Top UEFA Europa League Matchday 6 Picks

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The Europa League soccer 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 6 preview, soccer analysis and free soccer betting picks.

Royal Antwerp FC vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

Thursday, December 09, 2021 12:45 PM EST at Bosuilstadion

Form, Mentality, Europa League Odds and Trends

  • Antwerp have won 1 of their previous 10 Europa League outings
  • Over 2.5 goals have been scored in Antwerp's last 3 Europa League games
  • Olympiakos have scored at least 1 goal in their previous 11 Europa League fixtures

Olympiakos Eyeing the Top Spot

Domestically, Antwerp is one of Belgium's most promising squads. However, having failed to register a single win during their 2021/22 Europa League tenure, Royal Antwerp have already booked their exit from the competition despite their matchday 6 results.

The Europa League hasn't been a forgiving place for Brian Priske's team, and his squad has failed to maintain a clean sheet in their previous 11 European fixtures. With that said, scoring goals hasn't been a problem, but they continuously struggle to convert goals into successful meetings.

Olympiakos have qualified into the knock-out stages of the Europa League. Still, the Greeks find themselves in a must-win situation if they expect to finish in 1st place above Frankfurt.

The reverse fixture was a close 2-1 win for Olympiakos, but as Antwerp now has nothing to play for, we can expect Pedro Martin to lead his team to a simpler three points on the board.

To make our case for Olympiakos stronger, Antwerp has injury doubts ahead of Thursday's meeting, as Bruny Nsimba and Sander Coopman remain sidelined. At the same time, Aurelio Buta has also been absent since October.

Final Thoughts | Europa League Matchday 6 Betting Pick

With nothing left to play for and the Belgium domestic league now a priority, Olympiakos already own great advantages, and the extra confidence should assist their chances of returning to Greece with another Europa League victory to close out their positive campaign.

The best sportsbooks are offering plus-money odds on the money line, which I believe is a simple yet effective wager to build our bankroll.

Royal Antwerp FC vs. Olympiacos Piraeus Score Prediction: Royal Antwerp FC 0 – Olympiacos Piraeus 2

Soccer Pick: Olympiacos Piraeus to Win (+105) [2.05] [1u wager returns 1.05u] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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SK Sturm Graz vs. AS Monaco FC

Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:45 PM EST at UPC-Arena

Form, Mentality, Europa League Odds and Trends

  • Sturm Graz have won 1 of their last 6 Europa League games
  • Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Sturm Graz's last 3 Europa League games
  • Monaco concedes an average of 0.60 goals during their Europa League fixtures

Monaco Defending the 1st Place Position

A similar story can be found in Austria this Thursday when bottom-placed Strum Graz welcome the Group B leaders to the UPC-Arena. Graz have nothing to play for, and their attentions will be turned to the Austrian domestic league.

The same could be said for Monaco, but anything less than a draw versus Sturm Graz will see the French side allow PSV to replace them in 1st position. Monaco will want to put Sturm Graz to bed to guarantee their placement at the top spot.

The reverse fixture in France was a simplistic 1-0 victory for Monaco, and I expect a similar result in Austria.

Final Thoughts | Europa League Matchday 6 Betting Pick

31-year-old Wissam Ben Yedder has been crucial in the final third of late; finding him on the score sheet this week wouldn't be a surprise. And manager Nico Kovac should have little worry about closing Group B of the Europa League on top and undefeated.

Again, betting value on the straight money line is reasonable. Sturm Graz isn't going to roll over, but they aren't going to overexert themselves either.

SK Sturm Graz vs. AS Monaco FC Score Prediction: SK Sturm Graz 0 – AS Monaco FC 1

Soccer Pick: AS Monaco FC to Win (-120) [1.80] [1.20u wager returns 1u of profit] at Everygame

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