Category: Europa League

EUROPA LEAGUE TRIPLE ACCA HITS!

EUROPA LEAGUE TRIPLE ACCA HITS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played in the Europa League 2018/2019 leg 1 of the group stage!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Celtic to Win
Celtic – Rosenborg

Sporting Portugal to Win
Sporting Portugal – Qarabag

RC Genk to Win
RC Genk – Malmo FF

 


The games end in the following results:

Celtic 1 – 0 Rosenborg
Celtic and Rosenborg face each other in round 1 of the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign in the replay of the Champions League clash played earlier this term. Last time out the Hoops recorded a routine win over the Norwegian champions, but Brendan Rodgers’ men were struggling to break the deadlock in Thursday’s football match. There were no goals in the first half of the game at Celtic Park, but the Scottish side eventually managed to turn their dominance into goal. Leigh Griffiths latched on to a terrific cross in the 87th minute and got his head on the ball to score the only goal of the match. The Hoops did well to defend their lead in the remainder of the game. Celtic’s win is well deserved and it has to be noted that the hosts had 13 goal attempts during the match.

87′ Leigh Griffiths 1 – 0

Sporting Portugal 2 – 0 Qarabag
As expected, Sporting defeated Qarabag in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but the Lions’ performance in the first half of the game was anything but impressive. The Portuguese side were struggling to break the deadlock and it has to be noted that Qarabag striker Innocent Emeghara missed a clear-cut opportunity to score in the 27th minute. The Lions, though, were on top of their game in the second half and they quickly took the lead. Raphinha scored the opener from close range after 54 minutes, with former Manchester United winger Nani providing an assist. Sporting continued to dominate the match, with the team scoring the second in the 88th minute. Jovane Cabral set up the final score of the game (2-0), showing brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the bottom right corner. You should bear in mind that Qarabag had no more than 5 goal attempts in the 2-0 loss to Sporting.

54′ Raphinha 1 – 0
88′ Jovane Cabral 2 – 0

RC Genk 2 – 0 Malmo FF
As expected, Genk defeated Malmo in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. Genk dominated the game from the start, but they took the lead not before 37th minute when Leandro Trossard found the net. There were no more goals in the first half, but the Belgian side continued to press forward and twenty minutes before the final whistle they scored the second goal of the match. Mbwana Samata hit the rebound into the bottom right corner and set up the final score of the game. It has to be noted, though, that Ruslan Malinovsky produced a mid-range attempt, which could have helped Genk increase the advantage. Anyhow, the Belgian outfit totally deserved to pick up all three points from their opener. Genk had no less than 25 goal attempts during the match, with Malmo failing to take a shot on target.

37′ Leandro Trossard 1 – 0
71′ Mbwana Samata 2 – 0

 


 

 

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Europa League Season Preview 2018/2019

Europa League Season Preview 2018/2019

A number of top-class clubs will take part in the Europa League this term. Defending champions Atletico Madrid participate in the Champions League this season and it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration.

Over the years La Liga sides have established themselves as the dominant forces in Europa League. The Spaniards won four from last five Europa League trophies and we’ll see who is going to put an end to their thrilling run.

Atletico Madrid won the 2017/2018 Europa League trophy without any difficulties, with the team beating Olympique Marseille 3-0 in the title game. Los Rojiblancos represent Spain in the Champions League this term, but Sevilla are definitely capable of going all the way in the second most popular club competition.

Los Sevillanos won three of last five Europa League trophies and it remains to be seen if new coach Pablo Machin is going to help the Andalusians repeat the success. Fellow La Liga teams Real Betis and Villarreal aim to record a good result in the 2018/2019 Europa League season as well.

However, Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal could spoil the Spaniards’ party as they are considered main favourites to win the trophy. The Blues have been producing fine displays under new coach Maurizio Sarri, whilst the Gunners tactician Unai Emery is eager to bring glory days back to “Emirates Stadium” with a pretty descent squad.

Speaking of Bundesliga sides, Bayer Leverkusen, Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt will defend the honour of the German football in the Europa League this season. The Red Bulls were more than fortunate to eliminate Zorya of Ukraine in the play-offs, but they are definitely capable of playing an important role in the European competition this term.

Lazio and Milan should not be underestimated as well. Lazio chiefs did well to keep hold of Serbian superstar Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, meaning that the Biancocelesti are definitely capable of repeating the last-season’s success, when they made it to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The Rossoneri made a slow start to the new Serie A campaign, but seeing that Juventus attacker Gonzalo Higuain joined the club in the summer transfer window, the Stadio San Siro outfit should not be written off just yet.

Olympique Marseille did well to make it to the Europa League final last season, but Atletico Madrid eventually proved to be a big catch for the Ligue 1 side. The OM once again have big ambitions for their Europa League campaign, but Dimitri Payet will have to prove their worth on the field. The likes of Rennes and Bordeaux represent France in the second best club competition this season as well.

Austrian champions Salzburg were eliminated by Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League play-offs, meaning that they will have yet another chance to record a good result in the Europa League after they made it to the semis of the competition last term.

Anyhow, given the quality of each of 12 groups, yet another entertaining Europa League campaign is ahead of us. We wish them good luck and may the best team win!

EUROPA LEAGUE 3FOLD LANDS!

EUROPA LEAGUE 3FOLD LANDS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played on the 15th of February in the Europa League

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Olympique Marseille to Win✓ 
Olympique Marseille – Sporting Braga

Arsenal to Win
Ostersunds – Arsenal

Atletico Madrid to Win
FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid

 


The games end in the following results:

Olympique Marseille 3 – 0 Sporting Braga
Thanks to a 3-0 win over Braga Olympique Marseille moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League last 16. The Ligue 1 side opened the scoring after only four minutes, with Valere Germain finding the net from a close range following Dimitri Payet’s assist. OM continued to dominate the game, but they failed to double their lead before the half-time break. 25 minutes into the second half, Rudi Garcia’s men scored the second, with Valere Germain getting a show away from inside the box to beat the goalkeeper. Florian Thauvin put the game to bet five minutes later, with left-footed winger slotting the ball into the middle of the goal from the edge of the box. Rolando could have scored the fourth for Olympique Marseille in the 82nd minute of the game, but the ball went just wide of the right post.

4′ Valere Germain 1 – 0
69′ Valere Germain 2 – 0
74′ Florain Thauvin 3 – 0

Ostersunds 0 – 3 Arsenal
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger decided not to rest too many first-team regulars in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Ostersunds and, as a result, the Gunners outclassed the Swedish side at Jamkraft Arena. The Premier League side took the lead after 13 minutes, with Nacho Monreal scoring from a close range after Ostersunds goalkeeper softly punched the ball away. 11 minutes later Arsenal doubled their lead, with Ostersunds centre-back Sotiris Papagiannopoulos scoring an own goal. The Gunners continued to create goal-scoring opportunities and 13 minutes into the second half Mesut Ozil scored the third for Arsene Wenger’s troops. The Germany international put the game to bed and, taking everything into account, Arsenal’s victory is well deserved as they had 17 goal attempts in the 3-0 win over Ostersunds. Nonetheless, it has to be noted that the Swedes had a penalty saved in the dying minutes of the match, with David Ospina pulling off a terrific save to deny Tom Pettersson.

13′ Nacho Monreal 0 – 1
24′ Papagiannopoulos 0 – 2
58′ Mesut Ozil 0 – 3

FC Copenhagen 1 – 4 Atletico Madrid
After failing to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages, Atletico Madrid are now on a quest to win the Europa League. However, los Rojiblancos did not make a flying start to their opener against FC Copenhagen, with the Danish outfit breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes. Viktor Fisher scored a stunning back-heel goal for the hosts, but their celebration did not last long. Six minutes later Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez did well to strike a perfect header into the roof of the net to make it 1-1. Eight minutes before the half-time break Atletico Madrid took the lead, with Kevin Gameiro scoring from a close range for the visitors. Diego Simeone’s men continued to dominate the game and after 71 minutes they sealed the victory, with Antoine Griezmann burring the ball into the bottom left corner inside the box. January signing Victor Vitolo set up the final score of the match (1-4), with the pacey winger rifling the ball low inside the left post from a close range.

15′ Viktor Fischer 1 – 0
21′ Saul Niguez 1 – 1
37′ Kevin Gameiro 1 – 2
71′ Antoine Griezmann 1 – 3
77′ Vitolo 1 – 4


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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ACCA LANDS!

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ACCA LANDS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played on the 1st and 2nd of November in the group stage of the Champions League and the Europa League.

