Live on ESPN: Thu 18.00: Man City’s trip to Juventus is tough to call but Betdaq’s 8/1 shots Gent are a lively outsider at Lille.
With many of the groups already decided, there’s little riding on a high number of Thursday evening’s Europa League encounters, including Manchester City’s trip to Juventus.
When the draw was made, the latter looked like a mouthwatering match-up but with City through and the Italian outfit having been eliminated on the back of five draws, there’s little to set the pulse racing at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.
It’s also a minefield from a punters’ perspective with Juve a marginally more attractive proposition at 6/4 with Totesport given their home advantage and the fact that Roberto Mancini, whose team are Stan James’ 2/1 outsiders, may field a somewhat weakened line-up. The hosts’ form in the competition however, hardly inspires too much optimism.
In Group C, Gent currently occupy the second qualification place but they’re 2/5 (Coral) to relinquish their position to Lille as the pair square-up in France. The Belgian side, Betdaq’s 8/1 outsiders, may have been underestimated a touch here though and needing just a point to progress, they can upset the odds and avoid defeat to get through, an outcome available at 11/5 in William Hill’s ‘Double Chance betting’.
In Greece, Aris Salonika can book their place in the knockout phase with a straightforward victory against Rosenborg. At the 2/5 mark with Betfred, they’re nevertheless a touch skinny, so it’s worth considering 888Sport’s handicap market, where the hosts are 11/10 to come out on top by at least two clear goals against Group B’s bottom team.
That will deny defending champions Atletico Madrid a place in the next phase, although they can keep up their side of the bargain by beating Bayer Leverkusen, a result rated by bet365 at 7/5.
Finally, PSV Eindhoven (4/6, Betfred) should see off Metalist in a dead rubber in Group I while Coral’s 9/2 chalked against Young Boys looks a touch high as they head to Getafe, the Swiss outfit also appealing at 16/5 in ‘Draw No Bet’ market.