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Thursday Night Europa League Acca: Thu 4th October

Following two nights of Champions League action, Thursday night will see another 24 games taking place in the group stages of the Europa League, with four British teams once again involved and looking to improve on an unbeaten start in their opening matches.

We were very close to landing our acca in the Europa League last time out and this tournament has seen me land some very useful bonus accumulator wins over the years. Indeed, I think I have won more betting on the Europa League than I have the Champions League in that time.

So I have a soft spot for the tournament, even if UEFA are already thinking of adding a third European tournament to the calendar in the near future. How that will fit in with the calendar, I am not so sure, but we shall await UEFA’s infinite wisdom on that score.

Given the odds on some of the British teams in these games, I may look for better value options this time around so that our acca would actually return a decent amount of money, especially with Tuesday night’s Champions League bet being a short-priced one too.

Here’s my acca for Thursday’s Europa League games.

Europa League Acca- 04/10/2018

    • 5:55
    • FK Karabakh v Arsenal - Away Win
    • 5:55
    • Salzburg v Celtic - Home Win
    • 8:00
    • E.Frankfurt v Lazio - Away Win
    • 8:00
    • Rangers v Rapid Vienna - Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Thursday 4th October

FK Karabakh v Arsenal – Away Win

I almost didn’t pick this game as I was disappointed with the odds on offer for Arsenal, as I think they do a Qarabag side, who gave Chelsea, AS Roma and Atletico Madrid a run for their money in the Champions League last year, a real disservice. However, given Arsenal’s recent run of good results, I think Unai Emery’s team are starting to click and while defensively they are still not great, I don’t think Qarabag pose enough attacking threat to cause them huge problems. Even if Mkhitaryan misses out due to the political situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, I am backing the Gunners to come away with a win here.

Salsburg v Celtic – Home Win

Both these teams recorded wins in the last round of matches, but I think Salzburg’s away at sister club Red Bull Leipzig was definitely the most impressive result. Celtic laboured to a somewhat fortuitous victory over Rosenborg but Brendan Rodgers team are not looking the force they have been over the last few years and I think it is a huge ask for them to find their best form for this tricky trip to Austria. Salzburg went deep into the Europa League last season and I think they will qualify from a tough group here and they will likely pick up the three points in this game to send them on their way.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Lazio – Away Win

Lazio have been something of a nemesis team for me over the years as I can remember a number of times when they have been one of the teams that let me down for an acca win. However, their recent form is such that I can’t ignore their claims, or price, to get a win in what is a tough trip to a solid Frankfurt side. Lazio don’t really travel well, but their form is so good at the moment that I think the German side, who have just one win in their last five, may have a real handful here. I can see this game having goals in it and I can see both sides scoring but I think that after an exciting game, it will be Lazio that will be celebrating with a narrow and hard fought victory.

Rangers v Rapid Vienna – Home Win

Rangers point at Villarreal in the last round of games was a good one for Steven Gerrard’s men in what is a tough group that also features Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow. Gerrard will know if Rangers are to make an impact in this competition and reach the knockout phase, a win at home here is vital. Given Rangers recent form, I can see that happening as they have looked strong of late and have been scoring plenty of goals. Rapid Vienna though are a class above most of their Scottish Premier League opponents, but with a packed Ibrox behind them, I think the home side will emerge with a gritty, hard-fought win to put themselves on four points after two games and in with a real chance of making the next phase.

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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