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Sevilla to Win
Sevilla – Spartak Moscow

Shakhtar to Win
Shakhtar Donetsk – Feyenoord

Lazio to Win
Lazio Roma – OGC Nice

 


The games end in the following results:

Sevilla 2 – 1 Spartak Moscow
Sevilla were desperate to make amends for an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Spartak Moscow and they managed to pick up all three points from Wednesday’s game against the Russian champions. Los Sevillanos broke the deadlock after 30 minutes, with centre-back Clement Lenglet scoring the opener for the La Liga side. The hosts continued to create goal-scoring opportunities and 14 minutes into the second half they managed to double their lead. Ever Banega scored a wonder goal from the edge of the box and in the 76th minute Wissam Ben Yedder missed a clear-cut chance to score the third for Eduardo Berizzo’s troops. Spartak Moscow gave fans some cheer two minutes later as Ze Luis fired the rebound into the middle of the goal. Los Sevillanos, though, managed to defend their slim lead and, taking everything into account, their victory is well deserved.

30′ Clement Lenglet 1 – 0
59′ Ever Banega 2 – 0
78′ Ze Luis

Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – 1 Feyenoord
As expected, Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Feyenoord at OSC Metalist in Kharkiv in their fourth group game. However, the visitors opened the scoring in the 12th minute of the match, with Nicolai Jorgensen easily beating the goalkeeper with a close-range header. However, Feyenoord’s lead did not last long as Shakhtar Donetsk equalized two minutes later. Facundo Ferreyra leveled things up and in the 17th minute of the game the score was changed to 2-1, with Marlos scoring a brilliant goal from outside the box. The Ukrainian champions continued to dominate the game and 23 minutes into the second half Marlos scored his second goal of the match and set up a the final score (3-1). Steven Berghuis missed a good opportunity to score the second for the Dutch outfit in the 81th minute and, taking everything into account, the visitors did not deserved to grab something from the match.

12′ Nicolai Jorgensen 0 – 1
14′ Facundo Ferreyra 1 – 1
17′ Marlos 2 – 1
68′ Marlos 3 – 1

Lazio Roma 1 – 0 OGC Nice
Lazio have been producing terrific performances in all competitions this season and they gave fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening, with the team recording a hard-fought win over Nice in the Group K derby. Coach Simone Inzaghi rested several first-team regulars against les Aiglons, and, as a result, the Serie A side were struggling to break the deadlock. However, Nice defender Maxime Le Marchand eventually helped Lazio pick up all three points from the match as he scored an unlucky own goal in the dying minutes of the game. The Biancocelesti managed to keep their 100% record in the Europa League group stages intact, but it has to be noted that they did have a single shot on target in the 1-0 victory over the Ligue 1 side. Anyhow, Lazio booked their place in the knockout stages, whilst Lucien Favre’s men have yet to make it to the last 32 to the Europa League.

90′ Maxime Le Marchand 1 – 0


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EUROPA LEAGUE THREEFOLD RAMPS IN!

EUROPA LEAGUE THREEFOLD RAMPS IN!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played on the 28th of September in the Europa League

We have recommended the following accumulator:

OGC Nice to Win
OGC Nice – Vitesse

Arsenal to Win
BATE Borisov – Arsenal

AC Milan to Win
AC Milan – Rijeka

 


The games end in the following results:

OGC Nice 3 – 0 Vitesse
As expected, Nice defeated Vitesse at their Allianz Riviera in their second group game in the Europa League. Les Aiglons broke the deadlock after 16 minutes, with Alessane Plea firing a close-range shot into the roof of the net. The visitors missed a clear-cut opportunity to score in the 37th minute of the match and, as a result, the Ligue 1 side doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Allan Saint-Maximim finished his lovely individual effort with a stunning strike from inside the box and made it 2-0. Nice then decided to slow the tempo of the game, but they were managing to attack their rivals on the break. Ten minutes before the final whistle Alessane Plea score the third for les Aiglons, with the 24-year-old attacker putting game to bed with a cool finish. Taking everything into account, Nice’s victory is well deserved.

16′ Alassane Plea 1 – 0
45′ Allan Saint-Maximin 2 – 0
82′ Alassane Plea 3 – 0

BATE Borisov 2 – 4 Arsenal
Despite the fact that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger rested his first-team regulars in Thursday’s match against BATE Borisov the Gunners did well to beat the Belarusian champions at Borisov Arena. Theo Walcott opened the scoring for the Premier League side in the 9th minute of the match and 13 minutes later he scored his second goal of the match, with the pacey winger taking advantage of a huge mistake by BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitsky. To make things even worse for the hosts, Arsenal defender Rob Holding made it 3-0 in the 25th minute of the game, but three minutes later Montenegro international Mirko Ivanic gave home fans some cheer as he steered a bullet header from the centre of the box into the top of the net. Four minutes into the second half Olivier Giroud scored the fourth for Arsenal from the penalty spot and 18 minutes later (67’) BATE winger Mikhail Gordejchuk set up the final score (2-4).

