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Europa League Accumulator – Thursday 25th February

I think I am correct in saying that the last accumulator bet I landed came in the Europa League before Christmas, so I think I am overdue another one and so I am rather glad that we are now back into the teeth of the competition with the Round of 32 second legs taking place this week.

The draw for the Round of 16 will take place on Monday and while a number of teams seem to have already booked their place in the draw (Manchester United and Tottenham amongst them), there is still plenty up for grabs in many of the other games in the competition this week.

It was also worth noting just how many goals were scored in the games last week. 59 goals across he 16 games averages out at more than three per game and there was just one game that saw fewer than two goals scored (Slavia Prague v Leicester which finished 0-0).

The likes of Arsenal, Rangers and Leicester still have it all to do in their games as they are either level or hold just a narrow lead over their opponents, although all will feel that if they play well, they should be able to clinch a place in the Round of 16, which gets underway in a couple of weeks’ time.

I’ve picked from the 15 games taking place on the traditional Thursday night. Spurs game with Wolfsberger (which Spurs lead 4-1 and which I wouldn’t have selected anyway) kicks off on Wednesday night at 5.00pm with the other games in their usual times on a Thursday.

Let’s take a closer look now at the games we have selected for our accumulator this week in the Europa League.

Premier League Acca – 25th February

    • 5:55
    • Arsenal v Benfica - Draw
    • 5:55
    • Rangers v Antwerp - Draw
    • 8:00
    • Leicester v Slavia Prague - Home Win
    • 8:00
    • Man Utd v Real Sociedad - Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Thursday 25th February

Arsenal (1)v(1) Benfica – Draw

I watched this game in full last week and it was hard to make out any real difference between the two teams in terms of quality and I felt that a 1-1 draw was the right result on the night. With this ‘home’ game for Arsenal taking place in Piraeus in Greece, I think that hands Benfica a slight advantage than had the game been played in London. I think as a result of this, we are in for very much a ‘version 2’ of the game last week with another tight game and I do feel that this is a game which may require extra time or away goals to decide the winner. I have a sneaky feeling that this will end in another 1-1 draw and then extra time and even penalties deciding the winner.

Rangers (4)v(3) Antwerp – Draw

A game with three penalties and two goals late on which snatched a win for Rangers on the road in Belgium. Steven Gerrard’s men did the double over Standard Liege in the group phase and they will be delighted to take a narrow lead to Ibrox for the second leg. Antwerp though have shown in games against Spurs in particular, that they are no pushovers and they will feel they deserved at least a draw in Belgium. A draw will be enough for Rangers to get through so I don’t expect Rangers to push that hard in the second half and as such, given how close the first game was between the two, I think a draw is a likely outcome.

Leicester City (0)v(0) Slavia Prague – Home Win

I think Leicester may well find this game is a lot more tougher than the bookmakers odds suggest. Slavia have beaten some good sides in Europe over the last three years, Bordeaux, Nice, Zenit St Petersburg and Sevilla to name but four. The Foxes don’t have the insurance of an away goal either which means that is Slavia can score and pick up a draw, they’d progress on away goals. I do think the Czech side may grab a goal here, but I am confident Leicester have enough attacking quality to still register the win they need to progress.

Manchester United (4)v(0) Real Sociedad – Home Win

Manchester United produced a masterclass of counter-attacking football in Spain to decimate Real Sociedad and effectively end this tie. There is a temptation here to think that with such a big lead, United will play a very under-strength team and just progress even if they lose the game. I don’t think Solskjaer will want that though. He will know momentum is key and as such, I think he names another strong side here and that they will do enough to clinch a win, albeit by a more narrow margin on home soil.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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