevillanos in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. It has to be noted that the La Liga side are on a seven-game winning run at home in the Europa League, with the team rolling over Standard Liege, Akhisarspor and Krasnodar in the group stages. Lazio will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Apollo and Eintracht Frankfurt when they host Sevilla at their Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Biancocelesti are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are determined to take advantage in the first leg in the „Eternal city”. A man to watch in the home team will be Ciro Immobile, but Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well. Los Sevillanos, on the other hand, are eyeing their 6thtrophy in the Europa League of the 21st century. Pablo Machin is doing a great job with the Andalusian side and his men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A lively contest is on the cards at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Olympiakos will be aiming to build on a thrilling 3-1 win over Milan when they welcome Dynamo Kiev at their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Olympiakos are eyeing their third consecutive win at home in the Europa League and you should bear in mind that they are undefeated in previous nine home games in the competition. The Thrylos aim to get their job done in the first leg and seeing that they have been in a fine form in the national championship of late, we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs in the Europa League this season and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Olympiakos’ party in the capital of Greece. Thanks to back-to-back wins over Jablonec and Astana Rennes advanced to the last 32 of the Europa League. The French outfit do not want to stop now and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football game against Real Betis. Los Beticos, on the other hand, are undefeated in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to France. The La Liga side are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg and seeing that Les Rouges et Noirs are tough to beat at home, we are positive that the two teams are going to play out a draw at Roazhon Park. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before in a competitive match. Despite the fact that Maurizio Sarri rested several first-team regulars against Malmo, Chelsea did well to beat the Swedish side on the road in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Blues are with one foot in the last 16 of the European competition, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match. Anyhow, seeing the Chelsea have slim chances of winning the Premier League trophy, we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in each and every Europa League game. Malmo are not considered good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Chelsea’s party at Stamford Bridge. Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line for the hosts and we believe that he is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Slavia Prague welcome Genk at their Sinobo Stadium in the Europa League last 32, first leg, in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Slavia Prague are on a six-game winning run in the national championship and, as a result, they are leading the chase for the title. The Czech side have been impressive at home ground this season and despite the fact that Genk are leading the standings in the Belgian top flight, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A man to watch in the home team will be Slovakia international Stoch, whilst Slavia Prague defenders should have Tanzanian striker Mbwanna Ally Samatta. Anyhow, we believe that the hosts are closer to winning the first leg than the visitors. The two teams meet for the first time ever in the Europa League. Chelsea will be aiming to get their job done in the Europa League tie against Malmo when the two teams face each other in the last 32, first leg at Swedbank Stadion. The Blues are considered one of main favourites to win the competition this season, but coach Maurizio Sarri must warn his men against complacency. The Premier League side are likely to go all guns blazing at Malmo in Thursday’s football game and we predict that the star-studded visitors are going to prove their worth on the field. The Swedish side have yet to kick-off the new domestic campaign, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money Premier League side. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Eden Hazard, who is enjoying yet another successful season. Malmo and Higuain meet for the first time ever in European competitions. After failing to make it to the Champions League last 16, Club Brugge will be aiming to give fans some cheer when they host Salzburg at their Jan Breydelstadion. The Belgian side are undefeated in previous four games in the elite competition, but they are considered underdogs in the two-legged tie against Salzburg, who enjoy playing in the Europa League. The Red Bulls suffered a shocking loss to Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League qualifiers, but they have been impressive in the Europa League group stages this term. Salzburg are on the right track to win the Austrian Bundesliga as well and, taking everything into acocunt, we believe that they are going to beat Club Brugge in Belgium. A man to watch in the away team will be Israel international Moanes Dabour, who has netted no less than 10 goals in European competitions so far this term. After impressing in the group stages of the Europa League, Dinamo Zagreb will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Viktoria Plzen at Doosan Arena in the first leg of the last 32. The Croatian side aim to get their job done in the first leg, but beating Viktoria Plzen on the road is easier said than done. Dinamo Zagreb are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Czech side booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages thanks to back-to-back wins over CSKA and Roma in the Champions League and they are definitely capable of holding the Croats to a draw. You should bear in mind that the two sides meet for the first time ever in European competitions. After playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw in France, Real Betis and Rennes will face each other at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the return leg of the Europa League last 32. Los Beticos did remarkably well to score three away goals in the first leg and, as a result, they moved one step closer to booking their place in the last 16 of the European competition. Seeing that a low-scoring draw with Rennes will see Real Betis advance to the next round we predict that the hosts are going to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match. The Andalusians are tough to beat at home and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to defend their “slim lead” in the return leg. You should bear in mind that les Rouges et Noirs suffered five defeats in previous six away games in the Europa League. Shakhtar Donetsk play host to Eintracht Frankfurt at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkiv in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Shakhtar Donetsk failed to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but they are definitely capable of recording a good result in the second best European competition. The Miners recorded four wins in previous five home games in the Europa League, but Thursday’s football match against Eintracht Frankfurt will be anything but a walk in the park for them. Die Adler, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play. A lively contest is on the horizon, but we believe that the hosts are closer to winning the first leg than the visitors. A place in the Europa League last 16 will be at stake when Zurich and Napoli take on each other in the double-header. Zurich head into the match following a 3-1 win over Grasshoppers in the national championship, but they face an uphill task against the star-studded Italian side. The Neapolitans were more than unfortunate not to make it to the Champions League knockout stages, but they are now fully focused on the Europa League. Carlo Ancelotti’s men aim to get their job done in the first leg and we are positive that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in the first leg. Polish attacker Arkadiusz Millik is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against Zurich and we believe that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The two teams have never met before in the Europa League. Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sevilla, Standard take on Akhisarspor at Spor Toto Akhisar Belediye Stadi in their last group game. The Turkish side have yet to pick up a point in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign, whereas the Belgians face a must-win situation in the decider. Standard Liege want this win more than Akhisarspor and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Red Devils are determined to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages and seeing that the hosts head into Thursday’s football match with the lack of confidence, away win should be considered. When the two teams met in Liege earlier in the process Standard defeated Akhisarspor 2-1, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Belgian team this time out. Dynamo Kiev failed to make a flying start to the season, with the team losing to Ajax in the Champions League qualifiers, but thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Astana the Ukrainian side booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Dynamo Kiev have little to play for in their last group game, but they surely want to extend their unbeaten run in the competition. Seeing that the Ukrainians have already clinched top position in Group K, we predict that coach Aleksandr Khatskevich is going to mix the squad against Jablonec. The visitors are stuck at the bottom of the standings, but they should take advantage of the fact that the hosts head into Thursday’s football match with a severely-weakened squad. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in their last group game. Estadio Jose Alvalade will host Thursday’s football game between Sporting Lisbon and Villarreal. Sporting Lisbon are eyeing their third consecutive win in the process and seeing that they have slim chances of winning the national championship, we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure the La Liga survival, but, on the other hand, they have yet to suffer a loss in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign. A close encounter is on the cards in Lisbon, but seeing that the Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Spain empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Dost, whilst Sporting defenders should have Gerard Moreno at bay. Buoyed by a come-from-behind win over Sarpsborg, Besiktas take on Malmo in the decider. The Turkish outfit are sitting in second place in Group I ahead of Thursday’s football match and they are only one point away from booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Besiktas are brimming with confidence ahead of the last group game and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Malmo, on the other hand, finished the 2018 Allsvenskan campaign in third place in the standings and they are now fully focused on the Europa League clash against Besiktas. The Swedish side face a must-win situation against Besiktas, but seeing that the Black Eagles are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors. Eintracht Frankfurt will be aiming to keep their 100% record in Group H intact with a win over Lazio at Stadio Olimpico. The Eagles have been producing splendid displays in the Europa League group stages and they surely want to put icing on the cake on a very successful campaign. However, seeing that coach Adolf Hutter is likely to rest key players against Lazio, we are not tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga side. The Biancocelesti booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages as well and seeing that they should be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. You should bear in mind that the Serie A side are undefeated in previous eight home games in the Europa League, with the team beating Apollon and Olympique Marseille at their Stadio Olimpico in the 2018/2019 campaign. Thanks to a 2-2 draw with Malmo Genk moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League, but they can’t afford any complacency as Sarpsborg are pretty unpredictable. Genk were beaten by Sarpsborg 3-1 earlier in the process, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. The Norwegian side suffered a 3-2 loss to Besiktas in front of home fans in their last group game, with the team dropping a two-goal advantage. Genk are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they recorded 11 wins in previous 14 home games in the Europa League. Mbwana Samatta has netted 11 goals in the national championship this season and he is likely to prove a handful for Sarpsborg defenders. Genk are leading the chase for the domestic title and they are definitely capable of beating the Norwegian club on home soil. Jablonec play host to Rennes at their Stadion Strelnice in the penultimate group game in the Europa League. Jablonec have been struggling to find their best form in the 2018/2019 campaign and they are still eyeing their first victory of the process. The Czech side suffered a 2-1 loss to Astana in their last group match and, as a result, they have slim chances of qualifying for the last 32. Their pride will be at stake in Thursday’s football match, therefore, we predict that the hosts are going to leave their hearts on the field. Rennes, on the other hand, kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Jablonec in front of home fans, but they then suffered three consecutive defeats in the process. Both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Stadion Strelnice clash, meaning that both teams to score bet should be considered. As expected, Sevilla defeated Akhisarspor in Turkey, but this match was anything but a walk in the park for los Sevillanos. Pablo Machin’s troops aim to climb to top position in Group J and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Standard Liege. Sevilla are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle on the travels. However, seeing that they outclassed Standard earlier in the process, away win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be Portugal international Andre Silva, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. The Red Devils are tough to beat at home, but Sevilla are more of a team than Standard and we believe that the Spaniards are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Following a 3-1 win over Sarpsborg, Besiktas suffered a dip in form in Group I, with the team picking up only one point in total from possible nine. The Turkish side sit in the bottom of the standings, but a win over Sarpsborg could see them climb to top two in Group I. It is well known that Besiktas produce much better displays at home than on the travels and seeing that Sarpsborg are tough to beat at home, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Ricardo Quaresma and Co. The Norwegians are undefeated in previous three group games and despite the fact that they have been having their ups and downs in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign, home win should be considered. When the two teams met in Istanbul earlier in the process Besiktas defeated Sarpsborg, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Malmo play host to Genk at their Swedbank Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Genk aim to get their revenge on Sarpsborg for a 3-1 loss in Norway and we predict that the visitors are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. The Belgians recorded four wins in previous five home games in the Europa League, but their away record is anything but good. Seeing that Malmo have been producing fine showings in all competitions of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Swedish outfit. Malmo did well to beat Besiktas at home earlier in the process, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Genk. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever at Swedbank Stadion. Rangers will be aiming to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to Spartak Moscow when they host Villarreal at their Ibrox Stadium on Thursday evening. Rangers aim to climb to top two in Group G and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. The Scottish side are undefeated at home ground in the Europa League this season, but the clash against Villarreal will be anything but a walk in the park for the Gers. When the two teams met at Estadio de la Ceramica earlier in the process Rangers came from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Yellow Submarine. Villarreal have been struggling in La Liga this season, but they are sitting in top position in Group G ahead of the trip to Scotland. A close encounter is on the cards at Ibrox and we believe that the two teams are going to play out a draw in Glasgow. Fenerbahce will be looking to cement second position in Group D when they host Anderlecht at their Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi. Fenerbahce did not kick off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Dinamo in Zagreb, but they quickly returned to winning ways. Following a 2-0 win over Spartak Trnava, Fenerbahce shared the spoils with Anderlecht in Brussels and, as a result, they sit in second place in the standings ahead of the fourth group game. The Belgians, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Europa League this term, with the team picking up only one point from possible nine and that is probably the main reason why we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match in the Turkish capital. Astana will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the Europa League group stages when they welcome Jablonec at their Astana Arena on Thursday evening. The Kazakhs shared the spoils with the Czech side two weeks ago, but they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Astana did well to beat Rennes in their first home game of the process, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Jablonec. The Czechs are eyeing their first win of the process, but seeing that Astana are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Croatia international Marin Tomasov. He has been producing fine performances in all competitions this season and you should bear in mind that he has netted 10 goals in the national championship to date. Sevilla will be looking to record yet another win over Akhisarsport when the two teams face each other at Spor Toto Akhisar Belediye Stadi on Thursday evening. Los Sevillanos hammered Akhisarspor 6-0 in front of home fans two weeks ago and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Pablo Machin, who took over the reins at Sevilla in the summer, is doing a great job with the Andalusian outfit and we predict that his men are going to prove their worth on the field once again. Pablo Sarabia has been in a fine form of late and we predict that the Spanish midfielder is going to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Akhisarspor must be low on confidence following the heavy loss at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and seeing that they suffered a loss in each of their three group games in the Europa League, away win should be considered. Following back-to-back wins over Akhisarspor and Sevilla, Krasnodar suffered a 2-1 loss to Standard Liege in their last group game in the Europa League. The Russian side aim to return to winning ways as a victory over Standard will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Krasnodar undisputedly produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that they defeated Sevilla in front of home fans, we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. The Belgian side did not kick off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team suffering a heavy 5-1 loss to Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but they did well to beat Akhisarspor and Krasnodar in front of home fans. However, it is well known that Standard struggle on the travels, which is the main reason why home win should be considered. Borisov Arena will host Thursday’s football match between BATE Borisov and Chelsea, who face each other in the fourth group game in the Europa League. As expected, Chelsea defeated BATE 3-1at Stamford Bridge, with the team keeping their 100% record in Group L intact. The Blues aim to cement top position in their group and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at BATE. The Premier League side are more of a team than the Belarusian champions and we are positive that Maurizio Sarri’s men are going to prove their worth on the field. BATE Borisov are eager to stay in the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages, but they will have a big fish to fry in Thursday’s clash against Chelsea, who have been producing splendid displays in al competitions under Maurizio Sarri. As expected, Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Apollon at home in the Europa League group stages round 3, with the team keeping their 100% record intact in Group H. The Bundesliga side aim to cement their spot in the last 32 of the competition and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Apollon on Thursday evening. Serbian duo Filip Kostic – Luka Jovic looks unstoppable at the moment and we predict that they are going to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Apollon have been struggling in the Europa League this term, with the team collecting only one point from possible nine, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered. Eintracht Frankfurt impressed in a 3-0 win at Stuttgart in the national championship on Friday and they are definitely capable of beating the Cypriotes at Neo GSP. Despite being regarded as hot favourites to beat Vidi in Thessaloniki two weeks ago, PAOK suffered a shocking loss to the Hungarian side in front of home fans. The Black and Whites are desperate to get their revenge on Vidi for the unexpected defeat and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. PAOK aim to cement their spot in top two and we believe that they are going to prove their worth on the field in the Groupama Arena clash. Vidi did well to beat PAOK in Thessaloniki two weeks ago, but we do not believe that they are capable of repeating the success. PAOK are more of a team than Vidi and seeing that the visitors are going to take this match very seriously, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic and his teammates. All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Lazio and Olympique Marseille face each other in the Europa League derby. Lazio quickly bounced back from a heavy 4-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, with the team defeating Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome. The Biancocelesti are eager to get their job done in the Europa League group stages as soon as possible and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. OM, on the other hand, have been struggling in the 2018/2019 Europa League season, with the team suffering two losses, while sharing the spoils with Apollon in the process. The Ligue 1 side are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that Lazio totally outclassed OM in France, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Serbian rising star Sergej-Milinkovic Savic and his teammates. Swedbank Stadion will host Thursday’s football game between Malmo and Sarpsborg, who face each other in the Europa League group I. Malmo sit in second place in the standings ahead of their fourth group game and a win over Sarpsborg will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Blues produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that they defeated Besiktas at their Swedbank Stadion earlier in the process, home win should be considered. The Norwegians, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they were beaten by Besiktas in Istanbul earlier in the process, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that the two teams shared the spoils in Norway two weeks ago. Thursday’s football game at Allianz Stadion pits together Rapid Wien and Villarreal, the two teams who are still in the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages. Following back-to-back draws against the likes of Rangers and Spartak Moscow, Villarreal crushed Rapid Wien 5-0 in their last group games and, no doubt, the Spaniards are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Austria. Rapid Wien, on the other hand, are desperate to get their revenge on the Yellow Submarine for such a heavy defeat and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash. Rapid produce much better displays at home than on the travels, but seeing that Villarreal have found their best form of late, we believe that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the Allianz Stadion showdown. Otkrytiye Arena will host Thursday’s football match between Spartak Moscow and Rangers, who face each other in the Europa League group stages. Spartak Moscow are eyeing their first win of the process and given the importance of the match for the Russian side, we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash. The Scotts, on the other hand, are undefeated in the Europa League group stages and we predict that Steven Gerard’s men are going to rely on their solid defence against Spartak. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Glasgow two weeks ago and seeing that they are evenly-matched at the moment, we predict that they are going to play out yet another draw on Thursday evening. You should bear in mind that the two sides face each other in Moscow for the first time ever in European competitions. Dynamo Kiev play host to Rennes at NSK Olimpijs’kyj stadium in Kiev in their fourth group game in the 2018/2019 Europa League season. After playing out back-to-back draws with the likes of Astana and Jablonec, Dinamo Kiev defeated Rennes in their last group match, therefore, it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football match. The Ukrainians are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that a victory over Rennes will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Les Rouges et Noirs, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their previous four away games in the Europa League, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered this time out. Bayer Leverkusen and Zurich face each other at BayArena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Following back-to-back wins over Ludogorets and AEK Larnaca, Bayer Leverkusen suffered a 3-2 loss to Zurich in their last group game, but they are still on the right track to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Bundesliga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they are hungry for revenge, we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Swiss side, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record intact, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on the BayArena outfit. A man to watch in the home team will be Kevin Volland, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. All eyes will be on Luminus Arena when Genk and Besiktas face each other in the Europa League in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Genk did well to crush Besiktas 3-1 in Istanbul two weeks ago and they are considered favourites to win the Luminus Arena clash. The Belgians have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against the Turkish side. Besiktas have been having their ups and downs in all competitions this term and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we are positive that the Turks are going to return home empty-handed. Genk proved their worth in the 4-2 win over Besiktas in Istanbul and we believe that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. All eyes will be on Emirates Stadium when Arsenal and Sporting face each other in the Europa League Group E derby. Arsenal did well to beat Sporting in Lisbon two weeks ago, with the Gunners creating a number of clear-cut chances to score. Arsenal coach Unai Emery obviously takes Europa League games very seriously and seeing that he is likely to count on his first-team regulars against the Lions, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Premier League side. The Portuguese outfit are sitting in second position in Group E and, no doubt they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match. However, seeing that Arsenal have been impressive in all competitions this season, we are positive that the visitors are going to return to Portugal empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be former Borussia Dortmund attacker Aubameyang. Milan will be aiming to get their revenge on Real Betis for a 2-1 loss at Stadio San Siro when the two teams face each other at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Thursday evening. The Rossoneri failed to impress in the defeat to the La Liga side in Milano and, no doubt, they are eager to grab something from Thursday’s football match in Seville. The two teams sit in top two positions in Group F, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards. Both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Estadio Benito Villamarin clash, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. A man to watch in the home side will be talented midfielder Lo Celco, whilst Real Betis defenders should have experienced attacker Gonzalo Higuain at bay. Taking everything into account, share of spoils is on the cards. Bordeaux will be looking to get their revenge on Zenit for a 2-1 loss in Sankt Petersburg when the two teams face each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Thursday evening. Bordeaux have been struggling in the Europa League this season, with the team suffering a loss in each of their three group games. Les Girondins have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Zenitchiki, but beating the star-studded Russian side is easier said than done. Zenit sit in top position in Group C ahead of the trip to France and seeing that they will have a number of opportunities to score on the break, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. A man to watch in the away side will be Russian attacker Artem Dzyuba, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. All eyes will be on Celtic Park when Celtic and Leipzig face each other in the Europa League Group B derby. The Hoops are three points behind Leipzig in the standings, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Brendan Rodgers’ troops. Celtic are eager to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against the Red Bulls. Leipzig defeated Celtic 2-0 in Germany two weeks ago, but the Bundesliga side would be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match. Seeing that Celtic are tough to beat at home, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Glasgow. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever at Celtic Park. High-flying Dinamo Zagreb will be looking to cement top position in Group D with a win over Spartak Trnava at their Stadion Maksimir. The Modri have been producing splendid displays in all competitions this season and they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Spartak. Dinamo Zagreb did well to crush Fenerbahce 4-1 in their first home game of the process, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Swiss international Gavranovic, who has been producing fine performances this season. Spartak Trnava, on the other hand, kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Anderlecht at home, but the team then suffered a dip in form. The Slovaks head into the match following back-to-back defeats to Fenerbahce and Dinamo Zagreb, meaning that they are surely low on confidence. Sarpsborg will be aiming to build on a 3-1 win over Genk when they take on Malmo in yet another home fixture in the Europa League. Sarpsborg undisputedly produce much better showings at home than on the travels and you should bear in mind that they recorded four wins in previous five games at their Sarpsborg Stadion, speaking of European competitions. The Norwegians are likely to go for a win in Thursday’s football match and seeing that Malmo were beaten by Genk in their first away game of the process, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Swedish club are fully focused on the national championship at the moment, which is yet another reason why we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Norwegians, who have turned their Sarpsborg Stadion into a real fortress. Sevilla will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Krasnodar when they host Akhisarspor at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday evening. Los Sevillanos rolled over Standard Liege 5-1 in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and a win over Akhisarspor will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages of the competition. The La Liga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they have been producing splendid performances in the national championship of late, home win should be considered. The Turks do not seem capable of matching top European sides and we do not believe that they are going to make a miracle in Spain. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Andre Silva, who has already starting to pay off. Following a 2-0 loss to Astana in Kazakhstan, Rennes will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Europa League when they host Dynamo Kiev at their Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir. Rennes did well to beat Jablonec 2-1 in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Dynamo Kiev. Les Rouges et Noirs are tough to beat at home, which is the main reason why we predict they are going to grab something from the match. The Ukrainians shared the spoils with Astana and Jablonec in the first two group games and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that they are going to share the spoils with Rennes in France on Thursday evening. The two teams have never met before in European competitions. Astana take on Rennes at their Astana Arena in their second group game in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign. The Kazaks did well to hold Dynamo Kiev to a 2-2 draw on the road in their opener, meaning that they are in the race for a place in the knockout stages. Astana occupy top position in the Kazakhstan Premier League standings and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Rennes, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign, but they kicked off their Europa League campaign in style as they defeated Jablonec in front of home fans. The two teams seem to be evenly matched ahead of the Astana Arena clash and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in the second group game. All eyes will be on Stadio Giuseppe Meazza when Milan and Olympiakos face each other in the Group F derby. As expected, the Rossoneri defeated F91 Dudelange in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football game against Olympiakos. Milan have been struggling to find their best form in the Serie A, but seeing that the Galanolefki are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that home win should be considered. The Greek side played out a goalless draw with Real Betis in front of home fans and we believe that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in their second group game. However, given the quality of Milan attackers, we predict that Gonzalo Higuain and his teammates are going to emerge triumphant in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza clash. Krasnodar will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group J intact when they take on Standard Liege at Stade Maurice Dufrasne. The Russian side did well to defeat star-studded Sevilla in their second group game, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Belgium. Krasnodar aim to get their job done in Group J as soon as possible, therefore, we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. The Red Devils did defeat Akhisarspor in front of home fans earlier this month, but Krasnodar are likely to pose a much big threat for the Belgian side than their previous rivals. The Russian side play with confidence in both Europa League and the national championship and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Bayer Leverkusen have been producing fine displays in Bundesliga ever since they defeated Ludogorets in Bulgaria in their Europa League opener. Heiko Herrlich’s troops regained a much-needed confidence and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football game against AEK Larnaca. Bayer Leverkusen aim to get their job done in the group stages of the Europa League as soon as possible and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at AEK Larnaca at their BayArena. The Cypriotes, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Zurich in their opener and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Bayer’s party in Leverkusen. It is well known that Heiko Herrlich’s team have turned their BayArena into a real fortress and, taking everything into account, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. After sharing the spoils with Glasgow Rangers and Spartak Moscow, Villarreal will be looking to record their first win of the process when they host Rapid Wien at their Estadio de la Ceramica. The Yellow Submarine are on a five-game winless run in the Europa League, but we believe that the time has come for the La Liga side to prove their worth. A man to watch in the home team will be Carlos Bacca, who is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Rapid Wien produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Rangers in Glasgow, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting at Estadio de la Ceramica Villarreal recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Austrian side. Dinamo Zagreb will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Fenerbahce when they take on Anderlecht at Stade Constant Vanden Stock on Thursday evening. The Croatian champions continue to impress in European competitions and they are definitely capable of spoiling Anderlecht’s party in Brussels. The Modri are leading the chase for the domestic trophy and we believe that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Anderlecht aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Spartak Trnava and, taking everything into account, we believe that both teams should be happy with one point from their second group game. In previous two meetings between the two sides in the Europa League three goals in total were scored, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the cards at Stade Constant Vanden Stock. Real Betis will be looking to record their first win of their Europa League campaign when they host F91 Dudelange at their Estadio Benito Villamarin. Los Beticos produced a fine performance in the opening match of their Europa League campaign against Olympiakos, but they failed to grab more than one point from the game in Athens. The Spaniards are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against F91 Dudelange and we predict that Christian Tello and Co. are going to prove their worth on the field. The Luxembourg outfit, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Milan in front of home fans in their opener and seeing that Real Betis are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the underdogs are going to spoil los Beticos’ party at Estadio Benito Villamarin. Bordeaux will be aiming to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Slavia Prague when they host Copenhagen at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Thursday evening. Les Girondins undisputedly produce much better showings at home than on the travels and we predict that they are going to go for a win in their second group game. Key player from last season Malcom joined Barcelona in the summer transfer window, but coach Eric Bedouet has a number of high-profile footballers, who are definitely capable of beating Copenhagen in front of home fans. The Danes have been producing fine performances in all competitions and it has to be noted that they eliminated Serie A side Atalanta in the play-offs. Copenhagen are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Bordeaux attackers from finding the net. Thursday’s football game at Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi pits together Fenerbahce and Zenit. The Turkish side have been improving their game week by week ever since Ersun Yanal took over the reins and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Zenit. Fener aim to take the lead in the first leg, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Zenitchiki were producing fine performances in the group stages and they definitely capable of making life difficult for the Turks in Istanbul. However, considering that Fenerbahce have been in a fine form of late, we believe that the two teams are going to play out a draw in Thursday’s clash. You should know that Fener and Zenit have never met before in a competitive game. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the horizon. Rosenborg and Leipzig face each other at Lerkendal Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Rosenborg were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Celtic in Glasgow in their opener, but the Scottish champions eventually scored the winner in the dying minutes of the game. The Norwegian side aim to bounce back from the defeat, but they face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against Leipzig. The Red Bulls have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign and we predict that they are going to go all guns blazing at Rosenborg. The Bundesliga side were beaten by Salzburg at home in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and, no doubt, they are desperate to give fans some cheer. Leipzig proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim at the weekend and they are definitely capable of beating Rosenborg in Trondheim. As expected, Arsenal defeated Vorskla 4-2 at their Emirates Stadium in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Gunners kicked off their Europa League campaign in style and, no doubt, they want to clinch top position in Group E as soon as possible. The Premier League side are on a seven-game winning run in all competitions and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Qarabag. Mesut Ozil has been showing signs of improvement of late and seeing that he found the net in a 2-0 win over Watford at the weekend, the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Qarabag were beaten by Sporting in Lisbon in their opener and given Arsenal’s recent form, we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Gunners in Baku. You should bear in mind that the two sides meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Salzburg kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Leipzig 3-2 on the road. The Red Bulls aim to repeat the last season’s success when they make it to the Europa League semis and they are definitely capable of beating Celtic in front of home fans. Salzburg are on a six-game winning run in all competitions ahead of Thursday’s football match and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. A man to watch in the home team will be Israel international Dabbour, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions. The Hoops recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rosenborg in ther opening match of their Europa League campaign, but given their poor away record in European competitions, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Salzburg’s party at Red Bull Arena. Apollon and Olympique Marseille square off against each other at Neo GSP in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Apollon aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Lazio and seeing that Olympique Marseille were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt at home in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, we predict that both sides will go for a win in Thursday’s football match. OM are eager to book their place in the knockout stages and they are likely to fight tooth and nail in their second group game. Apollon outclassed Enosis (5-0) in their last home game in the national championship, but seeing that OM coach Rudi Garcia has a number of top-class players to choose from, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Cypriotes, who were totally outplayed by Lazio in their opener. Borisov Arena will host Thursday’s football match between BATE Borisov and PAOK. BATE did well to beat Vidi in Hungary in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and a victory over PAOK will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages of the European competition. The Belarusian side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that PAOK do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we predict that Alexey Baga’s men are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash. The Greeks were totally outplayed by Chelsea in their opener and we believe that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Borisov. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before in a competitive match. Saint-Petersburg Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Zenit and Slavia Prague. Zenit kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Copenhagen despite leading at half-time break. The Zenitchiki have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, so it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win their first home game in the 2018/2019 Europa League season. The Russian side are likely to go all guns blazing at Slavia Prague and we predict that the hosts are going to prove their worth on the field. The Czechs have been in a splendid form in the national championship, but seeing that Zenit are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the Russians. In their last home game in the competition Zenit defeated Norwegian side Molde by 3 goals to 1. All eyes will be on Commerzbank Nebenplatz when Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio face each other in the Group H derby. Die Adler did well to come from behind and beat Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome in their opener, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Lazio. The Bundesliga side are tough to beat at home and that is the main reason why we predict they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Lazio, on the other hand, recorded a routine win over Apollon at their Stadio Olimpico and, no doubt, the Serie A side would be happy with one point from the Eintrach clash. The Biancocelesti failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to their bitter rivals Roma in the Rome derby, but they are definitely capable of holding Eintracht Frankfurt to a draw. Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over AEK Larnaca, Zurich play host to Ludogorets at their Stadion Letzigrund in their second group game in the 2018/2019 Europa League season. Zurich aim to move one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages, but beating Ludogorets is easier said than done as the visitors are desperate to grab something from Thursday’s football match. The Bulgarian champions aim to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Zurich. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at Stadion Letzigrund. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions and we believe that they are going to play out a high-scoring draw on Thursday evening. David faces Goliath at Stamford Bridge in Group L. Chelsea, who kick off their Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over PAOK, are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Vidi and we predict that the Blues are going to prove their worth on the field. Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Premier League outfit. The Hungarian side, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the Stamford Bridge clash, but given the attacking potential of the Blues, we do not believe that Marko Nikolic’s men are capable of making a miracle in the English capital. In their last home game in the Europa League Chelsea defeated Basel 3-1. High-flying Krasnodar will be aiming to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a win over Sevilla at their Stadion FK Krasnodar. Krasnodar did well to beat Turkish side Akhisarspor on the road in their Europa League opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against in-form Sevilla. Los Sevillanos did not make a flying start to the season, but they have been producing thrilling displays in all competitions of late, so it is no surprise they are regarded as favourites to win their second group game. Pablo Machin is doing a good job with the Andalusian side and seeing that summer signing Andre Silva has found his goal-scoring touch, away win should be considered. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. After suffering a 2-1 loss to Rennes in their opener, Jablonec will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Dynamo Kiev in their first home game of the process. Jablonec rolled over Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in their last home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Dynamo Kiev. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Astana in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and, no doubt, they are eager to return to winning ways. Both Jablonec and Dynamo Kiev are likely to go for a win in Thursday’s clash, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. You should bear in mind that Dynamo Kiev shared the spoils with four of their previous five rivals in the Europa League. Thursday’s football game at Ibrox Stadium pits together Rangers and Rapid Wien. Rangers showed character in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Yellow Submarine in Spain. Steven Gerard is obviously doing a great job with the Gers and we predict that his men will leave their hearts on the field in the clash against Rapid. The Austrian side have been struggling in the national championship of late, so we predict the hosts are going to take advantage of the situation. A man to watch in the home team will be Lafferty, who has netted three goals in the Scottish Premier League so far this term. Rapid Wien kicked off their Europa League campaign in style as they defeated Spartak Moscow at home, but given their poor form, home win should be considered. As expected, Besiktas defeated Sarpsborg 3-1 in the opening game of their Europa League campaign. Besiktas proved their worth in their opener, with both Ryan Babel and Jermain Lens finding the net for the Turkish outfit. The attacking duo is likely to prove a handful for Malmo defenders in Thursday’s football match and we predict that they are going to lead the visitors to yet another victory. The Swedish side, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Genk in Belgium, meaning that they could be low on confidence ahead of the visit of Besiktas. Malmo need to grab something from the match and seeing that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach, we believe that the visitors will have a number of chances to score on the break. Besiktas are more of a team than Malmo, therefore, we are tempted to put our money on the Turkish side. Genk will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League when they take on Sarpsborg at Sarpsborg Stadion in Norway. Genk totally outplayed Malmo at home in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, it is no surprise Genk are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Sarpsborg, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 loss to Besiktas in Istanbul in their opener and seeing that they have been totally out of form in the national championship of late, the Norwegian must be low on confidence ahead of their second group game. A man to watch in the away team will be Leandro Trossard, who scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Cercle Brugge earlier this month. Arhisarspor will be aiming to put an end to their poor run of results when they take on Krasnodar in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Turkish side aim to impress on their Europa League debut and, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Elvis Manu, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Krasnodar failed to make it to the Europa League group stages last season as they were beaten by Serbian side Crvena zvezda in the qualifiers. The Russian outfit, though, did well to book their place in the group stages this time out and they are certainly eager to prove their worth. Krasnodar are more of a team than Arhisarspor in our opinion and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash. Standard Liege will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 5-1 loss to Sevilla when they host Akhisarspor at their Stade Maurice Dufrasne in their second group game. The Red Devils have been totally out of form of late, but Thursday’s football match could be the turning point for them. Standard footballers are aware of the fact that this game could be crucial in their Europa League campaign and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Akhisarspor, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Krasnodar in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and seeing that Standard are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the Belgian side. You should bear in mind that the two sides have never met before in European competitions. Spartak Moscow and Villarreal face each other at Otkrytiye Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Spartak Moscow suffered a 2-0 loss to Rapid Wien in Austria in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, meaning that they are eager to grab something from their second group game. The capital club have been having their ups and downs in the Russian Premier League this season, but they are definitely capable of matching Villarreal in front of home fans. A man to watch in the home team will be Brazilian attacker Adriano. The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, dropped two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Glasgow Rangers and, they are surely eager to return to winning ways. However, seeing that Spartak Moscow are tough to beat at home, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in the capital of Russia. As expected, Besiktas eliminated Partizan in the Europa League play-offs. The Turkish side outplayed the Serbian vice-champions in the play-offs and it has to be noted that coach Senol Gunes could not count on key attacker Alvaro Negredo for the double-header. The former Man City striker is likely to start against Sarpsborg and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The Norwegian side, on the other hand, booked their place in the group stages thanks to a win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against Besiktas. Sarpsborg were beaten by Maccabi in Tel Aviv and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Besiktas’ party in Istanbul. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Genk and Malmo face each other at Luminus Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Genk booked their place in the Europa League group stages by rolling over Brondby and we predict that the Belgians are going to stick to their attacking style of play in the double-header against Malmo. Genk recorded a win in each of their previous three games in the Europa League, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Malmo. The Swedish side, on the other hand, produce much better displays at home than on the travels and that is probably the main reason why we believe the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Belgium. A man to watch in the home team will be Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta, who was scoring goals for fun in the qualifiers. After suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Dinamo in Zagreb, Fenerbahce will be aiming to give fans something to cheer about when they host Spartak Trnava at their Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu on Thursday evening. The Turkish side are eager to keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. Spartak Trnava, on the other hand, failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, but they did well to beat Anderlecht at home in their Europa League opener. The Slovaks are likely to wait for their chance to score on the break, but given Fenerbahce’s impressive home record, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who undisputedly want this win more than the visitors. Lazio will be looking to kick off their Europa League campaign in style when they host Apollon at their Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening. The Biancocelesti were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the Champions League, with the team suffering a loss to Inter on the last day of the 2017/2018 season. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of important midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer transfer window and seeing that Lazio are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Biancocelesti. Apollon, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Basel in the play-offs, but seeing that they suffered five defeats in previous six away games in the Europa League, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. Olympique Marseille were producing excellent displays in the Ligue 1 last season, but they eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League. OM did well to make it to the Europa League final last term, but Atletico Madrid proved to be a big catch for the Ligue 1 side in the title game. Anyhow, the club chiefs managed to keep hold of a great number of first-team regulars in the summer transfer window and it is no surprise they are regarded as favourites to win Thursday’s football game against Eintracht Frankfurt. The Bundesliga side signed pacey Serbian winger Filip Kostic on loan earlier this summer and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other at Orange Velodrome. Eintracht Frankfurt have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season and seeing that Olympique Marseille are a real force to be reckoned with at home, home win should be considered. Vorskla will be looking to make amends for a 4-2 loss to Arsenal when they host Sporting CP at their Stadion Vorskla im Oleksiya Butov’skogo on Thursday evening. Vorskla have been producing fine performances in the Ukrainian national championship in the first half of the season, but they need to be at their sharpest against Sporting if they are go grab something from their second group game. The Ukrainians should be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match, but seeing that the Portuguese side proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Qarabag, away win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced midfielder Nani, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors, who are eager to book their place in the knockout stages. Olympiakos will be looking to build on a win over Burnley in the Europa League play-off when they take on Real Betis in Piraeus in their opener. The Thrylos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and, no doubt, they will take on Real Betis in front of packed stadium. The Greek side want to go all the way in the Europa League this season and seeing that los Beticos are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Real Betis did remarkably well to beat their local rivals Sevilla in the local derby earlier this month in the national championship, but given their lack of experience in European competitions, we believe that the Andalusians are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Piraeus. Leipzig were more than fortunate to beat Zorya in the Europa League play-off, return leg, with the Bundesliga side scoring the winner in the dying minutes of the match. The Germans, though, did well to book their place in the group stages of the competition and they will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Salzburg at their Red Bull Arena on Thursday evening. The two Red Bulls face each other in the Europa League opener and we believe that both teams will adopt an attack-minded approach in this one. Given the attacking potential of the home team, the Bundesliga team are likely to find the net in Thursday’s football match and seeing that created a number of clear-cut chances to score in a 2-2 draw with Crvena zvezda in the Champions League play-off, return leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Slavia Prague and Bordeaux face each other at Eden Arena in Prague in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Slavia Prague failed to impress in the Europa League group stages last season and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The Czech side made a fine start to the season, speaking of the national championship and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s football match. Les Girondins, on the other hand, booked their place in the Europa League group stages by beating Gent in the play-off and they must be high on confidence ahead of the trip to Czech Republic. This will be second leg meeting between Slavia Prague and Bordeaux in European competitions and seeing that the two teams are evenly matched, share of spoils is on the horizon. Thanks to Caju’s goal APOEL defeated Astana (1-0) in the first leg of the Europa League play-off and moved one step closer to booking their place in the group stages. APOEL did well to keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Astana, but preventing the Kazakhs from scoring at Astana Arena is easier said than done. The hosts failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers and seeing that they are determined to defend their domestic titles, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Roman Grigorchuk’s troops. Astana are tough to beat at home, but seeing that APOEL want this win more, we are not tempted to put our money on the Kazakhs. A close match is on the horizon and there is every chance the two sides are going to share the spoils at Astana Arena on Thursday evening. Sporting Lisbon will be aiming to kick off their Europa League campaign in style when they host Qarabag at their Estadio Jose Alvalade on Thursday evening. The Lions failed to win the national championship last season, but they are definitely capable of recording a good result in the Europa League this term. The Portuguese outfit produce much better displays at home than on the travels and they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Qarabag. The Azeri outfit, on the other hand, booked their place in the Europa League thanks to a win over Sheriff in the play-off, but seeing that the Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs. A man to watch in the home team will be Dutch international Dost, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Spartak Trnava and Anderlecht take on each other at City Arena Trnava at the start of the new Europa League campaign. Spartak Trnava failed to book their place in the Champions League, but they will represent Slovakia in the Europa League this term. The Slovaks failed to impress in the two-legged tie against Crvena zvezda in the Champions League, but they proved their worth in the double-header against Olimpija in the Europa League play-off. The Belgian side, on the other hand, have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Spartak Trnava. Anyhow, seeing that Arena Trnava will host this game, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils in the opening match of their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening. Basel will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against Apollon when the two teams face each other at Neo GSP in the Europa League play-off, return leg. The RotBlau came from behind to beat the Cypriotes in Switzerland, but the will have a much bigger fish to fry in the return leg in Nicosia. Apollon have been impressive at home ground in the Europa League qualifiers, with the team rolling over the likes of Zeljeznicar and Dinamo Brest, but beating Basel is easier said than done. A close encounter is on horizon and, taking everything into account, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at Neo GSP in the return leg. A man to watch in the away side will be Ricky van Wolfswinkel, whilst Basel defenders should have Anton Maglica at bay. Ludogorets will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Torpedo Kutaisi at their Ludogorets Arena. The Bulgarian side were playing below expectations in the Champions League, but they are on the verge of booking their place in the Europa League group stages. Paulo Autuori’s charges did well to beat Torpedo 1-0 in Kutaisi and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big valu in betting on the Bulgarian champions. The visitors suffered a 2-0 loss to Kukesi of Albania in their last away game in the Europa League and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Marcelinho, who is eager to find his goal-scoring touch. Glasgow Rangers have been producing thrilling performances ever since Steven Gerard took over the reins. The Gers have been impressive at the back in all competitions and we predict that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match against UFA. The Scottish side recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Russian outfit in the first leg and we are positive that the visitors are going to defend their slim lead in the Stadion Neftyanik clash. Yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon and seeing that the hosts do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we believe that Rangers are going to record yet another hard-fought victory over UFA. A man to watch in the away team will be Colombian attacker Alfredo Morelos, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Dudelange continue to impress in the Europa League. After eliminating the likes of Drita and Legia in the process, the Luxembourg outfit are on the right track to claim yet another scalp as they outplayed Cluj 2-0 in front of home fans in the first leg. Dudelange are eager to make history by booking their place in the group stages of the Europa League, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match. The Romanian side are likely to go all guns blazing at the Luxembourg club, but seeing that the visitors want this win more than the hosts, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. Dudelange will once again leave their hearts on the field, which should help them make it to the group stages of the Europa League for the first time ever. Cypriot giants AEK Larnaca have really impressed so far this season, performing quite well in warm-up games before they continued the rich vein of form in competitive games. The 4-0 and 7-0 aggregate wins over Dundalk and Sturm Graz gave the team even more confidence ahead of the Europa League play-offs, and they did well to hold Trencin to 1-1 draw in the first leg. Slovakian side, too, have been in fine form of late, pulling off a major upset to eliminate Feyenoord in the third qualifying round, having previously defeated Buducnost and Gornik Zabrze. The visitors had another memorable weekend as they came from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw with Slovan Bratislava, but they could be feeling the ill-effects of said game and we, therefore, believe that backing AEK Larnaca to enjoy a narrow win is a decent football prediction. Leipzig play host to Zorya at their Red Bull Arena in the Europa League play-off, return leg. The Red Bulls failed to turn their dominance into goals in the goalless draw with the ten-man Ukrainian side and it has to be noted that the Germans had 30 goal attempts in the first leg. Leipzig, though, are still considered favourites to make it to the group stages of the competition and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Leipzig are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that Naby Keita joined Liverpool earlier this summer, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. A man to watch in the home team will be Timo Werner, who represented Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in France. Despite creating several clear-cut chances to score, Atalanta eventually failed to beat Copenhagen in Bergamo in the Europa League play-off, first leg. The Orobici, though, are still in a good position to book their place in the group stages of the European competition, but they need to score an away goal in the return leg if they are to meet the goal. Nonetheless, seeing that the Danish side are undefeated in previous seven games in the Europa League and considering that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two teams are going to play yet another goalless draw in this tie. A man to watch in the home team will be former Ajax midfielder Fisher, whilst Copenhagen defenders should have Atalanta playmaker Papu Gomez at bay. Anyhow, we believe that the game will go into extra-time. After rolling over Dinamo Minsk 8-1 in previous round, Zenit recorded a 3-1 win over Molde in the first leg of the Europa League play-off and, as a result, they are with one foot in the group stages of the European competition. The Zenitchiki are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Norway and we are positive that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Molde have no other choice but to go all-out attack against Zenit, meaning that the Russians should have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Artem Dzyuba, who found the net in the first leg, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Zenit are more of a team than Molde and, taking everything into account, we believe that Sergei Semak’s men are going to make it to the Europa League group stages without any difficulties. Winner Stadium will host Thursday’s football match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Sarpsborg, who face each other in the Europa League final qualifying round, return leg. Maccabi suffered a 3-1 loss to Sarpsborg in Norway, meaning that they need to record a big win in the second leg if they are to advance to the group stages. It is well known that the Israeli side produce much better showings at home than on the travels, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Vladimir Ivic’s troops. Maccabi are on an eight-game winning run at home ahead of the visit of Sarpsborg and we predict that the hosts are going to prove their worth on the field. Iceland attacker Kjartansson, who impressed in the two-legged tie against Radnicki Nis, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Qarabag and Sheriff face each other at Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu in the Europa League play-off, return leg. Qarabag aim to overcome a one-goal deficit in the second leg, but they will have to be at their sharpest if they are to book their place in the group stages. The Azeri side were producing thrilling displays in the Champions League last season, with the team holding Atletico Madrid to a draw on two occasions and, no doubt, they are eager to play an important role in the European competition this season as well. Sheriff, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they recorded only one win in previous 20 away games in the Europa League, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. You should know that a win over Sheriff will see Qarabag put an end to their three-game losing run in the Europa League. Arena Nationala in Bucharest will host Thursday’s football game between Steaua and Rapid Wien, who face each other in the Europa League final qualifying round, return leg. Steaua suffered a 3-1 loss to Rapid in the Austrian capital, meaning that they will have a mountain to climb in the return leg if they are to book their place in the group stages of the European competition. The Romanians are on a three-game winning run at home in the Europa League and the fact that they defeated the likes of Lazio, Rudar and Hajduk Split in those matches is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Rapid. The Austrians, though, are high on confidence ahead of the second leg and seeing that they impressed in the 3-1 win over Steaua, share of spoils appears on the horizon. Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Olimpija in Ljubljana, Spartak Trnava take on the Slovenian side at their City Arena. Spartak Trnava failed to beat Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League third qualifying round, but they are on the right track to book their place in the Europa League group stages. The Slovak champions have been producing fine performances under Radoslav Latal in European competitions this term and they are once again likely to rely on counter-attack. Olimpija have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Spartak Trnava, meaning that the hosts are likely to have a number of chances to score on break. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. It has to be noted, though, that the Slovaks will be without suspended defender Martin Toth in the return leg. Brondby take on Genk at their Brondby Stadion in the return leg of the Europa League play-off. The Danes suffered a heavy 5-2 loss to Genk in Belgium in the first leg, meaning that they need to record a big win over de Smurfen if they are to make it to the Europa League group stages. Brondby are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they are undefeated in previous 11 home games in the Europa League is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football game. The Belgian outfit are likely to adopt a cautious approach and despite the fact that Brondby play well in front of home fans, we do not believe that the Danes are going to overcome the deficit. Anyhow, home win should be considered. Bordeaux and Gent face each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Belgium a week ago and there is every chance we will see yet another closer encounter in France. Bordeaux continue life without Brazilian ace Malcolm, who signed for Barcelona earlier this summer, but coach Gustavo Poyet has a number of high-profile players to choose from. Les Girondins made a slow start to the season, but we believe that the time has come for them to give fans some cheer. Gent produce much better showings at home than on the travels and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Ligue 1 side. You should bear in mind that Bordeaux emerged triumphant in each of their previous three home games in the national championship. Thursday’s football game at MCH Arena pits together Midtjylland and Malmo, the two teams who are determined to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Midtjylland did well to come from two goals behind and share the spoils with Malmo at Swedbank Stadion and they are now on a quest to defend their “slim lead” in front of home fans. Midtjylland have been scoring goals for fun of late, especially when playing on home soil and that is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Malmo, on the other hand, must be low on confidence following the 2-2 draw in the return leg, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Midtjylland’s party at MCH Arena. Yet another high-scoring affair is on the cards, but we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Shkendija Rosenborg moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages. The Norwegians proved their worth in the first leg, but their job is only half done. Rosenborg can’t afford any complacency in the return leg as Shkendija are tough to beat at home, but seeing that the visitors are a more experienced side than the hosts, we believe that Nicklas Bendtner and Co. are going to advance to the group stages of the European competitions. Skhendija scored a very important away goal in the 3-1 loss to Rosenborg, but we do not believe that this is going to help them qualify for the group stages. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict the two teams are going to play out a draw at Telekom Arena in Skopje on Thursday evening. Despite the fact that Besiktas coach Senol Gunes could not count on several first-team regulars for the Europa League play-off clash against Partizan, the Turks did remarkably well to share the spoils with the Serbian side in Belgrade. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Stadion Partizana and, as a result, Besiktas are on the verge of booking their place in the Europa League group stages. Over the years the Turkish side have turned their Vodafone Stadyumu into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Partizan have no other choice but to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg, meaning that the hosts should have a number of opportunities to score on the break. In their last meeting in Istanbul Besiktas recorded a 2-1 win over Partizan. There will be fireworks when PAOK and Chelsea face each other at Stadio Toumbas in what is expected to be a great match. PAOK failed to beat Benfica in the Champions League play-off, but they have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign as well. The Greek side are tough to beat at home, but seeing that they suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Benfica in their last home game in European competitions, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Aleksandar Prijovic and Co. Chelsea aim to go all the way in the Europa League this season and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. It has to be noted that the two sides have never met before in the Europa League. Despite producing thrilling displays in the Champions League qualifiers, Vidi eventually failed to book their place in the group stages of the elite competition. Serbian tactician Marko Nikolic is doing a great job with the Hungarian side and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for BATE Borisov in their Europa League opener. Serbian duo Danko Lazovic – Marko Scepovic should be deployed up front and seeing that BATE are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the Hungarian side. The Belarusians suffered a heavy 6-0 loss to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in their last away game in the Europa League, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. When the two teams met in the Champions League three years ago BATE recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vidi, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Rapid Wien booked their place in the Europa League by beating the likes of Slovan Bratislava and Steaua in the qualifiers. The Austrian side have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 season, but they did not make a flying start in the national championship. Rapid Wien, though, did well to beat Slovan Bratislava and Steaua in previous two home games in the Europa League, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Spartak Moscow, on the other hand, have been producing fine performances in the Russian Premier League at the start of the season and despite the fact that they failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, we believe that they are capable of making life difficult for Rapid Wien in their Europa League opener. Anyhow, seeing that the Austrians are tough to beat at home, there is a big value in betting on draw. Rennes will be aiming to put an end to their six-game winless run in the Europa League when they welcome Jablonec at their Roazhon Park. Rennes produce much better showings at home than on the travels and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s football match. Les Rouges et Noirs suffered only one loss in last nine home games in the national championship, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Jablonec. The Czech side, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs at the start of the new season. Jablonec will play their first Europa League game since 2015 against Rennes, but seeing that the Ligue 1 team are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. As expected, Besiktas outclassed B36 of Faroe Islands in the Europa League second qualifying round. The black-whites scored six goals in the return leg and they must be high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against LASK. Canadian attacker Cyle Larin scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over B36 and all eyes will be on him when Besiktas face LASK at their Vodafone Stadyumu. It is well known that the Turkish side produce thrilling displays in front of home fans and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. The Austrian side did well to beat Lillestrom in the second qualifying round, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the double-header against Besiktas. The Turkish side are on a five-game winning run at home in the Europa League, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Oympiakos Piraeus will be looking to kick off their Europa League campaign in great manner when they host Luzern at their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki on Thursday evening. The Thrylos are seen as favourites to make it to the Europa League play-off, but the Swiss side should not be written of just yet. Olympiakos were anything but impressive in pre-season, but the fact that they managed to keep a clean sheet in previous two warm-up games is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. The Thrylos often produce much better performances at home than on the travels, but we do not believe that they are going to roll over Luzern as they have yet to find their best form. Anyhow, seeing that Rene Weiler’s troops did not kick off their new Swiss Super League campaign in style, home win should be considered. Istanbul Basaksehir play host to Burnley at their Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu in what is expected to be a very entertaining clash. Abdulah Avci’s men have yet to play an official game in the 2018/2019 season, but given the quality of their squad, the hosts are definitely capable of making life difficult for the Clarets in Thursday’s football match. Experienced attacker Emanuel Adebayor is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Burnley and the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Clarets eliminated Aberdeen after extra-time, with Chris Wood scoring a very important goal for the Premier League side in the return leg. The New Zealand attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders, but scoring at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and share of spoils appears on the horizon. High-flying Genk will be looking to build on back-to-back triumphs over Fola Esch when they host Lech Poznan at their Luminus Arena in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. The Belgian side were scoring goal for fun in pre-season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play when they face Lech Poznan on Thursday evening. The Polish side failed to impress in the double header against Shakhtyor, but they eventually booked their place in the third qualifying round after extra time. Genk and Lech Poznan seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at Luminus Arena. Leandro Trossard has been in a fine form in the Europa League qualifiers and there is every chance he will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Trencin and Feyenoord take on each other at Stadion Pod Dubnom in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Feyenoord failed to book their place in the Champions League in the last season finale, but, no doubt, they want to go all the way in the Europa League. The Dutch side aim to get their job done in the first leg, therefore, we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Feyenoord were scoring goals for fun in pre-season and that is yet another reason why we believe they are going to beat Trencin at Stadion Pod Dubnom. Trencin set up a meeting with Feyenoord by beating the likes of Buducnost Podgorica and Gornik, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s clash against the star-studded Dutch outfit, who have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign. Zorya and Sporting Braga square off against each other at Slavuych-Arena in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. Zorya often struggle in European competitions and it has to be noted that they are on a three-game losing run in the Europa League ahead of Thursday’s football match against Braga. Zorya are considered underdogs in the double-header against Braga, but they should not be written off just yet. The Portuguese side, on the other hand, impressed in their last warm-up game against Newcastle United, with the team beating the Premier League team 4-0. Braga are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Ukraine and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. You should bear in mind that Braga recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille in their last match in the Europa League. Thursday’s football match at GelreDome pits together Vitesse and Basel, who face each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. Vitesse defeated Vitorul 3-1 to set up a meeting with Basel, but they will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s clash if they are to give fans yet another reason for celebration. The RotBlau, on the other hand, were totally outplayed by PAOK in the Champions League second qualifying round and it is more than obvious that the Swiss side are no longer sharp as they used to be in the past. The Dutch team proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Vitorul and seeing that Basel do not seem to be on top of their game, we are tempted to put our money on Leonid Slutskiy’s troops. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Ibrox Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Glasgow Rangers and Maribor. The Gers set up a meeting with the Violets by beating Osijek in the two-legged tie and it has to be noted that new coach Steven Gerard has yet to suffer a loss with the Scottish side. Glasgow Rangers are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but given Maribor’s experience in European competitions, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Slovenian side, on the other hand, outplayed Chikhura in the Europa League second qualifying round, with the team managing to keep their sixth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Seeing that the Gers have been impressive at the back of late as well, we predict that fans will see a low-scoring game on Thursday evening. A close encounter is on the cards and there is every chance the two teams will share the spoils in the first leg. As expected, Sevilla outplayed Ujpest in the Europa League second qualifying round. Los Sevillanos scored seven goals in the double-header against the Hungarian side and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Zalgiris. Over the years the La Liga side have turned their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan into a real fortress and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Lithuanian side. Zalgiris eliminated Vaduz in the second qualifying round, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sevilla’s party at “Pizjuan”. Sevilla recorded 12 wins in previous 13 home games in the Europa League and that is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Pablo Sarabia, who scored a brace in the 3-1 win over Ujpest, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line in Thursday’s clash. After failing to beat Spartak Trnava in the Champions League qualifiers, Legia Warszawa will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on F91 Dudelange in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Polish side will be without Vesovic and Antolic in Thursday’s football match as the duo was sent off in the Champions League clash against Spartak Trnava, but the hosts are definitely capable of beating the Luxembourg outfit at their Stadion Miejski. F91 Dudelange aim to claim yet another major scalp in the Europa League qualifiers, but seeing that Legia are regarded as good hosts, we predict the visitors are going to return to Luxembourg empty-handed. Jose Kante, who scored nine goals for Wisla Plock in the Polish elite division last term, will be one of the men to watch in the home side and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Against all odds, Sarajevo managed to hold Atalanta to a 2-2 draw in Bergamo in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Bosnian side came from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Serie A outfit and they now aim to defend their “lead” in the return leg. Sarajevo are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, but preventing Atalanta attackers from scoring is easier said than done. The Orobici, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Bosnians when the two teams face each other at Olimpijski Stadion Asim Ferhatovic Hase and we predict that coach Gian Piero Gasperini is going to field the best possible side this time out. Atalanta are likely to take the second leg very seriously and we believe that they are going to make it to the third qualifying round. Seeing that Sparta Prague suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Spartak Subotica in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round, the Czechs have no other choice but to go all-out attack in Thursday’s football match. Sparta Prague failed to turn their dominance into goals in the first leg, with the team having 23 goal attempts in the 2-0 defeat at Karadjordje stadium. The Czechs are likely to leave their hearts on the field in the return leg and we predict that they are going to record a win over the Serbian side at their Treinkove hriste Letna. Spartak Subotica are on the verge of making history, but seeing that Sparta are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Pavel Hapal’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be former Crvena Zvezda midfielder Kanga, who is capable of scoring beautiful goals from long-range. Dynamo Kiev and Astana square off against each other at NSK Olimpijs’kyj in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. Dynamo Kiev failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team losing to Ajax in the double-header and, as a result, they will represent Ukraine in the Europa League. It is well known that the Ukrainians produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that Astana are fully focused on winning the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Kazakhs recorded only one win in previous four games in the Europa League, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home side will be Nazariy Rusyn, who has found his goal-scoring touch at the start of the season. You should bear in mind that the two sides have never met before in the Europa League. As expected, Maccabi Tel Aviv recorded a 2-0 win over Radnicki Nis in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Israeli side broke the deadlock in the second half of the match, but it has to be noted that they totally deserved to win the first leg. Maccabi are now on a quest to defend their lead in Thursday’s football game and despite the fact that Radnicki Nis are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict the visitors will book their place in the third qualifying round. You should know, though, that the visitors will be without Omer Atzili in the second leg as he was sent off in the 2-0 win over Radnici Nis a week ago. Taking everything into account, a close encounter is on the cards and there is every chance the two teams will play out a draw in the return leg. Copenhagen will be looking to defend their two-goal lead in the tie against Stjarnan when they take on the Icelanders at their Telia Parken in the Danish capital. Copenhagen failed to impress in the two-legged tie against KuPS, but they proved their worth in the 2-0 win over Stjarnan in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round and, as a result, they are with one foot in round 3. Former Ajax midfielder Viktor Fisher is undisputedly the team’s key player and all eyes will be on him when Copenhagen and Stjarnan take on each other in Thursday’s football match. The visitors are on a three-game losing run ahead of the trip to Denmark, which is yet another reason why we predict they are going to return home empty-handed. Bosnian attacker Kenan is likely to lead the line for Copenhagen in the Telia Parken clash. Leipzig will be aiming to defend their four-goal lead in the tie against Hacken when they face the Swedish side at Bravida Arena in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. The Red Bulls rolled over Hacken in Germany, but coach Ralf Ragnick should warn his men against complacency. A man to watch in the away team will be Portugal international Bruma, who found the net in the 4-0 win over Hacken. The Swedes have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Leipzig in Thursday’s football match and seeing that the visitors will be without suspended defender Ilsanker, we predict that the hosts are going to find the net in the return leg. Yet another lively contest is on the horizon and there is every chance both teams will find the net at Bravida Arena in Goteborg on Thursday evening. Besiktas did well to beat B36 2-0 in Faroe Islands in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. However, their job is only half done and the Turks need to take the return leg very seriously if they are to advance to round 3. Besiktas are likely to stick to their attacking style of play as they want to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Pacey winger Jeremain Lens found the net in the 2-0 win over B36, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. David faces Goliath at Vodafone Stadyumu in Istanbul and we do not believe that the Faroe Islands outfit are going to make a miracle in Thursday’s football match. Taking everything into account, Besiktas are likely to record yet another win over B36. Thursday’s football game at AFAS Stadion pits together AZ Alkmaar and Kairat, who face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. AZ Alkmaar aim to overcome a two-goal deficit in front of home fans and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Kairat. The Dutch side failed to impress in the 2-0 loss to Kairat, but it is well known that they produce much better showings in front of home fans than on the travels. AZ Alkmaar were scoring goals for fun at their AFAS Stadion last term and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Kairat. The Kazaks are likely to try and defend their two-goal lead, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling AZ’s party in Alkmaar. John van den Brom has a number of young and talented players to choose from, but we are still tempted to put our money on the hosts. Bordeaux play host to Ventspils at their Stade Matmut-Atlantique in the return leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. Les Girondins recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ventspils in Latvia and, as a result, they are on the verge of booking their place in the third qualifying round. It is well known that over the years Bordeaux have turned their stadium into a real fortress and despite the fact that the team’s biggest star Malcolm left the squad in the summer transfer window, we are tempted to put our money on the Ligue 1 side. Ventspils will have a big fish to fry in Thursday’s football match and given their poor away record in the Europa League, home win should be considered. French rising star Zaydou Youssouf, who found the net in the first leg, is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up. Thanks to a 2-2 draw with Viitorul Vitesse moved one step closer to making it to the Europa League third qualifying round. The Dutch side aim to defend their “lead” in the return leg, but there is every chance the hosts will have a number of opportunities to find the net on the break. Experienced attacker Tim Matavz, who scored 16 goals in the Eredivisie, continues where he left last term and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Viitorul are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, which is probably the main reason we believe fans will see a high-scoring affair in Arnhem in the return leg. Vitesse are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash at GelreDome. Thanks to a routine 4-0 win over Ujpest at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Sevilla moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League third qualifying round. Los Sevillanos are with one foot in the next round, but, no doubt, they will go for a win in the return leg as well. Wissam Ben Yedder, who found the net in the 4-0 win over Ujpest, is likely to lead the line for the visitors. The Hungarians, on the other hand, face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match, but one thing is for sure, they want to give fans something to cheer about. Ujpest’s pride is at stake, but given the quality of the away side, we are tempted to put our money on Pablo Machin’s troops. It has to be noted that the La Liga side are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in the Europa League. Genk will be looking to build on a thrilling 5-0 win over Fola Asch when the two teams face each other at Stade Emile Mayrish in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. The Belgians outclassed the Luxembourg side in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in round 3. Genk coach Philippe Clement is likely to mix the squad against Fola Esch, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Fola Esch have little to play for in the return leg and seeing that the hosts head into Thursday’s football match with the lack of motivation, we are tempted to put our money on Philippe Clement’s troops. Leandro Trossard scored a brace in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Burnley were on the verge of suffering a loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, but Sam Vokes eventually scored the equalizer for the Clarets and the helped them move one step closer to booking their place in round 3. The Premier League side have been impressive at their Turf Moor last season and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Goalkeeper Nick Pope suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen and there is every chance former Man Utd shot-stopper Anders Lindegaard will start this time out. Aberdeen often struggle on the travels in European competitions and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. New Zealand attacker Chris Wood is likely to lead the line for the hosts against the Scottish side in the return leg. By beating Racing in the two-legged tie Viitorul set up a meeting with Vitesse in the Europa League second qualifying round. Viitorul were having their ups and downs in pre-season, but they proved their worth in the double-header against Racing and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for the Dutch side at Stadionul Central. Viitorul are tough to beat at home and we believe that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Vitesse, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A lively contest is on the cards and we predict the two teams are going to play out a draw at Stadionul Central. It has to be noted that the two teams square off against each other in European competitions for the first time ever. B36 square off against Besiktas at Gundadalur in Torshavn in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Faroe Island side did well to shock Mladost Podgorica in the first qualifying round, with the team gaining a much-needed confidence. B36 aim to claim yet another major scalp, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against Besiktas. The hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Besiktas attackers from scoring. The Turkish side aim to finish the job in the first leg and there is every chance the likes of Alvaro Negredo and Vagner Love will make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Besiktas are undisputedly more of a team than B36 and we predict that the visitors are going to prove their worth on the field. Sevilla will be aiming to defend their slim lead in the tie against Sigma Olomuc when they host the Czech outfit at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Los Sevillanos have been producing fine performances in the Europa League qualifiers and they are widely expected to book their place in the group stages of the competition. It is well known that Sevilla are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that the La Liga side are going to prove their worth on the field. Sigma Olomuc, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their previous three league fixtures and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sevilla’s party at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. In 12 of their last 13 home games in the Europa League the Andalusians emerged triumphant and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. As expected, Atalanta defeated Hapoel Haifa in the Europa League third qualifying round, but the Serie A outfit will have a much bigger fish to fry in the two-legged tie against Copenhagen. The Orobici can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match at Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore and we predict that they are going to take the first leg very seriously. Copenhagen made a flying start to the season and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the Europa League qualifies. However, seeing that Atalanta are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a certain value in betting on Papu Gomez and his teammates. In their last home game in the process Atalanta recorded a 2-0 win over Hapoel Haifa, with Zapata and Cornelius scoring for the Serie A side. Celtic and Suduva take on each other at Celtic Park in what is expected to be a one-sided game. The Hoops failed to turn their dominance into goals in a 1-1 draw with Suduva in Lithuania, but they are widely expected to win the return leg. It is well known that the Hoops have turned their Celtic Park into a real fortress, but the Scottish champions will have to prove their worth on the field. Celtic defeated Zenit in their last home game in the Europa League, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Suduva. The Lithuanian side face an uphill task in the return leg and, taking everything into account, we believe that they are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home side will be Leigh Griffiths, who is eager to find his goal-scoring touch. F91 Dudelange play host to CFR Cluj in the first leg of the Europa League play-off. Dudelange did remarkably well to shock Legia Warszawa in the third qualifying round and, no doubt, they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in the process. The Luxembourg outfit are eager to write history and make it to the Europa League group stages for the first time ever, but Thursday’s football match against Cluj will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Romanians rolled over Alashkert in the previous qualifying round and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win the Stade Josy Barthel clash. Cluj are more experienced side tan F91 Dudelange and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. A man to watch in the away team will be French attacker Omrani, who scored a brace in the 5-0 win over Alashkert. APOEL and Astana, the two teams who failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, face each other in the Europa League final qualifying round. Neo GSP stadium in Nicosia will host the first leg and, as a result, APOEL are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. The Cypriotes produce much better showings at home than on the travels and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. You should know that APOEL recorded six wins in last seven home games in the Europa League, with the team beating the likes of Olympiakos Piraeus, Athletic Club and Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the process. Astana, on the other hand, failed to impress in the CL two-legged tie against Dinamo Zagreb, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Luminus Arena will host Thursday’s football match between Genk and Brondby, who face each other in the Europa League final qualifying round, first leg. Genk proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Lech Poznan, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the double-header against Brondby. It is well known that the Belgian teams produce much better showings at home than on the travels and you should bear in mind that Genk are undefeated in previous 11 home games in the Europa League. Brondby, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in the two-legged tie against Spartak Subotica of Serbia and they are surely brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Belgium. Nonetheless, seeing that the visitors will be without suspended defender Kabongo against Genk, home win should be considered. The two teams have never met before in a competitive match. Despite playing out a 1-1 draw with Universitatea in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, Leipzig set up a meeting with Zorya in the play-off. The Red Bulls are seen as hot favourites to win the double-header against the Ukrainian outfit, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Coach Ralph Rangnick rested several first-team regulars in the 1-1 draw with Universitatea, but seeing that he is likely to field the best possible side against Zorya, away win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be German rising start Timo Werner, who scored 13 goals in the Bundesliga last season. The Ukrainians are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Leipzig pacey attackers from scoring in the first leg. Malmo and Midtjylland face each other in the Scandinavian derby in the Europa League final qualifying round. Malmo failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers and, as a result, they set up a meeting with Midtjylland in the Europa League qualifiers. Last time out Malmo were outclassed by Swansea City in the Europa League qualifiers and, no doubt, they want to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. It has to be noted that the Blues recorded a 3-0 win over Trelleborg in their last home game in the national championship. Midtjylland, on the other hand, proved their worth in the double-header against TNS of Wales, but Malmo are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Danes than their previous rivals. Seeing that the Swedes are tough to beat at home, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg. Despite producing fine performances in the Champions League double-header against Crvena Zvezda, Spartak Trnava eventually failed to make it to the final qualifying round of the elite competition. The Slovak champions are now on a quest to book their place in the Europa League group stages, but beating Olimpija of Slovenia is easier said than done. The Slovenians proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Helsinki, but it has to be noted that they were outclassed by Maribor (0-3) in the SNL derby at the weekend. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to play out a draw at Stadion Stozice on Thursday. You should bear in mind that Olimpija and Spartak Trnava have never met before in a competitive match. There will be fireworks when Partizan and Besiktas, the two Black and White teams, face each other in Belgrade in the first leg of the Europa League play-off. The Serbs set up a meeting with the Turkish side by beating Nordsjaelland of Denmark, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against Ryan Babel and Co. Besiktas, on the other hand, were more than fortunate to make it to the final qualifying round, with Alvaro Negredo scoring a late away goal in the 2-1 loss to LASK. The Turkish side head into the match following a 3-1 win over Erzurumspor, but beating Partizan in Belgrade is easier said than done and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. When the two teams met in the Europa League four years ago Besiktas recorded back-to-back wins over Partizan. Burnley square off against Olympiakos at their Turf Moor in the Europa League play-off, return leg. The Clarets aim to overcome a two-goal deficit in the tie against Olympiakos and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Thrylos when the two teams face each other in Thursday’s football match. Burnley are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will be without defender Gibson in the return leg. Anyhow, seeing that the Premier League side produce much better showings at home than on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on Sean Dyche’s troops. Olympiakos, on the other hand, are eager to defend their two-goal lead and they are widely expected to adopt a defence-minded approach in the second leg. Fortounis, who scored a brace in the first leg, will be one of the men to watch in the away side. Taking everything into account, home win should be considered, but we do not believe that Burnley are going to make it to the Europa League group stages. All eyes will be on Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki when Olympiakos and Burnley face each other in Piraeus in the first leg of the Europa League final qualifying round. Olympiakos rolled over Luzern 7-1 (on agg.) to set up a meeting with Burnley, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match against the Premier League side. It is well known that the Thrylos have turned their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki into a real fortress, but seeing that Burnley look sharp at the back, a close encounter is on the horizon. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the first leg and we predict that they are going to play out a goalless draw in Piraeus. Experienced New Zealand attacker Chris Wood is widely expected to lead the line for the Clarets against Olympiakos, whilst Burnley defenders should have Spanish striker Guerrero at bay. Rosenborg failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages and, as a result, they are eager to save their European campaign with a win over Shkendija in the Europa League play-off. The Troillongan faced no difficulties in the double-header against Cork City and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Shkendija. Experienced attacker Nicklas Bendtner has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, but he is definitely capable of making life difficult for the opposition defenders. Shkendija experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the Champions League two-legged tie against Salzburg, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Rosenborg’s party at Lerkendal Stadion. You should bear in mind that Shkendija suffered a heavy 6-0 loss to Milan in their last away game in the Europa League. Rapid Wien and Steaua face each other at Allianz Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League play-offs. Rapid Wien outclassed Slovan Bratislava 4-0 in their last game of the process, but beating Steaua is easier said than done. Anyhow, seeing that the Austrians are undefeated in previous four home games in the Europa League, we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Steaua did well to beat Croatian side Hajduk Split in the third qualifying round, meaning that they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Rapid in Wien. A close encounter is on the cards and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. It has been six years since Kups played last their game in the Europa League. The Finnish side were outclassed by Bursaspor 6-0 back then and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the embarrassing defeat. Kups, though, are seen as underdogs in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round against Copenhagen and, no doubt, the hosts would be happy with the share of spoils. Copenhagen failed to win the national championship last term and, as a result, they compete in the Europa League this season. The Danes aim to get their job done in the first leg, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels in European competitions; we are tempted to put our money on draw. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever on the international stage. Despite the fact that Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko was sent off in the tenth minute of the match, los Rojiblancos did well to play out a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the first leg of the Europa League semis. Atletico Madrid are with one foot in the final, but Arsene Wenger's troops should not be written off just yet as a wounded lion is the most dangerous one. Anyhow, the La Liga side are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence and we predict that they are going to defend their "slim lead" in Thursday's football match at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Arsenal failed to turn their dominance into more goals in the first leg and seeing that Diego Simeone's men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the Premier League side are capable of making a miracle in Madrid. Arsenal and Atletico Madrid face each other at Emirates Stadium in what should have been the Europa League final. The two European giants are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday's football game in London and, no doubt, there will be fireworks in the Europa League semi-final first leg. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is nearing the end of his coaching days and, no doubt, the Gunners will give 100% to help him put icing on the cake on a very successful career at the capital club. However, Atletico Madrid are considered one of the best teams in Europe, meaning that the Premier League side will have to be at their sharpest in the Emirates Stadium clash if they are to emerge triumphant. