The Europa League reaches the last 16 stage this week, and the step-up in quality’s becoming all the more apparent. Those out on the pitch on Thursday will also need to deliver the quality to see their teams through, and getting an advantage in this round of first legs is crucial. So, which players look best for a Europa League anytime scorer bet this week?
Starting with the competition’s top scorer so far, Munas Dabbur. The Israeli striker has impressed for Austrian outfit RB Salzburg, and has seven goals in the tournament. His form has seen him secure a move to La Liga outfit Sevilla in the summer, but before that he’s got a tough night away to Napoli on Thursday. Dabbur is 16/5 to score anytime, but Arkadiusz Milik – who has 15 goals in 30 appearances so far this season for Napoli – looks a safer bet at 11/10.
Dabbur will be joining Wissam Ben Yedder at Sevilla next season, and the French forward is only one goal behind his future team mate in this year’s Europa League. He is 20/21 to hit the back of the net in his team’s home tie against Slavia Prague, as he goes in search of his 23rd goal of the campaign. Fellow Rojiblancos man Pablo Sarabia has contributed 18 goals from midfield this term, and could be worth a look at 9/5.
Six of Olivier Giroud’s seven goals this season have come in the Europa League. The Blues striker is more of a second choice than ever at Stamford Bridge following Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival, but could get the nod to start this game at home to Dynamo Kiev. Giroud is 13/10 to continue his strong scoring run in this competition, while Higuain is 21/20 if Maurizio Sarri sticks with his No.1 striker.
Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic is the third player on six goals, but his team face a tough home tie with Inter Milan, who dropped out of the Champions League at the group stage. Jovic is the 17/10 favourite to see the net ripple at the Waldstadion, while one of the stars from last summer’s World Cup in Russia, Ivan Perisic, could be tempting at 4/1.
Benfica are another of the sides whose failure in the continent’s premier club competition led to their arrival in the Europa League. Joao Felix has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United over the last few days, with the Portuguese youngster compared to the likes of Johan Cruyff. A goal away to Dinamo Zagreb would be another sign of his burgeoning potential, and Felix is 16/5 to get it.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandered a golden opportunity to win the north London derby on Saturday, as he missed a late penalty in Arsenal’s draw against Tottenham at Wembley. The Gabon striker will be keen to make immediate amends, and he’s 11/8 to net for the Gunners in their away game at Rennes on Thursday.
Valencia meanwhile are amongst the favourites to win the competition, having narrowly missed out on qualification from a tough Champions League group containing Manchester United and Juventus. Santi Mina scored two goals in three appearances in that group, and is Los Che’s top scorer this season. He could be good value at 15/8 to notch at home to FC Krasnodar this week.