Europa League Tips | Best Bets & Predictions

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Europa League Tips

Expert Europa League tips as the 2020/21 competition continues in the Group Stage this week.

The sixth and final round of Europa League Group Stage matches take place this week – read on below as we provide tips, predictions and best bets for our favourite games of the week.



Dundalk vs Arsenal Europa League Tips

? Date: Friday December 11
 Time: 4.55am AEDT
? Stadium: Aviva Stadium

Although they experiencing another shocking domestic campaign so far in the EPL, Arsenal have taken advantage of a weak Europa League group and can make it a perfect six wins from six in the group stage when they travel to Ireland to face Dundalk on Thursday night.

Arsenal have struggled considerably to find the back of the net in the Premier League, but they’ve had no such trouble in Europe, scoring 16 goals in five games this term.

Dundalk have punched above their weight impressively in Europe, but ultimately their five defeats from five games shows they are simply a class below most of the teams at this stage of the competition.

The Irish side also competed in a gruelling FAI Cup final in Ireland on Sunday and could be fatigued from that extra-time clash.

Arsenal can play without pressure for once this season and we think that will allow them to break the shackles and emerge triumphant in a high-scoring game.

Key Points

  • Arsenal have won all five of their Europa League games this season
  • Arsenal have scored 16 goals across those fixtures
  • Dundalk are conceding three goals per game in the Europa League

Celtic vs Lille Europa League Tips

? Date: Friday December 11
 Time: 7.00am AEDT
? Stadium: Celtic Park

Celtic are currently in the middle of their worst run since the turn of the century and they are condemned to finish last in this Europa League group no matter their result against in-form Lille at home.

Celtic’s five-game winless run in all competitions is their worst record in two decades. They have conceded a whopping 17 goals in the Europa League this season, failing to win any of their five games.

Meanwhile, Lille are on fire this season, going unbeaten in 17 of their last 18 games. They’ve scored in 20 straight fixtures in all competitions and are a class above their embattled Scottish opponents.

Lille can top the group if AC Milan fail to win, so they have plenty of incentive to continue their sensational run of form. Celtic have scored in all of their group games so far, so we expect the Scottish champions to get on the board, but Lille should have too much firepower to break through Celtic’s shambolic defence.

Key Points

  • Celtic have conceded an average of 3.4 goals per game in the Europa League this season
  • Lille have only lost once in all competitions this season
  • Lille have scored in 20 straight games this season

Tottenham vs Antwerp

? Date: Friday December 11
 Time: 7.00am AEDT
? Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Top spot in Group J is on the line when Tottenham play host to Antwerp on Thursday night.

We expect Spurs to get the job done at home, but they certainly can’t afford to underestimate Antwerp after the Belgians stunned them in the reverse fixture earlier in the group stage – which is the primary reason why Antwerp are currently leading the group.

Tottenham are flying high in the EPL in first place on the ladder and have had no trouble scoring goals both domestically and in Europe courtesy of the on-fire combination of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but they’ve only kept two clean sheets in five Europa League games so far.

As a result, we think Antwerp are capable of getting on the scoresheet here, but at home, Tottenham should have too much firepower and come away with all three points.

Key Points

  • Tottenham have scored seven goals in their two Europa League home wins this season
  • Tottenham have conceded in three of their five Europa League group games
  • Antwerp beat Tottenham 1-0 earlier in the group stage