With the Europa League making its much-anticipated return to action in midweek, we are offered a stacked Wednesday of fixtures from across the continent. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a European acca this week, we have searched far and wide to find you a few helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Wednesday 5th August
BST 18:00 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg
Starting with Wednesday’s hosts, marching towards yet another Premier League title in empathic fashion and eventually holding a 23-point buffer at the top of the table, the mood in Shakhtar Donetsk’s camp should be at a high. Previously picking up a shock 2-1 win away in Germany when they faced off against Wolfsburg in the first-leg prior to football’s enforced break, Luís Castro’s men landed back-to-back friendly victories last week and have really caught the eye since the interruption. Holding the advantage in midweek and enjoying a nine-match domestic unbeaten run since returning to action, Shakhtar have also gained plenty of plaudits from across Europe for their clinical displays in the final third, particularly on home soil. Along with now bagging at least a pair of strikes in eight of their nine Premier League matchups since the restart, Wednesday’s hosts have scored a pair of strikes in back-to-back European home fixtures against both Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt. On the flip side, while Wolfsburg might have managed to win just one of their last four Bundesliga contests over the summer, the German outfit have gained a long list of admirers for their displays away from the Volkswagen Arena. Including a pair of 4-1 wins against Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen since the restart, Die Wolf have lost just one of their previous 10 matchups on the road, a run that stems all the way back to January 18th. In a battle that should produce a string of chances at both ends of the pitch, we’re backing another extremely lively encounter in midweek.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals @ 8/11
20:00 Inter Milan vs Getafe
While Inter Milan might have just missed out on lifting the Serie A title by a single point this summer, Antonio Conte’s men did enjoy an eye-catching end to this year’s campaign. Keeping the morale in their camp at a real high with what was a glittering 2-0 win away at a high-flying Atalanta last week, the former Chelsea boss finds his side in the midst of a three-match winning run, a run that also saw them land another 2-0 victory against Napoli last month. Now in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run and securing a Champions League return with time to spare, the Italian giants have also really impressed with their recent displays at the back. Shocking many and leaving Atalanta unscathed on their season finale last week, Inter have now recorded four clean sheets on the bounce and have now gone almost 400 minutes without picking the ball out of their own net. Now in the midst of by far their brightest defensive run of this year’s extended campaign, it is also worth keeping an eye out for the red-hot Romelu Lukaku in their midweek trip to the Veltins Arena. Finding the net against Ludogorets in both legs prior to the interruption, the Belgium ace should be relishing a showdown against a struggling Getafe on Wednesday night. Last seen hit with a sluggish 1-0 defeat away at Levante and drastically freefalling down the standings, the Spanish outfit failed to secure a European finish and are in the midst of a six-match winless run, losing four of those appearances.
Tip: Inter Milan win and under four goals @ 5/4
20:00 Manchester United vs LASK
Starting with Wednesday’s hosts, ending this year’s Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win away at the King Power, Manchester United managed to secure a top-four finish and have continued to impress during the second-half of the campaign. All but securing their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s Europa League after picking up a dominant 5-0 romp when they faced off against LASK in the first-leg prior to football’s enforced break, the Red Devils also have one new attacking talisman enjoying a stunning immediate impact at Old Trafford. Once again converting from the spot away at Leicester last time out, Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League than any other player and has really impressed with his European performances this season. With no play in this year’s tournament bagging more strikes than the former Sporting Lisbon playmaker, it should also be noted that Fernandes found the net against Wednesday’s guests when they met in Austria back in March. Given LASK’s woeful end to their own domestic campaign and facing an unenviable trip to Manchester in midweek, Fernandes and co should be looking to put on another show at Old Trafford. Failing to pick up a much-needed morale boost last week and hit with a shock 2-0 defeat against Slovakian outfit Senica in a friendly contest, Valérien Ismaël’s side came crashing out of the Bundesliga’s top-three after a woeful end to this year’s campaign. Including what was a 3-0 drumming at home against Red Bull Salzburg in their season finale, Wednesday’s guests lost each of their final three domestic matchups on the bounce and have bagged just a single strike in almost 400 minutes of action.
Tip: Bruno Fernandes to score anytime @ 11/10
Our Wednesday Europa League Accumulator:
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg – Over 2.5 goals @ 8/11
Inter Milan vs Getafe – Inter Milan win and under four goals @ 5/4
Manchester United vs LASK – Bruno Fernandes to score anytime @ 11/10
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