Europa League acca: 5 football tips for Thursday's matches
Back our 17/1 acca, which features football tips from the round of 32 second-leg games in Europe's secondary club competition.
Eintracht Frankfurt to beat Shakhtar Donetsk (17:55)
Frankfurt are on a run of five straight draws in all competitions, but they are still worth backing this Thursday.
The German side have avoided defeat against Dortmund and Leipzig during that run and have lost just two of their last 13 matches at the Commerzbank Arena.
They took 18 points out of 18 from their group games and twice took the lead in their 2-2 draw in the away leg last week.
Shakhtar have won just one of their seven European matches this season and, prior to the reverse fixture, hadn’t played a competitive game in over two months.
RB Salzburg to beat Club Brugge (17:55)
Salzburg’s 2-1 defeat in Belgium last week was their first in any competition this season, and they responded with a 2-1 victory over Wiener Neustadt in the Austrian Cup at the weekend.
Marco Rose’s side have won 12 and drawn two of their 14 matches at the Red Bull Arena this season, including three victories from three in the Europa League group stage.
Club Brugge have won just three of their last 13 matches on the road, with their only away victory in Europe this season coming at strugglers Monaco.
Valencia to win to nil v Celtic (17:55)
Celtic suffered only their second home defeat in 24 games last week as they lost the first leg 2-0.
It’s unlikely to get any easier for Brendan Rodgers’ side in Spain, given their only away victory in nine matches in Europe came at Rosenborg in November.
Valencia have conceded just one goal in their last five matches at the Mestalla and are currently on a 12-match unbeaten run at home in all competitions – a sequence that includes eight victories.
Leverkusen to beat Krasnodar (20:00)
Leverkusen drew 0-0 in the away leg of this tie last week despite controlling much of the game, but should have no issues in winning at home.
Peter Bosz’s side have won four of their last five matches at the BayArena, including a 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich earlier this month, and took seven points from their three home games in Group A.
Krasnodar hadn’t played for over two months prior to the goalless draw last week, but have failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions and have lost back-to-back away games in the Europa League.
Benfica to beat Galatasaray (20:00)
Benfica come into this match on the back of 14 victories from their last 16 matches in all competitions.
The Portuguese side have beaten Sporting, Braga and Porto at home this season and won 10-0 against Nacional in their last match at the Estadio da Luz.
They won the away leg 2-1 last week and should record another victory against a Galatasaray side that have lost four on the spin in Europe.
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