Europa League Predictions for Group H and Group I
In this article you will see a short analysis of two of the twelve Europa League groups along with a prediction for the team which we think will finish at first place in the group. We have selected groups that do not have top favorite and the odds for the bet are worth it. Keep in mind that this tournament is not like the Champions League and many of the teams, even if we do not see it, don’t try at their best and don’t do anything possible to go through. This means that when it comes to the Europa League, these factors need to be taken into account and you should have more information before you bet. We mostly recommend single bets for the groups and if you want higher odds, it can be combined with a maximum of one more bet. You can also see our other article in which we have analyzed and predicted two more of the Europa League groups
PREVIEW AND PREDICTIONS FOR FEW OF THE EUROPA LEAGUE GROUPS
1. Olympique Marseille
3. Eintracht Frankfurt
4. Apollon Limassol
Olympique Marseille to finish first – 2.65
Apollon Limassol is a team from Cyprus that is unlikely to get closer to the top two. They have no quality for it. Eintracht Frankfurt is no longer with Kovac, but they are still expected to make a strong performance in the groups. Still, the battle will basically be between Marseille and Lazio most likely. Marseille have reached a final in the last campaign, but Lazio have been very strong. Lazio hold their stars and if they fail to enter the champions league again, as last year, they can try to make it happen through Europa League. Based on last year’s performance, we can expect something similar by Le Aquile this time. It can not be said that they underestimate this tournament and do not play seriously in it, but they played with a lot of reserves last year and their rivals in the groups were weak. Besides, in the next stages, Lazio simply gave up and wrote off Europa League. Marseille have reached the final, which they lost. This means they can not play in the Champions League, because they were the 4th in France. They got Strootman, Caleta-Car, Raonic and Amavi, and the only serious player they sold was Anguisa. He went to Fulham. We expect Lazio and Marseille to take the first two places. From now on how they will be distributed and who will be first depends entirely on their priorities. The logic indicates that this would be Marseille. That is why this is our prediction and the odds are good – 2.65.
4. Sarpsborg 08
Genk to finish first – 3.65
Here the obvious underdog is Sarpsborg 08, despite the good form of the Norwegians, at this stage it is hard to do anything serious if you do not have enough quality in your team despite the motivation. However, they should not be underestimated and may confuse the plans of others, but the qualifying for them for the next stage is highly unlikey. Malmö play very good and currently have some chances to return to the title battle after many victories and several bad results for the rivals, but the AIK must be stopped in Allsvenskan. So for them the same goes as for Rosenborg. The group stage of the Europa League is in the same time as the end of the Swedish championship and Malmö’s local championship should be their priority. Here we predict that the battle for the first two places will be between Besiktas and Genk. Genk are in great shape and have the potential to successfully pass this group and finish first. The last time they participated in season 2016/2017 they reached round of 16, where they got kicked out of the future semi-finalist, Celta, and it was quite difficult for the Spaniards in those days. At the moment, Genk only recorded wins in the tournament and will certainly try to perform at top level in the group stage, too. Besiktas are weaker than last season. Their task is to get at least in the top 2 this season in the Turkish League. Tališca, Tosun, Tosic and Fabri are no longer in the team, but players like Negredo, Quaresma and Pepe are at serious age and can not be at the top level twice a week. Let’s not forget that Besiktas goalkeeper is Loris Karius, who is a strong goalkeeper, but he’s very doubtful and this has been seen many times last season, so he can always make a mistake and give a goal to his rivals which sometimes decides matches and rankings and this has already happened in the Champions League final.