Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thursday’s Europa League Betting

Despite taking extremely long coach journeys to last week’s first leg ties, both Fulham and Liverpool are not in bad shape for their second leg matches on home soil. Fulham managed to come away from Hamburg with a 0-0 draw while Liverpool went down 1-0 to Atletico Madrid, will we see an all-English final? BetRepublic.com previews both Semi Final second leg games here:

Fulham v Hamburg (0-0):

According to PaddyPower.com Soccer Betting Tips Fulham have the advantage in this game and are the favourites to win at 6/5, while both the draw and a Hamburg victory are available at 23/10. The London side have won eight of their last eleven home matches in all competitions, drawing two and losing just once. They have scored just under an average of two goals a game in that run with twenty-one scored in the eleven matches and seven goals conceded with five clean sheets. They rested eight players at the weekend in the match at Everton and they will be fired up for this game.

Hamburg will be equally, if not more, fired up for the game knowing that the final will be played at their home stadium. As a result they rested their first team at the weekend and were beaten 5-1 away at Hoffenheim. They travel to Craven Cottage having lost six of their last eight away games in all competitions. They have won the other two games, one of which was against Standard Liege in the Quarter Finals of this competition, however they will find it difficult going against Fulham.

BetRepublic.com Recommends: Back Fulham to win in ninety minutes @ 6/5 and there to be over 2.5 goals @ 11/10 with Paddy Power.

Liverpool v Atletico Madrid (0-1):

Liverpool will go into this game highly confident, knowing that they have won ten and drawn one of their last eleven home games in all competition, while Atletico have lost six, drawn three and won one of their last ten away matches. In their eleven game unbeaten run at Anfield Liverpool have kept eight clean sheets and only conceded three goals – one each against Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth and Benfica. They have also scored twenty-five goals in that time, but they go into this game without talismanic striker Fernando Torres to find the net.

Despite being so poor on the road, Atletico have won one and drawn two in their three away games, scoring two goals in each match. Another one of these results would be enough for the Spanish side to progress to the final with their one goal advantage from the first leg. They have found the net on eleven of their last fifteen away games in all competitions and have conceded in thirteen of the fifteen. As a result of this and the fact that Liverpool have to score to progress I expect an open an entertaining match.

BetRepublic.com Recommends: Back the draw @ 3/1 with both sides to score @ 8/11 with William Hill.

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