9′ Theo Walcott 0 – 1
22′ Theo Walcott 0 – 2
25′ Rob Holding 0 – 3
28′ Mirko Ivanic 1 – 3
49′ Olivier Giroud 1 – 4
67′ Mikhail Gordeychuk 2 – 4

AC Milan 3 – 2 Rijeka
Milan and Rijeka faced each other at Stadio San Siro in what was probably the most entertaining game of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. The Rossoneri turned their dominance into a goal after 14 minutes, with Andre Silva finishing his beautiful solo run with a wonder strike into the right side of the goal. The Serie A giants doubled their lead 8 minutes into the second half as former Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio pounced on the rebound inside the box to double Milan’s lead. However, Rijeka managed to battle back and they melted the Rossoneri’s advantage after 84 minutes, with Boadu Maxwell Acosty scoring for the visitors. To make things even better for the Rijeka fans, the Croatian side scored the equalizer in the 90th minute of the match, with Josip Elez finding the net from the penalty spot. However, Milan had the last word in Thursday’s clash as Italian rising start Patrick Cutrone scored the winner for the hosts in the dying minutes of the match (94’).

14′ Andre Silva 1 – 0
53′ Mateo Musacchio 2 – 0
84′ Boadu Maxwell Acosty 2 – 1
90′ Josip Elez 2 – 2
90′ Patrick Cutrone 3 – 2


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Europa League 2016/2017: Another trophy for Mourinho

Europa League 2016/2017: Another trophy for Mourinho

Manchester United were desperate to book their place in the Champions League and thanks to a 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final the Red Devils outfit qualified for the elite competition. Fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign, but Jose Mourinho’s men managed to put an end to Sevilla’s dominance in the European competition.

Manchester United failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Premier League season, with the team finishing the campaign in sixth place in the standings. Jose

Mourinho’s troops were with one eye on the Europa League final in the season finale and they were fully focused on the clash against Ajax.

The Red Devils impressed in the title game, the Premier League team adopt a defence-minded approach in the Friends Arena showdown and they managed to prevent Ajax attackers from creating clear-cut chances to score. Taking everything into account, Manchester United, who outplayed the likes of Saint-Etienne, Rostov, Anderlecht and Celta Vigo on their way to the final, totally deserved to win the Europa League trophy and to qualify for the Champions League group stages.

Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, are one of the teams who should have recorded a better result in the Europa League last term. Spurs made it to the knockout stages of the competition, but they suffered a shocking elimination by Belgian side Gent in the last 32.

Despite being regarded as hot favourites to beat APOEL in the Europa League last 32, Athletic Bilbao suffered a shocking elimination in the knockout stages. Seeing that La Liga side Sevilla won previous three Europa League finals, many people expected that the Basques would be the team to beat in the 2016/2017 campaign, but they eventually failed to give fans a reason for celebration.

Against all odds, Celta Vigo made it to the Europa League semis. Several first-team regulars left the club in the summer transfer window and nobody expected that the likes of Iago Aspas, John Guidetti and Theo Bongonda would eliminate Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 32. Os Celeste proved their worth in the double-header against Krasnodar as well and thanks to a win over Genk they set up a meeting with Manchester United in the semi-finals of the competition. However, Ibrahimovic-less Red Devils proved to be a big catch for Eduardo Berizzo’s troops.

Ajax youngsters were producing outstanding performances on their way to the Europa League final, but the lack of experience proved to be a big catch for the Amsterdammers in the title game against Manchester United. The Eredivisie side outplayed the likes of Legia, Copenhagen, Schalke and Lyon in the knockout stages, but they played below expectations in the Friends Arena clash. However, despite failing to win the Europa League trophy, Ajax will represent Netherlands in the Champions League qualifiers as they finished the 2016/2017 Eredivisie campaign in second place in the standings.

Taking everything into account, Manchester United saved the season by winning the Europa League trophy, but Jose Mourinho will have to be very active this summer if the Red Devils are to be competitive in the Champions League next term.