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 Round of 32 this week.

Europa League Round of 32 second leg matches take place this week – read on below as we provide tips, predictions and best bets for our favourite games of the week.



Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Tips

🗓 Date: Friday February 26
 Time: 4.55am AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Karaiskaki Stadium

Arsenal hold the slight advantage heading into Leg 2 of their R16 Europa League clash with Benfica on neutral soil in Greece on Thursday.

The Gunners managed to bag an away goal in a 1-1 draw last week and will be confident of progressing after going unbeaten against Portuguese opponents in their last five meetings.

Benfica haven’t been operating at the peak of their powers in the Primeira Liga and have a very poor record on foreign soil in Europe, winning just four of their last 22 matches.

Arsenal have also been in lacklustre form and have conceded in their last five games, while Benfica have scored in all seven of their Europa League games so far.

We’re going to lean with Arsenal edging this clash due to Benfica’s historically poor record outside of Portugal in Europe, but recent signs also suggest both teams will get on the scoresheet.

Key Points

  • Benfica have scored in all seven of their Europa League games this season
  • Arsenal have conceded in their last five games
  • Both teams have scored in five of Benfica’s last seven Europa League games
  • Benfica are winless in 18 of their last 22 European games outside of Portugal

Rangers vs Antwerp Europa League Tips

🗓 Date: Friday February 26
 Time: 4.55am AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Ibrox Stadium

Rangers have compiled an incredible record at home this season and we expect them to be too strong for Antwerp and secure their passage through to the Europa League R16 on Thursday.

Rangers beat Antwerp 4-3 in the first leg, but we don’t expect that many goals at Ibrox. Rangers have only conceded twice on their own turf in the SPL this season and have built their success on the back of some brick-wall defence.

Furthermore, Rangers have won 18 of 19 games at Ibrox this season and are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Antwerp have failed to win any of their last four games and couldn’t score in their last Europa League away match, which was also on UK soil against Tottenham in December.

We will be backing Rangers to come out on top and to keep a clean sheet in the process.

Key Points

  • Rangers have won 18 of their 19 games at home this season
  • Rangers have only conceded once in their last six home games
  • Rangers have lost just one of their 42 matches in all competitions this season
  • Antwerp are winless in their last four matches

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad Europa League Tips

🗓 Date: Friday February 26
 Time: 7.00am AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Old Trafford

Man United hold an enormous lead heading into the second leg of their Europa League encounter with Real Sociedad on Thursday night.

The Red Devils cruised to a 4-0 thrashing of their Spanish rivals in the first leg and only a catastrophic collapse will see them fail to advance to the Round of 16.

Due to their big advantage, United are solid value to win this game as they are expected to make some changes. In saying that, United beat LASK Linz last season at home after taking a 5-0 first leg lead, so their attacking intent is likely to remain.

United also won’t want to sacrifice winning momentum as they continue their EPL campaign following a solid 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on the weekend.

United have a sensational record at home in the Europa League and we expect them to beat Sociedad once more to continue that form.

Key Points

  • United have won 12 of their last 14 Europa League home games dating back to 2012
  • United beat Sociedad 4-0 last week
  • United beat LASK at home in the Europa League last season after winning the first leg 5-1