February 13, 2019

Europa League Asian Handicap Previews – 14th February Thursday

Lazio v Sevilla

Lazio are to host Sevilla on Thursday at Stadio Olimpico in Rome to continue both of their Europa League campaigns. The Eagles are in danger of a three-game losing streak after losing their last two matches in the Europa League. Last December, they lost 1-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon Limassol 2-0 last November. Prior to that though, Lazio beat Marseille twice 2-1 and 1-3.

In their Serie A performance, Lazio had beaten FC Empoli 1-0 and Frosinone 0-1 earlier this month. However, they have a problem in holding off the big Italian clubs such as Juventus and SSC Napoli as they lost 1-2 and 2-1 to them respectively.

In their Coppa Italia campaign, they beat Novara 4-1 and went excellent when they stunned Inter Milan 4-5 from the previous month.

Sevilla, on the other hand, are have just suffered from a defeat to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. It was after Los Hispalenses beat Barcelona 2-0. They also suffered a fall to Athletic Bilbao 0-1 in the same league after winning other the Basque club 1-3 in the last 16 first leg.

In their Europa League campaign, Sevilla beat Krasnodar 3-0 but lost to Standard Liege 1-0 prior to that. They also defeated Akhisarspor twice 2-3 and 6-0. Last October, they were beaten by Krasnodar 2-1 but hammered Standard Liege 5-1 prior to that.

Sevilla also have a terrible loss and draw to mind of in their last two La Liga games. Earlier this month, they fell 1-0 to Celta Vigo and shared a 2-2 draw with SD Eibar.

Lazio will have home court advantage on this match on Thursday and Sevilla will be struggling to keep up despite a relatively declining form. Both teams might score a 2-2 draw with the odds of 15/1.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht

Shakhtar will be getting ready to play hosts to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday at Oblastny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkiv.

The Miners are doing really good at home, being beaten only once in the Ukrainian Premier Liga. That defeat was a 1-0 to Dynamo Kyiv last August. Last December, they beat FK Mariupol scoring 0-3, as well as sharing a draw with Olimpik Donetsk 2-2 and FK Lviv 0-0 prior to that. They also won against Vorskla 0-2, Dynamo Kyiv 2-1, and Arsenal Kyiv 0-3, as well as Desna 1-0.

Shakhtar are also excellent when they held Olympique Lyon to a 1-1 draw last December in the Champions League. They also defeated TSG Hoffenheim 2-3 last November in the same league. Prior to that though, they fell to Manchester City twice 6-0 and 0-3.

Meanwhile, Eintracht are unbeaten in their last four games in the Bundesliga. Earlier this month, they had a draw with RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund 0-0 and 1-1 respectively. They also held Werder Bremen into  a 2-2 draw later in the previous month as well a 3-1 victory against SC Freiburg. Prior to that though, they fell to Bayern Munich 0-3.

Die Adler are also unbeaten in their matches in the Europa League so far in the season. Last December, they scored a 1-2 win over Lazio as well as a 4-0 victory against Marseille last November. They also beat Apollon Limassol twice 2-3 and 2-0. Back in October, they also thrashed Lazio 4-1 in the Group H and defeated Marseille 1-2 last September.

Shakhtar have been relatively good in their Champions League campaign so far defeating the likes of Hoffenheim and helding Lyon into a draw. With such energy to stun these champions, Shakhtar might equal Eintracht in strength on Thursday and hold Die Adler into a 2-2 draw with the odds of 13/1.

Sporting Lisbon v Villarreal

Sporting are now second in the Group E of the Europa League next to Arsenal and above Vorskla.

The Lions hammered Vorskla 3-0 last December and Qarabag Agdam 1-6 last November. They also held Arsenal into a goalless draw but they lost 0-1 to the Gunners prior to that. Earlier in the Europa League season, they also defeated Vorskla 1-2 and Qarabag Agdam 2-0.

The Lions are fourth in the Primeira Liga standing. Their latest game in the Liga NOs went to a 1-3 win over Feirense but they fell 2-4 to Benfica before that. They also shared draws with Vitoria Setubal 1-1 and FC Porto 0-0. In the previous month, they also scored a 2-1 victory against Moreirense.

In their Taca de Portugal Placard campaign, Sporting only have one loss to be mind of which is a 2-1 fall to Benfica earlier this month. Prior to that, they have victories over Feirense 0-2, Rio Ave 5-2, Lusitano 1-4 and Loures 1-2.

Sporting will be hosting Villarreal on Thursday at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon for the continuation of both of the teams’ Europa League action.

The Yellow Submarine have managed to avoid losses in the Europa League. Their most recent game in the Group G of the league concluded in a 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow, and they also held both the Rangers and Rapid Vienna to goalless draws. They defeat Vienna 5-0 though prior to that draw. Earlier in the season, they held Spartak to a 3-3 draw and Rangers to a 2-2 equalizer.

Villarreal are quite fond of draws as they have two draws in their Copa del Rey campaign to Espanyol 2-2 and UD Almeria. Nonetheless, they thrashed UD Almeria 8-0 last December in the intermediate stage second leg.

With the Yellow Submarine in the relegation zone of the Spanish top-tier, while Sporting possessing one of the top places in Liga NOS, the host are expected to win at 2.25 (5/4).

By @FitsEly

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