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April 18th: Thursday’s Europa League Double – 4/1 Special, Betting Tips & Predictions

With the likes of Liverpool and West Ham seeking their own respective Europa League miracles on Thursday night, the four semi-finalists will be decided in midweek.

With Roma welcoming fellow Italian icons AC Milan to the Stadio Olimpico for their second-leg showdown, we have a stacked Thursday of European action.

For those of you looking to stick on a midweek Europa League flutter, we have found a pair of the most intriguing betting markets that are available.

20:00 Atalanta vs Liverpool

While Liverpool might have opened up their Europa League quarter-final showdown at Anfield last week tipped as a landslide favourite, Jurgen Klopp’s men suffered an infamous collapse in the red half of Merseyside. Eventually falling to a remarkable 3-0 drumming in front of their own supporters, the Premier League giants are now seeking a major miracle on Thursday night.

Although the Reds might have opened up the New Year with their sights set on completing a famous treble-winning campaign, they have endured a real struggle over the past fortnight.

Watching their Premier League title dreams take a huge dent over the weekend as they suffered a shock 1-0 loss at home against Crystal Palace, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his squad suffer back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

Likewise, crashing out of the FA Cup last month following an action-packed 4-3 loss at the hands of historic rivals Manchester United, Liverpool have also shown some rather worrying defensive issues.

In fact, Klopp’s side have failed to muster a single clean sheet from any of their previous nine appearances across all competitions.

Although Atalanta might have shown some real domestic inconsistencies since opening the New Year, La Dea have continued to save their best performances for the European stage.

Making what was a famous statement at Anfield last week as they cruised their way to a 3-0 romp, Thursday’s hosts are now sat firmly in the driving seat to punch a Europa League semi-final ticket here.

On the verge of collecting what would be an iconic scalp in Bergamo, Atalanta will also be excited by their extended purple patch at the Gewiss Stadium.

Losing just one of their previous 12 consecutive showdowns in front of their own supporters – a run that stems all the way back to November 25th – Gian Piero Gasperini’s side should be relishing a return to Bergamo here.

Betting Tip: Atalanta double chance @ 6/5 with Pribet

20:00 West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen

Officially getting their hands on a maiden Bundesliga crown last weekend as they stormed their way to a 5-0 romp against Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen find themselves at the heart of a major fairytale. Cementing their spot as Europe’s ultimate surprise package this season, the German record-breakers are riding what has been a famous wave of momentum.

Remarkably not suffering a single defeat across any competition this season and receiving a string of public praise from across the continent, the newly-crowned German champions are also sat in the driving seat to book their semi-final spot here.

Putting in a dominant performance at the BayArena last week as they secured a routine 2-0 victory against West Ham, Xabi Alonso’s men will be looking to finish off the job and make another statement here.

Continuing to gain a fearsome reputation for their clinical performances in the final third, Thursday’s guests have won each of their last eight appearances across all competitions by an aggregate score 24-5.

Now pencilled in as a leading Europa League contender this season, Alonso’s history-making squad should be relishing a trip to east London in midweek.

Failing to offer any kind of attacking threat at the BayArena last week as eventually leaving Germany with a deserved 2-0 defeat, West Ham have endured a real struggle since opening the New Year.

With it now expected that David Moyes will be removed from his spot this summer, the one-time Manchester United boss has an almighty task on his hands.

Putting in another nightmare performance last weekend as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Fulham, the Hammers have now recorded just four wins across any competition since opening the New Year.

Likewise, it should also be highlighted that Moyes’ struggling squad have won just a pair of their previous 10 consecutive showdowns in front of their own supporters.

Betting Tip: Bayer Leverkusen win & Over 1.5 goals @ 13/10 with Luckster

Thursday’s Europa League Double

  • Atalanta vs Liverpool – Atalanta double chance @ 6/5
  • West Ham vs Bayer Leverkusen – Bayer Leverkusen win & Over 1.5 goals @ 13/10

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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