MARSEILLE V LAZIO
Last season’s UEFA Europa League runners-up Marseille will definitely be looking forward to get this year’s campaign back in their advantage following a poor start to the Group H fixtures as they meet with competition regulars, Lazio, who also suffered a dramatic defeat in their last outing, at the Stade Velodrome on Thursday, October 25.
Despite taking the lead in both of their staring matches, Marseille only has one point ahead on the board which includes a 1-2 home loss against Eintracht Frankfurt then followed by a 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol. Lazio was able to overpower Apollon in a 2-1 home victory on matchday one, however, two players had been sent off in a 4-1 setback in Frankfurt during the last time out.
Lazio has fond memories in two of their previous UEFA Champions League second group stage fixtures alongside Marseille in the 1999-2000 season, with a 2-0 victory in the French side preceding the 5-1 win for the Italian outfit. Lazio’s current head coach netted four goals in the latter match, becoming the second player to attain that performance in the Champions League after Marco van Basten in season 1992-93. On the other hand, Marseille was able to overcome Lazio in the semi-final of the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2005, and has a record of 5 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses against the Italians. However, two out of the last three matches resulted in defeat.
Marseille hosted ten UEFA Europa League fixtures this season, coming out victorious in nine of them. Meanwhile, Lazio was ousted in the fourth place and came down into fifth in last season’s Serie A when they were defeated by Inter Milan on its final day. They also lost four of their five away matches in this competition.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.870
SPORTING V ARSENAL
Sporting CP and Arsenal both acquired maximum points and came out victorious in their first two Group E fixtures this season, and both have the 32nd round in their sights as they battle in Lisbon. Arsenal gathered a total of 7 goals, the combined highest score in the competition, with Group A’s Bayer Leverkusen when they defeated Vorskla Poltava and Qarabag in a 4-2 home win and 3-0 away win respectively. Sporting, on the other hand, followed their opening 2-0 home victory against champions Azerbaijan by claiming the win from a possible loss with two late goals at Vorskla.
Despite these clubs being consistent victors in European football, they have never clashed in a UEFA competition. However, they did have a head-to-head during the 2nd round of the 1969-70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, with Arsenal being the winning team. Sporting’s 21 UEFA matches alongside English clubs has a record of both nine wins and losses, with seven matches coming from home games. Meanwhile, Arsenal has never won in any of their five UEFA visits to Portugal.
Sporting placed third during the 2017-18 Portuguese Liga, suffering a 2-1 shock against Aves in the Protugues Cup final, however, they were still able to claim a place in the UEFA Europa League group stage fixtures. They won all their three previous European home matches without conceding. They have a record of 18 wins, 8 draws, and 2 losses. On the other hand, Arsenal placed sixth in the 2017-18 Premier League fixtures, their lowest final enlisting under Arsene Wenger as their manager for 22 years. However, they were still able to qualify for a second consecutive qualification in the UEFA Europa League.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals at 1.877
AC MILAN V REAL BETIS
AC Milan and Real Betis only encountered each other once before during the first round of the Cup Winners’ Cup way back in 1977-78. Milan claimed the victory in a 2-1 home match, but was eliminated when they lost to Spain. At present, AC Milan needs to bounce back immediately following their derby disappointment last weekend. Sure they made a great start in Europe but their weekend defeat to Inter left them at a bad place in the Serie A.
Although they have to keep up and work their way up to secure a victory, it can’t be denied that they also made improvements. Their summer signings are starting to show what their worth, and they’re starting to show everyone what they are capable of. They’ve been remarkable so far this season and they can move at the top of the Group F if they manage to win against Real Betis on Thursday.
In the meantime, Real Betis had quite a few setbacks this season. They were dominated by Atletico Madrid while the weekend brought a loss against Real Vallodolid. This season was full of inconsistencies for Betis and their lack of goals in their away matches should be a cause of concern. Their upcoming visit to Milan will be a daunting challenge for sure.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 2.040
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