2016-17 UEFA Europa League: Semi Finals Betting Tips

May 2, 2017 by Posted in Soccer Tips

Europa League Semi Finals
Champions League often grabs more eyeballs and attention than Europa League across the globe. However, the incentive for the Europa League winners who qualify for next year Champions League adds intrigue to the action. As the stage is set for the semi-finals of the Europa League, we look forward to the action in store.

Ajax vs Lyon
This may not be the marquee match of this round but it definitely features two teams with heavy stakes. Ajax lost to PSV in the weekend and hence their hopes of lifting the Dutch Eredivisie are in jeopardy. Lyon themselves are light years behind in the Ligue 1 title race. This means that winning Europa League is their big ticket to Champions League action next year.

The positive coming out of the weekend loss for Ajax is that now they can concentrate solely on Europa League. They have a very formidable home record and should be looking to take advantage of that. Key for their progress would be the form of Kasper Dolberg who is in stupendous scoring form this season.
Lyon are one of the top contenders for the Europa crown but the loss of star striker Alexandre Lacazette is a big blow for them. Their form coming into this crucial fixture is not great either, which casts a cloud of doubt over their chances. Lyon may find it difficult to put it past Ajax in this round.

TIP: Ajax to progress – $2.25 at William Hill

Celta Vigo vs Manchester United
Purely because of Manchester United’s presence, this has become one of the most talked-about matches. The falling giants of England – United – have scant hopes of securing top-four place in this year Premier League. This means that Europa League presents their only possible ticket to Champions League action next season.

The weekend draw against Swansea has extended United’s unbeaten streak to 11 games across competitions. However, most of them have been dull draws casting aspersions on their ability to grind victories. Coupled with the grave injury crisis that they find themselves in, United have tricky times ahead.
Talking of that, Celta Vigo will not be an easy opponent especially since they have all to gain and nothing to lose. Their priorities lie only on Europa League and have an extra incentive of toppling the might of Manchester United.

Can Jose Mourinho find a way past his injuries? It is going to be two matches too many even for him. Back Celta Vigo to spring a surprise.

TIP: Celta Vigo to progress – $3.50 at Ladbrokes

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