While the Champions League takes its time spreading out the first stage of the knockout rounds over two weeks, there’s no messing around with the Europa League. All of the round of 32 first leg ties were completed last week, and we’ll have our last 16 line-up sorted come the end of Thursday.
With the second legs throwing up an all-or-nothing scenario for each team, we could be in for plenty of goals. Rennes and Real Betis weren’t hanging around in their first leg though, after the Spanish side rescued a 3-3 draw in the 90th minute. You can back both teams to score once again in the return at 10/11.
Olympiakos and Dynamo Kiev also shared an entertaining encounter, with another late goal for the visiting team ensuring the aggregate scores are level coming into the second leg. After four goals in Greece, both teams to score looks promising again on Thursday at 13/14.
We’re also backing both sides to see the net ripple in Shakhtar Donetsk against Eintracht Frankfurt. Hosts Shakhtar went down to 10 men after just 10 minutes of the first leg, by which time the score was already 1-1. The Ukrainian outfit recovered from going behind to claim a respectable 2-2 draw, given the circumstances, with BTTS priced at 4/6 in the return back in Germany.
Moving on to a few picks where we’re avoiding both teams scoring, and starting at the Mestalla where Valencia host Scottish champions Celtic. Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys were unable to break down their La Liga opponents at Celtic Park last week, and we expect Los Che to safely protect their 2-0 lead. You can bet against BTTS in this game at evens.
We’re going for the same outcome at the Stadio San Paolo, where Napoli host FC Zurich. The Italian side take a commanding 3-1 lead into their home tie, and only conceded in the first leg to a late penalty. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have kept three successive clean sheets in Serie A, and you can bet against BTTS at 8/11.
From Naples to London, Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea in action one after the other on Thursday. Both teams have had their struggles of late, with the Gunners slumping to a humiliating 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov last week. We don’t anticipate Unai Emery’s side making the same mistakes in the second leg, and you can bet against BTTS at 13/20.
Over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea should be in for a comfortable evening against Swedish outfit Malmo. Maurizio Sarri’s side may have conceded in the 80th minute of the first leg, but their 2-1 advantage should see them safely through to the last 16. It’s 7/10 for both teams not to score in this game.
Both teams to score odds offer decent enough returns, without being anything spectacular. So why not throw a few of our picks together to make a treble and see your potential winnings increase? If you include all seven of our both teams to score bets on the same slip, you can get a pretty tasty 40/1.