Europa League acca: 5 football tips from Thursday's matches
Back our 12/1 accumulator that contains football tips from the opening round of group games in Europe's second competition.
Chelsea to beat PAOK
Chelsea come into this fixture with a 100 per cent record after five matches this season, having hammered Cardiff 4-1 on Saturday.
Although some changes are likely, the visitors are expected to name a strong side, with Maurizio Sarri already confirming that Alvaro Morata will be involved.
PAOK dropped into the Europa League after a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Benfica in the Champions League play-off round in August and, at this price, I’m happy to get against them again.
Stade Rennes to beat Jablonec
Rennes surrendered a one-goal lead away to Nice last Friday, but their impressive home record means that they are worth backing on Thursday.
The French side have won four of their last five matches and lost just one game in nine at Roazhon Park.
Jablonec have lost back-to-back games and are eighth in the Czech First League after a disappointing start.
Arsenal (-2) to beat Vorskla
Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday to earn their third straight win and should easily make it four from four.
An inexperienced Gunners squad won four matches out of six in last season’s Europa League group, so a much-changed XI should still be good enough.
Vorskla have lost four of their last five away games, including a 4-1 pasting at Shakhtar, and have not won any of their last 11 matches on the road.
Celtic to beat Rosenborg
Celtic beat Rosenborg 3-0 at home in the Champions League qualifying rounds in July, and are a good bet to repeat the trick.
That was the Norweigian side’s second defeat against Brendan Rodgers’ team in as many years, after they were beaten in Europe’s premier competition last season, too.
Celtic have won six matches in a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions at Parkhead, so should add another victory against Rini Coolen’s visitors.
Anderlecht to beat Spartak Trnava
Anderlecht have lost just two of their last 14 matches in the Europa League, a run that includes consecutive 90-minute 1-1 draws with Manchester United in the 2017 quarter-finals.
They should start with a victory against Spartak Trnava, who are on a four-game winless run at home in all competition.
The Slovakian side have managed just one victory in their last five matches in Europe, despite making it to this stage after starting in the Champions League first qualifying round.
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