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg. Olympique Marseille play host to Leipzig at their Stade Velodrome in the Europa League quarter-finals, return leg. OM suffered a 1-0 loss to the Bundesliga side in the first leg, therefore, we predict the hosts are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday's football match. The Ligue 1 team head into the game following a goalless draw with Montpellier, but it has to be noted that coach Rudi Garcia rested several first-team regulars against la Paillade. The Red Bulls are on a three-game winning run in all competitions ahead of the trip to France, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. Seeing that Olympique Marseille are likely to go all guns blazing at Leipzig, a lively contest is on the cards, but we do not believe that Rudi Garcia's men are capable of overcoming the deficit. A man to watch in the home team will be former Premier League ace Dimitri Payet. A place in the Europa League final will be at stake when Olympique Marseille and Salzburg face each other in the two-legged tie. Stade Velodrome will host Thursday's football match and, as a result, OM are seen as hot favourites to win the first leg. Rudi Garcia's troops have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Salzburg. The Red Bulls did well to eliminate Lazio in the quarter-finals, but seeing that they produce better performances at home than on the travels, we predict the Ligue 1 side are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday's clash. A man to watch in the home team will be Florian Thauvin, who has been in a splendid form of late. Dimitri Payet is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Salzburg Olympique Marseille moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League final. The Ligue 1 side must be high on confidence ahead of the trip to Austria, but the Red Bulls should not be underestimated. Salzburg did well to roll over Lazio 4-1 in their last home game in the process and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday's football game. Seeing that Olympique Marseille recorded only one win in last nine away games in the Europa League, we are tempted to put our money on the Austrian champions, who have been producing thrilling displays in all competitions this term. So, home win should be considered, but overcoming a two-goal deficit is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be Israel international Dabour, who has netted seven goals in the Europa League so far this term. All eyes will be on Groupama Stadium when Olympique Marseille and Atletico Madrid face each other in the Europa League final. Olympique Marseille have defeated the likes of Sporting Braga, Athletic Club, Leipzig and Salzburg on their way to the final, but it is important to note that they were more than fortunate to eliminate the Red Bulls in the semis. OM face an uphill task in Wednesday’s football match against Atletico Madrid and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Ligue 1 side. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, proved their worth in the double-header against Arsenal and they will be looking to win their third Europa League title when they take on Olympique Marseille in France. Attacking duo Antoine Griezmann – Diego Costa is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the in-form Spaniards. As expected, Arsenal outclassed CSKA Moscow 4-1 at Emirates Stadium in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners aim to save the season by winning the Europa League trophy and there is every chance coach Arsene Wenger will field the best possible side in Thursday's football match against the Russian team. Alexandre Lacazette, who scored a brace in the 4-1 win over CSKA, will be the man to watch in the away team. The Armeitsy, on the other hand, must be low on confidence ahead of the return leg and given the quality of the Premier League side, we do not believe the hosts are capable of overcoming the deficit. In their last meeting in Moscow CSKA recorded a hard-fought 1-0 over Arsenal, but we predict the two teams are going to play out a draw in the Europa League quarter-finals, return leg, at VEB Arena. Atletico Madrid will be looking to defend their two-goal lead in the Europa League tie against Sporting CP when the two teams face each other at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Los Rojiblancos recorded a routine 2-0 win over the Portuguese side in the first leg and, no doubt, Diego Simeone's troops are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday's football match. Atletico Madrid did well to hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the local derby at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend, meaning that they are full of confidence ahead of the trip to Lisbon. Sporting CP are tough to beat at home, but seeing that the La Liga side have been in a splendid form in 2018, we do not believe the hosts are capable of upsetting Diego Simeone's charges. Bas Dost, who helped the Lions recorded a 2-0 win over Pacos Ferreira at the weekend, will be the man to watch in the home team. Thanks to a 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League quarter-finals, but coach Diego Simeone must warn his men against complacency. Los Rojiblancos have slim chances of winning the La Liga title, but they are definitely capable of going all the way in the elite competition. Atletico Madrid adopted an attack-minded approach in the first leg, but they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the return leg. Lokomotiv Moscow, on the other hand, have nothing to lose in Thursday’s football match and they are likely to go all-out attack on Diego Simeone’s troops. The Russians are tough to beat at home and that is the main reason why we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s clash against the La Liga side. Atletico Madrid play host to Sporting CP at their Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. Los Rojiblancos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday's football match. Diego Simeone's men aim to get their job done in the first leg, therefore, we predict that the La Liga side are going to fight tooth and nail against the Portuguese outfit. The Lions failed to impress in the double-header against Viktoria Plzen, but thanks to Rodrigo Battaglia's goal in the extra-time of the second leg, they eventually made it to the quarter-finals. Sporting's displays on the road generally leave a lot to be desired and that is probably the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to return empty-handed to Portugal. A man to watch in the home team will be Diego Costa, who return to the capital club in January. Arsenal will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over Milan when they welcome CSKA Moscow at their Emirates Stadium in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners have been struggling in the Premier League this term, but winning the Europa League trophy is going to help them save the season. Arsene Wenger's troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that January signing Aubameyang and Mikhtaryan are going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The Armeitsy, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 3-2 win over Olympique Lyon at Groupama Stadium, with the team coming from behind to eliminate les Gones in the last 16 of the Europa League. CSKA aim to claim yet another major scalp, but seeing that Arsenal are fully focused on winning the Europa League, we predict the Premier League side will emerge triumphant in Thursday's football game. Seeing that Dynamo Kiev did well to hold Lazio to a 2-2 draw at Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the Europa League last 16, and, as a result, they are with one foot in the quarter-finals of the European competition. The Ukrainians need to play out a low-scoring draw with the Serie A outfit at their NSK Olimpijs’kyj stadium in Thursday’s football match if they are to book their place in the quarter-finals, but the Biancocelesti should not be written off just yet. Ciro Immobile missed a golden opportunity to score the winner for Lazio in the dying minutes of the match played in Rome, but the opposition defenders should definitely have him at bay. The capital club are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term, we predict the visitors are going to find the net and make it to the next round. Leipzig and Olympique Marseille face each other at Red Bull Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday's program in the Europa League. The Red Bulls set up a meeting with OM by beating the likes of Napoli and Zenit, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the first leg. In their last home game in the Bundesliga Leipzig recorded a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich, meaning that Olympique Marseille face an uphill task in Thursday's football match. Rudi Garcia's men, on the other hand, proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Athletic Club, but seeing that the Germans are tough to beat home, we are not tempted to put our money on the Ligue 1 side. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we predict the two sides are going to share the spoils in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. Lazio will be looking to move one step closer to winning the Europa League trophy with a win over Salzburg at their Stadio Olimpico. The Biancocelesti rolled over Steaua in the last 32, with the team showing character in the double-header against Dynamo Kiev. The Serie A outfit are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Salzburg and seeing that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has overcome his injury, we predict the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday's football game. Thanks to a goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund in the return leg of the last 16 the Red Bulls set up a meeting with Lazio in the quarter-finals, but seeing that the Biancocelesti have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on Simone Inzaghi's charges, who suffered only one loss in previous ten games at home in the Europa League. Thanks to a 4-2 win over Salzburg Lazio moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League semis, but coach Simone Inzaghi must warn his men against complacency as the Red Bulls are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Biancocelesti, though, are enjoying a season to remember, with Ciro Immobile scoring goals for fun. The Italian attacker found the net in a 2-1 win over Udinese at the weekend and we predict the opposition defenders are going to have their work cut out for them when facing the former Borussia Dortmund man. The Austrian champions have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Serie A side, but we do not believe that they are capable of recording a big win over Simone Inzaghi's troops. Yet another high-scoring affair is on the cards, but the visitors are closer to advancing to the Europa League semis than the hosts. Athletic Club will be looking to overcome a two-goal deficit in the tie against Olympique Marseille when the two teams face each other at San Mames Barria on Thursday evening. The Lions are having a season to forget, they sit in the danger zone in the La Liga standings and it is no surprise they suffered a 3-1 loss to OM at Stade Velodrome. The Basques face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match as they need to record a big win over the Ligue 1 team, which is easier said than done. Marseille are not regarded as good travelers, but they seem to be in a much better form than their rivals ahead of the trip to Bilbao and we predict that they are going to advance to the Europa League quarter-finals without any difficulties. In their last meeting at “San Mames” the two teams played out a 1-1 draw and the history is likely to repeat itself. As expected, Sporting Lisbon recorded a 2-0 win over Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League last 16, first leg, with the Portuguese outfit moving one step closer to booking their place in the quarter-finals. The Lions are with one foot in the next round, but they can’t award any complacency in Thursday’s football match against the Czech Liga leaders. Plzen have a big fish to fry in the return leg and considering that they have been playing below expectations in the Europa League knockout stages, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Czech side. Sporting CP are more of a team than Plzen and considering that they will have a number of chances to score on the break, we predict that Jorge Jesus’ men are going to record yet another win over the Viktorka, who do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Even though many people expected that Milan would defeated out-of-form Arsenal at their “Stadio San Siro” in the Europa League last 16, first leg, the Gunners did well to beat the Rossoneri in Italy (2-0) and, as a result, they are now with one foot in the quarter-finals of the European competition. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey helped the Premier League side emerge triumphant in the first leg and Arsene Wenger’s troops are now on a quest to defend their lead in Thursday’s football match at their Emirates Stadium. Considering that Arsenal are tough to beat at home and given the fact that Milan need to go all guns blazing at the Gunners, we predict that the hosts are going to find the net on the break. In their last meeting in London Arsenal recorded a 3-0 win over Milan, with Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky and Robin van Persie finding the net for Gunners. Zenit play host to Leipzig at their Stadion Krestovskyi in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive win at home in the Europa League. The Russian side scored a vital away goal in a 2-1 loss to Leipzig at Red Bull Arena, but they need to beat the Bundesliga side in Sankt Petersburg if they are to make it to the quarter-finals. Leipzig did well to eliminate Napoli in the last 32, but you should bear in mind that the Neapolitans rested several first-team regulars in the two-legged tie against the Serie A club. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the return leg as they have turned their Stadion Krestovkyi into a real fortress. Groupama Stadium will host Thursday’s football match between Olympique Lyon and CSKA Moscow. Les Gones recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Armeitsy in the first leg in Moscow and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. Seeing that Lyon are unlikely to win the Ligue 1 trophy this season, they are certainly focused on the Europa League and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against CSKA. The Russian side will certainly give 100% to overcome the deficit in the Groupama Stadium clash, but seeing that Bruno Genesio’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, away win should not be considered. Seeing that there have been under 2.5 goals in each of last Olympique Lyon’s games in all competitions, yet another low scoring affair is on the cards and we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the Europa League last 16 return leg. Salzburg will be looking to get their job done in the tie against Borussia Dortmund when they welcome the Millionaires at their Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls proved their worth in a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga side at Signal-Iduna-Park, but the Germans should never be written off. The Austrian side are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match and the fact that they are on a six-game unbeaten run at home in the Europa League is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Borussia Dortmund. The Millionaires, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all-out attack against Salzburg as they need to score at least two goals in the return leg if they are to book their place in the quarter-finals. Yet another lively contest is on the cards, but seeing that the Red Bulls have been in a fine form of late, away win should not be considered. When Milan and Arsenal face each other in European competitions, they usually meet in the Champions League, but this time out the two teams take on each other in the Europa League last 16. Milan set up a meeting with the Premier League side by beating Ludogorets of Bulgaria in the two-legged tie, but the Gunners are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Rossoneri than their previous rivals. The Serie A side have slim chances of winning the domestic trophy, meaning that they are going to take Thursday's football game against Arsenal very seriously. Arsene Wenger rested key players in the group stages, but the experienced tactician is likely to field the best possible side against Milan. A lively contest is on the cards and given the attacking potential of the two teams, we predict that both sides will find the net at Stadio San Siro. Buoyed by a 7-1 win over Engordany 9-2 on aggregate in the Europa League first qualifying round, Kairat play host to AZ Alkmaar at their Ortaliq Stadion in Almaty. Kairat seem to be on top of their game at the moment and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive win in all competitions. The Kazaks are tough to beat at home, meaning that the Dutch side face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match. AZ Alkmaar have been in a fine form in pre-season friendlies and they will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Lokeren and Panathinaikos when they square off against Kairat in Almaty. As previously mentioned, Kairat play well in front of home fans and that is the main reason why we believe the two teams are going to share the spoils in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. Maccabi Tel Aviv will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ferencvaros when they welcome Radnicki Nis at their Winner Stadium in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. The yellow-blues recorded only one win in previous five home games in the Europa League, but they do not face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against the Serbian side. Radnicki Nis did roll over Gzira United of Malta, but seeing that the lack of experience in European competitions is likely to prove to be a big problem for the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Eliran Atar, who scored the winner against Ferencvaros, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Speaking of Radnicki Nis, a man to watch in the away team will be Nermin Haskic, who produced a fine display in the two-legged tie against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Red Bull Arena will host the Europa League game between Leipzig and Hacken. The Red Bulls participated in the Europa League knockout stages last term and they did well to make it to the quarter-finals of the competition. The Bundesliga side aim to go all the way in the Europa League this term and they are widely expected to beat Hacken in the second qualifying round. It is well known that the Red Bulls are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be Timo Werner, who represented Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Hacken suffered a 2-1 loss to Liepaja at home in round 1, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga team. Following a 1-1 draw with Coleraine in Novi Sad, Spartak did well to beat the Northern Ireland side on the road and make it to the Europa League second qualifying round. The Pigeons, though, face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match against Sparta Prague and we predict that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg. Spartak Subotica aim to keep a clean sheet in the first leg, but preventing Sparta Prague attackers from scoring is easier said than done. The Czechs are considered favourites to win the double-header, but seeing that they have been struggling in pre-season, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors. Sparta Prague failed to win previous five games in the Europa League, but they are definitely capable of beating Spartak Subotica, whose main problem should prove to be the lack of experience. Over the years Sevilla have established themselves as one of the best European sides. Los Sevillanos participated in the Champions League last term, with the team making it to the quarter-finals of the elite competition. The La Liga side, though, failed to book their place in the Champions League for the upcoming season and, as a result, they will represent Spain in the Europa League. It is well known that Sevilla are a real force to be reckoned with at home and there is every chance they are going to beat Ujpest at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Thursday’s football match. Ujpest, on the other hand, did well to overcome a two-goal deficit in the tie against Neftci in the first qualifying round, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sevilla’s party at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday evening. Stjarnan and Copenhagen square off against each other at Samsung vollurinn in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. Stjarnan set up a meeting Copenhagen by beating Nomme Kalju in the two-legged tie, whereas the Danish side made it to the second round despite failing to impress in the double-header against Kups of Finland. The club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window, but they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Stjarnan rolled over Nomme Kalju at home in round 1 and they are definitely capable of sharing the spoils with Copenhagen in Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the away team will be former Ajax footballer Viktor Fisher, who could pose to be a big threat for the opposition defenders in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. Luminus Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Genk and Fola, who face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. Genk have been impressive in warm-up games and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the Europa League clash against Fola. The Belgian side produce much better showings at home than on the travels and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash. Fola, on the other hand, defeated Pristina on penalties in the first qualifying round and it has to be noted that they failed to find the net in the double-header against the Kosovo side. Fola Esch face an uphill task in the game against Genk and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Lech Poznan will be looking to build on their brilliant performances in pre-season when they take on Gandzasar at INEA Stadion in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. Lech Poznan are seen as hot favourites to make it to the next round, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Polish team were producing fine performances at home in the Europa League last term, with the team rolling over Pelister and Haugesund, while sharing the spoils with Utrecht and they are definitely capable of beating the Armenian side in front of home fans. Gandzasar suffered a loss in each of their previous five away games in the Europa League, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Danish attacker Christian Gytkjaer, who scored 19 goals in the national championship, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. There will be fireworks when Gent and Bordeaux face each other at GHELAMCO-arena in the first leg of the Europa League play-off. Gent did well to beat Jagiellonia of Poland in the third qualifying round, but Bordeaux are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. However, the Belgian side are tough to beat at home and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s football match. Les Girondins continue life without Malcolm, who joined Barcelona in the summer transfer window, but they made a very slow start to the new Ligue 1 season. Bordeaux do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Ligue 1 side. Aberdeen and Burnley face each other at Pittodrie Stadium in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Aberdeen were eliminated by Apollon in the Europa League qualifiers last term and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The Dons, though, have not been handed an easy draw as they take on Burnley in the second qualifying round. A lively contest is on the cards and we predict that both teams will go for a win in Thursday’s football match. The Clarets impressed in the Premier League last term, but seeing that Aberdeen are tough to beat at home, there is every chance the two teams will play out a draw at Pittodrie Stadium. A man to watch in the away team will be Chris Wood, who scored 10 goals in the Premier League last term. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before in European competitions. Thanks to Eliran Atar’s late goal Maccabi Tel Aviv scored a vital away goal and played out a 1-1 draw with Ferencvaros in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Israeli side are now seen as favourites to win the double-header, but coach Vladimir Ivic must warn his men against the complacency. Maccabi Tel Aviv produce much better performances at home than on the travels and that is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Ferencvaros failed to win previous five games in 2018 and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Maccabi’s party at Winner Stadium. The Israelis were a better side in the first leg, with the team having 15 goal attempts and, taking everything into account, we believe that home win should be considered in this one. Atalanta and Sarajevo face each other at MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Orobici were producing fine displays in the Europa League group stages last term, with the team beating the likes of Everton and Olympique Lyon. Atalanta finished the 2017/2018 Serie A campaign in seventh position in the standings, but they are still seen as hot favourites to win the tie against Sarajevo. The Orobici aim to get their job done in the first leg and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Sarajevo, on the other hand, eliminated Banants in the first qualifying round, but they face an uphill task in the double-header against Atlanta. The Serie A side have been impressive at their MAPEI Stadium and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. All eyes will be on Signal-Iduna-Park when Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Millionaires failed to impress in the group stages of the Champions League, but they are considered one of main favourites to win the Europa League title. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club in the January transfer window, with Michu Batshuayi joining the Bundesliga side. Peter Stoger's men aim to get their job done in the first leg and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday's football match. Atalanta have been impressive in the Europa League this term and they are definitely capable of matching Borussia Dortmund, who are not enjoying a season to remember. A lively contest is on the cards and there is every chance the two teams will play out a high-scoring draw at Signal-Iduna-Park. Maribor play host to Partizani at their Ljudski vrt stadium in the second leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Violets managed to break the deadlock in the first leg and, no doubt, coach Darko Milanic can now breathe easier. Maribor are more of a team than Partizani, but the Albanians should not be written off just yet. Experienced attacker Marcos Tavares is still part of the team and he will surely pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Over the years Maribor have turned their Ljudski vrt into a real fortress and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Albanian side need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match if they are to overcome the deficit, meaning that there will be plenty of room for the hosts to score on the break. Dundalk will be looking to extend their winning run to 15 games in all competitions when they welcome Levadia at their Oriel Park in the return leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Lilywhites are brimming with confidence following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Levadia and, no doubt, they aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Dundalk recorded a win in each of their previous six home games in the national championship, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. FC Levadia produced a fine display in the first leg, but given Dundalk’s thrilling form, we do not believe that they are capable of overcoming the deficit. The visitors are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg, meaning that the hosts are going to have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Copenhagen were struggling to break the deadlock against Kups in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round, but they eventually scored the winner and moved one step closer to booking their place in round 2. The Danish side aim to get their job done in front of home fans and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. It is well known that Copenhagen produce much better showings at home than on the travels and we believe that they are going to record yet another win over Kups at their Telia Parken. The Finish side had no more than four goal attempts in the 1-0 loss to Copenhagen, which is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered. Taking everything into account, the hosts are likely to win Thursday’s clash in style. Despite failing to win last three group games in the Europa League, Ludogorets made it to the last 32 of the European competition. The Bulgarian side face an uphill task in the double-header against Serie A giants Milan, but Dimitar Dimitrov's men should not be written off just yet. Over the years Ludogorets have turned their Ludogorets Arena into a real fortress and it is important to note that they suffered only one loss in last four home games in the Europa League. The Rossoneri, on the other hand, are considered one of main favourites to lift the Europa League title, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Milan have big ambitions for the knockout stages of the European competition, but seeing that Ludogorets Arena will host the first leg, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw in Thursday's football match. Allianz Riviera will host Thursday's football match between Nice and Lokomotiv Moscow. Les Aiglons have been having their ups and downs in the Europa League this term, but they eventually made it to the last 32. Nice are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they have been producing fine performances in the second half of the season, we predict that Mario Balotelli and Co. are going to defeated the Russian side in front of home fans. Lokomotiv Moscow are still on a winter break and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Ligue 1 side. You should bear in mind that the Russians recorded only one win in last four away games in the Europa League. A man to watch in the away team will be Peru international Jefferson Farfan, who scored four goals for Lokomotiv in the group stages of the competition. Olympique Marseille play host to Sporting Braga in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Ligue 1 side have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday's football match. Pacey winger Florian Thauvin has found his goal-scoring touch of late and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the 25-year-old footballer. It is well known that Rudi Garcia's men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Braga's displays on the road leave a lot to be desired, we predict that the French side will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Abel Ferreira's team recorded only two wins in last ten away games in the Europa League, thus the visitors are unlikely to spoil Marseille's party at Stade Velodrome. Spartak Moscow and Athletic Club face each other at Otkrytiye Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday's program in the Europa League. Spartak finished third in Group E in the Champions League and, as a result, they booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Narodnaya komanda produce much better displays at home than on the travels and they are definitely capable of matching Athletic Club at their Otkytiye Arena. The Lions, on the other hand, are not having a season to remember as they sit in the bottom of the La Liga standings ahead of the trip to Moscow. The Basques are not regarded as good travelers and, taking everything into account, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Despite the fact that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger rested key players in each and every game in the Europa League group stages, the Gunners advance to the last 32 without any difficulties. The Premier League side face Ostersunds at Jamtkraft Arena in the first leg and they surely want to get their job done in Thursday's football match. Arsene Wenger is likely to count on January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the first leg and we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Gunners. Ostersunds have been producing fine performances in the Europa League this term, but Arsenal are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Swedish side than their previous rivals. Graham Potter's men returned to action in the national championship at the weekend and that is yet another reason why away win should be considered in this one. Against all odds, Atletico Madrid failed to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages and, as a result, they will compete in the last 32 of the Europa League. Los Rojiblancos are seen as one of main favourites to win the Europa League title, but coach Diego Simeone must warn his men against complacency. The La Liga side face Copenhagen at Telia Parken in the first leg of the Europa League last 32 and we predict that the visitors are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday's football match. The Danish side are tough to beat at home and seeing that they managed to keep four clean sheets in previous five home games in the Europa League, there is every chance we will see a low-scoring affair at Telia Parken. Anyhow, Atletico Madrid are more of a team than Copenhagen and one goal should separate the two sides in the first leg. Celtic were struggling in the group stages of the Champions League, but thanks to a 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels they booked their place in the Europa League last 32. The Hoops are on the right track to defend their Scottish Premier League trophy, but fans are hungry for success on European stage as well. It is well known that Celtic have turned their Celtic Park into a real fortress, but Thursday's football match against Zenit will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Zenitchiki recorded six wins in last seven games in the Europa League and they are definitely capable of matching Brendan Rodgers' men in the upcoming double-header. Considering that the Hoops are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. After impressing in the group stages of the Europa League, Real Sociedad will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Salzburg at their Estadio Municipal de Anoeta. The La Liga side recorded four wins in last five home games in the European competition and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday's football match. Willian Jose, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, will be the man to watch in the home team and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The Red Bulls are fighting hard to win yet another Austrian Bundesliga title, meaning that they will not be too disappointed should they happen to suffer elimination in the Europa League last 32. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match. All eyes will be on Groupama Stadium when Olympique Lyon and Villarreal face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and a close encounter is on the horizon. However, it is well known that over the years les Gones have turned their Groupama Stadium into a real fortress, which makes them favourites to win Thursday's football match. Lyon recorded six wins in last seven home games in the Europa League and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. The Yellow Submarine have been producing fine performances in La Liga in 2018, but they will have a big fish to fry in the Europa League clash against Lyon. A man to watch in the home team will be former Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term. Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis will host Thursday's football match between AEK Athens and Dynamo Kiev, who face each other in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Yellow-Blacks have been producing thrilling displays in both Greek Super League and Europa League this term and they are certainly high on confidence ahead of the visit of Dynamo Kiev. AEK are undefeated in last eight games in the Europa League and we predict that they are going to extend their unbeaten run. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, often struggle on the travels in European competitions and that is yet another reason why we are positive the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. Former Las Palmas attacker Sergio Araujo, who has netted two goals in the process to date, is likely to lead the line for the hosts and the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Despite suffering a 3-2 loss to Zulte-Waregem in their last group game, Lazio booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Biancocelesti have been impressive in front of goal in all competitions this season and seeing that the club chiefs managed to keep hold of Serbian superstar Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the January transfer window, it is no surprise Simone Inzaghi's troops are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday's football match against Steaua. The Romanian side are on a three-game winless run in the Europa League ahead of the visit of Lazio and given the quality of the Italian outfit, we do not believe that home win should be considered. Ciro Immobile is enjoying a season to remember and the former Juventus attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, Lazio are more of a team than Steaua and we predict that they will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Partizan have slim chances of defending their Serbian Super Liga title as they are nine points behind leaders Crvena Zvezda in the standings ahead of Mathday 23, but they have big ambitions for the Europa League knockout stages. The Crno-beli are eyeing their third consecutive win at home in the European competition, but Thursday's football match against Viktoria Plzen will be anything but a walk in the park for Miroslav Djukic's men. The Czech outfit are enjoying yet another successful season and they are on the right track to win the domestic title. Plzen have been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League as well and despite the fact that Partizan are tough to beat at home, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match. Istanbul Basaksehir and Sporting Braga square off against each other at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu in their last group game in the Europa League. The Turkish side need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match if they are to make it to the last 32, but their destiny is not in their own hands. Sporting Braga, on the other hand, aim to clinch top position in Group C and seeing that the hosts have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Primeira Liga side, we predict the visitors will have a number of chances to score on the break. Los Bragantinos defeated Istanbul Basaksehir at their Estadio Municipal de Braga in their second group game and there is every chance Abel Ferreira’s men will repeat the success. Brazilian midfielder Fransergio scored a brace in a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim and he will be the man to watch in the home team. A place in the last 32 of the Europa League will be at stake when Austria Wien and AEK Athens face each other at Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Thursday evening. The Violets aim to bounce back from a heavy 5-1 loss to Milan and a win over AEK will see them advance to the knockout stages of the European competition. Thorsten Fink’s men, though, have been struggling at the back in the group stages of the Europa League this term and it has to be noted that they have already conceded 16 goals in the process. The Enosis, on the other hand, are one point away from booking their spot in the next round and we predict they will adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against the Austrian side. AEK are more of a team than Austria and there is every chance the visitors will extend their unbeaten run in the Europa League to six games. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Koln Crvena Zvezda booked their place in the Europa League last 32 and Vladan Milojevic's men will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host CSKA Moscow at their Stadion Rajko Mitic. Key player Guelor Kanga left the club in the January transfer window, but the club chiefs managed to keep hold of Mitchell Donald and Richmond Boakye. The Serbian side are tough to beat at home, but Tuesday's football match against CSKA Moscow will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Armeitsy failed to make it to the Champions League last 16, but they will have a chance to prove their worth in the Europa League knockout stages. Ahmed Musa, who return to the club in January, will be the man to watch in the away team. Seeing that the first leg will be played in Belgrade, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw at Stadion Rajko Mitic. After suffering an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Atalanta at their Goodison Park, Everton will be looking to give fans something to cheer about when they face Apollon at Neo GSP. The Toffees’ pride is at stake and we predict the Premier League side will fight tooth and nail in Thursday’s football match against the Cypriotes. Apollon have been struggling in the Europa League group stages as well and they are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Everton. The visitors want this win more than the hosts and we believe that there is a big value in betting on David Unsworth’s team. Wayne Rooney has found his goal-scoring touch of late and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park earlier in the process, but away win should be considered this time out. Atalanta will be looking to clinch top position in Group E when they host Olympique Lyon at MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore. The Orobici have been producing fine performances in the Europa League this season and they head into Thursday’s football game against les Gones following a thrilling 5-1 win at Everton. The Serie A side are one point away from cementing first place in the standings, but they need to play out a low-scoring draw with the French club if they are to meet the goal. Lyon, who booked their place in the knockout stages as well, are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Atalanta, but seeing that the Orobici are tough to beat at home, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors. Taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils in Reggio Emilia in their last group game. After failing to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages, Napoli will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Leipzig at their Stadio San Paolo in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Neapolitans are leading the chase for the Serie A title and, no doubt, the team's main goal is to win Scudetto. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri could rest several first-team regulars in Thursday's football match against Leipzig, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. The Red Bulls have been having their ups and downs in the Bundesliga this season and seeing that they were struggling at the back in the group stages of the Champions League, we are positive that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Naples. Rijeka desperately needed a win against AEK in their last group game, but they failed to beat the Greek side in Athens (2-2). As a result, the Rijecki bijeli failed to make it to the last 32 of the Europa League, but their pride will be at stake when they face Italian giants Milan on Thursday evening. The Rossoneri, on the other hand, clinched top position in Group D by rolling over Austria Wien at their Stadio San Siro and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Croatia. Vincenzo Montella’s men have already got their job done in the group stages of the Europa League and we predict the former Fiorentina boss will rest key players in Thursday’s football game against Rijeka. Matjaz Kek’s men are determined to finish their campaign in style and we believe that they are going to upset the Serie A side at their Stadion HNK Rijeka. Dynamo Kiev will be aiming to cement top position in Group B when they host Partizan at their NSK Olimpijs’kyj. The Ukrainians are one point away from clinching top position in the standings and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football game against the Serbian champions. Dynamo Kiev did well to beat Partizan in Belgrade earlier in the process and we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in their last group game. Miroslav Djukic’s men, on the other hand, booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Young Boys, but beating Dynamo in Kiev is easier said than done. Aleksandr Khatskevich’s team scored 2+ goals in eight of their previous nine home games in the Europa League and we believe that they are going to prove their worth in the clash against Partizan. WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Hoffenheim and Ludogorets. Against all odds, Hoffenheim failed to clinch their place in the last 32 of the Europa League, thus they have little to play for against the Bulgarian outfit. Ludogorets, on the other hand, need to pick up at least one point from their last group game if they are to qualify for the knockout stages, but the Bundesliga side should not be written off just yet. The Germans leave their hearts on the field in every single match and, no doubt, they want to give fans some cheer following a heart-breaking 3-1 loss to Sporting Braga. The hosts have nothing to lose against the Bulgarian champions and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Julian Nagelsmann’s charges. Ludogorets defeated Hoffenheim in Razgrad earlier in the process and, no doubt, the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena outfit are hungry for revenge. Olimpiska centra Ventspils Stadiona will host Thursday’s football game between Ventspils and Bordeaux. Ventspils eliminated Luftetari in the Europa League first qualifying round without any difficulties, with the team scoring eight goals in the two-legged tie. The Latvian side aim to claim a major scalp in round 2 as they take on Bordeaux in the double-header, but that is easier said than done. Ventspils usually struggle in European competitions and that is probably the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs. Les Girondins, on the other hand, have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign and we predict that they are going to take Thursday’s clash against Ventspils very seriously. Bordeaux have been producing fine performances in pre-season and we believe that they are going to beat the Latvian side at Olimpiska centra Ventspils Stadiona. Copenhagen and Sheriff face each other at Telia Parken in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. The Byens Hold face a must-win situation in their last group match and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Moldavian champions. Copenhagen are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they outclassed Zlin (3-0) in their last home game in Group F is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Sheriff. The Moldavians are sitting in top position in the standings ahead of the decider, but we would not be surprised if they fail to make it to the Europa League knockout stages. The two teams played out a goalless draw at Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena in September, but we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Danes this time out. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv Slavia Prague moved one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Czech team sit in second place in Group A ahead of their last group match, but they are only one point clear of third-placed Astana. The hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football game against the Kazakhstan champions. Astana, on the other hand, suffered a 3-2 loss to Villarreal in their penultimate group game and, as a result, they have slim chances of making it to the last 32. The visitors need to pick up all three points from the Eden Arena clash if they are to advance to the next round, but that is easier said than done. Slavia Prague have been in a fine form of late and we predict Jaroslav Silhavy’s men will get their job done in the decider. Thursday’s football game at Estadio de las Ceramicas pits together Villarreal and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Thanks to a 3-2 win at Astana the Yellow Submarine clinched top position in Group A and they will be looking to put icing on the cake on a successful Europa League campaign with a win over the Israeli outfit. Seeing that the La Liga team have already booked their place in the knockout stages, there is every chance coach Marcelino will mix the squad against Maccabi Tel Aviv and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Johan Cruijff’s team have been struggling in the group stages of the Europa League this term and, no doubt, they are determined to give fans some cheer. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict the two teams will share the spoils at Estadio de las Ceramicas. Young Boys and Skenderbeu, the two teams who failed to make it to the Europa League knockout stages, take on each other at Stade de Suisse in their last group game. The Swiss side suffered a 2-1 loss to Partizan in Belgrade and, as a result, they have nothing to play for in Thursday’s football match against Skenderbeu. The Albanians, on the other hand, did well to beat Dynamo Kiev in front of home fans, but that did not help them make it to the last 32 of the Europa League. Young Boys are not regarded as good travelers, but they are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict they will give fans some cheer on Thursday evening. Coach Adolf Hutter is likely to mix the squad against Skenderbeu, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered. Despite suffering a 1-0 loss to Koln at Rhein-Energie-Stadium in their last group game Arsenal clinched top position in Group H. The Gunners aim to finish the process in style and we predict they will go all guns blazing at BATE Borisov when the two teams face each other at Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered. The Belarusian team are eyeing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in Thursday’s football game. Olivier Giroud has found his form of late and the French striker is likely to lead the attack for the hosts against BATE Borisov. When the two teams met in Belarus earlier in the process Arsenal outplayed Aleksandr Yermakovich’s men 4-2. Zlin have been struggling in all competitions this season. Bohumil Panik’s men have yet to record a win in the Europa League this term and their performances in the Czech Liga leave a lot to be desired as well. The Czech club failed to score in four of their five group games in the Europa League and it is no surprise they are seen as underdogs in Thursday’s football match against Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russian club, on the other hand, are one point away from clinching their spot in the last 32 and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against Zlin in their last match of the process. Jefferson Farfan scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Copenhagen and all eyes will be on the Peru international when the two teams face each other at Andruv Stadion. Lokomotiv Moscow deserve to advance to the knockout stages and they are likely to get their job done in Thursday’s clash against the Czechs. Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Viktoria Plzen at Doosan Arena Steaua made it to the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Ros-albastrii want to finish the process in top position in Group G and there is every chance they will go all guns blazing at Lugano when the two teams face each other at Arena National in Bucharest. The Romanian side were struggling to find their best form in November, but they are definitely capable of beating Pierluigi Tami’s team in front of home fans. Lugano, on the other hand, have little to play for in their last group game as they failed to book their place in the last 32 and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Harlem-Eddy Gnohere has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and he is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Hapoel Be’er Sheva have nothing to play for in Thursday’s football match against Viktoria Plzen. The Israeli outfit are stuck at the bottom in Group G and they are on a four-game winless run in the Europa League ahead of the visit of Pavel Vrba’s troops. Viktoria Plzen, on the other hand, booked their place in the last 32 thanks to a 2-0 win over Steaua and they are now on a quest to overtake the Romanian side in top position in Group G. The Czechs are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Hapoel in their last group game and we believe that they are going to extend their winning run in the process to three matches. Plzen recorded a 3-1 win over Hapoel at Doosan Arena earlier in the process and, taking everything into account, the visitors are likely to repeat the success. Welcome to Hell! Crvena Zvezda will be aiming to clinch their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League when they take on Koln at their sold out Stadion Rajko Mitic. Crvena Zvezda fans will pack the stadium and, no doubt, the Crveno-beli are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match against the German side. The Billy Goats are having a season to forget and they sit in the last position in the Bundesliga standings ahead of the trip to Serbia. A win over Vladan Milojevic’s men should see the visitors book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but beating the Serbian Super Liga leaders on the road is easier said than done. Seeing that BATE are unlikely to beat Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, Crvena Zvezda are one point away from making it to the next round and we predict they are going to get their job done in their last group game. Athletic Club made a slow start to their Europa League campaign, but thanks to back-to-back wins over the likes of Ostersunds and Hertha they managed to keep their hopes of advancing to the last 32 alive. The Lions sit in second place in Group J ahead of Thursday’s football game against Zorya and they are one point away from meeting the goal. The Basques are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach against the Ukrainian outfit, but we predict that they will have opportunities to find the net on the break. Zorya did remarkably well to shock Athletic Club at San Mames Barria in their second group game, but we do not believe that they are capable of repeating the success. Yury Vernydub’s men failed to score in defeats to Ostersunds and Hertha and they are unlikely to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Against all odds, Ostersunds sit in top position in Group J ahead of Thursday’s football match against Hertha Berlin. The Swedish outfit have already secured their spot in the Europa League last 32, but, no doubt, they want to put icing on the cake on a very successful campaign with a win over Hertha. The Bundesliga side, on the other hand, failed to advance to the knockout stages and the lack of motivation could prove to be a big problem for Pal Dardai’s men in their last group game. The hosts have nothing to play for in Thursday’s Europa League game and we predict that Ostersunds will record their fourth win of the process and clinch top position in Group J. Iran international Saman Ghoddos is enjoying a very successful season and he will be looking to add more goals to his account after finding the net in a 2-0 win over Zorya. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Konyaspor Olympique Marseille moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. OM need to pick up only one point from Thursday’s football game against Salzburg if they are to advance to the last 32 and they are definitely capable of meeting the goal. Rudi Garcia’s men have been in a fine form ahead of the visit of the Red Bulls and we predict that they will retain second position in Group I. Salzburg have already clinched first place in the standings and there is every chance coach Marco Rose will mix the squad against Marseille. Over the years the Ligue 1 side have turned their Stade Velodrome into a real fortress and despite the fact that the Austrians have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season, home win should be considered. Thanks to a 3-1 victory over Zulte-Waregem Nice secured their place in the last 32 of the Europa League, but they have been struggling in the Ligue 1 this season. Despite the fact that les Aiglons have already got their job done in the group stages of the European competition, a win over Vitesse will give them a confidence boost and we predict that the visitors will take Thursday’s football match very seriously. The Dutch side, on the other hand, have yet to record a win in the Europa League and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from their last group game. A close encounter is on the cards and the two sides are likely to share the spoils at GerleDome. Nice coach will use the game to rest key players and, taking everything into account, a low-scoring affair is widely expected. BATE Borisov will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 5-2 loss to Koln when they welcome Crvena Zvezda at their Borisov Arena. Aleksandr Yerkamovich’s team sit in third place in Group H, but a win over the Serbian side will see them climb to second place in the standings. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Belgrade earlier in the process and yet another close encounters is on the cards. BATE are tough to beat at home, but seeing that Crvena Zvezda have been producing fine performances in the Europa League term, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in their penultimate group game. Vladan Milojevic’s men proved their worth in a goalless draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s football match against the Belarusian champions. Vardar and Rosenborg, the two teams who missed out on a place in the Europa League knockout stages, face each other at Telekom Arena on Thursday evening. Vardar impressed in the Europa League qualifiers, but, against all odds, they suffered a loss in each of their five group games. The Macedonian side are desperate to give fans some cheer and we predict that they are going to take the football match against Rosenborg very seriously. The Norwegian champions have been struggling in the European completion as well, but they saved the season by winning the national championship. Coach Kare Hedley Ingebrigtsen is likely to rest key player against the Red and Blacks and there is every chance the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Telekom Arena clash. Rosenborg defeated Vardar in Trondheim earlier in the process, meaning that the Macedonians are hungry for revenge. Zulte-Waregem will be aiming to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Nice when they host Lazio at their Regenboogstadion on Thursday evening. The Essevee failed to book their place in the last 32, but, no doubt, their pride will be at stake when they face the Biancocelesti in their last group match. Lazio have already clinched top position in Group K and there is every chance coach Simone Inzaghi will rest his first-team regulars in Thursday’s football game against the Belgian club. When the two teams met at Stadio Olimpico earlier in the process Lazio recorded a 2-0 win over Zulte-Waregem and we predict the history is going to repeat itself. Ecuador international Felipe Caicedo, who has netted two goals in the Europa League so far this season, is likely to lead the line for the visitors and the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Vitoria Guimaraes take on Konyaspor at their Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques on Thursday evening and this has to go down as a must-win game for the visitors. The Turkish side sit in third place in Group I ahead of the trip to Portugal, but a win over Guimareas could see them overtake Marseille in second position and clinch their spot in the last 32. The Primeira Liga team, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Salzburg at Red Bull Arena in their last game in the process and, as a result, they have no chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. The visitors want this win more than the hosts and we predict Mehmet Ozdilek’s team will pick up all three points from Thursday’s Europa League clash. However, you should know that Konyaspor will not make it to the last 32 if Marseille avoid defeat in their last group game against Salzburg. RheinEnergieStadion will host Thursday’s football match between Koln and Arsenal. The Billy Goats desperately needed a win against Koln and they managed to get one. The Bundesliga side came from behind to crush BATE in front of home fans (5-2), but they remained in the last position in Group H. Koln face yet another must-win game against Arsenal and we predict that the hosts will go all guns blazing at Arsene Wenger’s troops in their penultimate group game. The Arsenal coach is likely to stick to his rotation policy and that is the main reason why home win should be considered. When the two teams met in London in their Europa League opener Arsenal recorded a 3-1 win over Koln, thus the Germans are hungry for revenge. The Gunners failed to impress in a goalless draw with Crvena Zvezda and, taking everything into account, they are likely to return home empty-handed. Athletic Bilbao will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ostersunds when they welcome Hertha at their San Mames Barria. The Lions sit in third place in Group J, but a win over the Bundesliga side will see them regain their spot in top two. The Basque side have been playing below expectations in the Europa League, but seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Jose Angel Ziganda’s men. Athletic Bilbao recorded seven wins in last eight home games in the Europa League and seeing that Hertha’s performances on the road leave a lot to be desired, home win should be considered. Pal Dardai’s men sit in the last position in Group J and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Athletic Bilbao’s party in Thursday’s football match at San Mames Barria. Over the years Villarreal have established themselves as a top-table side in La Liga and they have been playing important role in European competitions as well. The Yellow Submarine sit in top position in Group A ahead of Thursday’s football match against Astana and they are one point away from booking their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Villarreal proved their worth in a 2-0 away win over Slavia Prague and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s clash against the Kazakhstan champions. Astana outfit head into the match following back-to-back wins over Maccabi Tel Aviv and seeing that they would be happy with one point from the Villarreal game as well, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Astana Arena. The Yellow Submarine defeated Astana at their Estadio de la Ceramica in their opener, but the two teams are likely to share the spoils this time out. Thursday’s football match at Stadio Olimpico pits together Lazio and Vitesse. Lazio aim to keep their 100% record in Group K intact and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the Vitas. The Biancocelesti have been producing terrific performances in all competitions this season, but seeing that they have already clinched top position in Group K, we predict that coach Simone Inzaghi is going to rest his first-team regulars in Thursday’s clash against Vitesse. The Dutch side, on the other hand, have collected only one point from possible 12 and they have no chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. A lively contest appears on the cards and seeing that the visitors are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Rome, we believe that the Serie A side will emerge triumphant in their penultimate group game as they seem to be on top of their game at the moment. After suffering a shocking 1-0 loss to Vitoria Guimaraes at Estadio Dom Alfonso Henriques, Olympique Marseille will be looking to return to winning ways in Group I when they take on Konyaspor at Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu. The Ligue 1 side have been having their ups and down in all competitions this season, but they are definitely capable of beating the Turkish side in their penultimate group game in the Europa League. Konyaspor failed to score in previous two group matches and that is the main reason why home win should not be considered. Marseille will be without suspended defender Boubacar Kamara, who was sent off in the 1-0 defeat to Vitoria Guimaraes, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, there is a big value in betting on the Ligue 1 outfit. Greece international Kostas Mitroglou is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Konyaspor. Unlike last season, Hapoel Be’er Sheva have been struggling in the Europa League this term, with the team recording only one win in the process. The Israeli outfit sit in third place in Group G and they are on a three-game winless run ahead of Thursday’s football match against Lugano. Hapoel need to grab something from the game if they are to keep their hopes of booking their place in the last 32 alive and, one thing is for sure, the visitors are going to leave their hearts on the field. Lugano, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 loss to Viktoria Plzen, but seeing that the Swiss side have been struggling at the back in the Europa League group stages this term, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Pierluigi Tami’s charges. Nice were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Lazio at Stadio Olimpico, but the Biancocelesti eventually scored a late winner and picked up all three points from the game. Les Aiglons, though, remained in second place in Group K and a win over Zulte-Waregem would see them book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Nice have been struggling to find their best form in the Ligue 1 this term, but they are more of a team than Zulte-Waregem and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Mario Balotelli has netted two goals in the group stages of the Europa League so far this term and the former Milan attacker will be the man to watch in the home team. The Belgian outfit were hammered by Nice (1-5) in front of home fans earlier in the process and they are likely to return home empty-handed from the trip to France. All eyes will be on Estadio Municipal de Anoeta when Real Sociedad and Zenit square off against each other in the Group L derby. Eusebio Sacristan’s men are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in the group stages of the Europa League and a victory over the Zenitchiki will see them finish the process in top position in the standings. La Real are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but Thursday’s football game against Zenit will be anything but a walk in the park for the La Liga side. Zenit booked their place in the last 32 as well, but no doubt, they want to extend their unbeaten run in the Europa League to six games. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict they are going to share the spoils in San Sebastian in their last group game. Shamrock Rovers were on the verge of playing out a goalless draw with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round, but the Swedes eventually scored a late winner and move one step closer to winning the double header. AIK showed character in the 1-0 win over Shamrock Rovers, but their job is only half done. The Swedes need to take the return leg very seriously if they are to book their place in the second qualifying round, but Thursday’s football match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Yet another close encounter is on the horizon and we believe that the two teams are going to play out a draw this time out. Experienced attacker Henok Goitom is no longer sharp and pacey as he used to be in the past, but Shamrock defenders should have him at bay. Despite producing a fine display against Lech Poznan in Poland, Gandazasar eventually conceded two late goals and suffered a 2-0 loss in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. Gandazasar are on the verge of suffering elimination in the qualifiers, but the hope dies last. The Armenian side are likely to fight tooth and nail in Thursday’s football match against Lech Poznan and we believe that they are going to make life difficult for the Poles. However, given the experience of the away team, we predict that Ivan Djurdjevic’s men are going to make it to the next qualifying round. Anyhow, yet another close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a goalless draw in the return leg at Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht stadium in Yerevan on Thursday evening. As expected, Rangers recorded a 2-0 win over Shkupi at their Ibrox Park in the first leg of the Champions League first qualifying round. New coach Steven Gerard marked his Rangers debut with a victory, but the Gers do not want to stop now. The Scottish side aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and there is every chance they will go for a win in Tuesday’s football match at Telekom Arena in Skopje as well. Alfredo Morelos, who scored 14 goals in the Scottish Premier League last season, will be one of the men to watch in the away team. Shkupi aim to overcome a two-goal deficit in the return leg, but we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in Tuesday’s clash. Taking everything into account, we are positive that the visitors are going to make it to the next qualifying round without any difficulties. Stadions Skonto will host Thursday’s football match between Riga and CSKA Sofia. The Bulgarian side recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Estonians in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in Riga. There were no too many clear-cut chances to score in the first leg and we believe that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Staidions Skonto as well. CSKA Sofia are more of a team than Riga, but seeing that the Bulgarians were not on top of their game in the first leg, we do not believe that away win should be considered. Riga are in the middle of the season and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. You should bear in mind that Viktor Skripnik’s troops will play the Europa League clash in the capital of Estonia for the first time ever. Levadia and Dundalk square off against each other at Kadrioru staadion in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. Levadia head into the game following a routine 4-1 win over Nomme United in the Estonian Cup, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against Dundalk. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the Irish Premier League trophy and they must be high on confidence ahead of the trip to Estonia. However, seeing that they are fully focused on winning the national championship, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw in this one. Patrick Hoban has netted 21 goals in the Irish Premier League so far this term, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. A man to watch in the home team will be Levadia’s top scorer Roman Debelko. Shamrock Rovers and AIK square off against each other at Tallaght Stadium in what is expected to be one of the more entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League qualifiers. Over the years Shamrock Rovers have established themselves as one of the best sides in Ireland, but they failed to make it to the Europa League group stages last term, with the team suffering elimination to Czech side Mlada Boleslav. AIK have been in a fine form in the Swedish national championship this term, with the team sitting in second place in the standings after 12 rounds. The Gnaget are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match against the Rovers, but we believe that the visitors will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. AIK are more of a team than Shamrock Rovers and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Swedish side. Groupama Arena will host Thursday’s football match between Ferencvaros and Maccabi Tel Aviv, who face each other in the Europa League 1st qualifying round. Ferencvaros have been struggling in warm-up games in pre-season, with the team failing to find the net in previous two friendly games. Maccabi Tel Aviv are seen as favourites to win this two legged-tie, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Israeli side participated in the Europa League group stages last season and seeing that they defeated Spanish side Villarreal on the road in their last group game, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. A man to watch in the away side will be Iceland international Vidar Orn Kjartansson, who scored 13 goals in the league last season. Taking everything into account, given Ferencvaros’ poor form, away win should be considered. Glasgow Rangers failed to impress in the Europa League last term, with the team suffering a loss to Progres Niederkom in the qualifiers. The Scottish side aim to book their place in the group stages of the Europa League this time out and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Shkupi of Macedonia in Thursday’s football match. Rangers aim to get their job done in the first leg and seeing that the Gers are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on former Liverpool ace Steven Gerard and his men. Shkupi aim to prove their worth in their Europa League debut, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Glasgow Rangers’ party at Ibrox Stadium. Taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Thursday’s football match at Stadion Balgarska Armija will host the Europa League clash between CSKA Sofia and Riga. CSKA have been producing fine performances in pre-season and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win the first leg. The Bulgarians are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but coach Hristo Yanev should warn his men against complacency. CSKA Sofia are a more experienced side than Riga, which is the main reason why home win should be considered. The Latvians, on the other hand, are in the middle of the season, with the team sitting in second place in the standings in the Virsliga, but we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in Bulgaria. Given CSKA’s recent form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts in this one. Partizani play host to Maribor at Stadiumi Selman Stermasi in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. Partizani struggle in European competitions and it is important to note that they recorded only one win in previous 15 games in the Europa League. However, it is well known that Albanian teams are tough to beat at home and, no doubt, Skender Gega’s men are capable of making life difficult for Maribor in the first leg. The Violets, on the other hand, head into Thursday’s football game following a 2-1 win over Serbian side Cukaricki and they seem to be on top of their game ahead of their Europa League debut. However, seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on draw. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced attacker Marcos Tavares, who is not getting any older. Zenit did well to overtake a one-goal deficit in the tie against Celtic, with the team rolling over the Scottish Champions 3-0 in front of home fans. The Russian side do not want to stop now and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Red Bulls when the two teams face each other at Red Bull Arena in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desire, meaning that they should be happy with share of spoils against the Bundesliga side. Leipzig, on the other hand, eliminated Napoli in the double-header, meaning that they are definitely capable of beating the Russian outfit in front of home fans. Zenit suffered a 1-0 loss to Celtic in Glasgow in their last away game in the Europa League and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Following four consecutive wins in the Europa League, Athletic Club suffered a 2-1 loss to Spartak Moscow in the return leg of the last 32, but they eventually made it to the next round. The Lions aim to go all the way in the Europa League, but they face a difficult task in the two-legged tie against Olympique Marseille. Experienced attacker Aritz Aduriz has found his goal-scoring touch of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the former Valencia man at bay. The Ligue 1 side, on the other hand, eliminated Braga in previous round, with the team rolling over the Portuguese outfit 3-0 at their Stade Velodrome in the first leg. Athletic Club are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they have been struggling in the Spanish top flight this term, we predict that the French side are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football game. Thanks to Marcel Schmelzer's goal Borussia Dortmund shared the spoils with Atalanta in Bergamo and booked their place in the Europa League last 16. The Millionaires have slim chances of winning the Bundesliga title, meaning that they will be focused on the Europa League in the remainder of the season. Peter Stoger's men aim to get their job down in the double-header against Salzburg in the first leg and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday's football match. Salzburg, on the other hand, proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Real Sociedad, but it has to be noted that the Basques had some injury worries. Seeing that Borussia Dortmund have turned their Signal-Iduna-Park into a real fortress, we are positive that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday's football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Marco Reus, who has overcome his long-term injury. Despite failing to impress in the two-legged tie with Crvena Zvezda, CSKA Moscow eventually made it to the Europa League last 16. The Russian side will have a much bigger fish to fry in the double-header against Olympique Lyon. Bruno Genesio's men did remarkably well to eliminate La Liga side Villarreal in the last 32, but they have been struggling in the Ligue 1 in 2018. Lyon have slim chances of booking their place in the Champions League, meaning that they will surely take Thursday's football match against CSKA Moscow very seriously. The two teams, though, seem to be evenly matched at the moment and considering that the Armeitsy are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils at VEB Arena. It has to be noted that CSKA and Lyon meet for the first time ever in the Europa League. After suffering a shocking 1-0 loss to Steaua in Bucharest, Lazio did well to come from behind and crush the Romanian outfit at their Stadio Olimpico in the return leg. The Biancocelesti have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and all credits go to duo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - Ciro Immobile, who seem to be in a perfect working order. The Italians are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Dynamo Kiev and we predict that they are going to prove their worth in Thursday’s football match. The Ukrainians are not as strong as they used to be a couple of seasons ago and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Aleksandr Khatskevich’s charges. The two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match and, taking everything into account, Lazio’s experience should lead them to a win in the first leg. High-flying Atletico Madrid will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Lokomotiv Moscow at their Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Los Rojiblancos were playing below expectations in the group stages of the elite competition, but they seem to be on top of their game ahead of the visit of Lokomotiv. It is well known that Diego Simeone's troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that the Argentine tactician can count on key players for the return leg, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Russian side did well to beat Nice in the last 32, but Atletico Madrid are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. A man to watch in the home team will be Diego Costa, who returned to the capital club in the January transfer window. Viktoria Plzen set up a meeting with Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League last 16, but they failed to impress in the double-header against Serbian champions Partizan. The Czechs will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s football match against Sporting if they are to beat the Lions in Lisbon, but given the quality of the home team, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Jorge Jesus’ men, who scored no less than six goals in the two-legged tie against Viktoria Plzen, are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Plzen and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be Dutch attacker Bas Dost, who has been scoring goals for fun this season and there is every chance the opposition defenders will have their work cut out for them when facing the former Wolfsburg striker. Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Copenhagen at Telia Parken (4-1) in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Los Rojiblancos proved their worth in Thursday’s football match and, as a result, they are with one foot in the next round of the European competition. Diego Simeone’s men, though, go for a win in every single match they play and they are likely to take the return leg very seriously. It is well known that Atletico Madrid are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to record yet another win over Copenhagen. Stale Solbakken’s troops have been struggling in all competitions this season and they are unlikely to spoil Atletico Madrid’s party at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Antoine Griezmann found the net in the 4-1 win over Copenhagen and he will be the man to watch in the home team. Nice will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Lokomotiv Moscow when they face the Russian side at RZD Arena on Thursday evening. Les Aiglons suffered a 3-2 loss to Lokomotiv in front of home fans, but it has to be noted that defender Racine Coly was sent off in the 66th minute of the match. Yury Semin’s men are with one foot in the Europa League last 16 and they will be looking to defend their slim lead in front of home fans. The Ligue 1 side, on the other hand, have nothing to lose in Thursday’s football match and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Russian outfit. Mario Balotelli scored a brace for les Aiglons in the first leg and the former Premier League ace will be the man to watch in the away side. A lively contest is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw at RZD Arena. Despite producing a splendid performance against Viktoria Plzen in the first leg of the Europa League last 32, Partizan eventually played out a 1-1 draw with the Czech side at their Stadion Partizana. The Serbs need to score in Thursday’s football match if they are to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League, but the Viktorka are tough to beat at home and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. The Czech side proved their worth in the last 20 minutes of the match in Belgrade and we predict that they are going to beat the Serbian side at their Doosan Arena. Key midfielder Ewerton left Partizan in the January transfer window and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. You should know that the visitors will be without defender Milan Mitrovic in the return leg as he was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Plzen. NSK Olimpijs’kyj will host Thursday’s football game between Dynamo Kiev and AEK Athens. Dynamo Kiev scored a vital away goal in the first leg and, as a result, a goalless draw with AEK will see them book their place in the Europa League last 16. It is well known that the Ukrainians are tough to beat at home and the fact that they are on a ten-game unbeaten run at home in the Europa League is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of AEK. The Greeks need to score in the return leg if they are to keep their hopes of booking their place in the last 16, but that is easier said than done. Dynamo Kiev are enjoying a very successful season and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in the return leg. You should know that Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men crushed Partizan 4-1 in their last home game in the process. Against all odds, Lazio suffered a 1-0 loss to Steaua at Arena Nationala in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Biancocelesti need to record a big win over the Romanian side at their Stadio Olimpico if they are to advance to the next round of the European competition and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. Top scorer Ciro Immobile is likely to return to the starting line-up for the hosts and that is probably the main reason why we predict the Serie A side will overcome the deficit. Yet another man to watch in the home team will be Serbia superstar Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is enjoying a season to remember. Steaua suffered a 2-0 loss to Viktoria Plzen in their last away game in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Lazio’s party at Stadio Olimpico. Thanks to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Astana Sporting CP moved one step closer to booking their place in the last 16 of the Europa League. The Lions are on the right track to make it to the next round of the European competition and they will be looking to defend their big lead when the two teams face each other at Estadio Jose Alvalade. It is well known that Sporting are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to record yet another win over the Kazakhstan champions. Astana suffered four defeats in last six away games in the Europa League and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sporting’s party in Lisbon. Seydou Doumbia found the net for the Lions in the 3-1 win over Astana in the first leg and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s football match. Leipzig did well to beat Napoli 3-1 at Stadio San Paolo in the first leg of the Europa League last 32, but you should bear in mind that Maurizio Sarri mixed the squad in Thursday’s football match. The Neapolitans’ main goal is to win Scudetto and it is more than obvious that they do not have big ambitions for the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Red Bulls have been in a thrilling form of late and we predict that they are going to record yet another win over the Serie A side. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to rest key players in the return leg and there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. Timo Werner scored a brace in the 3-1 win over the Neapolitans and the German rising star will be the man to watch in the home team. All eyes will be on Estadio de la Ceramica when Villarreal and Olympique Lyon face each other in the Europa League last 32, return leg. Les Gones recorded a 3-1 win over the La Liga side at home, meaning that they are on the verge of booking their place in the last 16. However, seeing that the Yellow Submarine have turned their Estadio de la Ceramica into a real fortress, an entertaining encounter is on the cards and we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Villarreal have no other choice but to go all-out attack against Lyon and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. Les Gones recorded only one win in last four away games in the Europa League and there is every chance the Ligue 1 side will return home empty-handed. Former Milan attacker Carlos Bacca is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Bruno Genesio’s troops. Zenit will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Celtic when the two teams face each other at Stadion Krestovskyi on Thursday evening. The Zenitchiki failed to impress in the 1-0 loss to Brendan Rodgers’ men at Celtic Park, but it is well known that they produce much better performances at home ground. The Russian side are likely to go all guns blazing at the Hoops in the return leg and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Celtic are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their performances on the road in European competitions leave a lot to be desired and there is every chance the Scottish champions will return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Aleksandr Kokorin, who has been in a fine form this season. As expected, Milan outplayed Ludogorets at Ludogorets Arena in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Rossoneri got their job done in the 3-0 win over the Bulgarian champions and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match at their Stadio San Siro. Coach Genaro Gattuso is likely to mix the squad against Ludogorets this time out, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that the hosts will record yet another win over Dimitar Dimitrov’s men. The Bulgarians face an uphill task in the return leg and we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in Italy. Italian rising star Patrick Cutrone is enjoying a season to remember, the youngster found the net for Milan in the 3-0 win over Ludogorets and he is likely to lead the line for the Rossoneri in the return leg. Thanks to Michu Batshuayi’s late goal Borussia Dortmund came from behind and recorded a hard-fought 3-2 win over Atalanta in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The former Chelsea attacker has been scoring goals for fun with the Millionaires and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other at MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore. The Orobici produced a fine display in the 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund, but they will have to defeat the star-studded Bundesliga side in the return leg if they are to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League. It is well known that Atalanta are tough to beat at home, but given the experience of the away team, we do not believe that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. The two sides seem to be evenly matched at the moment and they are likely to share the spoils in Bergamo. Athletic Club will be looking to clinch their spot in the Europa League last 16 with yet another win over Spartak Moscow. The Lions outclassed the Russian side in Moscow (3-1), meaning that they are with one foot in the next round. Aritz Aduriz scored a brace in the 3-1 win over Spartak and all eyes will be on the experienced attacker when the two teams face each other at San Mames Barria. Over the years Athletic Club have turned their stadium into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Spartak Moscow are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, meaning that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the La Liga side. Estadio Municipal de Braga will host Thursday’s football match between Sporting Braga and Olympique Marseille. Rudi Garcia’s men hammered the Portuguese side 3-0 at their Stade Velodrome in the first leg and it has to be noted that Abel Ferreira’s men had no more than two shots on goal during the match. Marseille are undisputedly more of a team than Braga and seeing that they have been in a thrilling form of late, we predict that the Ligue 1 side will advance to the Europa League last 16 without any difficulties. The Portuguese team are tough to beat at home, but recording a big win over the star-studded French outfit is easier said than done. Abel Ferreira’s charges are likely to leave their hearts on the field this time out, but that is unlikely to help them overcome a three-goal deficit in the tie against Rudi Garcia’s troops. Arsenal have been struggling in the Premier League this season, but they produced a thrilling performance in a 3-0 win over Ostersunds in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Gunners got their job done in the first leg, but they certainly want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Arsene Wenger is likely to rest key players in Thursday’s football match, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that the Premier League side will emerge triumphant in the return leg. The Swedes are low on confidence ahead of the trip to London and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Arsenal’s party at Emirates Stadium. You should bear in mind that the Gunners demolished BATE Borisov 6-0 in their last home game in the Europa League and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Despite the fact that key attacker Willian Jose misses the first leg with injury, Real Sociedad were on the verge of beating Salzburg at their Estadio Municipal de Anoeta. However, the Red Bulls scored a late equalizer (2-2) in Thursday’s football match and, as a result, they are seen as favourites to win the double-header against the La Liga side. Salzburg aim to defend their “slim lead” in front of home fans and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the return leg. The Basques, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Red Bulls and we predict that the visitors are going to leave their hearts on the field. Seeing that aforementioned attacker Willian Jose should recover in time to face Salzburg at Red Bull Arena, we are tempted to put our money on the La Liga side. Seeing that Spartak Moscow and Crvena Zvezda played out a goalless draw at Stadion Rajko Mitic in the first leg of the Europa League last 32, yet another close encounter is on the cards. The Serbian side missed several clear-cut chances to score in the first leg, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match against the Armeitsy. CSKA Moscow are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that key midfielder Golovin misses the game through suspension, we predict that the Russians are going to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League. Ahmed Musa, who returned to CSKA in January, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders, whilst Richmond Boakye should start for Crvena Zvezda this time out after missing the first leg with injury. Thursday's football match at Astana Arena pits together Astana and Sporting CP, who face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Kazaks have been producing fine performances in the Europa League this term, but Sporting CP are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Stanimir Stoilov's team than their previous rivals. Astana did well to win the national championship, thus they will be fully focused on the knockout stages of the European competition in days to come. The Lions, on the other hand, failed to book their place in the Champions League last 16, but they continue their European journey in the Europa League. Sporting are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg. Lokomotiv Moscow will be aiming to bounce back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Sheriff when they welcome Copenhagen at their RZD Arena. The Russian side aim to regain top position in Group F, but Thursday’s football match against the Danish champions will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Lokomotiv Moscow are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, but they have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign as well and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against Copenhagen. The Danes recorded a routine win over Zlin in front of home fans in their last group game, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we are not tempted to put our money on Stale Solbakken’s troops this time out. Under 1.5 goals were scored in each of their previous two meetings in the Europa League and yet another low-scoring affair is on the cards. Thursday’s football match at Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena pits together Sheriff and Qarabag, the two teams who are eager to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Sheriff set up a meeting with Qarabag by beating Valur of Iceland in the two-legged tie, but it has to be noted that they eliminate the Icelanders on away goal rule. The Moldavian champions face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against Qarabag and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Qarabag were producing fine performances in the Champions League group stages last term, with the team holding star-studded to a draw on two occasions and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration. The Azeri side are not regarded as good travelers, but we predict that they are going to score a vital away goal in Thursday’s clash. Ostersunds will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao when they take on Zorya at their Jamtkraft Arena. Ostersunds sit in top position in Group J ahead of Thursday’s football match and a win over Zorya will see them book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Swedish side have been impressive at home ground this season and you should bear in mind that they are unbeaten in previous eight games at their Jamtkraft Arena. The Ukrainian side, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion and, as a result, their participation in the Europa League knockout stages is in danger. Zorya take on Athletic Bilbao in their last group game and, as things stand now, that match will decide who will advance to the last 32 of the European competition. Rijeka did remarkably well to win the national championship last term, but the Croatian champions have been struggling in all competitions this season. The Rijecki bijeli have slim chances of defending the domestic trophy and they sit in the ultimate position in Group D ahead of Thursday’s football match against AEK Athens. Matjaz Kek’s men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Austria Wien in their last group game and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the Croatian outfit. Following a 2-1 win over Rijeka, AEK Athens played out a draw with their rivals in each of their previous three group games and they are widely expected to extend their unbeaten run in the group stages of the Europa League. AEK are more of a team than Rijeka and we predict that they will pick up all three points from Thursday’s game at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis. Buoyed by a 4-1 win over Lugano, Viktoria Plzen square off against Steaua at their Doosan Arena and a win over the Romanian side should see Pavel Vrba’s men advance to the Europa League last 32. The Viktorka have been impressive in the national championship this season and they are on the right track to win the domestic trophy. Seeing that Plzen are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Michail Krmencik, who scored a brace in the 4-1 win over Lugano, will be the man to watch in the home team and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva Steaua booked their place in the knockout stages and that is yet another reason why we are positive the hosts will pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game. Rosenborg will be aiming to keep their hopes of making it to the Europa League last 32 with a win over Real Sociedad at their Lerkendal Stadion. The Norwegian champions did well to share spoils with Zenit in their last group game, but they are five points behind second-placed Real Sociedad ahead of Thursday’s football match. Rosenborg have no other choice but to go all-out attack against La Real and we would not be surprised if they pick up all three points from the game. The La Liga side aim to build on back-to-back wins over Vardar, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s game against Rosenborg. When the two teams face each other at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta in their opener Real Sociedad outclassed Rosenborg 4-0, but we predict that the Norwegians will get their revenge on the Basque outfit as they want this win more than their rivals. Thursday’s football match at Estadio Municipal de Braga pits together Sporting Braga and Hoffenheim, the two teams who are eager to make it to the Europa League knockout stages. Braga are three points clear of Hoffenheim in Group C ahead of their penultimate group game and seeing that they defeated the Bundesliga side at WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena earlier in the process, this has to go down as a must-win game for the visitors. Hoffenheim have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Os Minhotos when the two teams face each other in Braga on Thursday evening. However, seeing that Sporting Braga are on a three-game winning run at home in the Primeira Liga, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the German club. Seeing that Hoffenheim are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Abel Ferreira’s troops, we predict that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break. Despite being regarded as favourites to beat AEK Athens at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis the Rossoneri played out a goalless draw with the Greek side in Athens. Anyhow, the Serie A side are with one foot in the knockout stages of the Europa League and they are only one point away from booking their place in the last 32. Milan aim to extend their unbeaten run in Group D and we predict that they will adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match. Austria Wien, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Rijeka and they managed to get one. The Violets sit in third place in the standings ahead of the trip to Milano, but they would be happy with one point from the match as well. Milan rolled over Austria Wien 5-1 earlier in the process, but there is every chance the two teams will share the spoils at Stadio San Siro. After failing to win first three group games, Vitoria Guimaraes did remarkably well to beat star-studded Olympique Marseille at their Estadio Dom Alfonso Henriques. Os Vimaranenses aim to build on the triumph, but beating Salzburg on the road is easier said than done. Anyhow, the Primeira Liga side need to grab something from Thursday’s football match if they are to keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, are determined to cement top position in Group I and you should bear in mind that they are after their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the process. A low-scoring game is on the cards, but considering that Guimaraes’ showings on the travels leave a lot to be desired, we predict that the Austrian champions will pick up all three points from Thursday’s Europa League clash at Red Bull Arena. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Rosenborg Zenit booked their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but they have yet to cement top position in Group L. The Zenitchiki are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Vardar and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Macedonian champions. The Russian side aim to keep their 100% record intact at their Stadion Krestovskyi and they are likely to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Coach Roberto Mancini is likely to mix the squad against Vardar, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered. The Macedonians suffered a loss in each of their four group games and we do not believe that the rock-bottom team are capable of shocking Zenit in Sankt Petersburg. When the two teams met in Skopje in their opener Zenit rolled over Vardar 5-0. Lyon will be looking to put icing on the cake on a very successful Europa League campaign with a win over Apollon at their Groupama Stadium. Les Gones sit in second place in Group E ahead of Thursday’s football match and they are level on points with Atalanta. The Ligue 1 side have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win situation for Apollon, we predict that the hosts will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Lyon are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are likely to record a routine win over the Cypriot outfit. Nabil Fekir has been in a splendid form in the first half of the season and the 24-year-old attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on Bruno Genesio’s charges. Everton will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Olympique Lyon when they host Atalanta at their Goodison Park. The Toffees have already suffered elimination in the group stages of the Europa League and there is every chance coach David Unsworth will mix the squad in the penultimate group game. The Premier League side have nothing to play for in Thursday’s football match and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the rock-bottom team. The Orobici, on the other hand, sit in top position in Group E ahead of the trip to Liverpool and they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s clash. Josip Ilicic found the net in a 1-1 draw with Apollon, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Speaking of the home team, it has to be noted that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is sidelined through suspension. Istanbul Basaksehir were producing fine performances against Sevilla in the Champions League qualifiers and many people expected that they would continue to impress in the group stages of the Europa League. However, the Turkish side have yet to record a win in Group C and they sit in the last position in the standings ahead of Thursday’s football match against Ludogorets. Istanbul face a do-or-die situation against the Bulgarian champions and we predict they will leave their hearts on the field in the Ludogorets Arena clash. Dimitar Dimitrov’s men sit in top position in Group C ahead of the visit of Istanbul and we predict that they will book their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a win over the Super Lig team. A man to watch in the home team will be attacking midfielder Marcelinho, who found the net in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Braga. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Skenderbeu Korce Partizan put an end to their three-game winless run in the Europa League and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Young Boys at their Stadion Partizana. The Crno-beli aim to retain second place in Group B and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match. The Swiss side, on the other hand, are eyeing their first win of the process, but considering that they are not regarded as good travelers, away win should not be considered. The hosts will be without key player Zoran Tosic, who misses the match through suspension and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two sides are going to play out a draw in Belgrade. A man to watch in the away team will be Cameroon international Jean Pierre Nsame, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Swiss Super League this season. Sheriff are leading the chase for the domestic trophy ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game against Zlin and they aim to extend their unbeaten run in Group F. The Moldavian champions have been producing fine performances in all competitions this term and it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win the football match against Zlin. Sheriff proved their worth in a 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Zlin face a must-win situation against Roberto Bordin’s charges and there is every chance the hosts will find the net on the break. A man to watch in the home team will be Moldavian rising star Vitalie Damascan, who has been scoring goals for fun in the national championship this season. Taking everything into account, the hosts are likely to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a win over the Czech side. Skenderbeu Korce face a do-or-die situation in Thursday’s football game against Dynamo Kiev. The Albanian outfit have yet to record a win in the Europa League group stages this term, but the game against the Ukrainian outfit could be the turning point for the hosts. Skenderbeu are undefeated in previous six home games in the Europa League and they are definitely capable of shocking Dynamo Kiev at their Elbasan Arena. Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men have already booked their place in the knockout stages and a win over Skenderbeu would see them clinch top position in Group B. However, considering that the Albanians are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils at Elbasan Arena. When the two teams met in Kiev earlier in the process, Dynamo recorded a 3-1 win over Skenderbeu, but share of spoils is on the horizon in this one. Atalanta will be looking to cement top position in Group E with a win over Apollon at Neo GSP. The Orobici recorded a routine win over the Cypriotes in Bergamo and they now aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Atalanta obviously take each and every game in the Europa League very seriously and we predict that coach Gian Piero Gasperini is going to field the best possible side in Thursday’s football game against Apollon. Sofronis Avgousti’s men have yet to record a win in Group E and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Atalanta are more of a team than Apollon and the Serie A side are likely to record their third win of the process on Thursday evening. Slovenia international Josip Ilicic has been in a fine form of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Copenhagen failed to impress in the qualifiers for the Champions League earlier this term and they continue to struggle in the group stages of the Europa League. The Danish champions have netted no more than one goal in the process to date, but it has to be noted that they shared the spoils with each of their three rivals in Group F: Lokomotiv Moscow (0-0), Sheriff (0-0) and Zlin. Copenhagen are determined to make it to the last 32 of the competition and a win over Zlin would see them move a little closer to meeting the goal. The Czech side experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their first away game of the process, with the team losing 3-0 to Lokomotiv in Moscow and that is the main reason why we predict Stale Solbakken’s men will pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. Lokomotiv Moscow will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in Group F when they square off against Sheriff Tiraspol at their RZD Arena. Lokomotiv Moscow sit in top position in their group ahead of the visit of Sheriff and a win over the Moldavian side would see them move one step closer to advancing to the knockout stages of the Europa League. Seeing that Lokomotiv have been producing thrilling displays in the Russian Premier League this season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Sheriff are leading the chase for the domestic trophy as well, but they have yet to record a win in the group stages of the Europa League and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that the Moldavians are on a nine-game winless run in the competition ahead of the trip to Russia. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Austria Wien and Rijeka, Milan played out a goalless draw with AEK Athens in their third group game. The Rossoneri, though, remained in top position in Group D and a win over AEK in Athens would see the Serie A side advance to the last 32 of the Europa League. Milan product Patrick Cutrone is likely to be deployed up front alongside Andre Silva and the duo is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. The Rossoneri are likely to take Thursday’s football match very seriously and we predict that they are going to get their job done at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis. AEK Athens have been playing below expectations of late and it is no surprise they are regarded as underdogs in Thursday’s clash against Vincenzo Montella’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be Marko Livaja, who has netted two goals in the Europa League so far this season. Despite the fact that Everton chiefs added a number of top-class players to the squad in the summer transfer window, the Toffees have been struggling in all competitions this term. Dutch tactician Ronald Koeman paid price for the poor start of the season, with David Unsworth taking over the reins. However, the new coach doesn’t have a magic wand and his men have slim chances of booking their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Everton are stuck at the bottom of Group E and seeing that their rivals Lyon are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the Premier League team will return home empty-handed. Les Gones defeated the Toffees at Goodison Park and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the hosts, who aim to climb to top position in the standings. Slavia Prague kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but they are on a three-game winless run in Group A ahead of Thursday’s football match against the Israeli outfit. The Czechs aim to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Villarreal and a win over Maccabi would see them regain their spot in top in Group A. Considering that the hosts have collected only one point from possible 12 in the process, we are not tempted to put our money on the rock-bottom team. The Cervenobili are not regarded as good travelers, but given the importance of the match for the visitors, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Jaroslav Silhavy’s men. Tomas Necid scored the winner for Slavia Prague in the 1-0 win over Maccabi at Eden Arena, thus the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Thursday’s football match at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu pits together Istanbul Basaksehir and Hoffenheim. Given the quality of the Turkish side, many people expected that they would shine in the group stages of the Europa League, but they have yet to find their best form. Istanbul Basaksehir played out a goalless draw with Ludogorets in their opener, but the team then suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Braga and Hoffenheim. The Bundesliga side, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Istanbul and they managed to get one (3-1). Hoffenheim sit in third place in Group C ahead of the trip to Turkey and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the hosts on Thursday evening. Julian Nagelsmann’s men aim to keep their hopes of making it to the Europa League knockout stages alive and we are tempted to put our money on the away team. Ludogorets played out a goalless draw with Istanbul Basaksehir in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but they have been impressive in Group C ever since. Following a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, the Bulgarian champions defeated Sporting Braga in their last group game (2-0) and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match. Ludogorets aim to retain top position in their group, but the game against Abel Ferreira’s men will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Sporting Braga are hungry for revenge and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against the Eagles. A lively contest appears on the cards and we are positive that both teams will find the net at Ludogorets Arena. Taking everything into account, both teams should be happy with one point from the match and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Stadion Pod Dubnom will host Thursday’s football match between Trencin and AEK Larnaca. Trencin did well to shock star-studded Dutch side Feyenoord in the previous qualifying round, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of AEK. The Slovaks have been impressive at home ground this season and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play. AEK Larnaca rolled over Sturm Graz to set up a meeting with Trencin and you should bear in mind that the Cypriotes are after their ninth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. However, considering that the Slovaks rolled over Feyenoord 4-0 in front of home fans, we do not believe that AEK Larnaca defenders are going to prevent Trencin attackers from scoring in the first leg. Taking everything into account, home win should be considered in this one. After failing to eliminate AEK in the Champions League third qualifying round, Celtic will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Suduva at Marijampoles sporto centro stadione in the Europa League final qualifying round, first leg. The Hoops head into Thursday’s football match following a 3-1 win over Partick in the League Cup where key attacker Griffiths found the net. Griffiths is likely to prove a handful for Suduva defenders as well and seeing that the Lithuanians struggle at the back, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Scottish champions. Suduva were totally outplayed by Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League qualifiers, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of making life difficult for Celtic in Thursday’s clash. Celtic are more of a team than Suduva and seeing that the Hoops take every single match very seriously, away win should be considered. Partizan will be looking to record their first win in the group stages of the 2017/2018 Europa League when they host Skenderbeu at their Stadion Partizan on Thursday evening. The Black and Whites sit in second place in the Serbian Super Liga standings, whilst they occupy third place in Group B in the Europa League. A win over Skenderbeu could see Partizan overtake Young Boys in the second position in the standings and we predict that Miroslav Djukic’s men are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Montenegro international Marko Jankovic, who has been in a fine form in the first half of the season. The Albanian outfit are tough to beat at home, but their away record in European competitions is anything but good and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Rangers, who have been producing splendid showings under Steven Gerard this season, play host to UFA of Russia in the first leg of the Europa League final qualifying round. The Scottish side are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet of the process and we predict that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match. UFA set up a meeting with the Gers by beating the likes of Domzale and Progres Niederkom, but it has to be noted that they have recorded only one win in the Europa League qualifiers. It is well known that Rangers have turned their Ibrox Stadium into a real fortress and given their fantastic form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Steven Gerard’s troops. You should know that the Gers recorded a 2-0 win over Maribor in their last home game in the Europa League. Sigma Olomuc and Sevilla face each other at Andruv stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Sigma set up a meeting with Sevilla by beating Kairat in the two-legged tie, but they face an uphill task in the double-header against the La Liga side. The Czechs are undefeated in previous four home games in the competition, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Sevilla. Los Sevillanos are brimming with confidence following a 4-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga opener and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Sigma. Taking everything into account, los Sevillanos, who have established themselves as the dominant force in the Europa League, are likely to make it to the group stages of the competition without any difficulties. Against all odds, Zenit managed to overcome a four-goal deficit in the tie against Dinamo Minsk and make it to the Europa League final qualifying round. The ten-man Zenitchiki proved their worth in the 8-1 win over the Belarusian outfit and they must be high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football game against Molde. It is well known that the Russian side have turned their Saint-Petersburg Stadium into a real fortress and we believe that Artem Dzyuba and Co. are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. Molde failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, which is yet another reason why we predict the Norwegians are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Russia. You should bear in mind that the star-studded Russian outfit recorded six wins in previous seven home games in the Europa League Buoyed by a win over Rijeka in the Europa League third qualifying round, Sarpsborg take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in the battle for the group stages of the competition. The Norwegian side have been impressive at their Sarpsborg Stadion this term and you should know that they recorded four wins in previous five home games in the national championship. Sarpsborg are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Maccabi Tel Aviv and we believe that they are going to find the net in the first leg. The Israeli outfit outplayed the likes of Radnicki Nis and Pyunik to set up a meeting with Sarpsborg in the final qualifying round, but seeing that they are on a three-game winless run on the road in the Europa League, share of spoils appears on the horizon in this one. Copenhagen will be looking to extend their thrilling winning run when they take on CSKA Sofia in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Danes are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration and despite the fact they defeated the Bulgarian side 2-1 at Stadion Vasil Levski in the first leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts, who seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Bosnian international Kenan Kodro, who found the net in the first leg, is likely to lead the line for Copenhagen against CSKA Sofia. The Bulgarians are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Denmark and seeing that they will be without defender Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski (suspension) in the return leg, we believe that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. After failing to book their place in the Champions League group stages, Ludogorets are determined to record a good result in the Europa League this term. The Bulgarian champions proved their worth in the double-header against Zrinjski and they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Torpedo Kutaisi. Important attacker Cafu joined Crvena Zvezda last week, but coach Paulo Autuori still has a number of high-profile players to choose from. Torpedo Kutaisi were beaten by Kukesi of Albania (0-2) in their last game in the Europa League, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered. Ludogorets are more of a team than Torpedo Kutaisi and we predict that the Bulgarian side are going to win the first leg. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match. Estadio Ramon Pizjuan will host Thursday’s football game between Sevilla and Standard Liege. Los Sevillanos have been having a lot of success in Europa League in the 21st century and they are once again considered one of main favourites to win the title. It is well known that the Andalusian side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Standard Liege’s away record in European competitions is anything but good, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Andre Silva, who has already found his goal-scoring touch. As previously mentioned, the Belgians often struggle on the travels and you should bear in mind that they recorded only two wins in previous 11 away games in the Europa League. In their last meeting in the Europa League los Sevillanos emerged triumphant. After failing to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, Basel will be looking to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign in the elite competition when they take on Apollon in the Europa League final qualifying round. The RotBlau did well to beat Vitesse of Netherlands in the previous round and they are seen as hot favourites to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football game against the Cypriotes. It is well known that Basel are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they defeated the likes of Grasshopper and Sion in front of home fans at the start of the new Swiss Super League campaign, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Apollon were beaten by Dinamo in Brest in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Villarreal kick off their Europa League campaign with a match against Glasgow Rangers at their Estadio de la Ceramica. Over the years Villarreal have established themselves as one of the best teams in Spain and they often produce fine displays in European competitions. The club chiefs did well to persuade Santi Cazorla to return to the club in the summer transfer window, but the Yellow Submarine have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the season. Villarreal footballers are eager to give fans some cheer and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Glasgow Rangers in their Europa League opener. The Scottish side have been producing fine displays under Steven Gerrard this season and seeing that they look solid at the back, we believe that under 2.5 goals will be scored in Thursday’s football match. Arsenal did well to make it to the Europa League semis last season, but Atletico Madrid eventually proved to be a big catch for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger is no longer in charge of the capital club and it remains to be seen if new coach Unai Emery is going to help the Gunners bring glory days back to Emirates Stadium. The Premier League side produce much better displays at home than on the travels and regardless which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Premier League outfit. Vorksla, on the other hand, face an uphill task in their Europa League opener and given the quality of the home team, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. The two sides have never met before in European competitions. Celtic and Rosenborg, the two old rivals, face each other at Celtic Park in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The two sides met in the Champions League in previous two seasons, with the Scottish champions emerging triumphant. It is well known that Brendan Rodgers’ troops have turned their Celtic Park into a real fortress and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Hoops. Celtic did well to beat their bitter local rivals Glasgow Rangers in their last home game in the national championship and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Scottish side. Rosenborg, on the other hand, are fully focused on winning the national championship and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Celtic’s party in the Scottish capital. Milan kick off their Europa League campaign with a match against F91 Dudelange. The Rossoneri did well to beat Roma in the Serie A derby and despite the fact that the Luxembourg side have been producing fine displays in the Europa League qualifiers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Serie A side, who are considered one of main favourites to win the Europa League trophy. Genaro Gattuso’s men are likely to go all guns blazing at F91 Dudelange in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and we predict that the Italians are going to prove their worth on the field. The underdogs are eager to claim yet another major scalp in the Europa League this season, but given the quality of the Serie A side, we do not believe that they are capable of giving fans yet another reason for celebration. Copenhagen and Zenit face each other at Telia Parken in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. Against all odds, Copenhagen eliminated Atalanta in the play-off and they are surely brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Zenit. The Danes have been producing thrilling showings in the Europa League this season, but seeing that the Zenitchiki made a flying start to the season, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the Danish capital. A man to watch in the home team will be Victor Fisher, whereas Russian international Dzyuba is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Taking everything into account, we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Telia Parken. Neo GSP will host Thursday’s football match between AEK Larnaca and Zurich. AEK Larnaca have been impressive in the Europa League qualifiers this season and seeing that they rolled over the likes of Dundalk, Sturm Graz and Trencin in previous three home games in the European competition, we predict that they are going to make life difficult for Zurich. The Swiss side, on the other hand, return to the group stages of the Europa League after a two-year absence and, they must be highly motivated to prove their worth in their opener. However, seeing that AEK Larnaca have turned their Neo GSP into a real fortress, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Thursday’s clash. You should bear in mind that AEK Larnaca and Zurich meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Stadion Maksimir will host Thursday’s football game between Dinamo Zagreb and Fenerbahce, who face each other at the start of the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign. Over the years Dinamo Zagreb have established themselves as the dominant force in Croatian football, but they continue to struggle in European competitions. The Croatian champions failed to book their place in the group stages of the Champions League and, as a result, they will represent their homeland in the Europa League. Fenerbahce have been struggling in the Turkish Super Lig this season and seeing that Dinamo Zagreb are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that home win should be considered. Soudani left the club in the summer transfer window and, in his absence, a man to watch in the home side will be Gavranovic, who has been in a fine form at the start of the season. All eyes will be on Ludogorets Arena when Ludogorets and Bayer Leverkusen face each other in the Group A derby. The Bulgarian side are dominant force in the national championship, but they aim to record a good result in European competitions as well. Ludogorets failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but thanks to a win over Torpedo Kutaisi in the double-header they booked their place in the Europa League group stages. Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, finished the 2017/2018 Bundesliga campaign in fifth position in the standings and, as a result, they will represent Germany in the Europa League. The German side made a slow start to the season and seeing that Ludogorets are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the Bulgarians are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game. Chelsea will be aiming to build on a thrilling 2-0 win over star-studded Manchester City in the Premier League when they take on Vidi at Groupama Arena on Thursday night. Chelsea aim to keep their 100% record intact in Group L, whilst Vidi are determined to overtake BATE in second place in the standings and book their place in the last 32. The Hungarian side will surely leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match, but beating the league leaders is easier said than done. Maurizio Sarri’s men are likely to have a number of chances to score on the break and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from the Groupama Arena clash. Olivier Giroud is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against Vidi and we believe that the former Arsenal man is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Olympique Marseille will be aiming to give fans some cheer when they welcome Apollon at their Orange Velodrome in their last group game in the Europa League. The Ligue 1 side have been struggling in the Europa League this term, with the team collecting only one point from possible 15. Marseille’s pride will be at stake in Thursday’s football match, therefore, we predict that the hosts are going to fight tooth and nail against Apollon. Rudi Garcia’s men produce much better displays at home than on the travels and seeing that the Cypriotes suffered seven defeats in previous eight away games in the French top flight, we believe that home win should be considered. When the two teams met in Limassol earlier in the process they played out a 2-2 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on the French side this time out. PAOK take on BATE Borisov at their Stadio Toumbas in their last group game. The Greek side have been struggling in the Europa League this season and, as a result, they failed to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition. PAOK head into Thursday’s football match with the lack of motivation and seeing that BATE are determined to advance to the last 32 of the Europa League, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Seeing that Vidi are unlikely to beat high-flying Chelsea in their last group game, the Belarusian side should be happy with one point from the PAOK clash. The visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the Stadio Toumbas game and we believe that they are going to hold the Greek outfit to a draw. Villarreal are one point away from booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Yellow Submarine are on the right track to advance to the next phase and they surely want to clinch top position in Group G. Villarreal have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and seeing that they are regarded as good travelers, we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Spartak Moscow, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Rapid Wien in front of home fans in their last group game and, as a result, they have slim chances of booking their place in the Europa League last 32. This has to go down as a must-win situation for the visitors and seeing that they are likely to go all guns blazing at Villarrreal, we believe that the hosts will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. A place in the Europa League knockout stages will be at stake when Rapid Wien and Rangers face each other at Allianz Stadion on Thursday evening. Thanks to a come-from-behind win over Spartak Moscow the Austrian side climbed to second place in Group G and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Steven Gerard’s troops. Rapid Wien were beaten by Rangers in Glasgow earlier in the process, meaning that they are hungry for revenge. The Scottish side, on the other hand, face a must-win situation in their last group game and we predict that they are going to go all-out attack against Rapid. The Austrians are likely to have a number of chances to find the net on the break and we believe that they are going to pick up vital three points from Thursday’s football match. Rennes footballers are in high spirits ahead of Thursday’s football match against Astana as they recorded back-to-back wins over Olympique Lyon and Dijon in previous two league fixtures. Les Rouges et Noirs have been in a splendid form in the French top flight of late and they now aim to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. A win over Astana will see them meet the goal, therefore, we predict that the Ligue 1 side will leave their hearts on the field in their last group game. Astana are one point away from advancing to the last 32 of the Europa League, but seeing that Rennes seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. When the two teams met in Kazakhstan earlier in the process Astana recorded a 2-0 win over Rennes, meaning that the French team are hungry for revenge. ‘ Sevilla will be aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Standard when they host Krasnodar at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Seeing that Standard take on rock-bottom Akhisarspor in their last group game, this has to go down as a must-win match for los Sevillanos. The La Liga side have been impressive at home ground in the Europa League this term and we predict that they are going to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition with a win over Krasnodar. The Russian side sit in top position in the standings ahead of Thursday’s football match and they should advance to the next phase even in case of defeat at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. A man to watch in the home team will be Portuguese attacker Andre Silva, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Thursday’s football game at Winner Stadium pits together Maccabi Tel Aviv and Astana. Jordi Cruijff’s men have been struggling in the group stages of the Europa League this season and they have yet to find the net in Group A. Maccabi Tel Aviv have yet to find the net in the process and they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Astana. This has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Astana. The Kazakhs aim to climb to top two in Group A and seeing that the hosts head into the match with the lack of confidence, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Congo DR international Junior Kabananga led Astana to the domestic trophy with 17 goals and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. It has to be noted that Kabananga scored a brace in the 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv. As expected, Arsenal qualified for the Europa League knockout stages without any difficulties. The Gunners have already clinched top position in the standings and there is every chance coach Unai Emery is going to rest key players in Thursday’s football match against Qarabag. Arsenal reserves, though, did well to beat Vorskla 3-0 on the road in their last group game and it is no surprise the Premier League side are seen as hot favourites to beat Qarabag. The Azeri side, on the other hand, have nothing to play for in the Emirates Stadium clash and seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Arsenal earlier in the process, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to London. England rising star Smith Rowe produced a fine display in the 3-0 win over Vorskla, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rosenborg Celtic moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Hoops are one point away from meeting the goal, therefore, we predict that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Salzburg. The Red Bulls aim to keep their 100% record in Group B intact, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Celtic Park showdown. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in their last group game. A man to watch in the home team will be in-form midfielder Forrest, whilst Celtic defenders should have Israel international Dabbour at bay as he has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term. Copenhagen and Bordeaux, the two teams who are still in the race for a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, face each other in the Danish capital on Thursday night. Both sides are likely to go for a win in their last group game, but seeing that les Girondins are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the Danes this time out. Copenhagen need to beat Bordeaux and to hope that Zenit will defeat Slavia Prague in order to progress to the last 32. The Danish side face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match, but we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be former Ajax midfielder Viktor Fischer, who has netted nine goals in all competitions this season. Ludogorets will be aiming to record their first win of the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign when they host Zurich at their Ludogorets Arena on Thursday evening. The Bulgarian side shared the spoils with their rivals in previous three group games and fans believe that the time has come for their favourites to record a victory. Ludogorets aim to overtake AEK Larnaca in third place in Group A, but seeing that Thursday’s football match is of big importance for Zurich, home win should not be considered. The Swiss side have already booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages, but they have yet to meet their second goal and that is clinching top position in the standings. However, seeing that Zurich are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Razgrad Arena. Neo GSP will host Thursday’s football game between AEK Larnaca and Bayer Leverkusen. The Bundesliga side have already booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages, but they have yet to clinch top position in Group A. Seeing that the hosts head into the last group game with the lack of motivation, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Bayer Leverkusen have been showing signs of improvement in the German top flight of late and they are definitely capable of beating AEK Larnaca at Neo GSP. Argentine international Alario came as a substitute against Augsburg at the weekend and scored the winner, meaning that he is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Yet another man to watch in the away team will be key attacker Kevin Volland, who has netted six goals in all competitions this term. Dinamo Zagreb will be aiming to put icing on the cake on a very successful Europa League campaign when they host Anderlecht at their Stadion Maksimir in their last group game. The Croatian champions are enjoying a season to remember and it is no surprise they are regarded as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Seeing that Dinamo Zagreb outclassed the likes of Fenerbahce and Spartak Trnava in previous two home games in the process, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Zagreb. Anderlecht have absolutely nothing to play for in the Stadion Maksimir clash, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in Group D. When the two teams met in Brussels earlier in the process Dinamo emerged triumphant, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. David faces Goliath at Stade Josy Barthel on Thursday evening. F9 1 Dudelange have been serving as a cannon fodder for their rivals in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign, with the team failing to pick up a single point in the process. The Luxembourg outfit experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Milan in their last group game and it is no surprise they are considered big underdogs in Thursday’s football match against Real Betis. Los Beticos aim to cement top position in Group F and seeing that they have been in a fine form of late, we predict that the visitors are going to win the Stade Josy Barthel clash. A man to watch in the away team will be left-footed midfielder Lo Celso, who plays for Real Betis on loan from Paris Saint Germain. Zenit will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 4-0 loss to Dinamo Minsk when the two teams face each other at Stadion Petrovskiy in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Zenitchiki are determined to book their place in the group stages of the competition, but they will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s football game if they are to overcome the deficit. Dinamo Minsk proved their worth in the first leg and we predict that the Belarusian side will adopt a defence-minded approach in Russia. Zenit are unlikely to record a huge win over Dinamo Minsk in the second leg, but seeing that coach Sergei Semak is going to field the best possible side this time out, we are tempted to put our money on the Russian club. You should know that the Zenitchiki recorded five wins in previous six home games in EL. Thursday’s football game at Neo GSP stadium pits together APOEL and Hapoel Be’er Sheva, who played out a 2-2 draw at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Israeli side came from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Cypriotes in the first leg, but the visitors face an uphill task in the return leg. Over the years APOEL have turned their Neo GSP into a real fortress and despite the fact that they failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, we believe that Bruno Baltazar’s men are going to make it to the Europa League final qualifying round. Yet another close encounter is on the horizon, but we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match as they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Atalanta are with one foot in the Europa League play-off as they outclassed Hapoel Haifa 4-1 in Israel in the first leg of the third qualifying round. The Orobici proved their worth in the Sammy Ofer Stadium clash and they are now on a quest to cement their spot in the final qualifying round. It is well known that Atalanta are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Summer signing Duvan Zapata, who found the net in the first leg, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Hapoel must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to Bergamo and seeing that they have slim chances of booking their place in the next qualifying round, we believe that home win should be considered. Universitatea and Leipzig square off against each other at Stadionul Ion Oblemenco in what is expected to be an interesting clash. Universitatea suffered a 3-1 loss to Leipzig at Red Bull Stadium in the first leg, with Martic scoring a very important away goal for the Romanian side in the dying seconds of the match. The hosts are likely to go all-out attack against Leipzig in Thursday’s football match, but recording a big win over the Bundesliga side is easier said than done. The Red Bulls are determined to prove their worth once again and seeing that they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, yet another high-scoring affair is on the horizon. Universitatea often struggle in European competitions and seeing that they are on a three-game losing run in the Europa League, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. As expected, Sevilla defeated Zalgiris at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, but their victory was anything but routine. Los Sevillanos need to improve their game if they are to make it to the Europa League group stages and we predict that they are going to take the return leg very seriously. Ever Banega scored the winner in the first leg and the Argentina international will be one of the men to watch in the away team. The Lithuanians need to record a big win over Sevilla if they are to advance to the Europa League play-off, but that is easier said than done. The visitors are likely to have a number of chances to score on the break and, taking everything into account, we believe that away win should be considered. Olympiakos will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Luzern when the two teams face each other at swissporarena in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Thrylos proved their worth in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in Switzerland. Both Christodoulopoulos and Guerrero scored a brace in the first leg and all eyes will be on the duo in Thursday’s football match. Luzern’s pride will be at stake when they host Olympiakos at their swissporarena, but we do not believe that they are capable of making life difficult for the famous Greek side. Olympiakos are undisputedly more of a team than Luzern and we predict that they are going to prove their worth in the second leg. Taking everything into account, we believe that the Thrylos are going to record yet another win over the Swiss side. Besiktas will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against LASK when the two teams face each other at Linzer Stadion on Thursday evening. Ryan Babel helped the Turks record a hard-fought 1-0 win over LASK in the first leg and, no doubt, the pacey attacker will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Besiktas failed to turn their dominance into more goals in the first leg, but seeing that the Austrians are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, we believe that the visitors will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Besiktas are undisputedly more of a team than LASK and there is every chance the Turkish side will prove their worth on the field. Alvaro Negredo started from the bench in the first leg, but the Spanish attacker could lead the line for the visitors against LASK this time out. Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Vitesse Basel moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League final qualifying round. The Rotblau quickly recovered from a heart-breaking elimination in the Champions League qualifiers and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Vitesse. It is well known that Basel are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to record yet another win over the Dutch outfit. Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored the winner in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Vitesse are not regarded as good travelers, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Basel’s party at St. Jakob-Park. You should bear in mind that Basel are undefeated in seven of their previous eight home games in the Europa League. Gent will be looking to defend their slim lead in the Europa League tie against Jagiellonia when the two sides square off against each other at GHELAMCO-arena on Thursday evening. De Buffalo’s proved their worth in the first leg, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match if they are to make it to the final qualifying round. Gent produce much better displays at home than on the travels and despite the fact that Jagiellonia made a fine start to the new Polish Ekstraklasa campaign, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Jonathan David came as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Jagiellonia and he is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Anyhow, Gent are more of a team than Jagiellonia and we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Belgian side. There will be fireworks when Burnley and Istanbul Basaksehir face each other at Turf Moor in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The two teams played out a goalless draw in the first leg and yet another close encounter is on the cards. Both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match and we believe that the match will go into extra-time. A man to watch in the home team will be Ireland international Jeff Hendrick, while Burnley defenders should have Eljero Elia at bay. You should bear in mind that Istanbul Basaksehir are undefeated in previous four games in the Europa League, whereas Burnley aim to extend their unbeaten run in the competition to four games. In their last home game in the Europa League the Clarets defeated Scottish side Aberdeen after extra-time. Against all odds, F91 Dudelange defeated Legia in Warszawa in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Luxembourg outfit are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in front of home fans and we predict that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. The visitors, on the other hand, need to go all guns blazing at F91 Dudelange, but they will be without suspended defender Inaki Astiz in the return leg. However, seeing that the likes of Vesovic and Antolic return to the starting line-up after missing the first leg through suspension, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Legia are more of a team than F91 Dudelange and there is every chance Dean Klafuric’s men will prove their worth on the field. Glasgow Rangers continue to impress under Liverpool legend Steven Gerard. Stevie G has yet to suffer a loss with the Gers and his men did remarkably well to beat Maribor 3-1 in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Scottish side aim to defend their two-goal lead in Thursday’s football match, but Steven Gerard must warn his men against complacency. It is well known that over the years Maribor have turned their Ljudski vrt into a real fortress and, no doubt, the Gers face an uphill task in the return leg. The Violets will surely leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match and we predict that they are going to give fans something to cheer about this time out. However, we do not believe that they are capable of overcoming the deficit and making it to the Europa League final qualifying round. Feyenoord face an uphill task against Trencin in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg as they were outclassed by the Slovak side 4-0 at Stadion Pod Dubnom. The Dutch side have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Trencin and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. Feyenoord are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we believe that they are going to beat Trencin in Rotterdam in the return leg. However, overcoming a four-goal deficit is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be Steven Berghuis, who scored 18 goals in the Eredivisie last term. Trencin are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s clash, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Feyenoord attackers from scoring once again. Lech Poznan welcome Genk at their INEA stadion Poznan in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Lech Poznan suffered a 2-0 loss to Genk in Belgium, meaning that they need to record a big win over Philippe Clement’s troops if they are to book their place in the final qualifying round. However, seeing that the Polish side failed to impress in the two-legged tie against Shakhtyor in previous qualifying round, we do not believe that they are capable of overcoming the deficit in the tie against Genk. A close encounter is on the horizon and we predict that the visitors are going to defend their two-goal lead without any difficulties. It has to be noted that Genk suffered only one loss in previous 11 games in the Europa League. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Mariupol Bordeaux moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League play-off. Les Girondins proved their worth in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in the next qualifying round. Key player from last season Malcolm, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer, has not been sorely missed in Gustavo Poyet’s team and it is more than obvious that the Uruguayan tactician is doing a great job with the Ligue 1 outfit. Mariupol face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Bordeaux’s party at Stade Matmut-Atlantique. Gaetan Laborde scored a brace in the 3-1 win over Mariupol and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. Sporting Braga play host to Zorya at their Estadio Municipal de Braga in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Ukraine, meaning that the Portuguese side are on the right track to make it to the play-off. Given the experience Braga have gained by participating in European competitions, it is no surprise the hosts are seen as hot favourites to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football game. A man to watch in the home team will be midfielder Ricardo Horta, who found the net in the first leg. Zorya face an uphill task in the return leg and we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle at Estadio Municipal de Braga. You should know that the Ukrainian side are on a four-match winless run in the Europa League ahead of the trip to Portugal. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face each other at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn in the European Super Cup. Los Blancos did well to win their third consecutive Champions League trophy last term, but, no doubt, they are hungry for more success. Zinedine Zidane is no longer in charge of Real Madrid and it remains to be seen if new coach Julen Lopetegui is going to win his first ever trophy with the Spanish giants on Wednesday evening. Seeing that Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus earlier this summer, all eyes will be on Gareth Bale when Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in Tallinn. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window, but he is likely to stick to his defensive style of play against los Blancos. A low-scoring affair is on the horizon and we predict that the match will go into extra-time. Red Bull Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Leipzig and Universitatea Craiova. The Red Bulls eliminated Hacken in the second qualifying round without any difficulties and the Bundesliga side are considered hot favourites to win the double-header against Universitatea. Over the years Leipzig have turned their Red Bull Arena into a real fortress and we predict that the Germans are going to prove their worth on the field. Former PSG attacker Augustin will be one of the men to watch in the home team. The Romanian team, on the other hand, aim to impress in their Europa League opener, but seeing that the Red Bulls are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Taking everything into account, Universitatea should wait for their chance in the return leg at their Stadionul ion Oblemenco. Buoyed by a thrilling 8-0 victory over Sarajevo, Atalanta booked their place in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Orobici played an important role in the Europa League last term and they surely want to play in the group stages of the competition for yet another season. Atalanta are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Hapoel Haifa and we predict that the Serie A side are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. The Israeli side managed to beat Hafnarfjordur in the second qualifying round, but Atalanta are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. A man to watch in the away team will be Argentine midfielder Papu Gomez, who scored a brace in the 8-0 victory over Sarajevo. Hapoel Haifa and Atalanta meet for the first time ever in the Europa League. Dinamo Minsk and Zenit face each other at Borisov Arena in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Dinamo Minsk made it to the third qualifying round of the Europa League by beating the likes of Derry City and DAC, but Zenit are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Belarus outfit than their previous rivals. Zenit have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Dinamo Minsk when the two teams face each other in Borisov. The Zenitchiki are more of a team than the Belarusian outfit and we believe that away win should be considered. Artem Dzyuba, who represented Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, is likely to lead the line for the Russian side against Dinamo Minsk and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the former CSKA Moscow man. Jagiellonia Bialystok and Gent face each other at Stadion Miejski in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Jagiellonia booked their place in the third round thanks to a thrilling 4-4 draw with Rio Ave and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match. You should bear in mind, though, that the Polish side managed to keep five clean sheets in previous six home games in the Europa League. Gent, on the other hand, aim to kick-off their Europa League campaign in style and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. The two teams have never met before in European competitions, but everything suggests fans will see a high-scoring affair at Stadion Miejski. Hapoel Be’er Sheva and APOEL square off against each other at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Hapoel failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team suffering a heavy 5-0 loss to the Croatian champions at Stadion Maksimir. The Israeli side aim to bounce back from the embarrassing defeat and seeing that APOEL have been struggling on the travels in European competitions this term, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from Thursday’s clash. The Cypriotes were first defeated by Suduva in Lithuania in the Champions League qualifiers and they head into the game against Hapoel following a 2-0 loss to Flora in Tallinn. A man to watch in the home team will be Nigeria attacker Anthony Nwakaeme. Stadion Chornomorets will host Thursday’s football match between Mariupol and Bordeaux, who take on each other in Odessa in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Mariupol eliminated Djurgarden of Sweden after extra-time in the second qualifying round, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the tie against les Girondins. The Ligue 1 side aim to build on back-to-back wins over Ventspils and they are considered favourites to win the match against Mariupol. Key player Malcolm joined Barcelona earlier this summer, but Bordeaux coach Gustavo Poyet has a number of top-class footballers to choose from and we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash. Francois Kamano, who found the net in the 2-1 win over Ventspils, will be the man to watch in the home side. High-flying Copenhagen will be looking to extend their brilliant winning run in the Europa League when they take on CSKA Sofia at Stadion Vasil Levski. The capital club aim to get their job done in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, but beating CSKA Sofia on the road is easier said than done. The Danish side have been impressive at the back in the Europa League qualifiers and there is every chance the visitors will rely on their rock-solid defence inThursday’s football match. The Bulgarian side are tough to beat at home and seeing that they managed to keep a clean sheet in previous two home games in the Europa League, we predict that they are going to play out a goalless draw with Copenhagen in the capital of Bulgaria. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Rosenborg will be looking to get their revenge on Salzburg for a 3-0 loss at Red Bull Arena when the two teams face each other at Lerkendal Stadion on Thursday evening. The Norwegians have been struggling in the Europa League this term, with the team suffering a loss in each of their three group games and that is the main reason why home win should not be considered. Salzburg, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in Group B intact and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Rosenborg. The Red Bulls have been producing splendid showings in all competitions this season and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday. A man to watch in the away team will be Israeli attacker Dabour, who just can’t stop scoring. Olympiakos desperately needed a win against Dudelange in Luxembourg and they managed to get one. Thanks to the triumph the Thrylos rejoined the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence as well. Olympiakos have been producing fine displays in all competitions of late and seeing that Dudelange suffered a loss in each of their first three group games, anything but a routine home win will be a major surprise in this one. Olympiakos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we are positive that they are going to record yet another routine victory over the Luxembourg side. A man to watch in the home team will be Fortounis, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, Dudelange are likely to return home empty-handed from the trip to Athens. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Zurich, Ludogorets played out a 1-1 draw with AEK Larnaca in their third group game. The Bulgarian champions are eager to get back on course and a win over AEK Larnaca at Ludogorets Arena will see them stay in the race for a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The hosts have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Cypriotes and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. AEK Larnaca, on the other hand, have been in a fine form in the national championship, but seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-2 loss to Bayer in Leverkusen, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Bulgarians’ party at Ludogorets Arena. AEK Larnaca will be aiming to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen when they host Ludogorets at their Neo GSP stadium on Thursday evening. AEK Larnaca are desperate to grab something from Thursday’s football match following back-to-back defeats, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for them. The Cypriotes have nothing to lose in this clash and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Ludogorets, on the other hand, are in the same situation and they are likely to all guns blazing at AEK Larnaca. Seeing that both teams are desperate to return to winning ways, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. You should bear in mind that the two sides meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Stadion Vorskla im Oleksiya Butov’skogo will host Thursday’s football game between Vorskla and Qarabag. Vorskla shocked Qarabag in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, which helped them keep their hopes of booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages alive. The Ukrainian side can’t stop now and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash. Vorskla want this win more than Qarabag and seeing that the Azeri have little to play for in this game, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Kulach scored the winner for Vorskla in Azerbaijan, meaning that the opposition defender should have him at bay. Taking everything into account, Vorskla want this win more than Qarabag and home win should be considered. Slavia Prague will be looking to record yet another win over Copenhagen when the two teams face each other at Eden Arena in the Europa League Group C. Slavia Prague did well to beat Copenhagen in Denmark two weeks ago and it is no surprise the Czechs are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Slavia Prague are enjoying a very successful season and seeing that Copenhagen are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that the hosts are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. A win over the Danish outfit will see Slavia Prague move one step closer to making it to the last 32 and we are positive that the hosts are going to prove their worth on the field. Copenhagen failed to impress in the 1-0 loss to Czech side at Telia Parken, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Jindrich Trpisovsky’s troops. Milan and Real Betis face each other at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in the Group F derby. Milan aim to keep their 100% record in the 2018/2019 Europa League season intact, but Real Betis should not be written off just yet. Los Beticos played out a goalless draw with Olympiakos Piraeus in their opener and, as expected, they outclassed F91 Dudelange in front of home fans in their second group game. The La Liga side aim to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the process, but spoiling Milan’s party at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is easier said than done. The Rossoneri are a real force to be reckoned with at home, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Gonzalo Higuain and Co. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the Europa League. After suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal, Qarabag will be aiming to give fans some cheer when they host Vorskla at their Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu on Thursday evening. Qarabag have yet to find the net in the Europa League this season, but they will not have a better chance than this to do so. Vorskla have been struggling at the back in Group E, with the team conceding six goals in defeats to Arsenal and Sporting and that is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Azeri. This has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts, who are likely to prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be Switzerland attacker Emeghara, who has been scoring goals for fun in the national championship this term. As expected, F91 Dudelange were beaten by Real Betis in Seville in their second group game. The Luxembourg side have yet to find the net in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign, but one thing is for sure, they will, as always, leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match against Olympiakos Piraeus. The Thrylos, on the other hand, are eyeing their first win of the process and we predict that they will go all-out attack in their third group game against F91 Dudelange. Olympiakos are more of a team than F91 Dudelange and we predict that the Greeks are going to prove their worth on the field. The underdogs obviously struggle in front of goal and we are positive that the visitors are going to keep a clean sheet in Thursday’s clash at Stade Josy Barthel. Anderlecht will be looking to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Spartak Trnava and Dinamo Zagreb when they take on Fenerbahce on Thursday evening. Anderlecht need to pick up all three points from this match if they are to keep their hopes of making it to the Europa League knockout stages alive and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field this time out. Fenerbahce, on the other hand, did well to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, with the team beating Spartak Trnava in front of home fans. The Turkish side do not want to stop now and they surely want to take advantage of the fact that Anderlecht suffered a dip in form. The Turks have been in a much better form of late than the Belgians and we believe that away win should be considered. Leipzig and Celtic face each other at Red Bull Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Leipzig quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Salzburg, with the team beating Rosenborg 3-1 in their second group game, but they do not want to stop now. The Red Bulls aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and seeing that Celtic experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Salzburg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Bundesliga side. The Hoops are the dominant force in Scotland, but they struggle in European competitions, especially when playing on the road. Seeing that Leipzig have turned their Red Bull Arena into a real fortress, we believe that home win should be considered. All eyes will be on Saint-Petersburg Stadium when Zenit and Bordeaux face each other in the Group C derby. After sharing the spoils with Copenhagen in their opener, Zenit did well to record a hard-fought 1-0 win over Slavia Prague in their second group game, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. The Zenitchiki aim to retain top position in Group and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Bordeaux in Thursday’s football match. The Russian side are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Les Girondins aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Slavia Prague and Copenhagen, but seeing that they travel to Russia with the lack of confidence, we are tempted to put our money on Sergei Semak’s men this time out. All eyes will be on Estadio Jose Alvalade when Sporting CP and Arsenal face each other in the Group E derby. Sporting are eyeing their third consecutive win in the process, but they will have a big fish to fry in Thursday’s football game against Arsenal. The Lions are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Europa League derby and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. The Gunners aim to keep their 100% record in Group E intact as well, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Estadio Jose Alvalade clash. A close encounter is on the horizon and we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in Lisbon. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Leipzig and Celtic, Salzburg take on Rosenborg in their third group game in the Europa League. The Red Bulls aim to keep their 100% record intact and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Norwegian champions. Salzburg failed to make it to the Champions League group stages, but they have been in a thrilling form in the Europa League and they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football game. The Austrian champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Rosenborg, on the other hand, made a very slow start to their Europa League campaign, with the team suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Celtic and Leipzig and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the in-form hosts. Chelsea were on the verge of suffering a loss to Manchester United in the Premier League derby, but thanks to Ross Barkley’s late goal the Blues eventually grabbed something from the match. Chelsea now return to contention in the Europa League and they will be looking to cement top position in Group L with a win over BATE Borisov at their Stamford Bridge. Coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, anything but a routine home win will be a major surprise. BATE, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a heavy 4-1 home loss to PAOK, but seeing that the Premier League side made a great start to the season, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Belarus empty-handed from the trip to London. Spartak Trnava failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, but they produce fine displays in the Europa League. The Slovak side kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Anderlecht 1-0 in front of home fans, but Fenerbahce proved to be a big catch for them in Istanbul. Spartak Trnava are likely to rely on their solid defence in Thursday’s football match, therefore, we believe fans will see a low-scoring affair at City Arena Trnava. Dinamo Zagreb, on the other hand, did well to roll over Fenerbahce 4-1 in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and, to make things even better for the fans, the Croatian champions outplayed Anderlecht in Brussels in their second group game. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards in Trnava and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils on Thursday evening. Stadion Letzigrund will host Thursday’s football game between Zurich and Bayer Leverkusen. Zurich kicked off their Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over AEK Larnaca and, to make things even better for the fans, they defeated Ludogorets in their second group game as well. Despite recording back-to-back wins, the Swiss side occupy second position in Group A ahead of the visit of Bayer Leverkusen. Zurich have been impressive at the back of late and we predict that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s clash. Bayer Leverkusen aim to keep their 100% record in the Europa League as well, but they should be happy with one point the Zurich clash. Both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Group A derby, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Vodafone Stadyumu will host the Europa League game between Besiktas and Genk which is expected to be one of the most entertaining matches of Thursday’s program. Besiktas are a team with two faces. The Turkish outfit are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle on the travels. Ricardo Quaresma and Co. kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 win over Sarpsborg, but Malmo proved to be a big catch for the Turks in their second group game. Besiktas are eager to get back on course and we believe that they are going to find the net in Thursday’s football match against Genk. The Belgians are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Besiktas and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw in Istanbul. Jablonec and Astana face each other at Stadion Strelnice in the Europa League Group K. Jablonec have been producing fine performances in the national championship of late, but they have collected only one point from possible six in the group stages of the Europa League. The Czech outfit need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match if they are to stay in the race for a place in the knockout stages and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Astana. The Kazakhs proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Rennes, but seeing that the hosts want this win more, we are tempted to put our money on Petr Rada’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be Martin Dolezal, who is eager to score his first ever goal in the Europa League. All eyes will be on Orange Velodrome when Olympique Marseille and Lazio face each other in the Group H derby. Olympique Marseille suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in their opener, with the team dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Apollon in their second group game. The Ligue 1 side are desperate to return to winning ways and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 loss to Eintracht in Frankfurt and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match. A lively contest is on the horizon and we believe that the two sides are going to play out a high-scoring draw at Orange Velodrome, like they did 13 years ago in Rome 13 years ago. High-flying Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to build on a 7-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf in Bundesliga when they host Apollon at their Commerzbank Nebenplatz in the Europa League. Die Adler have been scoring goals for fun of late and all eyes will be on Serbian attacker Luka Jovic, who scored five goals against Fortuna, when the two teams face each other in Frankfurt. The Germans are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Apollon and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Cypriotes did well to hold Olympique Marseille to a 2-2 draw in their last group game, but seeing that their away record is anything but good, we are tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga side. Filip Kostic is yet another Serbian footballer who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and we believe that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition back-line as well. Thursday’s football game at Ibrox Stadium pits together Rangers and Spartak Moscow. Rangers did well to come from two goals behind and share the spoils with Villarreal in Spain, with the team recording a very important 3-1 win over Rapid Wien in their first home game in the Europa League group stages. Steven Gerard is doing a great job with the Scottish outfit, who aim to retain top position in Group G. Seeing that Spartak Moscow have yet to record a win in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash in Glasgow. The Russian side undisputedly struggle at the back and seeing that they were beaten by Rapid in Wien in their first away game, we are tempted to put our money on Steven Gerard’s charges this time out. PAOK will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over BATE Borisov when they host Vidi at their Stadio Toumbas on Thursday evening. The Greek side want to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Vidi. The Hungarian side, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Europa League group stages and seeing that they have yet to find the net in the process, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling PAOK’s party in Thessaloniki. A man to watch in the home side will be Brazilian winger Leo Jaba, who scored a brace against BATE, but Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders as well. Slavia Prague play host to Zenit at their Sinobo Stadium in what is the decider for the hosts. The Czech outfit are one point away from booking their place in last 32 of the Europa League and we predict that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Zenit, on the other hand, have already clinched top position in Group C, meaning that they would be happy with one point from their last group game as well. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Seeing that under 2.5 goals were scored in each of Slavia Prague’s previous five home games in the Europa League, we believe that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Sinobo Stadium. All eyes will be on Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki when Olympiakos and Milan face each other in the Group F derby. Olympiakos need to record a big win over Milan if they are to advance to the Europa League knockout stages, but that is easier said than done. The Thrylos did well to crush Dudelange 5-1 in their last home game of the process, but the Rossoneri are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Greek side than their previous rivals. Milan are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match and we are positive that under 2.5 goals will be scored in the Group F derby. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. You should bear in mind that Olympiakos are undefeated in previous eight home games in the Europa League. Milan will be looking to clinch top position in Group F when they host F91 Dudelange at their Stadio San Siro on Thursday evening. The Rossoneri did well to hold Real Betis to a 1-1 draw at Estadio Benito Villamarin in their last group game, with the team retaining second position in the standings. However, seeing that Olympiakos are breathing down Milan’s neck, this has to go down as a must-win game for the Serie A side. F91 Dudelange, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their previous four group games and we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in Milano. The Rossoneri are likely to take this match very seriously and we are positive that the Italian team are going to prove their worth on the field against the rock-bottom side. Otkrytiye Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Spartak Moscow and Rapid Wien, the two teams who are still in the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages. Spartak Moscow did well to beat Glasgow Rangers 4-3 in their last group game, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. The Russian side recorded their first win of the process and a triumph over Rapid Wien will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the last 32. The Austrian side, on the other hand, are on a three-game winless run ahead of the trip to the Russian capital and they are eager to grab something from Thursday’s clash. However, seeing that Spartak have turned their Oktrytiye Arena into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Red Bull Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Leipzig and Rosenborg. Leipzig have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Rosenborg as they are three points behind second-placed Celtic in the standings and seeing that the Norwegians have nothing to play for in this match, we are tempted to put our money on the Red Bulls. Rosenborg suffered a loss in each of their five group games and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Leipzig’s party at Red Bull Arena. The Bundesliga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they recorded six wins in previous seven home games in the Europa League. German international Timo Werner is likely to lead the line for the hosts and we predict that he is going to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. BATE will be aiming to make amends for three consecutive defeats in Group L when they host Vidi at their Borisov Arena. BATE have collected only three points in the process to date, but they are still in the race for a place in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Belarusian side produced a fine display in a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in their last group game, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Hungarian outfit, on the other hand, did not make a flying start to their Europa League campaign, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of BATE and Chelsea, but two straight wins over PAOK helped them climb to second place in the standings. Marko Nikolic is doing a good job with Vidi, but they often struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why home win should be considered. Estadio Jose Alvalade will host Thursday’s football game between Sporting CP and Vorskla. The Lions have already clinched their place in the Europa League last 32, with Vorskla collecting only 3 points from possible 15 in the process. Sporting aim to stay in the race for the domestic title and we are positive that coach Marcel Keizer is going to mix the squad against Vorskla. The Ukrainians have been struggling in the Europa League this term, but seeing that the hosts head into their last group game with the lack of motivation, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the Portuguese capital. The Lions managed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four home games in the Europa League, therefore, we believe that the two sides are going to play out a goalless draw in Lisbon. Thursday’s football game at Astana Arena pits together Astana and Dynamo Kiev, the two teams who sit in top two positions in Group K. The two sides are level on points ahead of the penultimate group game and we predict that both sides are going to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’sclash. Astana are undefeated in the process and seeing that they did well to beat the likes of Rennes and Jablonec in previous two home games in Group K, we are positive that the Kazakhs are going to grab something from the Dynamo Kiev clash. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back victories over Rennes, but beating Astana on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards and we believe that Astana and Dynamo Kiev are going to share the spoils at Astana Arena. Thanks to a goalless draw with Dinamo Zagreb in Istanbul, Fenerbahce booked their place in the Europa League last 32. The Turkish side extended their unbeaten run in Group D to four matches and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Spartak in Trnava in their last group match. Seeing that Fenerbahce have already got their job done, key players are likely to be rested in Thursday’s football match, therefore, away win should not be considered. Spartak Trnava are eager to give fans some cheer and seeing that a win over Fenerbahce will see them cement third place in the standings, we are tempted to put our money on the Slovaks. You should bear in mind that Radek Latal’s men defeated Anderlecht in front of home fans in their Europa League opener. Stade Constant Vanden Stock will host Thursday’s football game between Anderlecht and Spartak Trnava, the two teams who have little to play for in the last two group games. Anderlecht suffered a 2-0 loss to Fenerbahce in Istanbul and, as a result, they will not take part in the Europa League knockout stages. Spartak Trnava are still in the race for a place in the last 32, but they need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s clash if they are to keep their hopes alive. Seeing that the visitors want this win more than the hosts, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Spartak Trnava did well to beat Anderlecht in Slovakia earlier in the process, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Radoslav Latal’s troops. Stade Matmut-Atlantique will host Thursday’s football game between Bordeaux and Slavia Prague. Bordeaux are stuck at the bottom of the standings ahead of the visit of Slavia Prague, but their pride will surely be at stake. Les Girondins are eager to record their first win of the process, but seeing that the Czechs are still in the race for a place in the last 32, home win should not be considered. Slavia Prague did well to beat Copenhagen in their last away game in Group C and seeing that Bordeaux have been struggling in the 2018/2019 Europa League season, we are tempted to put our money on the Czech side. Jaromir Zmrhal scored the winner when the two teams met in Prague earlier in the process, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors are going to prove their worth on the field as they want this win more than the hosts. Real Betis will be aiming to cement top position in Group F with a win over Olympiakos at their Estadio Benito Villamarin on Thursday evening. Los Beticos have been producing fine performances in all competitions of late and seeing that they defeated Barcelona at Camp Nou earlier in November, it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football match. One of the men to watch in the home side will be on-loan midfielder Lo Celso, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. As expected, Olympiakos outclassed F91 Dudelange in their last group game, but the Thrylos will have a much bigger fish to fry in the clash against Real Betis, who did well to beat Milan at Stadio San Siro earlier in the process. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. All eyes will be on Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi when Fenerbahce and Dinamo Zagreb face each other in Group D derby. Fenerbahce kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 4-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, but they quickly returned to winning ways. The Turkish side did well to beat the likes of Spartak Trnava and Anderlecht in previous two home games in the process and, as a result, they are on the verge of booking their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Dinamo Zagreb have been playing above expectations in the Europa League this term and they will be looking to keep their 100% record intact when they take on Fener in Istanbul. Anyhow, seeing that the hosts have yet to secure their place in the knockout stages, we predict that the Croats are going to return to Zagreb empty-handed. David faces Goliath at Stadion FK Krasnodar. Krasnodar aim to cement their spot in top position in Group J, whilst Akhisarspor want to give fans some cheer following four consecutive defeats. Akhisarspor were on the verge of holding Sevilla to a draw in their last group game, but the Spanish side eventually scored a late winner and picked up all three points from the match. The Turks extended their losing run in Group J and it is no surprise they are considered big underdogs in Thursday’s football game against Krasnodar. The Russian side did well to beat star-studded Sevilla at home earlier in the process and they are definitely capable of defeating the rock-bottom team at their Stadion FK Krasnodar. When the two teams met in Turkey in September Krasnodar recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Akhisarspor, with Claesson scoring the winner. All eyes will be on Red Bull Arena when Salzburg and Leipzig face each other in Group B derby. The Austrian Red Bulls have been impressive in all competitions this season and Israeli attacker Dabour looks unstoppable at the moment. The Austrians have already booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League, but they surely want to keep their 100% record in Group B intact. The Austrian Red Bulls are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Leipzig failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg at the weekend, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The German Red Bulls, on the other hand, have yet to qualify for the knockout stages, but they should not be looking for points in the match against Salzburg away from home. Thanks to a 2-1 win over Leipzig, Celtic managed to keep their hopes of booking their place in the Europa League last 32 alive. The Hoops are level on points with second-placed Leipzig ahead of their penultimate group game, meaning that Thursday’s football match against Rosenborg is of big importance for the visitors. Celtic are likely to leave their hearts on the field and seeing that the Norwegians have little to play for, away win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be James Forrest, who scored a hat-trick for Scotland in a 3-2 win over Israel in the UEFA Nations League earlier this month. Anyhow, Celtic are more of a team than Rosenborg and we predict that the visitors are going to prove their worth on the field. When the two sides met in Glasgow earlier in the process Leigh Griffiths helped Celtic record a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rosenborg. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, Zurich will be looking to regain top position in Group A with a victory over AEK Larnaca at their Stadion Letzigrund. The Swiss outfit have been producing fine performances in the Europa League this term and, as a result, they have already booked their place in the Europa League last 32. Zuric are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third home win of the process. AEK Larnaca, on the other hand, have yet to record a win in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign and it is no surprise they are considered big underdogs in Thursday’s football match. Taking everything into account, Zurich are more of a team than AEK and we predict that the Swiss side are going to prove their worth on the field. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux Zenit retained top position in Group C, but Slavia Prague and Copenhagen are breathing down their neck ahead of the penultimate group game. A win over Copenhagen will see the Russian side book their place in the last 32 of the Europa League, but they should be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match as well. The Zenitchiki have been impressive at home ground in the Europa League this term and we predict that they are going to keep their 100% record at Saint-Petersburg Stadium intact. The Danes, on the other hand, failed to score in previous two group matches, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Zenit’s party in Saint-Petersburg. A man to watch in the home team will be Artem Dzyuba, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. After dropping two points in a goalless draw with Sporting Lisbon, Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Europa League when they take on Vorskla in Poltava on Thursday evening. Coach Unai Emery rested several first-team regulars in the draw against the Lions and we predict that the former PSG boss is going to stick to his rotation policy against Vorskla. However, seeing that the Ukrainian side were beaten by Sporting and Qarabag in front of home fans, we are tempted to put our money on the Gunners. When the two teams met in London earlier in the process Arsenal recorded a routine 4-2 victory over Vorskla and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. A man to watch in the away team will be Danny Welback, who is likely to lead the line for Unai Emery’s troops. Chelsea will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group L intact when they host PAOK at Stamford Bridge. The Blues qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League in style, with the team conceding only goal in the process to date. Coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to use Thursday’s football game to rest some of his first-team regulars, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered. The Greeks, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Europa League this term, with the team suffering three defeats, while recording only one victory in the process. Seeing that Chelsea are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that PAOK are going to spoil the Blues’ party at Stamford Bridge in the penultimate group game. Thursday’s football game at Neo GSP pits together Apollon and Lazio, the two teams who sit in the opposite part of the standings ahead of the penultimate group game. Apollon have collected only one point in the process, meaning that they have little to play for against Lazio. The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 4-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Olympique Marseille in previous two group games. The Serie A outfit have already booked their place in the last 32, meaning that coach Simone Inzaghi is likely to rest key players against Apollon. The hosts’ pride is at stake and we believe that they are going to take advantage of the fact that Lazio will be without several first-team regulars in Thursday’s clash. Taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on draw. Eintracht Frankfurt will be aiming to extend their winning run in all competitions to four games when they welcome Olympique Marseille at their Commerzbank Nebenplatz stadium on Thursday. The Eagles have been producing thrilling performances in all competitions this season and the Serbian colony (Luka Jovic, Filip Kostic, Mijat Gacinovic) looks unstoppable at the moment. Eintracht Frankfurt aim to keep their 100% record intact in the Europa League and seeing that Olympique Marseille, who have collected only one point in the process, are low on confidence, home win should be considered. The Ligue 1 side have been totally out of form in the Europa League this term and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the high-flying Bundesliga side. When the two teams met at Stade Veoldrome earlier in the process Eintracht came from behind to beat Olympique Marseille 2-1. Despite failing to impress in Thursday’s football match against Connah’s Quay at Corbett Sports Stadium in Rhyl, Partizan eventually broke the deadlock and defeated the Welsh outfit in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Serbian side moved one step closer to booking their place in round 3, but we are positive that Savo Milosevic’s men will go for a win in the return leg as well. Debrecen will be looking to make a miracle and record a big win over Torino when the two teams face each other at Olah Gabor utcai stadion on Thursday evening. Il Toro defeated the Loki 3-0 in Turin in the first leg, but coach Walter Mazzarri must warn his men against complacency ahead of the trip to Hungary. Key attacker Andrea Belotti, who scored 15 goals in the 2018/2019 Serie A campaign, will be the man to watch in the away team. Copenhagen are enjoying a very successful season. The Danish side have been producing fine performances in both national championship and Europa League this term and it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football game against Slavia Prague. Copenhagen aim to overtake Zenit in top position in Group C, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Czech side, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bordeaux in their opener, but Zenit proved to be a big catch for them in Moscow. A low-scoring affair is on the horizon at Telia Parken and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a goalless draw in their third group game. It has to be noted that Copenhagen and Slavia Prague meet for the first time ever in European competitions. After failing to turn their dominance into goals in a goalless draw with Hacken at AFAS Stadion, AZ Alkmaar will be looking to beat the Allsvenskan outfit at Bravida Arena in Goteborg and book their place in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Dutch outfit dominated the first leg, but it seem as if the team’s attackers have yet to find their goal-scoring touch. Even though many people expected that Wolverhampton would crush Crusaders in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round, the Wolves recorded a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Northern Ireland side. The Premier League outfit, though, are with one foot in round 3 and we predict that they are going to eliminate Crusaders without any difficulties. Considering that Rangers recorded a 2-0 win over Progress Niederkorn at Ibrox Stadium, Steven Gerard’s troops are with one foot in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Gers proved their worth in the first leg and they will be looking to get their job done in the tie against the Luxembourg outfit when the two teams face each other at Stade Josy Barthel on Thursday evening. Apollon play host to Shamrock Rovers at their Neo GSP in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Apollon aim to overcome a one-goal deficit (1-2) in front of home fans and we are positive that the Cypriotes will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Despite being regarded as hot favourites to win the first leg, Astana played out a goalless draw with Santa Coloma at Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. The Kazakhs failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they are widely expected to eliminate the Andorrans in the Europa League double-header. A place in the Europa League third qualifying round will be at stake when Linfield and HB face each other at Windsor Park in what is expected to be a very close encounter. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw at Gundadalur in the first leg, meaning that a low-scoring draw in Thursday’s football match will see the Northern Ireland club book their place in round 3. Levski Sofia will be looking to overcome a three-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against AEK Larnaca when the two teams take on each other at Vivacom Arena – Georgi Asparuhov on Thursday evening. The Bulgarian club experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 3-0 loss to the Cypriotes, but it has to be noted that defender Zhivko Milanov was sent off on the stroke of half-time. David faces Goliath at Commerzbank-Arena on Thursday evening as Eintracht Frankfurt take on Flora in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. Die Adler recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Estonian side at A. Le Coq Arena in the first leg, with summer signing Dejan Joveljic scoring the winner after 71 minutes. The Bundesliga side aim to cement their spot in round 3 with yet another victory over Flora and we are positive that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match. Pittodrie Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Aberdeen and Chikhura, the two teams who face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. The Dons scored a vital away goal in a 1-1 draw with the Georgian outfit in the first leg, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the second leg. In their last home game in the Europa League Aberdeen recorded a 2-1 win over RoPS and seeing that they are undefeated in previous 10 home fixtures in the competition, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Derek McInnes’ troops. Chikhura, on the other hand, face an uphill task in Thursday’s clash and considering that the Dons have turned their Pittodrie Stadium into a real fortress, we are once again tempted to put our money on Derek McInnes’ charges. Strasbourg will be looking to extend their winning run in all competitions to six games when they take on Maccabi Haifa at Sammy Ofer Stadium in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. Le Racing did defeat the Israeli club 3-1 in front of home fans, but it has to be noted that Maccabi defender Ayid Habashi was shown straight red on the stroke of half-time. After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over KuPS in Warsaw, Legia will be looking to get their job done in the Europa League second qualifying round with yet another triumph over the Veikkausliiga outfit. The Poles did well to keep a clean sheet in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in round 3. Legia are determined to book their place in the Europa League group stages and seeing that Finnish clubs have been struggling in European competitions in recent years, away win should be considered. A place in the Europa League third qualifying round will be at stake when Olimpija and Yeni Malatyaspor square off against each other at Stadio Stozice in the return leg of round 2. The Slovenian side did well to score two away goals in the draw (2-2) with the Turkish outfit at Yeni Malatya Stadyumu and they will be looking to defend their “slim lead” in the return leg at Stadion Stozice. Gent will be aiming to defend their three-goal lead in the tie against Viitorul when the two teams take on each other at Stadionul Central in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. The Buffalos impressed in the 6-3 win over the Romanian club in the first leg, meaning that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Ovidiu. Gent are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match, but beating Viitorul on the road is easier said than done. Merkur Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Sturm Graz and Haugesund, who face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. Haugesund proved their worth in the first leg, with the Eliteserien outfit beating the Austrians 2-0 at their Haugesund Stadion. Jostein Grindhaug’s troops are on the right track to advance to the third round of the Europa League qualifiers and we predict that they are going to defend their two-goal lead in the Merkur Arena showdown. Despite creating a number of clear-cut opportunities to score in the first leg Molde failed to break the deadlock in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. The Norwegians, though, are still see as favourites to win the double-header against the Serbian outfit and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field in the Stadion na Banovom brdu clash. All eyes will be on AEK Arena – George Karapatakis when AEL and Aris face each other in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Thessaloniki in the first leg and yet another close encounter is on the horizon. Both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match and we predict that the winner will be decided in extra-time. A place in the Europa League third qualifying round will be at stake when Feronikeli and Slovan Bratislava face each other at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrii on Tuesday evening. The Slovak side aim to defend their slim lead in the return leg, but seeing that totally outplayed the Kosovo club in the first leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Vladimir Radenkovic’s charges. Against all odds, F91 Dudelange came from behind to beat Shkendija at Tose Proeski Arena 2-1 in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Luxembourg outfit moved one step closer to booking their place in round 3 and they must be high on confidence ahead of the second leg at their Stade Josy Barthel. F91 Dudelange did well to make it to the Europa League group stages last term and it is more than obvious that they want to repeat the success. David faces Goliath at Molineux Stadium in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg. The Wolves are seen as hot favourites to win the double-header and they are determined to get their job done in the first leg. Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops were impressive at home ground in the 2018/2019 Premier League season, therefore, we are positive that they are going to record a routine win over Crusaders in the first leg. Suduva failed to claim a major scalp in the Champions League first qualifying round, with the team suffering elimination to Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda in the double-header. The Lithuanian champions, though, proved their worth in a 5-0 win over Tre Penne in San Marino and they will be looking to clinch their spot in the Europa League third qualifying round with yet another triumph over the minnows. Torino kick off their Europa League qualifying campaign with a match against Debrecen at their Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. Il Toro recorded a hard-fought 3-2 win over Pro Patria in their first warm-up game of the pre-season, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against the Hungarian outfit. Lincoln Red Imps will be looking to put an end to their five-game losing run in all competitions when they welcome Ararat-Armenia at their Victoria Stadium in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg. The Gibraltar outfit produced a fine display in the first leg, but the Armenians eventually scored two quick goals and moved one step closer to booking their place in round 3. A place in the Europa League second qualifying round will be at stake when Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Laci face each other at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium in what is expected to be a very interesting game. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Stadiumi Laci, but it has to be noted that the Israeli outfit dominate the game. Seeing that Hapoel failed to turn their dominance into goals in the first leg, they are eager to get their job in front of home fans. Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zurich when they take on Ludogorets at BayArena on Thursday evening. The Germans have already secured their place in the last 32, but they surely want to give fans some cheer as they made a very slow start to the new Bundesliga campaign. It is well known that Bayer produce much better performances at home than on the travels and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga side. Ludogorets, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the Bulgarian First League title, but they have yet to record a win in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages. Bayer Leverkusen did well to beat Ludogorets in Razgrad earlier in the process and they are likely to beat the Bulgarians in front of home fans as well. After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Petrocub at home in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round, AEK Larnaca will be looking to cement their spot in round 2 with yet another victory over the Moldavian side. The Cypriotes played below expectations in the first leg, but seeing that they managed to keep a clean sheet in the AEK Arena – George Karapatakis clash, the underdogs need a big win in the return leg if they are to advance to the next qualifying round. Kukesi face an uphill task in Thursday’s football game against Debrecen as they need to overcome a three-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against the Hungarian outfit. The Albanians produced a fine display in the first half of the Nagyerdei Stadion clash, but the Hungarians eventually scored three goals in the second half and moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League round 2. Despite defending well in the first leg, Torpedo Kutaisi eventually suffered a 1-0 loss to Ordabasy at Stadion Qajimuqan Munaytpasov in the first leg of the Europa League 1st qualifying round. The Georgian team aim to overcome a one-goal deficit in front of home fans, but seeing that Ordabasy dominated the first leg, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Kakhaber Chkhetiani’s troops. Sporting CP will be aiming to book their place in the Europa League last 32 when they take on Qarabag at Baki Olimpiya Stadionu on Thursday evening. The Lions did well to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium in their last group game, but it has to be noted that the Gunners played without several first-team regulars. Anyhow, the Portuguese side moved one step closer to making it to the knockout stages of the Europa League and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday as Qarabag have already suffered three defeats in the process. When the two teams met in Lisbon in September Sporting recorded a 2-0 win over Qarabag, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the visitors in this one. Thanks to a 2-0 win over B36 at Seaview stadium Crusaders moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League second qualifying round. The Northern Ireland team proved their worth in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their two-goal lead in Thursday’s game at Gundadalur stadium in Torshavn. The Faroe Islands team face an uphill task in the return leg and seeing that Crusaders are undefeated in previous seven games in all competitions, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. David faces Goliath at Stadion Poljud in the Europa League first qualifying round, return leg. Hajduk Split proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Gzira United at MFA Centenary Stadium, with the team moving one step closer to making it to round 2. The hosts can’t afford any complacency in the return leg and seeing that the Masters from the Sea have turned their Stadion Poljud into a real fortress, it is no wonder the Croats are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. St. Patrick’s will be looking to overcome a two-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against Norrkoping when the two teams face each other at Ostgotaporten stadium in the return leg. The Swedish club totally dominated the first leg and, as a result, they recorded a 2-0 win over the Irish outfit. Vitebsk will be aiming to overcome a two-goal deficit in the Europa League tie against KuPS when the two teams take on each other at Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski in the first qualifying round, return leg. The Belarusian side failed to impress in the 2-0 loss to KuPS in Finland, with the team having no more than five goal attempts. Vitebsk have no other choice but to go all-out attack in Thursday’s football match, but we do not believe that they are capable of recording a big win over the Finns. MOL Vidi did well to get their job done in the Europa League qualifying tie in the first leg, with the team beating the Montenegrins 5-1 in Podgorica. The Hungarian club, though, aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we are positive that they will go for a win in the return leg as well. Loic Nego, who scored a hat-trick in the first leg, will be one of the men to keep an eye on in the home team. Kilmarnock will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Connah’s Quay when they host the Welsh club at their Rugby Park in the Europa League first qualifying round, return leg. The Killie would be happy with the share of spoils in Thursday’s football game, but seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that they are going to record yet another win over Connah’s Quay. Despite being regarded as hot favourites to win the first leg, Legia, against all odds, played out a goalless draw with Gibraltar side Europa at Victoria Stadium. The Poles played below expectations in the first leg, but they are widely expected to get their job done in front of home fans. Legia are likely to go all guns blazing at the minnows in Thursday’s football match and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. After facing no difficulties in the first leg, Rangers will be looking to clinch their spot in the Europa League 2nd qualifying round when they host St. Joseph’s of Gibraltar at their Ibrox Stadium. The Gers recorded a routine 4-0 win over the minnows in the first leg and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match as well. Against all odds, Spartak Trnava suffered a 2-0 loss to Radnik Bijeljina in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Bosnian side claimed a major scalp in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their two-goal led in Slovakia. However, considering that Spartak Trnava are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the Bosnians are capable of grabbing something from the game. A place in the Europa League second qualifying round will be at stake when Shamrock Rovers and Brann face each other at Richmond Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. The Irish club did well to hold Brann to a 2-2 draw in Norway, but their job is only half done. The Hoops are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match and seeing that a draw would see them advance to the second qualifying round, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the return leg. Thanks to a routine 4-0 win over OFK Titograd CSKA Sofia moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League second qualifying round. The Bulgarians aim to defend their big lead in the return leg and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. CSKA Sofia were producing fine displays in pre-season and seeing that OFK Titograd experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the first leg, we believe that away win should be considered. Thursday’s football game at AEK Arena – George Karapatakis pits together AEK Larnaca and Petrocub, who take on each other in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Cypriotes are regarded as hot favourites to win the match and despite the fact that the visitors are in the middle of the season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Stadion Qajimuqan Munaytpasov will host Thursday’s football game between Ordabasy and Torpedo Kutaisi, who take on each other in the first leg of the Europa League 1st qualifying round. Ordabasy sit in the third place in the Kazakhstan Premier League standings ahead of the match and it has to be noted that they recorded three wins in previous four home fixtures. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Tirana in the Albanian Cup final Laci booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. Sulejman Starova’s troops aim to represent the country in Europe in the best way possible, but they will have a big fish to fry in the double-header against Hapoel Be’Er Sheva. Anyhow, seeing that the Albanian clubs are tough to beat at home, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the match. KuPS will be looking to a 2-1 league win over Honka when they host Vitebsk at Savon Sanomat Areena in the Europa League first qualifying round, first leg. The Finnish side have been producing fine performances in the national championship this season, with the team sitting in second position in the standings and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Vitebsk. After failing to impress in last three warm-up games against Lech Poznan (0-1), Wisla Plock (1-1) and Union Berlin (1-2), Brondby will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome Inter Turku at their Brondby Stadion on Thursday evening. The Danish side have yet to kick off the new domestic campaign, but they are still seen as hot favourites to win the first leg. High-flying Debrecen will be aiming to extend their winning run to four games when they host Kukesi at their Nagyerdei Stadion in the Europa League first qualifying round, first leg. The Hungarian outfit have been producing splendid displays in pre-season and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Loki. Despite sitting in 4th position in the standings, B36 Torshavn are still in the race for the Faroe Islands first division title. The minnows are determined to keep their hopes of winning the domestic trophy alive, but they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League season as well. B36 Torshavn take on Northern Ireland side Crusaders in the first qualifying round and a close game is on the cards in the first leg which will be hosted by Seaview stadium in Belfast. Brann Stadion will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Brann and Shamrock Rovers, who take on each other in first qualifying round, first leg. The Irish side have been producing fine performances in the 2019 season, with the team sitting in second place in the standings, eight points behind league leaders Dundalk. Shamrock Rovers are on a three-game winless run at home in the national championship and seeing that they often struggle on the travels in European competitions, we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from the match. Ruzemberok and Levski Sofia face each other at Umela Trava Ruzemberok in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s Europa League program. The Slovakian side head into the match following back-to-back wins over Slask Wroclaw and Trinec (warm-up games), which gave them a confidence boost. The hosts are eager to record a win in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. As expected, Espanyol rolled over Stjarnan 4-0 at their RCDE Stadium in the Europa League second qualifying, first leg. Los Periquitos scored all four goals in the second half of the match, with the team moving one step closer to booking their place in round 3. The Catalan outfit are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match at Samsung vollurin and seeing that coach David Gallego is likely to rest key players in the return leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Against all odds, Connah’s Quay eliminate Scottish side Kilmarnock in the Europa League first qualifying round. The Welsh did well to write history at Rugby Park, with the team beating Kilmarnock 2-0 in the return leg, but they do not want to stop now. Connah’s Quay are determined to claim yet another major scalp in the Europa League qualifiers and, one thing is for sure, the underdogs will leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match against Partizan. Espanyol return to the Europa League following a 12-year absence. Los Periquitos have been handed an easy draw in the second qualifying round, with the team facing Iceland side Stjarnan in the double-header. The Catalan outfit aim to get their job done in the first leg and seeing that they have turned their RCDE Stadium into a real fortress, we predict that David Gallego’s troops are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. AZ Alkmaar and Hacken face each other at AFAS Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League qualifiers. The Eredivisie outfit have been struggling in pre-season friendlies of late, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to Telstar and Gent ahead of the visit of Hacken. As expected, Rangers rolled over St Joseph’s of Gibraltar in the Europa League 1st qualifying round, but they need to keep raising form if they are to book their place in the group stages of the European competition. The Gers have been scoring goals for fun in both warm-up and competitive matches of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the Luxembourg outfit. All eyes will be on Lerkendal Stadion on Thursday evening as famous Dutch club PSV are coming to town. Rosenborg aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to LASK in their Europa League opener and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, the Norwegians are definitely capable of grabbing something from the match. When the two teams met in the Champions League 15 years ago PSV eliminated Rosenborg in the two-legged tie, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. After suffering a 3-2 loss to PSV in Eindhoven in their Europa League opener, Sporting CP will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host LASK at their Estadio Jose Alvalade on Thursday evening. The Lions have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the season, but the match against the Austrian side could be the turning point for the hosts. A place in the Europa League third qualifying round will be at stake when Zrinjski and Utrecht face each other at Stadion Bijeli Brijeg on Thursday evening. The Bosnians did well to hold the Eredivisie outfit to a 1-1 draw in Netherlands, meaning that a goalless draw in the return leg will see them advance to the third qualifying round. Sevilla will be looking to build on a 3-0 win over Qarabag when they face APOEL at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in their second group game. Los Sevillanos aim to get their job done in the group stages of the Europa League as soon as possible and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Cypriotes on Thursday evening. Basel look unstoppable ahead of the trip to Turkey. The RotBlau have been scoring goals for fun in both Europa League and Swiss top flight of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Trabzonspor. Basel produce much better showings at home than on the travels, but they are definitely capable of holding the Turkish outfit to a draw at Medical Park Stadyumu. All eyes will be on Estadio do Dragao when Porto and Rangers face each other in the Group G derby on Thursday evening. Porto kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over Young Boys, but they failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Feyenoord in Rotterdam in their second group game. Istanbul Basaksehir play host to Wolfsberger at their Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. The Turks suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Roma at Stadio Olimpico in the opening match of their 2019/2020 Europa League campaign, but their display in a 1-1 draw with Borussia M’gladbach was anything but poor. AZ Alkmaar and Astana, the two teams, who are eyeing their first win of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign, face each other at Cars Jeans Stadion on Thursday evening. The Dutch outfit shared the spoils with the likes of Partizan and Manchester United in the first two group games, but they are definitely capable of beating Astana in Den Haag. Gent and Wolfsburg face each other at GHELAMCO-arena in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. Gent did well to beat Saint-Etienne 3-2 at home in their opener, with the team sharing the spoils with Oleksandria on the road in their second group game. After suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Slovan Bratislava and Wolverhampton, Besiktas will be aiming to record their first win in the 2019/2020 Europa League season when they host Sporting Braga at their Vodafone Park. The black and whites have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at los Bragantinos, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Roma and Borussia M’gladbach face each other in the Group J derby. The Romans kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 4-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir, with the team sharing the spoils with Roma in their second group game. The Serie A outfit aim to move a little closer to booking their place in the knockout stages, but seeing that key attacker Edin Dzeko is likely to miss the game with injury, home win should not be considered. CSKA Moscow have been struggling in the Europa League group stages this term, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Ludogorets and Espanyol in the first two group games. The Armeitsy are desperate to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Ferencvaros and seeing that their performance in the 2-0 loss to Espanyol was anything but poor, we are tempted to put our money on the Russian club. Ludogorets and Espanyol face each other at Ludogorets Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Ludogorets have been impressive in both Premier League and the Europa League this season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Espanyol. Wolverhampton quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Sporting Braga, with the team beating Besiktas 1-0 on the road in their second group match. The Wolves obviously take the Europa League games very seriously and we are positive that head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is unlikely to rest too many first-team regulars in Thursday’s football match against Slovan Bratislava. Qarabag will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over F91 Dudelange when they take on APOEL in Baku on Thursday evening. The Azeri outfit quickly bounced back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Sevilla, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Bern will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Young Boys and Feyenoord, the two teams who defeated Rangers and Porto respectively in round 2. The Swiss outfit have been in a fine form in all competitions of late and seeing that they produce fine performances at home on artificial turf, we believe that they are going to pick up all three points from their third group game. Arsenal will be aiming to keep their 100% record in the 2019/2020 Europa League season alive when they host Vitoria Guimaraes at their Emirates Stadium. The Gunners head coach Unai Emery is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but given the quality of Arsenal youngsters, we believe that home win should be considered. After sharing the spoils with AZ Alkmaar in their opener, Partizan did well to beat Astana in Kazakhstan in their second group game. The Serbs are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football game against English giants Manchester United and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Former Aston Villa attacker Savo Milosevic is doing a great job with the black and whites and given the Red Devils’ poor form, we believe that the hosts are going to grab something from the clash. Saint-Etienne will be looking to record their first win in Group I when they host Oleksandria at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. Les Verts have been struggling to find their best form in the first half of the season, but the game against Oleksandria could be the turning point for them. Saint-Etienne produce much better showings at home than on the travels and they will not have a better chance than this to record their first victory of the 2019/2020 Europa League season. Liepaja play host to Dinamo Minsk at their Stadion Daugava in what is expected to be a close encounter. Liepaja suffered elimination to Hacken in the 2018/2019 Europa League qualifiers and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The Latvian side, though, have been playing below expectations in the national championship this season, which is the main reason why home win should not be considered. Thursday’s football game at Marijampoles sporto centro stadione pits together Kauno Zalgiris and Apollon, the two teams who face each other in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. Over the years Kauno Zalgiris have established themselves as one of the best teams in the Lithuanian A Lyga, but they finished the 2018 season in fifth place in the standings, five points behind champions Suduva. Celtic will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Cluj when they face Lazio in the Group E derby. The Hoops did well to get their revenge on the Romanian side for the defeat in the Champions League qualifiers and they are now on a quest to move one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Over the years Celtic have turned their Celtic Park into a real fortress and they are definitely capable of matching the Biancocelesti in front of home fans in Glasgow. Zeta will be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Europa League when they welcome MOL Vidi at their Stadion Pod Goricom in the first leg of the first qualifying round. The Montenegrins conceded 17 goals in total in previous four games in the European competition and it is no surprise they are regarded as underdogs in the two-legged tie against MOL Vidi. Radnicki Nis will be looking to overcome a two-goal deficit in the Europa League qualifying tie against Flora when the two teams face each other at Gradski Stadion Cair on Thursday evening. Radnicki chiefs were forced to sell several first-team regulars in the summer transfer window and it is no surprise the Serbian side suffered the 2-0 loss in Estonia. A place in the Europa League second qualifying round will be at stake when DAC and Cracovia Krakow face each other in the two-legged tie. Dun Streda have been struggling to find their best form in pre-season, with the team suffering defeats to both Vidi and Vasas and, no doubt, they will have a mountain to climb in the double header against the Polish outfit. Corbett Sports Stadium will host Thursday’s football match between Connah’s Quay and Kilmarnock, who take on each other in the Europa League first qualifying round, first leg. The Scottish side aim to get their job done in the first leg and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the first leg. The Killie will face Partizan in the second qualifying round should they happen to eliminate Connah’s Quay, but coach Angelo Alessio must warn his men against complacency. Aberdeen will be looking to get their job done in the Europa League tie against RoPS in front of home fans as they welcome the Finnish side at their Pittodrie Stadium on Thursday evening. Over the years the Dons have established themselves as one of the best teams in Scotland, with the team finishing the 2018/2019 season in fourth place in the standings. Stjarnan and Levadia square off against each other at Samsung vollurinn in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. The Icelanders have been producing fine performances in the national championship of late, with the team occupying fourth position in the standings, whereas the Estonian side are still in the race for the title, being only five points behind league leaders Flora in the table. Back in 2016 Radnik Bijeljina made their Europa League debut, with Bulgarian side Beroe proving to be a big catch for the Bosnian outfit. Radnik are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, but they face a difficult task in the double-header against Spartak Trnava. A man to watch in the home team will be Dejan Maksimovic, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Europa will be looking to claim a major scalp in the Europa League first qualifying round when they host Legia Warsaw at their Victoria Stadium on Thursday evening. The Gibraltar Premier Division outfit have nothing to lose in the double-header against the Polish outfit, but one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Considering that Europa recorded only one win in previous seven Europa League games, we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting Legia in the Victoria Stadium clash. St. Patricks take on Norrkoping at Richmond Park in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League qualifiers. St. Patrick’s sit in 4th position in the Ireland Premier League standings ahead of the visit of Norrkoping, with the team recording six wins at home ground so far this season. The Irish side aim to get their job done in the first leg, but given the quality of the Swedish outfit, we do not believe that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the Richmond Park clash. After impressing in warm-up games, Steaua Bucharest will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Milsami at their Stadionul Marin Anastasovici in the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday evening. The Romanian side aim to get their job done in the first leg and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Armenian club. Glasgow Rangers kick off their Europa League qualifying campaign with a match against St. Joseph’s of Gibraltar at Victoria Stadium. The Scottish side are seen as hot favourites to win the first leg, but they can’t afford any complacency in Tuesday’s football match. