Europa League preview – Thursday 20 October


Old Trafford won’t be full for this clash, with supporters not particularly bothered about this competition, with the Turkish side available at 6.00 (William Hill ) to score a maximum haul in England.

We’re expecting to see a fairly dull game considering that Jose Mourinho will send out a weakened team with one eye on Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge and the draw probably represents the best value at 4.20 (William Hill ).

Wayne Rooney is likely to lead out the team after spending the past few matches on the bench and he’s a 6.00 shot to score the opening goal of the game, while Jesse Lingard is also likely to return to the starting line-up.

However, we might expect Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David de Gea among those players rested and it might be that United win by a scoreline like 1-0. That was the outcome against Zorya, with William Hill offering 7.50.

The other English team competing in the Europa League is Southampton, with Claude Puel’s team in excellent form and the Saints look good value to win at the San Siro, with Internazionale in a heap of trouble at the moment.

The Saints are as big as 3.20 with bet365 and their defensive steel means that they should be capable of landing at least a point in Italy, with Inter coming into this match off the back of three straight defeats.

Inter are out to 2.40 with Ladbrokes to win the clash, with the draw priced at 3.30 and we’re confident that the Saints can avoid defeat, especially as Charlie Austin is banging them in for fun.

The former QPR man is 7.00 to score the first goal and we’re also taken by the idea of Claude Puel’s team winning this game to nil. That can be backed at 5.50 with bet365 , with Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte looking rock-solid at the back.

Celta Vigo could go a long way in this competition and the Spanish side recently beat Barcelona in La Liga, with William Hill going 2.15 about them winning against an Ajax side who have landed two victories thus far.

The Dutch team are 3.80 with bet365 to preserve their 100% record in this competition, although Celta might prove too strong on home soil. Roma will be a popular coupon selection when they entertain Austria Vienna, while Zenit are a similar price away to Dundalk.

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