How Will the British Teams Fare in the Champions & Europa League?

It’s a busy week of action in Europe once again this week with seven teams fromBritain and Northern Ireland in action across the two main club competitions in Europe. Four EPL teams continue their Champions League campaigns, while a further three from England, plus the Glasgow giants from Scotland, will play their next round of matches in the Europa League.

In this article, we will take a closer look at each of the seven games involving the British teams this week and give you our top tips on what bet to back for each.

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Let’s now take a look at the games ahead for the British sides this week.

Tuesday – Champions League

Chelsea v Ajax (8pm)

Chelsea beat Ajax in Amsterdam last time out in the Champions League, Michy Batshuayi’s late goal the decider in what was an open and entertaining game. Nothing can be decided in a tight Group H this week, but a win for either team would go a long way towards cementing a place in the knockout phase.

Home advantage usually helps teams, but Ajax have proven to be masters of away wins in the Champions League and I do feel they will get something here, however I don’t think they will do quite enough to win the game, so I am backing the draw here at 14/5.

Liverpool v Genk (8pm)

Liverpool ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in Belgium when these teams met a fortnight back and I can see the Reds coming up with a similar performance and win here. Genk have been the whipping boys of the group as their odds of victory (25/1) suggest. A win for Liverpool and if Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg again, would leave Napoli qualified and the Reds needing just one point to be certain of qualification for the next phase in the New Year.

Liverpool should win this well and it should be just a question of how many goals they score on the night. I am backing a big night for the Reds in preparation for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday so I am backing Liverpool to win 4-0 at odds of 13/2.

Wednesday – Champions League & Europa League

Vitoria Guimares v Arsenal (3.50pm) (Europa League)

The first game on Wednesday takes place in the Europa League with Arsenal travelling to Portugal to take on a Guimares side they narrowly beat in London. It was a vital win though as it keeps Arsenal at the top of the table in Group F and means a win here would likely ensure that they qualify from the group, unless Standard Liege beat Frankfurt on Thursday.

I think Arsenal are perhaps better suited to play Guimares on the counter attack and despite them having problems at home, I do feel the Gunners should end up on the end of the right result here. I am backing Arsenal to win at 11/10.

Atalanta v Manchester City (8pm)

Manchester City will know that a win will confirm them as qualified for the knockout phase of the tournament and would give Pep Guardiola a chance to rest some first teamers in the last two games of the group, which will be a big incentive to City as they seek to hunt down Liverpool in the Premier League.

Having own all three games so far handsomely, I fancy this may be a tricky trip for City but one that I would expect them to come through against an Atalanta side that have been somewhat outclassed in this campaign in Europe. You can back Manchester City to win this one 2-0 at bet365 at odds of 11/1.

Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham (8pm)

Spurs thumped Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in London two weeks ago, but Liverpool did the same at Anfield last season, winning 4-0,  before losing 2-0 in Belgrade to the same opponents. A draw at Everton on Sunday was not too bad a result for Spurs but they will know after the Bayern humiliation, they really need another win here.

Spurs are second in the group, so a draw may be enough for them to retain that position, based on how the result of the other game un the group turns out and I think given Spurs poor away record of late, that is the smart pick here. Back the draw at 3/1.

Thursday – Europa League

Lazio v Celtic (5.55pm)

Celtic produced a fine comeback win to beat Lazio in Glasgow last time out, a win which keeps them atop of Group E and with a four point gap to Lazio in third. A win here, combined with a Cluj victory over Rennes would see both those victors progress from this group, which would be a big achievement for both teams.

However, Rome is a very difficult place to go and get a result and Celtic’s away record in Europe isn’t the best. Lazio are much stronger at home than on the road and I can see them gaining revenge for that loss here. Back Lazio to win this one 2-1 at 15/2.

Man Utd v Partizan Belgrade (8pm)

With seven points from three games, United top Group : and a win over Partizan at Old Trafford would likely ensure their qualification for the next phase. However, a bruising defeat at Bournemouth last weekend means that everything is still not quite rosy at the club and this is now a very big game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

Partizan are generally much stronger at home and the fact United beat them there means this should be a comfortable night for the home fans. I’m backing United to win this one 2-0 at 5/1.

Rangers v FC Porto (8pm)

It’s very tight in Group G with Rangers point in Portugal the only one earned by an away team in the group so far and that could be crucial in the final shake up. FC Porto look a shadow of the team that have been perennial Champions League knockout stage contenders the past few years and I think they could find it tough going in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Rangers seem to be finding their feet in Europe now under Steven Gerrard and the ex-Liverpool and England midfielder will know that a win here would put them in a very strong position in the group and I am backing Rangers to land a famous victory at 7/4.

Wolves v Slovan Bratislava (8pm)

A brilliant comeback victory in Bratislava handed Wolves their second consecutive away win in the Europa League and now gives Nuno Santo’s team a fantastic chance to qualify, with another win here leaving them just two points away from a place in the knockout phase.

I have been impressed with Wolves resilience this season and after a point away at Arsenal at the weekend, they should be coming into this game with real confidence. As such, I am backing them to pick up another solid three points here. Back Wolves to win 2-0 at 5/1.

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