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be English veteran Jermain Defoe, who scored 8 goals in the Scottish Premier League in the 2018/2019 season. After finishing the 2018/2019 Serbian Super League campaign in second place in the standings, Radnicki Nis will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Flora at A. Le Coq Arena in the Europa League 1st qualifying round, first leg. Nenad Lalatovic is no longer in charge of the Serbian team, but new coach Simo Krunic is definitely capable of helping the Meraklije eliminate Flora in the two-legged tie. MFA Centenary Stadium will host Tuesday’s football game between Gzira United and Hajduk Split, who face each other in the Europa League 1st qualifying round, first leg. The Maltese side did well to beat Valletta in their last warm-up game, but they face a difficult task against the Croatians. The Maroons are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg, but preventing the visitors from scoring is easier said than done. Thanks to a 3-1 win over Valencia Arsenal moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League final. The Gunners proved their worth in the come-from-behind triumph over los Che, but their job is only half done. Unai Emery’s troops are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football game, but they face a difficult task against the La Liga side. A place in the Europa League second qualifying round will be at stake when CSKA Sofia and OFK Titograd face each other in the two-legged tie. CSKA Sofia head into the match following back-to-back wins over Salzburg and Vihren (warm-up games) and, no doubt, the lack of confidence will not prove to be a big problem for the hosts in the first leg. The Bulgarian champions suffered a loss to Copenhagen in their last home game in the Europa League, but they are seen as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s football match. Baki Olimpiya Stadionu will host the 2018/2019 Europa League final. Chelsea and Arsenal face each other for the first time ever in the final of the competition and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when they meet in an-all England clash in the capital of Azerbaijan. The Blues booked their place in the final by beating Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties, whilst the Gunners rolled over Valencia in the two-legged tie. Seeing that Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt played out a 1-1 draw at Commerzbank-Arena, an entertaining game is on the cards at Stamford Bridge. A place in the Europa League final is at stake, but the Blues are closer to making it to the title game. Over the years Maurizio Sarri’s troops have turned their stadium into a real fortress and they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football game. After eliminating Benfica in the Europa League quarter-finals, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Chelsea at their Commerzbank-Arena. Die Adler are enjoying a season to remember and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Chelsea in front of home fans. A man to watch in the Bundesliga side will be Serbia international Luka Jovic, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term. Despite the fact that coach Maurizio Sarri rested several first-team regulars in the first leg, Chelsea eventually defeated Slavia Prague at Sinobo Stadium. As a result, the Blues are with one foot in the Europa League semis, but they can’t afford any complacency in the return leg. It is well known that Chelsea have turned their Stamford Bridge into a real fortress and seeing that Slavia Prague need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game, we are positive that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break. All eyes will be on Emirates Stadium when Arsenal and Valencia take on each other in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals. Arsenal are on a three-game losing run in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Valencia, but they are still seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. The Gunners have been impressive on home soil in the Europa League this term and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive triumph at their Emirates Stadium. Thanks to a 4-2 win over ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt Benfica moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League semis. The Portuguese Eagles proved their worth in the first leg, but coach Bruno Lage must warn his men against complacency. A man to watch in the away team will be Portugal rising star Joao Felix, who scored a hat-trick in the first leg. Against all odds, Arsenal recorded a routine 2-0 win over star-studded Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners extended their winning run at home in the European competition to four games, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match at Stadio San Paolo. Feyenoord will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages when they host Hapoel Be’er Sheva at their Stadion Feijenoord on Thursday evening. The Eredivisie outfit proved their worth in the double-header against Dinamo Tbilisi, but they can’t stop now as they are on the verge of making it to the group stages of the European competitions. As expected, Ludogorets rolled over TNS in the Europa League third qualifying round, but the double-header against Maribor will be anything but a walk in the park for the Bulgarian champions. Ludogorets, who are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Maribor and we are positive that they are going to find the net in Thursday’s football match. Legia Warsaw and Glasgow Rangers take on each other in the capital of Poland in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. The Wojskowi did well to beat Atromitos on the road to book their place in the Europa League play-offs, but the two-legged tie against Glasgow Rangers will be anything but a walk in the park for the Polish vice-champions. Buoyed by a splendid 4-0 win over Mariupol, AZ Alkmaar will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Antwerp at their Cars Jeans Stadion. The Eredivisie club have been in a scintillating form at the start of the season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Antwerp. The Belgian club were more than fortunate to book their place in the Europa League play-offs as they defeated Viktoria Plzen after extra-time. AEK play host to Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. Despite sharing the spoils with Universitatea in Athens, the Greek side made it to the final qualifying round, but they face an uphill task in the two-legged tie against Trabzonspor. The Turkish outfit did remarkably well to beat Sparta Prague in the third qualifying round and they are seen as favourites to win the double-header against Vaclav Jilek’s troops. Thanks to a 3-0 win over AEK Larnaca Gent set up a meeting with Rijeka in the Europa League play-offs. The Belgian outfit once again proved their worth in the home fixture and it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football game. Gent have been scoring goals for fun at their GHELAMCO-arena of late and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the home side. Steaua will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mlada Boleslav when they welcome Vitoria Guimaraes at their Stadionul Marin Anastasovici on Thursday evening. The Romanians showed character in the victory over the Czech outfit, but Guimaraes are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. The good news for the hosts that defender Ionut Pantiru has overcome his injury. All eyes will be on Stade de la Meinau when Strasbourg and Eintracht Frankfurt face each other in the Europa League play-offs, first leg. Sad but true, one of the two teams will not compete in the Europa League group stages, but, one thing is for sure, we will see a very entertaining double-header. Despite playing out a goalless draw with Haugesund in the return leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, PSV eventually made it to the play-offs. The Eredivisie club have yet to find their best form, but Thursday’s football match against Apollon could be the turning point for Marc van Bommel’s troops. PSV are likely to go all guns blazing at Apollon in the first leg and seeing that this time out the hosts need a win, we are tempted to put our money on Steven Bergwijn and Co. Sporting Braga and Spartak Moscow face each other at Estadio Municipal de Braga in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining matches of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Os Arsenalistas faced no difficulties in the double-header against Brondby, but the game against the Russian side will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Linfield will be looking to extend their winning run in the Europa League to four games when they host Qarabag at their Windsor Park in the first leg of the play-offs. The Northern Ireland side are on the verge of writing history and we are positive that they are going to fight tooth and nail in Thursday’s football match against Qarabag. David Healy’s troops are brimming with confidence ahead of the first leg, therefore, we believe that they are going to grab something from the game. After suffering elimination in the Champions League qualifiers, Celtic will be looking to book their place in the Europa League group stages when they welcome AIK at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon. The Hoops are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they suffered a shocking 4-3 loss to Cluj in their last home game. Neil Lennon’s troops must be low on confidence ahead of the visit of AIK and that is the main reason why home win should not be considered. Despite failing to impress against Malatya in the return leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, Partizan eventually made it to the play-offs. The Serbian club undisputedly produce much better showings at home than on the travels and we predict that summer signings Umar Sadiq and Takuma Asano are going to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Copenhagen were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the Champions League play-offs as they suffered a loss to Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda on penalties in front of home fans. The Danish champions, though, are seen as hot favourites to win the double-header against Riga and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that Stale Solbakken’s troops are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. Slovan Bratislava will be looking to extend their thrilling winning run when they host PAOK at their Narodny Futbalovy Stadion in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. The Slovaks have been scoring goals for fun, but breaking the deadlock against the Greek champions is easier said than done. Despite producing fine performance in the Champions League qualifier against Ajax, the Black-Whites eventually suffered elimination to the last season’s semifinalists. After rolling over Luzern in the Europa League third qualifying round, Espanyol will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the group stages of the European competition with a win over Zorya at their RCDE Stadium. The Catalans are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it seems as David faces Goliath in Barcelona on Thursday evening. Telia 5G – areena will host Thursday’s football match between Helsinki and Riga, who face each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Daugavas Stadiona in the first leg and it is no surprise the Finns are seen as favourites to qualify for the Europa League play-offs. Friends Arena in Solna will host Thursday’s football match between AIK and Sheriff who face each other in the Europa League third qualifying round, second leg. The Swedes aim to defend their slim lead in the return leg as they defeated the Moldovan champions 2-1 at Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena and they are widely expected to advance to the play-offs. AIK have been producing fine displays in all competitions of late and it is no wonder they are regarded as hot favourites to win the Europa League qualifier against Sheriff. All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino when Torino and Wolverhampton square off against each other in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. Il Toro seem to be in a fine form ahead of Thursday’s football match, but seeing that Nuno Espirito Santo is going to field the best possible side this time out, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. A place in the Europa League play-offs will be at stake when Spartak Moscow take on Thun at Otkrytiye Arena on Thursday evening. The Narodnaya komanda did well to beat the Swiss outfit 3-2 at Stockhorn Arena in the first leg, with Russian rising star Zelimkhan Bakaev scoring a brace for the visitors. The opposition defenders should have the 23-year-old at bay in the return leg, but a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ezequiel Ponce, who found the net in the 3-2 win over Thun as well. Against all odds, Apollon defeated Austria Wien 2-1 at Generali Arena and moved one step closer to securing their place in the Europa League play-offs. The Cypriotes proved their worth in the victory over the Violets and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in front of home fans. The visitors will be without defender Michael Madl, who misses the match through suspension, and seeing that Sofronis Avgousti’s troops dominated the first leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. BATE will be looking to defend their slim lead in the Europa League qualifying tie against Sarajevo when the two teams face each other at Borisov Arena on Thursday evening. The Belarusian champions did well to beat the Bosnians 2-1 at Stadion Bilino Polje and, as a result, they are with one foot in the Europa League play-offs. BATE are a team who deserve to participate in the Champions League and given their fine form in the national championship, they are widely expected to record yet another win over Sarajevo in the Europa League third qualifying round. Thursday’s football game at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena pits together Dinamo Tbilisi and Feyenoord. The Eredivisie club almost got their job done in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round as they hammered the Georgians 4-0 in Rotterdam. Jaap Stam’s men were struggling to find their form in pre-season, but it seems as if they produce much better displays in competitive matches. After suffering a shocking 3-2 loss to Linfield at Windsor Park in the first leg of the Europa League, Qarabag will be looking to overcome the deficit when they host the Northern Ireland champions at their Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu on Thursday evening. The Azeri undisputedly produce much better showings on home soil than on the travels and they are seen as hot favourites to win the return leg and book their place in the Europa League group stages. PSV will be looking to defend their three-goal lead when they take on Apollon at Neo GSP in the Europa League play-offs, return leg. The Dutch vice-champions scored three goals in the second half of the first leg to move one step closer to making it to the group stages and, no doubt, their job in the tie with Apollon is done. Seeing that PSV are more of a team than Apollon, we do not believe that the Cypriotes are going to make a miracle in Thursday’s football match. After suffering an unlucky elimination to Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League qualifiers, Copenhagen will be looking to book their place in the Europa League group stages with yet another win over Riga. The Danes outplayed the Latvians 3-1 in front of home fans and despite the fact that key attacker Ndoye remains in the recovery room, Stale Solbakken’s troops are likely to get their job done in Thursday’s football match at Stadions Skonto. After failing to book their place in the Champions League group stages, Celtic will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on AIK at Friends Arena in the second leg of the Europa League qualifiers. The Hoops are with one foot in the group stages of the European competition as they recorded a 2-0 win over AIK at their Celtic Park, but coach Neil Lennon must warn his men against the complacency. Espanyol will be looking to defend their two-goal advantage in the Europa League tie against Zorya when the two teams take on each other at Slavutych-Arena on Thursday evening. The Catalans came from behind to beat the Ukrainian outfit 3-1 in front of home fans and, as a result, they are with one foot in the Europa League group stages. Thanks to Zoran Tosic’s late goal Partizan came from behind to beat Molde in Belgrade in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. The Serbian side showed character in the 2-1 win over the Eliteserien leaders, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match at Aker Stadion. Astana will be looking to defend their three-goal lead in the Europa League tie against BATE when the two teams face each other at Borisov Arena in the return leg of the play-offs. The Kazakhs proved their worth in the first leg and thanks to the 3-0 win over Alexey Baga’s troops they moved one step closer to booking their place in the group stages of the Europa League. A place in the Europa League group stages will be at stake when Spartak Moscow and Sporting Braga face each other at Otkrytiye Arena on Thursday evening. Spartak Moscow have been producing fine performances in the Russian Premier League at the start of the season, but recording a big win over the Primeira Liga side is easier said than done. Braga recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Oleg Kononov’s troops in Portugal and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. Thanks to a 3-0 win over Bnei Yehuda Malmo moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages. The Swedish outfit proved their worth in the first leg, meaning that coach Uwe Rosler can breathe easier ahead of the trip to Israel. Malmo have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, but this time out they are likely to adopt a cautious approach. Stadio Toumbas will be packed when PAOK and Slovan Bratislava face each other in the Europa League play-offs, return leg. Abel Ferreira’s men aim to overcome a one-goal deficit in front of home fans and seeing that they made life difficult for Ajax in the Champions League third qualifying round, we are tempted to put our money on the Greek champions, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Feyenoord, who face each other in the Europa League play-offs, return leg. Feyenoord rolled over Hapoel 3-0 in front of home fans, but the Dutch side will have a much bigger fish to fry in the second leg. It is well known that Jaap Stam’s troops often struggle on the travels, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A place in the Europa League group stages will be at stake when F91 Dudelange and Ararat-Armenia face each other at Stade Josy Barthel in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. F91 Dudelange represented Luxembourg in the Europa League group stages last term and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that they are going to repeat the success. Stade Roi Baudouin will host Thursday’s football match between Antwerp and AZ Alkmaar, the two teams who played out a 1-1 draw at De Grolsch Veste in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. AZ Alkmaar scored a late equalizer in the clash against ten-man Antwerp, meaning that the Dutch outfit should have a big fish to fry in the return leg. After failing to turn their dominance into goals in a goalless draw with Suduva at Marijampoles sporto centro stadione, Ferencvaros will be looking to book their place in the Europa League group stages with a victory over the Lithuanian outfit at their Groupama Arena. Sergiy Rebrov’s troops have been producing fine performances in both Champions League and Europa League qualifiers this season and seeing that they had no fewer than 19 goal attempts in the first leg, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Hungarian champions. Medical Park Stadyumu will host Thursday’s football game between Trabzon and AEK, the two teams who are determined to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Trabzon did well to outclass AEK 3-1 in Athens in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in the group stages of the European competition. The Turkish side, though, aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we are positive that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in the second leg. A place in the Europa League group stages will be at stake when Rijeka and Gent face each other at Stadion HNK Rijeka on Thursday evening. Despite taking the lead in the first leg, Rijeka eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to Gent at GHELAMCO-arena in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. Anyhow, the Belgians dominated the match and their victory is well deserved. There will be fireworks when Rangers and Legia face each other at Ibrox Stadium as this is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Warsaw in the first leg and yet another close encounter is on the cards. However, seeing that Rangers are likely to face Legia at packed Ibrox Stadium, the hosts are closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages than the visitors. Vitoria Guimaraes play host to FC Steaua at their Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques in the Europa League play-offs, return leg. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Bucharest in the first leg, with the Portuguese outfit failing to take a shot on target in the Stadionul Marin Anastasovici clash. Os Vimaranenses, though, produce much better showings at home than on the travels and seeing that they hammered Ventspils 6-0 at their Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques in the third qualifying round, we believe that home win should be considered. There will be fireworks when Wolverhampton and Torino face each other at Molineux Stadium in the Europa League derby. A place in the group stages of the European competition is at stake, but the Wolves, who recorded a 3-2 win over il Toro in the first leg, are seen as hot favourites to win this double-header. Over the years Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops have turned their Molineux Stadium into a real fortress and seeing that the Portuguese coach is likely to field the best possible side in the return leg, home win should be considered. All eyes will be on Commerzbank-Arena when Eintracht Frankfurt and Strasbourg face each other in the Europa League play-offs, return leg. Die Adler suffered a 1-0 loss to the Ligue 1 outfit at Stade de la Meinau, but it is well known that the Bundesliga club produce much better showings at home than on the travels. A place in the Europa League group stages will be at stake when Astana and BATE face each other at Astana Arena on Thursday evening. The Kazaks rolled over Valletta 9-1 (on agg.) to set up a meeting with BATE, but the Belarusian champions will pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. The two teams met in the Europa League play-offs in the 2016/2017 season, with Astana emerging triumphant. A place in the Europa League group stages will be at stake when Ararat-Armenia and F91 Dudelange face each other in the double-header. Ararat-Armenia failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they did well to overcome the deficit in the tie against Saburtalo and book their place in the play-offs. The Armenians kicked off the new domestic campaign with a 3-1 win over Gandzasar and seeing that they defeated AIK at Yerevan Football Academy, home win should be considered. After failing to beat ten-man Maribor in Razgrad in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs, Ludogorets will be looking to give fans some cheer when they face the Slovenian champions at Stadion Ljudski vrt on Thursday evening. The Bulgarians are still considered favourites to win this two-legged, but a close encounter is on the cards at Maribor’s home ground. Marijampolės sporto centro stadione will host Thursday’s football game between Suduva and Ferencvaros. Vladimir Cheburin’s troops have been playing above expectations in European competitions this term and they will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Maccabi Tel Aviv when they take on Ferencvaros in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. Thursday’s football game at Swedbank Stadion pits together Malmo and Bnei Yehuda, the two teams who face each other in the Europa League play-offs, first leg. The Swedes booked their place in the final qualifying round despite losing to Zrinjski at Stadion Pecara and it is more than obvious that Marcus Rosenberg and Co. produce much better performances at home than on the travels. Dynamo Kiev will be aiming to regain their spot in top two in Group B with a win over Copenhagen at their NSK Olimpijs’kyj. The Ukrainian outfit did well to beat Malmo 1-0 in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, with the team sharing the spoils with Lugano in their second group game. Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vitoria Guimaraes, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a victory over Standard Liege. Die Adler did well to make it to the Europa League semis last term and, no doubt, they are eager to repeat the success. The Red Devils, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Arsenal and seeing that the Bundesliga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the Belgians are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Frankfurt. Getafe will be aiming to keep their 100% record in the Europa League group stages intact when they host Basel at their Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Los Azulones have been producing fine performances in the group stages of the European competitions and they surely aim to get their job done as soon as possible. The La Liga club have turned their Coliseum Alfonso Perez into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Roazhon Park will host Thursday’s football game between Rennes and Cluj, the two teams who face each other in European competitions for the first time ever. The Ligue 1 outfit are eyeing their first win of the process and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach this time out. Les Rouges et Noirs are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for them. Malmo will be aiming to record their first win of their 2019/2020 Europa League campaign when they welcome Lugano at their Swedbank Stadion. The Blues kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Dinamo Kiev, with the team sharing the spoils with Copenhagen in their last group game. Malmo, though, seem to be fully focused on the national championship as their main goal is to win the domestic trophy. Buoyed by a thrilling 4-1 win over Rosenborg, PSV will be aiming to clinch top position in Group D with a victory over LASK at their Philips Stadion. The Dutch outfit have been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League and given their fine form in the Eredivisie, it is no wonder they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. PSV are a real force to be reckoned with at home and considering that LASK are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Sevilla and Dudelange. Los Sevillanos aim to keep their 100% record in the group stages intact and despite the fact that head coach Julen Lopetegui is likely to stick to his rotation policy, we predict that the La Liga side will pick up all three points from the match. Sporting CP quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to PSV, with the team beating LASK 2-1 at home in their second group game. The Lions continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels and they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Rosenborg. Sporting CP have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League season and we are positive that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Trabzonspor and Krasnodar, the two teams who aim to return to winning ways in the Europa League, face each other at Huseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu on Thursday evening. Trabzonspor produced a fine display in a 2-2 draw with Basel, but they need to pick up all three points from the Krasnodar game if they are to stay in the race for a spot in the knockout stages. The players of Sevilla are more experienced in playing a Europa League final. With Colombian super striker Carlos Bacca Sevilla should be able to finish the Europa League dream of Dnipro which did surprisingly well. Dnipro did surprisingly well in Stadio San Paolo. We believe that Dnipro will play very defensively. Napoli will have to be careful with the small amount of chances they will get in order to reach the final. Dnipro is the biggest surprise in this season of the Europa League. For Napoli it's important to win with goals difference since the past showed that it's extremely hard to achieve a good result in Ukraine. Napoli surprised everyone beating Wolfsburg at home with 1-4. Napoli already secured their ticket for the semi finals in the Europa League. The game against Wolfsburg will only be a formality. After a disappointing 0-0 draw in the Jan Breydelstadion, Dnipro will have the ability to finish the job at home. This season Dnipro showed an excellent home record and will be able to reach the semi finals. La Viola managed to score an important goal in the last minute against Dynamo in Kyiv. This goal will give a lot of confidence in the return. Fiorentina have a good starting position and will be able to beat Dynamo. Sevilla will have to visit Zenit Petersburg in Russia this Thursday. After a 2-1 loss Zenit Petersburg will have to win at least 1-0 in order to qualify for the semi finals. Zenit will have enough chances. Club Brugge is one of the surprises in this years Europe League. Both Club Brugge and Dnipro are in excellent form. This could be the most interesting game in the first leg of the quarter finals. Sevilla is one of the best performing teams in the Europe League in the last few years. La Viola won't be able to knock out Sevilla. Carlos Bacca showed his qualities in both the Primera Division and the EL. Fiorentina is visiting Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine. Dynamo showed against Everton that it is one of the out siders in winning the title. A game in the far Ukraine is difficult for every club. After eliminating Inter Milan in the top 16 of the Europa League Wolfsburg will have to face another Italian team. Napoli in their current form will be in trouble against die Wölfe. Zenit Petersburg is visiting Sevilla in Stadio Ramon Pizjuan. Both teams have showed a good European record in the last couple of years. It will be a clash between star players Carlos Bacca and Hulk. Sevilla was a step too big for Fiorentina. With a 3-0 victory in their pocket Sevilla will travel to Firenze without the need to be worried. Los Nervionenses can focus themselves on the final in Warsaw. After suffering a heavy 4-0 loss to Benfica at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Maritimo will be looking to return to get back on course in the Primeira Liga when they take on Santa Clara at their Estadio dos Barreiros on Matchday 13. O Maior das Ilhas aim to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Primeira Liga and a victory over Santa Clara will see them move away from the relegation zone. All eyes will be on Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI when Boavista take on Benfica on Matchday 13. Boavista quickly bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to their local rivals Porto, with the team beating Santa Clara 2-1 at the weekend, but they face an uphill task in Friday’s football game against Benfica. The Eagles aim to retain top position in the standings, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. After suffering ten consecutive defeats in the Primeira Liga, Desportivo Aves will be looking to return to get back on course when they take on Sporting Braga at their Estadio Clube Desportivo das Aves on Saturday evening. Nuno Manta Santos’ troops are stuck at the bottom of the Primeira Liga standings, with the team collecting only three points from possible 36, meaning that the lack of confidence is likely to prove to be the team’s biggest problem in Saturday’s football match. Famalicao will be aiming to put an end to their three-game winless run in the Primeira Liga when they host Tondela at their Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho on Matchday 13. The Azuis e Brancos have been performing above expectations on their debut season in the Portuguese top flight, but they do not want to stop now. The newcomers aim to retain their spot in the top three, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Saturday’s football match against Tondela. Sparta Prague will host the 4th game in group K of the Europa League in Strahov stadium on Thursday evening against Schalke 04. Both teams are still unbeaten in the Europa League. Schalke is currently the leader in their group with 7 points out of 3 matches, Sparta Prague is second with 5 points. During the first confrontation between both teams Sparta Prague showed to be tough opponent for Schalke 04. The team from Czech Republic even took the lead but unfortunately weren't able to beat Schalke 04. We predict Schalke 04 to have another tough evening in Prague, with the help of the home fans Sparta Prague should be able to stunt and beat Schalke 04. Liverpool can happily travel towards Russia for the confrontation in the Europa League with Rubin Kazan. Jorgen Klopp managed to win his first game against Chelsea which will give his men a big confidence boost. So far Liverpool didn't win any of their games in the Europa League, all 3 games end in a draw. Rubin Kazan on the other hand tied 2 and lost 1 which brings the Russian club to the 4th place on the table. Matches in Russia are tough for every opponent, it's mostly a lot colder than in Western Europe which will affect the players of Liverpool. Liverpool in it's current state is stronger than Rubin Kazan. The home advantage will play a big role in this game but the form of the day will be decisive. Ajax and Fenerbahce showed to be very equal during their last confrontation in the Europa League. Late in the second halve the Turkish team managed to beat Ajax 1-0 which brings Fenerbahce second on the table while Ajax is third. Only the first 2 teams will qualify for the knock out stage in the Europa League which puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the Dutch team. Ajax will have to beat Fenerbahce else their season in Europe will be over. Ajax is currently leader in the Dutch Eredivisie and is in decent form. We predict Ajax to beat the Turkish Fenerbahce with minimal difference. The Dutch team will keep hope to reach the knock out stage. Midfielder Davy Klaassen is a player big European teams need to keep an eye on. Tottenham Hotspur and Anderlecht will face each other in round 4 of the Europa League. Tottenham Hotspur will play at home on White Hart Lane. The first leg between both teams end in a victory for Anderlecht 2-1 which will give the Belgian team a lot of confidence. In the group Anderlecht is currently 3th on the table while Tottenham is placed second. We predict Tottenham Hotspur to beat Anderlecht. Anderlecht showed to be a strong opponent in the first game, Tottenham Hotspur will be warned and with the home advantage the difference in qualities will simply be to big. Schalke 04 will host the 3rd round in the Europa League in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen against the champions from Czech Republic Sparta Prague. Both teams managed to win their last game in the national league. Schalke 04 won 2-1 at home against Hertha Berlin meanwhile Sparta Prague had no trouble beating Pribram (0-4). A victory at home against Sparta Prague would bring Schalke 04 in an excellent position in order to reach the knock out stage of the Europa League. The German team contains more qualities than the Czechs. Ajax Amsterdam and Fenerbahce from Istanbul will face each other on Thursday evening at 20:05 for the Europa League. Both teams didn't win any games in the group stage yet; Ajax collected 2 points and Fenerbahce only 1 point so far which means this could be the last chance for Fenerbahce in order to get through the next round of the Europa League. Both teams managed to win their last game in the national league and seem ready for this crucial game. We expect both teams to be very equal to each other. The home advantage gives Fenerbahce a slightly better perspective. Form of the day will be decisive in this interesting Europa League game. The current number 1 in group L of the Europa League Athletic de Bilbao will visit AZ Alkmaar in the AFAS Stadium for the second game of the group stage. Athletic was able to beat the German FC Augsburg while AZ was unable to beat Partizan Belgrado and lost unfortunately with 2-3. Athletic de Bilbao is favorite for a victory against AZ Alkmaar because the team simply has a better team and a bigger budget. The only way AZ Alkmaar will be able to stunt is to focus on the counter attack. The AZ Alkmaar fans would love to see their team win their first game in this Europa League edition. Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Brussels for a game in the Europa League against Anderlecht. The Spurs are currently placed 7th in the Premier League and played 0-0 against Liverpool in their last game. Anderlecht on the other hand is placed 3rd in the Belgian national league and had no trouble beating Waregem in their last game. The current squad of Tottenham Hotspur contains more quality than Anderlecht. Anderlecht will have to hope for a stunt against the Spurs. We expect Anderlecht to rely on their home advantage and wait for Tottenham Hotspur to take the lead in ball possession. The Belgian top team will wait for the counter possibilities. The Turkish team Fenerbahce will travel towards one of worlds most impressive stadiums: Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish champions Celtic was able to achieve a positive result against Ajax and can be happy with the deserved point. Fenerbahce on the other hand had no answer to Molde's strategy and lost 1-3 at home. For Fenerbahce the pressure is on if the Turkish team wants to reach the next round in the Europa League. A lost would bring them in a very difficult position. We expect The Bhoys to play very offensive and put a lot of pressure on Fener. It's time for van Persie to show why he was one of the biggest signing in the Turkish Super Lig. Despite Borussia Dortmund's latest games that did not end in a victory the German is still unbeaten for 17 games in a row. Despite BvB having a lot of trouble with Krasnodar in the first game in the Europa League the team from Dortmund managed to win 2-1. PAOK played 1-1 against Gabala which is a disappointing result. Away games against Greek teams are hard for every club. Borussia Dortmund will be motivated to beat PAOK and revenge their last 2 games in the Bundesliga which they were not able to win. Jorgen Klopp and his Liverpool will host the game on Anfield Road against Rubin Kazan. The Reds were pleased with Jorgen Klopp's debut; Liverpool showed to be willing to play offensive football in a difficult away game against Tottenham Hotspur. The club had lots of injuries which gave Klopp a minimum amount of offensive players to play with. Rubin Kazan is traditionally a difficult opponent in the Europa League. The Russian club is known for playing very defensively and controlled. We expect Liverpool to play very offensively and put Rubin Kazan under pressure from the first whistle. Jorgen Klopp is an expert in European football and might be able to reach far in the tournament with Liverpool. The current number 6 on the English Premier League table Tottenham Hotspur will travel towards France for a confrontation in the Europa League with AS Monaco. AS Monaco is currently not in their best form and is placed 9th in the table. Tottenham had a great weekend beating Manchester City at home with 4-1. The London team will start the game with a lot of confidence. A loss for AS Monaco would shrink the chances to reach the next round. The Spurs on the other hand would set a big step towards the next round. One of the biggest surprises in the Champions League qualification was the elimination of FC Basel. The local FC didn't manage to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2 legs and therefor will have to play Europa League. Fiorentina on the other hand qualified directly for the Europa League. Both Fiorentina and FC Basel are very equal to each other. With the home advantage Fiorentina could be the favorite for this game but eventually the form of the day will be decisive in the first game in the Europa League for both the Italians and the Swiss. Athletic de Bilbao is playing FC Augsburg from Germany in group L of the Europa League 2015/2016. FC Augsburg is not in form at all this season with 3 losses and only 1 draw the current situation is worrisome. Athletic Bilbao started this season full of confidence with the victory for the Spanish Super Cup. Athletic de Bilbao will keep the 3 points in Bilbao and is one of the favorites in their group to reach the next round in the Europa League. Ajax Amsterdam will welcome Scotland Premiership champion Celtic in the Amsterdam ArenA for the start of the Europa League 2015/2016. Both teams surprisingly didn't manage to qualify for the Champions League. Ajax Amsterdam is still unbeaten in the current Dutch league while Celtic only lost 1 game. We expect Ajax manager Frank de Boer to start the game offensively with high pressing while Celtic will play the traditional kick and rush football. The current Ajax squad contains lots of players with high potential. Despite the home advantage Southampton had in the first leg against Midtjylland the Saints didn't manage to start the second leg with a positive goal difference. Midtjylland showed that it's a tough opponent not giving away a lot of chances with a solid defense. In order to reach the semi finals Southampton will need a victory or at least a 2-2 draw. If Midtjylland manages to play as solid as they did during the first leg Midtjylland will qualify for the group stage in the Europa League which can be considered as a surprise. With 2 losses in their last 2 games Liverpool won't travel towards Bordeaux with a lot of confidence. Bordeaux on the other hand managed to draw against title candidate #1 Paris Saint Germain. A result that will give Bordeaux a lot of confidence. Like every season Liverpool is handing in a lot of quality to direct competitors in the Premier League. We expect both Liverpool and Bordeaux to play a cautious strategy in Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will be very eager to show Europe why he is one of the deadliest strikers in the world. Borussia Dortmund surprised everyone with their poor performance during the first 30 minutes in the game against Odd from Norway. Odd was able to lead the game 3-0. Die Borussen had no answer to the strong offensive collective of Odd and was completely overrun. With a miracle BVB still managed to beat Odd 3-4. In the second leg Borussia won't underestimate Odd and will be able to be beat Odd and reach the group stage of the Europa League. After surprising the whole football world and beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate the Los Leones will have to motivate themselves in a game against Zilina. At stake is the group stage for the Europa League 2015/2016. Previous confrontations show us that a game far in eastern Europe can be considered as hard. With a few hours of travel in their legs Athletic Bilbao should be able to win with minimal difference. Ajax disappointed in their own Amsterdam ArenA against the tough Jablonec. With approximately 75% bal possession Ajax only managed to score once with a penalty. Jablonec on the other hand showed to be super defensive and had some counter possibilities. Both teams won't be willing to take a lot of risk during the second leg. The young talents of Ajax should be able to qualify for the next round in the Europa League with minimum difference. If Ajax wants to play a role in the Europa League the Godenzonen should improve their overal performance. Borussia Dortmund is visiting the cold Norway for a spot in the group stage of this seasons Europa League. So far the season for die Borussen is going very well. With 2 victories Borussia is in top of the Bundesliga. Odd on the other hand is in the subtop of the 1. Tippeligaen which is already in it's 20th round. The German squad simply have to much qualities and will have no problem in reaching the group stage. The current #1 of the Danish competition will be visiting Southampton in the St. Mary stadium in order to reach the next round of the Europa League. Southampton didn't start the Premier League as they hoped with only 1 point in 2 games. Midtjylland will face Southampton with a lot of confidence but won't be able to prevent a defeat with minimal difference. Ajax disappointed their loyal fans during the Champions League qualification by being eliminated by Rapid Vienna. The Dutch competition is already 2 games on it's way and Ajax is leading with a 2 times 3-0 victory. Jablonec is currently mid table in the Synot liga. For the Ajax talents and the Dutch competition it's important to qualify for the Europa League 2015/2016. Estadio Municipal de Braga will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Portuguese outfit have eliminated the likes of Sion and Fenerbahce on their way to the quarter-finals of the European competition and it has to be noted that they have been impressive at home ground this season. Paulo Fonseca’s men scored 2+ goals in each of their previous four home games in the process and we predict that the hosts will extend their goal-scoring run in Wednesday’s football match. Shakhtar Donetsk, on the other hand, head into the game following an 8-1 win over Metalist and taking into account that Mircea Lucescu’s men outclassed the likes of Anderlecht and Schalke 04, there is every chance the Miners will find the net in the Estadio Municipal de Braga clash. In previous two meetings between the two teams in the EL five goals in total were netted. Athletic Bilbao take on fellow La Liga side Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals first leg. The title holders eliminated Basel in the last 16, but Unai Emery’s troops will have to be at their sharpest if they are to grab something from Thursday’s football game against the Lions. Over the years Athletic Bilbao have turned their San Mames Barria into a real fortress and we predict that the Basques will extend their goal-scoring run in front of home fans. Sevilla have been struggling on the travels this season and given that the defending champions have yet to record an away win in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. In previous five meetings between the two teams at San Mames Barria the Lions emerged triumphant and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself. After eliminating Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last 16, Villarreal will be looking to prove their worth in the two-legged tie against Sparta Prague as well. The Yellow Submarine suffered a 2-1 loss to Rapid Wien in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but they have not suffered a loss in the process ever since. Marcelino’s troops are on a five-game winning run at home in the EL and they will be looking to keep their sixth consecutive clean sheet at their Camp el Madrigal when they take on the Czech outfit on Thursday night. Zdenek Scasny’s men did well to shock Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in the last 16, but we do not believe that the visitors are capable of claiming yet another major scalp. Villarreal are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they head into the game following a 2-1 win over Eibar in La Liga, we predict that the hosts will record a win over Sparta in Wednesday’s football match. Athletic Bilbao will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against Valencia when the two sides take on each other at Estadio de Mestalla on Thursday evening. The Basque outfit have been in a thrilling form of late and they will be aiming to extend their winning run to six games in all competitions when they square off against los Che in the Europa League last 16, return leg. Gary Neville saw his men slip to a 1-0 loss to Levante in Sunday’s local derby, but considering that Valencia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the hosts are definitely capable of making life difficult for Athletic Bilbao. Anyhow, the Basques, who have been impressive at the back in recent weeks, are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s Europa League game and we predict that quite a few goals will be scored in the upcoming football game. Bayer Leverkusen failed to impress in the Camp El Madrigal clash and, as a result, they suffered a 2-0 loss to Villarreal in the Europa League last 16, first leg. However, it is well known that Bayer produce much better performances at home ground than on the travels and they are surely capable of beating the Yellow Submarine at their BayArena. Bayer Leverkusen recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hamburg at the weekend and their fresh confidence will be tested in Thursday’s football match against Villarreal. Marcelino’s men, on the other hand, suffered a 4-2 loss to Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and given that the Yellows are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that Roger Schmidt’s men are going to emerge triumphant in the return leg. In their last home fixture in the Europa League Bayer recorded a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon. All eyes will be on Signal-Iduna-Park when Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool take on each other in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Millionaires are on a five-game winning run in all competitions, but they do not want to stop now. The Bundesliga giants have been impressive under Thomas Tuchel this season and seeing that they outclassed the likes of Porto and Tottenham Hotspur in previous two rounds, we predict that the Germans will record their fifth consecutive win in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Liverpool have eliminated the likes of Augsburg and Manchester United in the knockout stages so far, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the upcoming football match. Borussia Dortmund have been impressive at their Signal-Iduna-Park this season and, taking everything into account, Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to have a reason for celebration after the clash against his former club. All eyes will be on Old Trafford when Manchester United and Liverpool take on each other in all-England clash in the Europa League last 16, return leg. The Reds totally outplayed Louis van Gaal’s troops in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their lead in the second leg. Manchester United need to go all-out attack this time out, but given their poor form, we do not believe that home win should be considered in Thursday’s football match. Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job with the Anfield outfit and the visitors, who head into the game full of confidence, are likely to make it to the Europa League quarter-finals. Manchester United have been firing on all cylinders of late and taking into account that Liverpool are after their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the Europa League, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in a low-scoring game at Old Trafford. Lazio did well to score an away goal in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Sparta Prague. The Biancocelesti are with one foot in the quarter-finals, but the capital club will have to be at their sharpest if they are to avoid a shocking elimination in the Europa League knockout stages. Over the years Lazio have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress and that fact that they are on a four-game winning run at home ground in the EL is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Sparta need to score at least one goal in the return leg if they are to make it to the next round, but given Lazio’s brilliant home record, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Stefano Pioli has a number of high-profile players to choose from and they are widely expected to advance to the Europa League quarter-finals. AEK Athens impressed in warm-up games, with the team managing to keep a clean sheet in each of their five friendly matches against Banik Ostrava, Korona Kielce, Wigry Suwalki, Pogon Siedlce and Aris. The Greek outfit did well to play out a goalless draw with Saint Etienne in France in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg, but Thursday’s match against les Verts will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. AEK are tough to beat at home and considering that Saint Etienne managed to prevent the Greeks from scoring in the first leg, we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in the Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis clash. Both sides are widely expected to adopt a cautious approach in the return leg and we would not be surprised if they play out yet another goalless draw in the 2016/2017 Europa League qualifiers. Despite producing a fine display against Sassuolo in the first leg of the Europa League round 3, Luzern eventually played out a 1-1 draw with the Serie A outfit at Swissporarena. Markus Neymayr missed a penalty in the first leg that could have helped Luzern record a win over Sassuolo in the first leg, but the Swiss outfit still have slim chances of qualifying for the play-offs. Luzern need to score in Thursday’s football match against Sassuolo and we predict that the visitors are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg. Domenico Berardi scored in the first leg from the penalty spot and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the talented attacker. A goalless draw would see Sassuolo make it to the Europa League play-offs and, taking everything into account, the two teams should share the spoils in the return leg. High-flying AZ Alkmaar will be aiming to extend their impressive winning run when they take on PAS Giannina in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg. The Eredivisie outfit recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Greek outfit in the first leg, but their job is half done. AZ Alkmaar are eyeing their tenth consecutive win and considering that the team managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous six games, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match at Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis. PAS Giannina recorded a 3-0 win over Odd of Norway in their previous home game in the process, but considering that AZ Alkmaar look unstoppable at the moment, home win should not be considered this time out. Wout Weghorst, who scored 14 goals for Heracles last season, will be the man to watch in the away side. Spartak Moscow and AEK Larnaca played out a 1-1 draw at Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg, meaning that the Russians are on the right track to book their place in the play-offs. Nonetheless, coach Dmitry Alenichev must warn his men against complacency and we are positive that the hosts are going to take Thursday’s football match very seriously. Spartak Moscow have been struggling in the Russian Premier League in recent years and they are eager to, at least, record a good result in the Europa League. AEK Larnaca are tough to beat at home, but they often struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why we believe the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Jano Ananidze, who scored in the first leg and the 23-year-old Georgian footballer is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Genk will be looking to defend their slim lead in the tie against Cork City when the two teams face each other at Turner’s Cross on Thursday evening. The Belgian side did well to beat Cork City and to keep a clean sheet in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in the Europa League play-offs. The Leesiders face an uphill task in Thursday’s football game against Genk as they need to overcome a one-goal deficit in front of home fans. Considering that Cork City are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg, there is every chance the visitors will have a number of chances to attack their rivals on the break. Genk suffered a shocking loss to Buducnost Podgorica in the Europa League second qualifying round, return leg and they do not want history to repeat itself. As expected, Hertha defeated Brondby in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Bundesliga team now aim to defend their slim lead in the return leg and there is every chance the visitors are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match at Brondby Stadion. The Danes experienced all sorts of problems in the double-header against Hibernian, but they somehow made it to round 3. Brondby need to overcome a one-goal deficit in the return leg, but Thursday’s match against Hertha will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Alexander Zorniger’s troops have been struggling in front of goal of late and given that they failed to score in previous two games in the Europa League qualifiers, we predict that that Brondby and Hertha are going to play a low-scoring match in the return leg. Vedad Ibisevic scored the winner for Hertha in the first leg and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. High-flying AZ Alkmaar will be looking to extend their outstanding goal-scoring run when they take on PAS Giannina in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers. The Eredivisie side scored no less than 42 goals in previous eight warm-up matches and they are widely expected to find the net in Thursday’s football match against the Greek outfit. PAS Giannina eliminated Odd of Norway in the second qualifying round, but AZ are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Giannis Petrakis’ troops than their previous rivals. The Greeks are eyeing are their first ever away win in the Europa League, but we predict that they are likely to return home empty-handed. AZ Alkmaar look unstoppable at the moment and there is every chance the Dutch team are going to crush PAS Giannina in the first leg. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Saint Etienne will be aiming to bounce back from back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSV and Lausanne in warm-up matches when they face AEK Athens in the Europa League third qualifying round. Les Verts do not seem to be at the top of their game, but Thursday’s football match against AEK could be the turning point for the Ligue 1 side. Saint Etienne are undefeated in previous five home games in the Europa League and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the game. Unlike Saint Etienne, AEK have been impressive in recent friendly matches and they will be looking to extend their winning run six games when they square off against the French team at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the first leg and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be netted in what is expected to be one of the most interesting matches of Thursday’s program. Following a win over Ventspils in the Europa League second qualifying round, Aberdeen will be looking to make it to the play-offs of the European competition when they take on Maribor in the two-legged tie. The Dons are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and they will certainly go for a victory in Friday’s football match against the Slovenian outfit. Maribor defeated Levski Sofia in the Europa League second qualifying round and, on the other hand, they recorded back-to-back wins over Koper and Rudar at the start of the new domestic campaign. The Violets have been impressive at the back of late and given that they conceded only one goal in previous four matches, we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in the Pittodrie Stadium clash. Aberdeen and Maribor square off against each other for the first time ever in European competitions and we would not be surprised if they share the spoils in the first leg. Against all odds, West Ham United suffered a 2-1 loss to Domzale in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. As a result, the Hammers face a must-win situation in the return leg and they do not want history to repeat itself. West Ham were beaten by Astra of Romania in the 2015/2016 Europa League qualifiers and they are desperate to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. Coach Slaven Bilic experimented against Domzale in the first leg, but, no doubt, the Croatian tactician and his men are going to take Thursday’s football match very seriously. Over the years West Ham have turned their Boleyn Ground into a real fortress and they are likely to defeat Domzale in the return leg. The Slovenian outfit recorded only one win in previous five away games in the Europa League and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. Domzale set up a meeting with Premier League team West Ham United in the Europa League third qualifying round by beating the likes of Lusitanos and Shakhtyor in previous two rounds. The Slovenian outfit aim to build on a 2-1 win over the Belarusian team, but they face an uphill task in the tie against the Hammers. West Ham suffered a shocking elimination in the Europa League qualifiers last season, with the team losing to Romanian side Astra in the double-header and, no doubt, they are desperate to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The Europa League winners will take part in the Champions League next season and that is the main reason we are positive the Hammers are going to take Thursday’s football match against Domzale very seriously. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Premier League team are going to emerge triumphant in the Stadion Stozice showdown. Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark will host the match between Hertha and Brondby. The Danish outfit experienced all sorts of problems in the two-legged tie against Hibernian, but they eventually made it to the Europa League third qualifying round on penalties. Brondby are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match and considering that the Bundesliga team play well in front of home fans in Berlin, a lively contest is on the cards. It has been six years since Hertha played their last game in the Europa League and, no doubt, the hosts want to record a good result in the European competition this season. Hertha and Brondby faced each other in the 2009/2010 Europa League campaign, with the German team managing to eliminate the Danes in the two-legged tie back then. In previous two meetings between the two teams seven goals were scored and we predict that the fans will see goals galore at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. Genk recorded a routine win over Buducnost Podgorica in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg, but they failed to impress in the return leg in the capital of Montenegro. However, the Belgians eventually defeated Miodrag Vukotic’s men on penalties and, as a result, they set up a meeting with Cork City in the third qualifying round. The Irish team, on the other hand, did well to upset Swedish side Hacken in round 2, but the clash against Genk will be anything but a walk in the park for the underdogs. Genk coach Peter Maes rested some of his first-team regulars in the clash against Buducnost, but there is every chance he is going to field the best possible side against Cork City. It is more than obvious that Genk are superior to Cork City and we predict that the Belgians are going to record a win over the Irish outfit in Thursday’s football game. Liverpool defied the odds to reach the Europa League semi-finals, but having come this far, the Reds are eager to lift the coveted trophy and thus secure Champions League qualification. Jurgen Klopp’s charges produced quite a coup by coming from two goals down to eliminate Borussia Dortmund in the previous stage and they were very close to achieving a goalless draw at El Madrigal, but a lapse in concentration allowed Villarreal to record a last-gasp victory. The Reds are now hoping for another great European night, but the reality is they face plenty of problems and this is something the Spanish side will know how to exploit. The suspension to Mamadou Sakho has made the back line weaker, while numerous injury problems in midfield only add to the worries. Villarreal, on the other hand, are at full strength and they appear to have rediscovered their form, so we predict that a scoring draw will end the dream for the hosts. Liverpool will face the 2 times in a row Europa League winner Sevilla in the Europa League final in St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. Both teams showed to be ready for the final Liverpool eliminating Borussia Dortmund meanwhile Sevilla never really got into trouble with Shakthar Donetsk. Jorgen Klopp is showing his class this season with Liverpool bringing them back to a European cup final for the first time since their last Champions League victory over AC Milan. Sevilla on the other hand don't need an introduction in the Europe League. Manager Unai Emery is showing to be a world class manager year in year out. We predict this game to start very equal; both teams won't be willing to take a lot of risk and have to be careful in ball possession. This season Liverpool's offense is lacking which will have it's consequences in this game. Sevilla striker Gameiro is showing to be in excellent form and will be the type of player that can make the difference. Sevilla will be able to beat Liverpool and lift the trophy once again. This will be the clash of two teams that landed to Europa League via Champions League group stages, and they are the only two such sides left in the competition. Shakhtar hammered Sporting Braga in the quarter-finals to reach the last four, and they now hope to get revenge on Sevilla for the narrow defeat to los Rojiblancos in the 2007 competition. The game will be played at L’viv Arena, but that does not seem to be the problem for the hosts who have won last five fixtures in Europa League, two of those at home. Sevilla head into the clash as Europa League holders and they made it to the semis after beating Athletic Bilbao in the penalty shoot-out. Unai Emery’s side have struggled for form of late and having won just one of last 11 away matches on all fronts, they could find it hard to extend the unbeaten run in matches against Ukrainian teams (W4 D1). By beating the likes of Folgore and Cliftonville AEK Larnaca set up a meeting with Spartak Moscow in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Cypriotes aim to extend their winning run to five matches in the European competition, but beating the Russian outfit in the two-legged tie is easier said than done. AEK Larnaca are a real force to be reckoned with at home and considering that they have been scoring goals for fun in the qualifiers, we predict that the hosts will score in Thursday’s football match. Spartak Moscow, on the other hand, recorded four wins in previous five warm-up games and they are likely to score in the Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos clash as well. Given that both AEK and Spartak Moscow are likely to go for a win in the first leg, there is every chance both teams will score in Thursday’s match. Sassuolo will be looking to make their Europa League debut in style when they take on Luzern in the third qualifying round at Swissporarena. The Neroverdi hammered Castelvetro in their final warm-up game and they will be looking to build on the win when they take on the Swiss outfit in the two-legged tie. Luzern kicked off the new Swiss Super League campaign in style, with the team beating Lugano in their opener and they are certainly capable of making life difficult for Sassuolo in the upcoming double-header. Luzern scored 2+ goals in each of their last seven home matches in the national championship and considering that Serie A teams often do not take Europa League matches seriously, we predict that the Swiss side are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football clash. Taking everything into account, Luzern are likely to put an end to Sassuolo’s five-game winning run in all competitions. Despite never lifting the Europa League trophy, Villarreal are the highest scoring side in the competition and they have been absolutely brilliant this season. The Yellow Submarine won each of their six home games in this year’s campaign, conceding just one goal in the process, with Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen among the teams to have left El Madrigal empty-handed. The Yellow Submarine have suffered a slight dip in form of late, failing to win any of their last three league fixtures, but they can be trusted to return to their best against Liverpool. The Reds are the only unbeaten side in this year’s competition, but their away record is far from impressive (W1 D5). Liverpool have played great football of late under Jurgen Klopp, but they have just squandered a two-goal lead against Newcastle United and with important defender Mamadou Sakho now out of the picture, they could find it hard to stop red-hot Cedric Bakambu on Thursday night. All eyes will be at Anfield when Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund square off against each other in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. The two teams shared the spoils in the first leg (1-1), but the Millionaires are still regarded as favourites to make it to the next round. Thomas Tuchel rested several first-team regulars in Sunday’s Ruhr derby against Schalke (2-2), but taking into account that the German tactician is going to field the best possible side against Jurgen Klopp’s troops in Thursday’s football game, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in the Enfield showdown. Borussia Dortmund have been producing thrilling displays in all competitions this season and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the cards. You should bear in mind that Liverpool recorded only one win in previous five matches in all competitions, with the team beating Stoke City in the Premier League (4-1) at the weekend. Sevilla have enjoyed a great deal of success in the competition in recent years, winning back to back Europa League trophies and it looks they have a good chance of making it three in a row. The victory over Athletic Bilbao, achieved after penalty shoot-out, could prove the decisive moment, as the 2-2 draw recorded in Ukraine places los Rojiblancos in the driving seat for the Shakhtar tie. It is no secret that Sevilla are the only La Liga side without an away win this season and having managed to avoid defeat in L’viv, we predict they can turn on the style at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and secure progress to the final. Shakhtar Donetsk are unlikely to roll over in Andalucia, but it is important to note that the team have been getting weaker each season as key players kept leaving and no worthy replacements were signed, so we seriously doubt they have what it takes to spoil the party for Sevilla. Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao square off against each other in yet another all-Spanish encounter in the Europa League quarter-finals. Los Sevillanos did well to record a 2-1 win over Athletic at San Mames Barria, meaning that they are with one foot in the semis. Unai Emery’s troops are after their third consecutive Europa League trophy, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match. We predict that Sevilla are going to adopt a cautious approach in the return leg and seeing that the Andalusian outfit have been impressive at home ground this season, we do not believe that the Lions are capable of overcoming the deficit at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Athletic Bilbao are not regarded as good travelers and it has been five years since they recorded their last win at “Pizjuan”. Taking everything into account, the two teams should share the spoils in the second leg. L’viv Arena will host Thursday’s Europa League match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Sporting Braga. The Miners are eager to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against the Portuguese outfit, but the hosts will have to be at their sharpest if they are to make it to the Europa League semis. Braga recorded a 2-1 win over Shakhtar in the first leg, but it is well known that Paulo Fonseca’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Os Minhotos often struggle on the travels and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Ukrainian outfit this time out. Mircea Lucescu’s men outplayed the likes of Schalke and Anderlecht in previous two rounds in the Europa League knockout stages and we predict that the hosts will get their job done in Thursday’s football game. You should have in mind that Shakhtar suffered only one loss in previous 13 home games in the Europa League. Anderlecht face an uphill task in the Europa League last 16, return leg. The Belgian outfit need to overcome a two-goal deficit in the tie against the Miners and, no doubt, the hosts will have a mountain to climb if they are to make it to the Europa League quarter-finals. Besnik Hasi’s men have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Shakhtar Donetsk and we believe that the hosts are capable of finding the net in the return leg. On the other hand, the Ukrainians are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and there is every chance we will see a real football festival at Stade Constant Vanden Stock. It will be tough to predict correct score, but we are positive that both teams will find the net in Thursday’s Europa League game. You should have in mind that over 2.5 goals were scored in each of Shakhtar’s last five games. Athletic de Bilbao was leading 2-0 against Zilina already within the first half. In the second half Zilina showed will power and managed to come back and secured a 3-2 victory over Athletic. Both teams showed how vulnerable their defense is. With another game against Barcelona in their legs Athletic will have to motivate itself for 100% in order to beat Zilina. If Athletic continues to play like the first 45 minutes in the first leg the Europa League will be around the corner. All eyes will be on Signal-Iduna-Park when Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur face each other in the Europa League last 16, first leg. The Millionaires head into the match following a goalless draw with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga derby, whilst the Spurs will be looking to return to winning ways after playing out a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the London derby. Thomas Tuchel’s men recorded two routine wins over Porto in the last 32, but the Germans will have to be at their sharpest if they are to beat Tottenham at their Signal-Iduna-Park. The Spurs are enjoying a season to remember and given that Mauro Pochettino’s men have suffered only one loss in the process, we predict that the visitors will grab something from Thursday’s Europa League clash. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match. Sevilla are eager to make history. Los Sevillanos aim to win their third consecutive Europa League trophy, but after playing out a goalless draw with Basel at St. Jakob-Park, they will have to go for a win in the return leg. Unai Emery’s men have been impressive at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this season it has to be noted that they are on a 16-game winning run at home ground in all competitions. Over the years Europa League has become Sevilla’s favourite competition and, no doubt, Unai Emery is going to field the best possible side against, Basel, who are not considered good travelers. The Swiss side recorded only one win in previous eight away games in the competition and we predict that they will not make life difficult for Sevilla in Thursday’s football game. You should know that the La Liga outfit recorded a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Villarreal in their last home fixture. Thanks to Mehmet Topal’s late goal Fenerbahce recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sporting Braga in the Europa League last 16, first leg and they will now try to defend their slim lead in Thursday’s football game at Estadio AXA. The Turkish outfit have been impressive at the back of late and they are certainly capable of keeping their third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. It is well known that Braga are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but scoring against the in-form Fener is easier said than done. We predict that one goal is going to separate the two sides in Thursday’s encounter, with Vitor Pereira’s men emerging triumphant once again. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals were scored in each of Fenerbahce’s last seven games in the Europa League. A man to watch in the away side will be experienced attacker Robin van Persie. Sevilla have been producing outstanding performances at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this season, but the team’s away record is anything but good. Los Sevillanos have yet to record a win on the travels in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, but they were on the verge of beating Getafe in the suburbs of Madrid. Unai Emery’s men eliminated Molde in the Europa League last 32, first leg, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the tie against Basel. The RotBlau are on the right track to win yet another Swiss Super League title, but they have big ambitions for the 2015/2016 Europa League campaign as well. By beating Saint Etienne on away-goal rule Basel set up a meeting with Seville in the last 16 and seeing that the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment we predict that they will share the spoils at St. Jakob-Park. Mauro Pochettino mixed the squad against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League last 16, first leg, and, as a result, his men suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to the Millionaires at Signal-Iduna-Park. The Spurs, though, returned to winning ways at the weekend, with the team beating Aston Villa at Villa Park in Sunday’s Premier League clash. Tottenham are fully focused on winning the domestic title and we predict that Mauro Pochettino is going to rest his key players in Thursday’s Europa League game against Borussia Dortmund. Thomas Tuchel’s men have been producing outstanding displays of late and, taking everything into account, the German football team are likely to book their place in the quarter-finals of the European competition. Marco Reus has been scoring goals for fun of late and the German ace who scored a brace in the first leg is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Thursday’s football match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pits together Saint-Etienne and Qabala. Les Verts shared the spoils with Mainz in their opener and they were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss to Anderlecht in their second group game. The Ligue 1 side scored a late equalizer in the clash against Rene Weiler’s troops, but they are certainly capable of beating Qabala in their third group game. Saint-Etienne are on an eight-game unbeaten run at home in the Europa League and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Roman Grigorchuk’s men were totally outplayed by Anderlecht in their first away game in Group C and they are unlikely to upset les Verts at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Nolan Roux came as a substitute and scored in a 1-1 draw with Dijon at the weekend and we predict that the 28-year-old attacker is going to lead the line for the hosts against Qabala. A place in the Europa League quarter-finals will be at stake when Athletic Bilbao and Valencia face each other in the two-legged tie. A Spanish side will definitely make it to the next round, but it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration this time out. Athletic Bilbao have been in a fine form of late and they will be looking to extend their winning run to four matches in all competitions when they welcome Valencia their San Mames. Over the years the Lions have turned their stadium into a real fortress and considering that los Che have been far from impressive under Gary Neville in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, we would not be surprised if the visitors return home empty-handed. Valencia did crush Rapid Wien in the Europa League last 32, but they face an uphill task in the tie against Bilbao and we predict that los Che will experience all sorts of problems in the San Mames clash. Young Boys will be looking to put an end to their five-game winless run when they welcome APOEL at their Stade de Suisse on Thursday evening. Adolf Hutter’s charges shared the spoils with their rivals in previous five games in all competitions and it has to be noted that they managed to keep four clean sheets in last five matches. Young Boys are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football game against APOEL and we would not be surprised if the visitors fail to find the net at Stade de Suisse. Over the years APOEL have turned their Neo GSP stadium into a real fortress, but the team often struggle on the travels and seeing that they were more than fortunate to beat Olympiakos in Piraeus, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Thursday’s Europa League clash. Swiss attacker Michael Frey is likely to lead the line for the hosts against APOEL. Rapid Wien do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of Thursday’s football match against Sassuolo. The Austrian team are on a four-game winless run in all competitions and they are desperate to grab something from the Allianz Stadion clash. Rapid outplayed Genk in their first home game in Group F, but Athletic Bilbao proved to be a big catch for Michael Buskens’ troops at San Mames Barria. Their next rivals Sassuolo are tough to beat at home as well, but you should bear in mind that the Neroverdi are on a four-match losing run on the road in all competitions. The Serie A team conceded 2+ goals in each of their last four away fixtures and they are unlikely to keep a clean sheet in Thursday’s game against Rapid Wien. Taking everything into account, we predict that both teams are going to find the net in their third group game. Having crushed Schalke in the Europa League last 32, Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to move one step closer to winning the European trophy by beating Anderlecht at L’viv Arena. The Miners are on a three-game winning run ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash and it has to be noted that they scored 10 goals in previous three matches in all competitions. Mircea Lucescu’s men have yet to return to their Donbass Arena, but they certainly capable of beating the Belgian side at L’viv Arena. Anderlecht, on the other hand, eliminated Olympiakos in previous round, with the team shocking the Greek outfit in Piraeus in extra time. Nonetheless, Shakhtar are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals and we do not believe the visitors are capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s game. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Ukrainians will take the lead in the first leg. Ajax and Standard take on each other at Amsterdam Arena in what is expected to be one of the most interesting matches of Thursday’s program. The Amsterdammers are on a six-game winning run in all competitions and they kicked off their Europa League campaign with a come-from-behind triumph over Panathinaikos. Ajax hammered Zwolle 5-1 at the weekend and we predict that the Eredivisie outfit are going to extend their winning run on Thursday evening. Standard shared the spoils with Celta Vigo in their Europa League opener, but considering that the Red Devils are not regarded as good travellers, home win appears on the horizon. A man to watch in the home team will be Davy Klaassen, who has been in a thrilling form this season. We predict that the Dutch midfielder is going to prove a handful for the opposition defender in Thursday’s football match at Amsterdam Arena. Out-of-sorts Schalke will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Salzburg at their Veltins-Arena on Thursday evening. Die Knappen suffered a loss in each of their five Bundesliga games this season, but they did well to beat Nice at Allianz Riviera in their Europa League opener. Schalke’s next rivals Salzburg suffered a 1-0 loss to Krasnodar in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, meaning that the visitors are likely to go all guns blazing at the Bundesliga team in Thursday’s football match. Both sides are capable of scoring a number of goals and there is every chance we will see a high-scoring affair at Veltins-Arena. Three years ago Schalke and Salzburg faced each other in a friendly game and it has to be noted that the Red Bulls emerged triumphant in the warm-up match. Taking everything into account, fans should see goals galore in Gelsenkirchen. Against all odds, Inter suffered a 2-0 loss to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in their Europa League opener, but just three days later they outplayed Serie A giants Juventus at their Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The Nerazzurri are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Sparta Prague and we predict that the Italians are going to find the net in their second group game. Sparta were beaten by Southampton at St. Marry’s Stadium in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and seeing that they are on a four-game winless run in all competitions at the moment, home win should not be considered this time out. The two teams face each other for the first time ever in European competitions and, taking everything into account, the Serie A team are likely to record their first win in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. A man to watch in the away team will be Icardi, who looks unstoppable at the moment. Estadio de Balaidos will host the match between Celta de Vigo and Panathinaikos. Os Celeste played out a 1-1 draw with Standard in Liege and they will be looking to record their first win in the Europa League group stages when they take on Panathinaikos in Vigo on Thursday evening. New signing Giuseppe Rossi opened his goal-scoring account in La Liga against Espanyol at the weekend and seeing that he found the net in the draw with Standard as well, all eyes will be on the former Fiorentina man when Celta welcome Panathinaikos at their Estadio de Balaidos. The Greeks failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Ajax in their opener and seeing that they often struggle on the travels, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. The Galicians are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they will pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. Steaua have been struggling to find their best form of late. The Romanian side suffered a 2-0 loss to Osmanlispor in their Europa League opener, while losing to Cluj in front of home fans in the national championship at the weekend. Steaua face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match against Villarreal and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the La Liga team at their Arena Nationala. Villarreal did remarkably well to share the spoils with Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in their last away game in La Liga and seeing that they outplayed Zurich in their Europa League opener, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Italian attacker Sansone, who played for Sassuolo last season, has been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. By beating Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League last 32, Fenerbahce set up a meeting with Sporting Braga. The Turkish side have been in a fine form of late and they head into Thursday’s game following a routine 3-0 win over Akhisar Belediyespor in the Super Lig. Vitor Pereira’s men are on a three-match winning run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Braga and given their impressive home record, we predict that the Turks are capable of beating the Portuguese side in the first leg. Paulo Fonseca’s team did well to upset Porto in Sunday’s Primeira Liga clash, but Thursday’s game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. You should bear in mind that Braga failed to score in two of their last three away games in the Europa League and that is one of the reasons why we are tempted to put our money on the home team. Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Inter, Hapoel Be’er Sheva square off against Southampton in their second group game in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. The Israeli outfit proved their worth in the triumph over the Nerazzurri, but beating the star-studded Premier League team is easier said than done. The hosts are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match and, no doubt, they will be more than happy with one point from the game. Seeing that Southampton outplayed Sparta Prague in their opener, the Saints will be satisfied with one point from the match as well. Charlie Austin scored a brace against Sparta, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the former QPR attacker at bay on Thursday evening. Taking everything into account, Southampton and Hapoel, who face each other for the first time ever, should share the spoils at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium. Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to cement top position in Group H with a win over Sporing Braga at Arene L’viv. The Miners suffered a shocking loss to Young Boys in the Champions League qualifiers, but they certainly have big ambitions for the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. Shakhtar are on a three-game winning run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Braga and we predict that the Ukrainians are going to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. The Portuguese team are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they struggle on the travels and we would not be surprised if the visitors fail to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Shakhtar Donetsk faced Braga in the Europa League last season and it has to be noted that the Miners scored six goals in the back-to-back triumphs over the Portuguese outfit. Astra booked their place in the Europa League group stages by beating West Ham United in the two-legged tie. The Romanian team managed to shock the Hammers for the second consecutive season, but they fail to impress in their first group game against Austria Wien. Astra suffered a 3-2 loss to the Violets in their opener, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from Thursday’s football game against Roma. The Romans shared the spoils with Plzen in Czech Republic and they now aim to record their first win in the process. Over the years the Giallorossi have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress and seeing that the Romans are desperate to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Torino, home win appears on the cards. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Romanians are going to return home empty-handed. Roma are on a four-game winless run at home in the Europa League and they are eager to put an end to the negative trend. Olympiakos have been producing thrilling displays in all competitions ever since they suffered elimination in the Champions League qualifiers. The Thrylos recorded a hard-fought win over Young Boys in their Europa League opener, but they suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Larissa in the national championship at the weekend. Anyhow, Olympiakos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football match against APOEL. The Cypriotes came from behind to beat Astana in their first group game, but considering that they are on a five-match losing run in the Europa League, speaking of away fixtures, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Olympiakos and APOEL have never met before in European competitions. A man to watch in the home team will be former Granada striker Brown Ideye who has netted four goals in the Greek Superleague this season. Dundalk look unstoppable at the moment. The Irish outfit are on a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Maccabi Tel Aviv and they did well to share the spoils with AZ Alkmaar in their Europa League opener. The Israeli team, on the other hand, dropped a three-goal advantage in the 4-3 loss to Zenit, but they have been impressive in the national championship of late. Maccabi scored 11 goals in previous three league fixtures and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to put an end to Dundalk’s impressive unbeaten run. The Lilywhites were beaten by Hajduk Split in their last home game in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the cards. A man to watch in the away team will be Tal Ben Chaim, who has been scoring goals for fun this season. Sassuolo did remarkably well to roll over Athletic Bilbao in their first group game, but Thursday’s football match against Genk will be anything but a walk in the park for the Neroverdi. It is well known that Sassuolo produce much better performances in front of home fans and we do not believe that away win should be considered this time out. Genk suffered a 3-2 loss to Rapid Wien in their Europa League opener and, no doubt, the Belgians will leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash against Sassuolo. Peter Maes’ team are on a three-match winning run at home in the Europa League and they are widely expected to emerge triumphant in the game against Sassuolo. The hosts want this win more than the Italian outfit and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions. All eyes will be on Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi when Fenerbahce and Feyenoord face each other in their second group game in the Europa League. The Turks played out a 1-1 draw with Zorya in their opener and they did well to beat the likes of Kasimpasa and Gaziantepspor in previous two league fixtures. Fener are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that Feyenoord have been scoring goals for fun of late, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. The Eredivisie team struggle on the road and you should bear in mind that they recorded only one win in previous ten away matches in the Europa League. Senegalese attacker Moussa Sow is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Feyenoord and it remains to be seen if he is going to open his goal-scoring account in Thursday’s football match. Athletic Bilbao did not kick off the new La Liga campaign in great manner, but they have been raising their form week by week and, as a result, the Lions are on a four-match winning run ahead of Thursday’s football match against Rapid Wien. The Basques proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Sevilla at the weekend and they are now on a quest to record their first win in the Europa League group stages. Athletic Bilbao suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Sassuolo in their opener and we predict that the La Liga team will go all guns blazing at Rapid Wien in Thursday’s Europa League match. The Austrians defeated Genk in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but they often struggle on the travels and we do not believe that they are capable of making life difficult for Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Barria. Saint Etienne will be looking to build on a 3-1 win over Lille when they host Anderlecht at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. Les Verts are on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Anderlecht and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match. The Belgian outfit did well to beat Gabala in their Europa League opener, but they suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Westerlo in their league fixture. Anderlecht are not regarded as good travellers and given Saint Etienne’s recent form, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. It has to be noted that the Ligue 1 team suffered only one loss in previous 11 home matches in the Europa League. Les Verts managed to keep a clean sheet in previous two home fixtures in the competition. Manchester United experienced all sorts of problems in their Europa League opener against Feyenoord. The Red Devils were beaten by the Eredivisie outfit in Netherlands, but they showed character in a 4-0 win over Leicester City at the weekend. The Premier League giants gave fans some cheer on Saturday afternoon and it has to be noted that summer signing Paul Pogba impressed in the triumph over Claudio Ranieri’s troops. Manchester United are desperate to bounce back from the 1-0 loss to Feyenoord and they are widely expected to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Zorya. The Ukrainian side shared the spoils with Fenerbahce in front of home fans, but they are unlikely to spoil Manchester United’s party at Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be rested against Zorya, but Wayne Rooney, who came as a substitute in the win over Leicester, should lead the line for the hosts. Astana did not kick off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to APOEL in Nicosia in their opener and they are certainly determined to grab something from Thursday’s football match against Young Boys. The Kazakhs head into the game following back-to-back wins over Aktobe and Ordabasy in the national championship and it remains to be seen if they are capable of beating Young Boys in Bern. The Swiss team did well to shock Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League qualifiers, but Borussia M’gladbach proved to be a big catch for Adolf Hutter’s troops. Young Boys were beaten by Olympiakos in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and, no doubt, they will go for a win in the clash against Astana. Taking everything into account, we predict that both teams will find the net in Thursday’s encounter. Against all odds, AZ Alkmaar failed to beat Dundalk of Republic of Ireland in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Eredivisie team shared the spoils with the Irish outfit in their opener and they will have even bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against Zenit. The Zenitchiki came from three goals behind to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opener and it has to be noted that the star-studded Russian team scored 2+ goals in previous six games in all competitions. It is well known that Zenit are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that Mircea Lucescu’s men are going to cement top position in Group D with a win over AZ Alkmaar. A man to watch in the home team will be former CSKA Moscow attacker Dzyuba, who has netted four goals in the Russian Premier League to date. As expected, Gabala suffered a 3-1 loss to Anderlecht in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but on the other hand, the Azeri outfit have been impressive in the national championship of late. Thanks to a 2-0 win at Zira the team extended their winning run in the Premyer Liga to four games and it has to be noted that they managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last eight league fixtures. However, they face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against Mainz. The Bundesliga side were on the verge of beating Saint Etienne in their opener, but they eventually shared the spoils with the Ligue 1 team in front of home fans. Mainz head into the match against Gabala following a 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen and, no doubt, they will be happy with one point from the game. Seeing that Gabala are tough to beat at home, share of spoils appears on the cards. Fiorentina have been totally unpredictable this season. The Viola defeated Roma earlier in September, but they failed to emerge triumphant in previous two league fixtures against Udinese and Milan. The Serie A team played out a goalless draw with PAOK in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and they are regarded as favourites on paper to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Qarabag. The Azeri team played out a 2-2 draw with Slovan Liberece in their Europa League opener, but upsetting Fiorentina at Stadio Artemio Franchi is easier said than done. Qarabag suffered a loss in each of their last four away games in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, we predict that the Viola are going to record their first win in Group J on Thursday night. Nikola Kalinic is eager to add more goals to his account and he should pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Thursday’s football match at GHELAMCO-arena pits together Gent and Konyaspor. The Belgians shared the spoils with Sporting Braga in their opener, whilst the Turkish outfit suffered a 1-0 loss to Konyaspor in front of home fans. Gent sit in fourth position in the Belgian Pro League table and they will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Sint-Truiden when they square off against Konyaspor on Thursday evening. Aykut Kocaman’s men have been struggling in front of goal of late and considering that they scored no more than one goal in previous three games in all competitions, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that Gent recorded five wins in previous six home matches in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, the hosts are likely to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game. Krasnodar could not have wished for a better start to their Europa League campaign. The Russian outfit defeated Salzburg at Red Bull Arena in their opener, with Brazilian midfielder Joaozinho scoring the winner in the first half of the match. Krasnodar welcome Nice at their Stadion Kuban in their second group game and seeing that les Aiglons are not regarded as good travellers, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. Nice were beaten by Schalke at their Allianz Riviera and they are unlikely to spoil Krasnodar’s party at Stadion Kuban on Thursday evening. Igor Shalimov’s charges proved their worth in a 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow at the weekend and it is no surprise they are regarded as hot favourites to emerge triumphant in the upcoming Europa League clash. Former Spartak Moscow striker Ari is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Nice. Villarreal will be looking to defend their slim lead (2-1) in the tie against Sparta Prague when the two teams square off against each other at Generali Arena in Prague. Cedric Bakambu scored a brace for the Yellow Submarine in the first leg and seeing that he found the net in a 2-0 win over Getafe at the weekend as well, there is every chance the opposition defenders will find it hard to contain the Nigerian striker. The Czechs need to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg, but beating the La Liga outfit (without conceding) is easier said than done. Marcelino’s troops have been impressive at the back this season and no doubt the visitors will rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football clash. Villarreal are on a three-game winning run ahead of the trip to Prague and we predict that the Spaniards will make it to the Europa League semis without any difficulties. Villarreal and Bayer Leverkusen take on each other at Camp El Madrigal in the Europa League last 16, first leg, in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining matches of Thursday’s program. The Yellow Submarine did remarkably well to upset Napoli in previous round and their confidence will be tested in the tie against the German outfit. Marcelino’s men suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Las Palmas at the weekend, but it has to be noted that the Spanish tactician rested some of his first-team regulars for the Bayer Leverkusen game. Roger Schmidt’s men have been struggling to find their form of late and you should have in mind that they are on a four-game winless run in Bundesliga ahead of the trip to Spain. Bayer eliminated Sporting Lisbon in the last 32, but beating Villarreal at Camp El Madrigal is easier said than done. The Yellows have been impressive at the back this season and we predict that the two sides will play out a low-scoring draw in the first leg. Against all odds, out-of-sorts Valencia demolished Rapid Wien (6-0) in the first leg and, no doubt, the Spanish side will make it to the Europa League last 16. To make things even better for the fans, Garry Neville’s men recorded a 2-1 win over Granada at the weekend, meaning that the visitors are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Austria. Anyhow, seeing that los Che defend a six-goal advantage in the return leg, there is every chance coach Garry Neville will rest some of his first-team regulars for Sunday’s La Liga clash against Athletic Bilbao. Rapid’s pride will be at stake in Thursday’s Europa League game and we are positive that the hosts will give their best to grab something from the match. Both teams are capable of scoring a couple of goals and we predict that the two sides will share the spoils in a high-scoring affair. The two Premier League giants square off against other at Anfield in the Europa League last 16, first leg. Liverpool recorded back-to-back wins over Manchester City and Crystal Palace in previous two league matches and their fresh confidence will be tested in Thursday’s Europa League match. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been improving their game week by week and considering that the Red Devils head into the clash following a 1-0 loss at WBA, it is no surprise the Reds are regarded as favourites to win the first leg. Louis van Gaal has a number of injury worries ahead of the Europa League showdown and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s showdown. Man Utd do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment and they definitely face an uphill task in the tie against fellow Premier League side. Thursday’s football game at Stade Constant Vanden Stock pits together Anderlecht and Mainz, the two teams who are level on points ahead of their fourth group game. Anderlecht kicked off their Europa League campaign with a routine win over Qabala and they shared the spoils with the likes of Saint-Etienne and Mainz in previous two matches in Group C. It is well known that Rene Weiler’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that the Belgian team will pick up one point from Thursday’s Europa League game. Mainz regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, with the team beating Ingolstadt (2-0) in Bundesliga and, taking everything into account, the two teams should play out a low-scoring draw at Stade Constant Vanden Stock. It has to be noted that the Bundesliga side suffered no more than one defeat in previous four away games in all competitions. Saint-Etienne will be aiming to build on back-to-back victories over Qabala when they square off against Mainz in their penultimate group game in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. Les Verts occupy top position in Group C ahead of the visit of Mainz and they are widely expected to make it to the knockout stages of the European competition. Saint-Etienne are on an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of Thursday’s football match against the German side and we predict that the hosts will find the net in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard clash. Die Nullfunfer face a must-win situation against the Ligue 1 outfit and, taking everything into account, there is every chance fans will see a lively contest in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Mainz suffered a heavy 6-1 loss to Anderlech in their last group game, but they are certainly capable of grabbing something from the Saint-Etienne clash. As expected, Lazio outplayed Galatasaray in the Europa League last 32, but the Biancocelesti do not want to stop now. The Serie A side have big ambitions for the tie against Sparta Prague and given that Stefano Pioli’s men are unlikely to win Scudetto, no doubt the team will give their best to record a good result in the Europa League knockout stages. Sparta eliminated Krasnodar in the last 32, but Lazio are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Czechs than their previous rivals. Despite the fact that the Biancocelesti are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s Europa League match as Stefano Pioli is going to field the best possible side in the first leg. You should know that Lazio have recorded two wins in previous four meetings with Sparta in European competitions. Young Boys have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Olympiakos in Thursday’s football match as they are three points behind the Greek outfit in Group B. The Swiss side suffered a 1-0 loss to APOEL in Cyprus in their last group game and despite the fact that they will adopt an attack-minded approach against Olympiakos, we do not believe that away win should be considered in this one. The Thrylos rolled over Astana (4-1) in Piraeus and thanks to a 1-1 draw with the Kazakhstan outfit they moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. It is well known that over the years Olympiakos have turned their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki into a real fortress and we predict that the hosts are going to p