Spurs to Seal Europa League Progress

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The Europa League continues on Thursday and Tottenham are among the clubs hoping to seal qualification when they take on LASK Linz.

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The Europa League takes centre stage on Thursday and in amongst the early games, Tottenham will look to seal qualification to the knockout stage when they face LASK Linz.

Spurs sit second in Group J due to their inferior head-to-head record against Antwerp but had no issues in beating LASK 3-0 back in October and a repeat of that scoreline at 13/1 will see them though.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Jose Mourinho’s Premier League leaders of late, but the Portuguese coach also knows how to win this competition, having done so with both Porto and Manchester United.

A recent development has been the form of Carlos Vinicius who, after providing two assists in the first game against LASK, grabbed his first goals for the club with a brace in last week’s 4-0 win over Ludogorets.

With Tottenham a short price to win in Austria, the Brazilian might be worth backing at 13/10 in the Anytime Goalscorer market.

Test of Foxes’ Depth in Zaporizhzhia

Leicester’s momentum has stalled since the November internationals, losing to both Liverpool and Fulham, while they needed a late Jamie Vardy equaliser in last week’s 3-3 draw at Braga.

With qualification from Group G already sealed, Brendan Rodgers may look to rest some of his stars with a winnable trip to Sheffield United coming up on Sunday.

Last week’s 3-0 win against AEK Athens is Zorya’s lone victory in this season’s Europa League and they need three points to maintain their unlikely qualification chances.

With the Foxes set to travel close to 2000 miles, fatigue could be a factor regardless of any changes and the 23/20 for a Double Chance bet on the Muzhyky may well prove fruitful.

Life Doesn’t Get Easier for Celtic

When it rains it pours for Neil Lennon and fresh off the back of fan protests after Sunday’s 2-0 League Cup defeat at home to Ross County, the Northern Irishman now has to prepare for a trip to AC Milan.

A draw and three defeats means the Bhoys are already out and face a Rossoneri team a point adrift of Lille in Group H and pushing for qualification.

Milan come into the game on the back a 2-0 win over Fiorentina and having been in cruise control for much of October’s 3-1 win at Parkhead, Stefano Pioli’s side look well priced at 13/8 to win to zero.

Europe Proving Arsenal’s Salvation

The signs were good for Mikel Arteta earlier in the season but his Arsenal side finds itself on a run of just one win in six to leave themselves 14th in the Premier League.

Life has been easier in Europe, though, the Gunners taking a perfect four wins from as many outings and, as ever, the competition has provided a showcase for their precocious youngsters.

Joe Willock has looked sharp in midfield, netting twice, and is a handy 10/3 as an Anytime Goalscorer. Life won’t be easy on Thursday against a young Rapid Vienna team, who themselves are pushing for qualification from Group B.

Rapid took the lead before going down 2-1 in the pair’s previous fixture and with Both Teams to Score bets succeeding in nine of their last 10 games, an entertaining fixture is in store with over 3.5 goals 11/10.

Gers to Be Rewarded for Fine Campaign

Finally, Rangers should have enough to reach the last 32 with a week to spare when Standard Liege head to Ibrox.

The Gers were unlucky to draw both games against Benfica and perhaps only a lack of experience stopped them from doing the double.

They did show nous and no shortage of quality to win 2-0 at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in October and another success beckons here.

Steven Gerrard will worry about their penchant for leaking loose goals so Standard, who won 2-1 at home against Lech Poznan on Matchday 4, may get on the scoresheet.

This Rangers side are good, though, as demonstrated by them still being unbeaten in all competitions this season, and a home win and both to score is 7/5.

*All odds correct at time of writing

The first choice in any quiz team, Jack is your man for stats, facts and information across a wide range of different sports. As well as a vast knowledge of football, he specialises in cycling, rugby and tennis amongst a number of other sports.

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