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Thursday’s Europa League Acca – Thu 14th March

There were some strange results in the Europa League last week. Villarreal recorded a superb 3-1 away win over Zenit, who usually have a superb record at home in European competition, while Arsenal also went down to a 3-1 defeat to French side Rennes, with the Gunners also reduced to 10 men after Papasthatopoulos was sent off, the second tie in a row they have had a man red carded. Benfica also surprisingly lost to Dynamo Zagreb while the Frankfurt v Inter game finished in a somewhat surprising 0-0 draw.

So this week’s acca will once again focus on the games involving two of the matches I tipped last week, plus two other games which I think offer good value and make this midweek Europa League accumulator one of the best value in terms of odds, I have made this season.

I’ve not backed Chelsea as after a 3-0 first leg win over Dynamo Kiev, I think the Londoners will make it through into the quarterfinals relatively comfortably but even so I am not sure how they will approach the game in Kiev knowing that even a 2-0 defeat would still be enough for them to go through.

Here’s my fourfold acca for the games in the Europa League on Thursday.

Thursday’s Football Accumulator – 14/03/2019

    • 5:55
    • Red Bull Salzburg v Napoli - Draw
    • 8:00
    • Arsenal v Rennes - Home Win
    • 8:00
    • Inter v E.Frankfurt - Draw
    • 8:00
    • Villarreal v Zenit St.P - Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Thursday 14th March

Red Bull Salzburg (0) v (3) Napoli – Draw

I have to admit to being very surprised at the ease with which Napoli won the first leg of this game. Red Bull Salzburg won all six of their group games, but in truth Napoli are a class above the teams they have faced in the league this season. That said, they showed enough quality to put in a better display in Naples and they now go into the second leg needing a miracle in order to progress. In truth, I can’t see it as Napoli were good enough to draw in Paris against PSG in the Group Stage of the Champions League and I think the Italians quality on the counter attack means that they should be good enough to secure at least one goal and I think that may well be enough to earn them a draw on the night and a safe passage into the next round.

Arsenal (1) v (3) Rennes – Home Win

Arsenal have it all to do after a torrid first leg of this tie in France. The Gunners will be without the suspended Papasthatopoulos after the Greek defender was sent off in the first leg and his absence will hit Arsenal’s injury-laden back line hard. Rennes too are a real threat as they proved when beating Betis in Spain in the last round after a 3-3 draw in the first leg and they will fancy their chances of scoring a goal against the Gunners here at the very least. Arsenal can do this, but I don’t thik it will be by a 2-0 scoreline as I can see Rennes getting a goal, which may mean that while Arsenal will win on the night, who eventually progresses may have to be decided in extra time or even by a penalty shootout.

Inter Milan (0) v (0) Eintracht Frankfurt – Draw

I was surprised that this game turned out the way it did in Germany in the first leg. Frankfurt have been sweeping aside some very talented teams at home and Inter’s away form wasn’t that great but the Italians played well to blunt the freescoring Frankfurt attack and earn a solid draw. However, it would be foolish to think that the hard task is done for the Italians as this Frankfurt team is more than capable of scoring away from home and I can in fact see them doing precisely that at the San Siro. So although I am going to go for the draw here, I think it may well be the visitors celebrating at the end of the game.

Villarreal (3) v (1) Zenit St Petersburg – Home Win

Having seen Villarreal play Rangers in the early stages of this competition, I have to admit to being very surprised with how they dismantled a talented Zenit St Petersburg side in the first leg in Russia. The Spanish side produced some fabulous counter attacking play and clinical finishing to earn a 3-1 win and give themselves a huge opportunity to progress. Zenit were, frankly, awful in that game and in truth, the team doesn’t travel well in Europe, especially to the Mediterranean countries and as such, I can see Villarreal completing the win with another victory here to make it into the quarterfinals.

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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