UEFA Europa League Matchday 6 Best Bets

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Lazio's Italian forward Ciro Immobile (L) and Galatasaray's Danish midfielder, Victor Nelsson (R) Ozan Kose / AFP

The Europa League soccer odds are now available as we are back with our favorite European soccer expert advice and free best bets for Thursday’s late games. Read on for this week’s Europa League Matchday 6 best bets, soccer analysis, and free soccer betting picks.  

Lazio Rome vs. Galatasaray Istanbul 

Thursday, December 09, 2021 – 03:00 PM EST at Stadio Olimpico  

Form, Mentality, Europa League Odds, and Trends 

  • Galatasaray are unbeaten in their previous 9 Europa League games 
  • Galatasaray’s last 3 Europa League fixtures away from have been under 2.5 goals 
  • The average number of goals conceded by Lazio is 0.60 in the Europa League   

Group E Yet to Be Decided              

The first-place position of Group E’s Europa League competition is yet to be decided. And the two teams vying for this spot will clash on Thursday night to determine who tops the group.  

Galatasaray will visit the Stadio Olimpico with hopes of repeating the reverse fixture encounter where the Turkish giants held Lazio to a 1-0 defeat. This momentous occasion in Istanbul was, however, handed to Group E’s leaders through Thomas Strakosha's own goal.  

In a fixture that could have and probably should have ended 0-0, Maurizio Sarri will have faith that his Lazio squad can capitalize and seek revenge on home turf. Lazio’s home record consists of one defeat this season across all competitions, which was against an elite Juventus squad. To add, Lazio has won 10 fixtures at the Stadio Olimpico and netted 24 goals in the process.  

All that stands between Lazio and the first place spot in Group E are Galatasaray and a 3-point differential. The two sides own an identical goal differential; therefore, Lazio is in a must-win situation if they want to qualify as the number one team.  

Final Thoughts| Europa League Matchday 6 Betting Picks 

The fitness of Lazio’s star man Ciro Immobile is questionable for Thursday’s game, and although this is undoubtedly a concern for Lazio’s goal-scoring hopes, I do believe it’ll only take one.  

The first encounter between these two sides delivered a low-scoring affair that was tightly contested. The bookmakers are surprisingly lining the under 2.5 goals at plus money, and with important implications present, I wouldn’t expect an all-out flowing attack from either team.  

I anticipate Lazio will snag the victory, but with a similar scoreline to how Galatasaray defeated them during the team's initial Europa League meeting.  

Lazio vs. Galatasaray Score Prediction: Lazio 1 – Galatasaray 0 

Soccer Pick: Under 2.5 goals (+130) [2.30] [1u wager returns 1.30u] at Everygame (visit our Everygame review)

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 Ferencvarosi Budapest vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Thursday, December 09, 2021 - 03:00 PM EST at Groupama Arena   

Form, Mentality, Europa League Odds, and Trends 

  • Leverkusen score an average of 2.80 goals in their Europa League games 
  • Ferencvaros concede an average of 2.40 goals in the Europa League   
  • Ferencvaros have lost their previous 5 Europa League matches  

Top vs. Bottom               

Europa League destiny has already been decided for Ferencvarosi and Bayern Leverkusen, but it’s hard to ignore Group H leaders Leverkusen from taking another complimentary three points.  

The Germans will travel to Budapest for their final group stage encounter before tackling the final-16 in Europa Leagues 2022 continuation. The reverse fixture was seemingly a close encounter that presented a 2-1 scoreline, but Leverkusen dominated for most of the game. From 22 registered shots, they could’ve walked away with a more significant goal tally.  

Ferencvaros don’t possess the squad depth to compete with Europe’s finest which isn’t a bold statement because they’ve lost all five of their Europa League clashes throughout the 2021/22 campaign to validate my statement.  

The Green Eagles have nothing to play for, neither do Bayern Leverkusen. However, Die Werkself notably enjoys road fixtures, winning six of their previous nine away games in European competition which is complimented by scoring at least three goals on six of those occasions.  

Final Thoughts| Europa League Matchday 6 Betting Pick 

Squad rotation is a high possibility for Leverkusen but fading Liverpool against AC Milan this past Tuesday didn’t bode well for bettors. With or without their strongest starting eleven, Leverkusen will be the more dominant squad.  

Due to the potential of squad rotation, moneyline betting odds are slightly more generous than usual. For this reason, I’ll take a stab at Leverkusen ending the home side's European tenure with yet another loss in the books.  

Ferencvarosi vs. Leverkusen Score Prediction: Ferencvarosi 0 – Leverkusen 2  

Soccer Pick: Leverkusen to Win -120 [1.80] [1.20u wager returns 1u of profit] at Everygame

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