2016-17 UEFA Europa League: Quarter Finals Betting Tips
Europa League is often criticized as being the secondary competition to European Champions League. But with the winner getting a direct ticket to Champions League, the charm of the league has increased. The eight remaining teams in the fray will have their eyes firmly on making this chance count.
Anderlecht vs Manchester United
The falling giants of English Premier League, Manchester United are in a peculiar position of prioritizing Europa qualification ahead of their Premier League. With the chances of finishing in the top four fading, Jose Mourinho would want his side to go all the way in Europa.
But under-estimating Anderlecht would be the first step to disaster for the Red Devils. Never one to be taken lightly or written off easily, Anderlecht have the tools to surprise United. And with the return leg at Old Trafford which is no longer the fortress it was, there is a silent optimism that Anderlecht could topple United’s hopes.
Ajax vs Schalke 04
Another yesteryear giant, Ajax are slowly bracing up to the challenge of going all the way in Europa. The Dutch side has some notable players missing out due to injuries which may mar their campaign. Also the fact that they have one eye on the Eredivisie title – where they are just one point off the top – may prove tough for them.
Schalke’s story this year has been about their solid defence. But with the business end of the tournament approaching, they may struggle to score enough goals to be a threat to Ajax. However, their Europa form this year has belied their domestic form and should continue to do so.
Lyon vs Besiktas
Lyon is probably the biggest contender for this year crown together with United. The attacking trio of Mathieu Valbuena, Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette make them a very dangerous side.
Besiktas have dropped to Europa from the Champions League but have not lost a single European game since. They are currently top of the Turkish Super Lig. With the second leg of this tie scheduled away, Besiktas will hope to upset Lyon.
Celta Vigo vs Genk
Celta have been faltering domestically but are impressing in Europe. Iago Aspas is in sensational form for them and should have one eye on qualifying for the next round.
Genk are undoubtedly the competition outsiders and it would be a huge surprise if they upset Celta Vigo.
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NOTE: TIPS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE SIMPLY THE AUTHOR’S OPINION. ALWAYS GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY