The Europa League quarter finals first legs kick off on Thursday April 8th with four matches, two of them stand out as Granada - Manchester United and Ajax - Roma provide the bettor some interesting betting options.

While Manchester United comes in as favorites in their clash with the Spanish side, the oddsmakers at DraftKings have placed Ajax as a favorite over Roma in their Champions League caliber first leg match up.

Ajax will be playing at home and this could give the Dutch side an early advantage, but Roma have not won in three straight league matches and this tournament could provide the Italian side with a much-needed breather.  Here are various betting options to consider when placing a bet in these two key matches in the Europa League.

Granada - Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes (Getty)

For Granada, who are playing in their first European cup competition the pressure is off, by their standards their Europa League run has been a success, and this makes them dangerous. While the Red Devils are favorites -165, Granada is paying out an interesting +500, so betting on an upset might not be so farfetched since the team is playing at home.

Betting on who might score the first goal in this match might also be an interesting option, for Granada Yangel Herrera, who has scored 5 so far is paying out +2200 and could be a risky safe bet. For ManU it’s the usual suspects Bruno Fernandes at +425, Edison Cavani at +425, and Marcus Rashford at +600.

Ajax - Roma

Ajax player David Neres scores the second Ajax goal past Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match (Getty)

Ajax have a strong record against Roma, beating them and drawing against the Italian side back in the 2002/2003 Champions League. Ajax sit firm in first place in the Eredivisie, while Roma is not in their best moment in Serie A. At +108 for a favorite, Ajax is paying out very well, while Roma is at +235.

This match could end up with over 2.5 goals and that option is paying out -139 and that could be a safe bet. A correct score line bet in favor of Ajax at 2-1 is paying out +750, which is a very reasonable score line for this match.


Jordan Veretout of AS Roma (Getty)

An interesting parlay for these matches would be a Manchester United win and Ajax win for a $100 wager it would result in $334 in earnings. If you really want to make a go at it a Granada draw or win could really be interesting.