UEFA Europa League Expert Tips 2019/20

Betfair Soccer Experts TPSS are back to give their Europa League Tips for the 2019/20 tournament. They will preview major games in the latter stage of the tournament and give their expert tips along the way.

Manchester Utd v Astana

Despite Man Utd being the shortest price of all 32 teams competing on the card, they are of interest because they look far too long.

We can expect Ole Gunnar Solksjaer to rotate his squad but, even so, facing Kazakhstani opposition at Old Trafford should be a stroll in the park for any of the players named in his European squad for this campaign.

Astana qualified for the Europa League by beating Belarussian side Bate over two legs but they went down 2-0 on the road. For this match, they’ve got a 6,000-mile round trip and they’ve struggled when previously on such trips against good sides. They’ve only ever faced Big 5 Leagues opposition three times in their history and they’ve lost each game by two or more goals.

This should be a huge confidence-boosting game for United and a chance for the chosen players to impress Solksjaer and win a starting berth in the Premier League. Over the past four seasons, United have played 13 home matches in either the Champions League or Europa League against sides from outside the Big 5 Leagues. They’ve won 11 of those matches. Astana are by far the worst team to travel to the Theatre of Dreams in the sample.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Man Utd -1.75 Asian Handicap at $1.95

Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal

While Man Utd might have the easiest game of the midweek fixtures, things won’t be so comfortable for last season’s Europa League finalists. Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in Azerbaijan consigned them to another season of Thursday night football – their third in a row in this competition.

Over the past two, Arsenal have played 15 away games and, impressively, have come out on top in nine of them. Closer inspection, though, shows a record of W3-D0-L3 travelling to sides in the other Big 5 Leagues.

Eintracht Frankfurt were eliminated by Arsenal’s conquerors last season in a semi-final penalty shootout after they drew both legs against the Blues. Throughout their run of 14 games to that point, they lost just once and that came away at Benfica. At home they were imperious, going W5-D2-L0 including hosting five sides from the Big 5 Leagues.

Arsenal were mightily fortunate to get a draw against Watford at the weekend despite leading 2-0 at half-time. The Gunners allowed the Hornets a mammoth 31 shots on goal as summer signing David Luiz has somehow weakened an already porous defence. Frankfurt have started this season with a 100% home record. We think they’ll pick up another three points here.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Eintracht Frankfurt Win at $3.20

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