LASK Linz v Rosenborg
Group D is a straight three horse race between LASK Linz, Sporting Lisbon and PSV Eindhoven but it’s the former that has the group whipping boys Rosenborg this midweek. Many people will historically be more familiar with the Norwegian side but the Austrian newbies have made their mark in Europe’s second competition and have a genuinely great chance to qualify for the next round, but you’d think they’d need a win here to give themselves the best chance ahead of welcoming Sporting on the final gameweek.
LASK have not been shy on their debut Europa League campaign, they’ve generally dominated games and probably shocked a few that expected them to have no chance. Incredibly the Austrian Bundesliga runners-up have recorded the second most shots in the competition, averaging just under 20 attempts per game. What’s more, Die Schwarz-Weisen have generated an excellent 8.8 xG for over their 4 games, an average of 2.2 per game which is better than anyone in the group by a fair margin.
They also come up against a Rosenborg side who have lost every one of their games in the Europa League campaign, making it impossible for them to qualify. The Troillongan therefore have nothing riding on this but pride, sure they wont want to finish the group with zero points but Linz have proven themselves a much stronger force and I can’t argue with the 1.780 available on the visitors as there’s everything to play for in their eyes.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: LASK Linz – 0.50 at 1.780
Sporting Lisbon vs PSV
Sticking in group D but looking at the other fixture which involves two much more well-known sides going head to head as PSV head to Lisbon
Both will be keen to get a result here with LASK breathing down their necks. I’m far from convinced by either sides backline but when there’s the likes of Donyell Malen and Bruno Fernandes on the pitch it shows the quality of forwards on show.
Over 2.5 goals has been chalked up at 1.810 quotes and I’m very happy to take that. It’s landed in 5 of the last 6 PSV Europe league games and now Malen is back from injury they have a much greater threat up front.
The reverse fixture in Holland was a humdinger that ended 3-2 to Mark Van Bommel’s men and a similar scoreline is not out of the question here. Both teams strengths are going forward not at the back and we should see a few goals in the Portuguese capital on Thursday evening.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.810
Lazio v CFR Cluj
It’s got to the ‘must win’ stage for Italian giants Lazio. The Biancocelesti have underwhelmed in this competition with home and away defeats to Celtic and a surprise defeat in Romania. They will be out for revenge on Thursday as the welcome Cluj to the Stadio Olimpico.
The hosts sit on 3 points whereas Cluj are on 9, therefore Lazio would have to win their last games in Rennes as well as this to have any chance of going through. Given the fact Cluj won the reverse leg they will have to better that 2-1 scoreline so even a one goal victory for the home side would not be good enough.
I’m happy to back them at home though and with the greater need for the win. We can get 1.810 on Lazio with a -1 start on the asian handicap and I like the look of it. One player the capital club have in form is Ciro Immobile. The Italian international has bagged in 7 consecutive games and I expect that run to continue here, his movement and finishing is second to none and the Biancocelesti always have a chance when he’s involved.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Lazio -1.00 at 1.810
Preview By: TomLove_18