The Europa League continues with the second leg of the Round of 32 this week, starting on Wednesday, February 24th. In this case, two of the three games are pretty tight in regard to score line, while Manchester United all but surely have settled their series with Real Sociedad.
Second legs provide a different opportunity for bettors, while a game may be all but settled after a lopsided first leg, that does not mean that a team that doesn’t go through can’t win their second leg outright. So, while Manchester United have a 4-0 advantage over Real Sociedad, the Spanish side can get a 2-0 victory and win the second leg but lose the series. While tight games such as AC Milan - Red Star Belgrade and Benfica - Arsenal marked a tendency that can help the bettor determine which pick to place for the return leg.
Second legs provide an opportunity for the bettor to play around with parlays, picks in the over/under, or goal scorers. Live betting usually increases for second legs since a PSG - Barcelona case might occur that a team that is 0-4 down could possibly tie or win the series all together. Here are some predictions to consider when placing a bet on these Europa League matchups.
Arsenal vs Benfica Betting Picks
Arsenal and Benfica enter this game tied at one after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Arsenal scored the all-important away goal but given their season they won’t want to ride that goal to the promise land. Benfica are paying out +330 on FanDuel, a draw +280, and a Gunners win -125. It is not far-fetched to think Arsenal could slip up, they have lost 11 games this season and have lost three of their last 5. Although Arsenal has a good recent history against Portuguese opponents, winning 5 of the last 6 games. Still both teams have been in weak form, but Benfica could upset the Gunners.
Both teams have not been scoring many goals in the run up to this game, it is very feasible to think that the game will be tight. A smart wager would be to bet that the game will end at under 1.5 goals. The under for Benfica - Arsenal is at +260, at the most two goals may be scored in this one as Benfica will need to score and Arsenal will want to seal the series.
Manchester United vs Real Sociedad Betting Picks
Manchester United is on the rise, and with a 4-0 advantage that overwhelmed Real Sociedad in the first leg. To be honest it looks doubtful that the Spanish team will be able to beat The Red Devils on their home turf. With the series all but finished a good bet could be the score line for just this game. It’s not unreasonable to think that ManU can win this game 2-0 and that score line is paying +1000.
A good bet can also be predicting that Manchester United will go into halftime with a lead, such option is paying off +135. It’s a safe bet to make some cash while you experiment with something like the correct score line or who scores the first goal.
AC Milan vs Red Star Belgrade Betting Picks
If this game will have something it’s goals, the first leg ended 2-2 and it’s wide open. Betting that the game will have over 2.5 goals could be a sure bet, at -150, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $67.
If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than Zlatan Ibrahimović. Ibra is at +210 as the first one to score, and boy does he love to score in clutch games. Want to put your money on something solid, always bet on the Lion.
Parlays for these three matchups of Europa League
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Manchester United to go into half-time beating Real Sociedad by any score line, 1-0, 2-0, it does not matter, they need to be in the lead. AC Milan to win the game against Red Star Belgrade outright no matter what the result, and a Benfica upset against Arsenal. At $100 the bettor could win up to $1,300.
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