Top UEFA Europa League Matchday 5 Picks

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The UEFA Europa League odds are now available as we are back with our favorite European soccer expert advice and free betting predictions. Read on for this week’s Europa League Matchday 5 preview, soccer analysis and free soccer betting picks.

FK Spartak Moscow vs. SSC Napoli

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – 10:30 AM EST at Otkrytiye Arena

Form, Mentality, Europa League Odds and Trends

⦁ Spartak Moscow is allowing an average of 2.00 goals in the Europa League
⦁ Napoli is undefeated in 9 of their previous 11 Europa League clashes
⦁ Over 2.5 goals have been scored in Napoli's 5 most recent Europa League games

High Scoring Napoli to Let Loose in Russia

Group C of the Europa League competition will come down to the wire as 3 points separate all four teams with just two matchdays remaining. A win for the Italian outfit Napoli would secure their qualification, but repeat success for Moscow would move them from the bottom of the group into top position.

The reverse fixture in Naples left the highest-scoring team in Europe shellshocked, as Moscow managed to walk away with all three points. However, the Russian's haven't found success since and have failed to win in seven consecutive fixtures. Manager Rui Vitoria hasn't secured points, but his squad has notably scored in all of those games during this dismal run.

Luciano Spalletti's squad has been nothing short of masterful this term, having suffered just one defeat during their domestic tenure, which came this past Sunday at the hands of Inter Milan. To make matters worse, a season-threatening injury to Victor Osimhen could damage their goal-scoring ability moving forward.

With everything taken into consideration, Osimhen has scored 9 of Napoli's impressive 37 goals scored this term; they should have enough to implement their revenge on a Moscow team who embarrassed them on matchday 1.

Final Thoughts

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The attacking prowess of Napoli looks almost unstoppable during the majority of their fixtures both domestically and in Europe. And to their credit, Moscow always finds a way to score - win, lose, or draw.

Spartak Moscow vs. Napoli Score Prediction: Spartak Moscow 1 – Napoli 3

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Celtic Football Club

Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 12:45 PM EST at BayArena

Form, Mentality, Europa League Odds and Trends

⦁ Celtic have scored at least 1 goal in their previous 9 Europa games away from home
⦁ Leverkusen average 2.75 goals in their Europa fixtures this term
⦁ Leverkusen haven't lost in 5 of their last 6 Europa League home fixtures

Celtic Could Be Destined for the Europa League Conference

With three victories and 11 goals to their name, Leverkusen has shown consistency and excellence during their Europa League tenure thus far. All that's needed for Gerardo Seoane's squad to guarantee the first position is a draw versus Celtic this Thursday.

The reverse fixture in Scotland will be a night that Celtic want to forget, and despite registering 18 shots and 55% possession, Leverkusen still managed to decimate the opposition in a 4-0 thrashing. The good news for Celtic fans is that their team has won 8 of 9 games since this encounter, but all three points will be required in Germany should Celtic want any hope of beating Real Betis to the second position of the group.

We've witnessed 31 goals scored during 9 Leverkusen home fixtures this term. When the Europa League Group G delivers non-stop action, I wouldn't be surprised to witness a plethora of goals in this upcoming fixture.

Final Thoughts

Celtic's eagerness to claim all three points will open up their defense, and I anticipate Leverkusen to counteract and take advantage of Celtic's desperation.

I can't envision another 4-0 scoreline, but I do see Leverkusen walking away as the victors, and both teams can easily find themselves on the scoresheet.

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Celtic Score Prediction: Leverkusen 2 – Celtic 1

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