Europa League action this evening, so we thought we’d pick out some games to do some quick previews on.
Young Boys v Everton
If we open up by taking a look at the Goodison Park outfit, Everton, it would be safe to say that they’re not having the best of times lately in the English Premier League. Yet when playing in Europe, their form seems to take on a whole new level. All of their Group Games were played with the determination as the fans would no doubt like to see in the Premier League, and as a result finished as group toppers of Group H. They now have a test on their hands as they prepare to face the slippery side of Young Boys, a swiss side known for catching out EPL clubs. Just ask Spurs…
With the hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next year firmly out of the window at this stage for Everton, this competition offers a lot of hope for Everton after playing out a rather dismal domestic season. Young Boys are definitely a class below Everton, so we’re looking at an away win for the Blues here.
Prediction – Young Boys 0 – 2 Everton
AS Roma v Feyenoord
Heading off to Italy next where we take a look at Italian giants Roma as they prepare to take on Feyenoord. On paper it looks as though this is a fairly straightforward encounter for Roma, however the Dutch side finished top of their group which also included Sevilla.
Couple of points to note here; firstly that Feyenoord don’t generally tend to travel well in the Champions League, having suffered two away defeats against Rijeka and Sevilla. And secondly, Roma, in their last five home games haven’t picked up a single win.
We’re expecting a fairly close game here, but with Roma looking to pick up their form at home to give a boost to their Serie A campaign at the weekend.
Prediction – AS Roma 2 – 1 Feyenoord
Ajax v Legia Warszara
Ajax were drawn against Legia Warsaw and kick off the tie at Home. A fair amount of value has been put out there on the Dutch side as the odds at time of writing currently stand at 2.08 for a match win.
Having finished their Champions League group in third place, they drop into the Europa League in what looks to be a very favourable match. Looking at the domestic form of Ajax we can see that they have actually won 9 out of 13 games in their domestic league.
We’re anticipating a good response here from Ajax and a good margin to reflect a confident win.
Prediction – Ajax 3 – 0 Legia Warszawa
Guingamp v Dynamo Kiev
Have you been following Guingamp? This is a team that have surprised a fair amount of pundits this season in the Europa League. Having qualified for the Round of 32, they now face a stiff challenge against Dynamo Kiev.
Interestingly, Dynamo Kiev are yet to play a competitive fixture in 2015, so this could prove quite a test, especially at this stage of the competition. Whilst Guingamp have now actually managed to hit 8th place in Ligue 1.
The level of match practice at this level for Dynamo Kiev is a concern, but not one to be a complete game over for them. We’re looking at a potential draw in this one.
Prediction – Guingamp 1 – 1 Dynamo Kiev
Sevilla v Borussia Monchengladbach
Our last preview looks at the fixture between Spanish side Sevilla and German side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Sevilla finished just behind Feyenoord in their Group, maintaining this position by ensuring a win in all of their home fixtures. The Spaniards have now strung together an undefeated run consisting of 18 home games without defeat in La Liga, with 15 of these games.
It’s difficult to see this game going any other way than a Sevilla win, which is exactly where we’re going with this one.
Prediction – Sevilla 3 – 1 Borussia Monchengladbach
All the best with all of your mid-week sports betting!