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Experts' Best Bets: 5 tipsters pick out 27/1 acca for Thursday
Gareth Freeman
Gareth Freeman
September 29, 2021
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Sports Journalist at FST, Gareth qualified as a journalist after graduating from university and spent over a decade as a freelance broadcast journalist, commentator and tipster before joining FST. Now living in Manchester, he is a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan who also enjoys boxing, the NBA, tennis and rugby league.

The Europa League and Europa Conference League return this Thursday after the midweek Champions League games are done and dusted and we’ve lined up five experts to put together one accumulator ahead of the action.

This week, we’ve got two tipsters from FST in the shape of Alex Wrigley and Gareth Freeman, and they’re joined by a trio of journalists from the Racing Post as Aaron Ashley, James Milton and Ian Wilkerson provide their thoughts.

The five-selection bet pays out at 27/1, thanks in part to a bold 2/1 shot from James Milton, with four games from the Europa League and a solitary selection from the Europa Conference League.

Thursday’s Experts’ accumulator

Alex Wrigley

Sports Editor & Journalist at Free Super Tips

Antwerp vs Eintracht Frankfurt – BTTS at 8/13

Antwerp fell to a 2-1 defeat in their Europa League opener but the Belgian side’s attacking credentials aren’t to be underestimated. They have scored in all but one of their 12 competitive games this season and notched 24 goals in this period, although admittedly largely against weaker opposition.

Eintracht Frankfurt may be stronger than Antwerp’s week-to-week opponents but the Germans have conceded in seven of their eight matches this season and remarkably their stalemate with Cologne at the weekend was their fifth consecutive 1-1 draw. Both teams have scored in seven of their last nine Europa League matches and they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of these, so expect Antwerp to threaten going forward.

Gareth Freeman

Sports Journalist at Free Super Tips

West Ham vs Rapid Vienna – West Ham -1 at 8/11

West Ham started their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb and should be able to back that up with another convincing victory when out-of-form Rapid Vienna visit London.

Rapid have made a woeful start to the season in Austria’s top flight with five defeats and just two wins in their opening nine Bundesliga games – and they have lost two of their last three games by more than one goal.

The Hammers have the momentum here with three wins in their last four games, they are also a big step up in quality from the other teams that have been beating Rapid recently and I’m expecting the Premier League club to win with room to spare on Thursday.

Aaron Ashley

Sports Journalist at Racing Post

Lazio vs Lokomotiv Moscow – Lazio -1 at 10/11

Lokomotiv Moscow were extremely fortunate to pinch a point in 1-1 draw at home to Marseille in their Europa League opener and a repeat performance would see them punished by Lazio.

The Russian side enjoyed just 27 per cent possession at home to the Ligue 1 visitors and lost the shot count 14-4, but forced a draw through a late strike from Faustino Anjorin.

Lokomotiv have since been held to goalless draws with Ural and Khimki – who sit third from bottom and bottom in the Russian top-flight – and should be readily outclassed by a Lazio side who returned to form thanks to Sunday’s Derby della Capitale win against Roma.

James Milton

Sports Journalist at Racing Post

Marseille vs Galatasaray – Over 3.5 goals at 2/1

Marseille have scored at least twice in eight of their last nine home matches but they are far from secure at the back, as demonstrated by a 3-2 defeat to Lens in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Europa League visitors Galatasaray are similarly leaky despite beating Lazio 1-0 on matchday one. That was only Gala’s second clean sheet in 15 matches in all competitions this season and they were dumped out of Champions League qualifying 7-2 on aggregate by PSV Eindhoven.

Both teams have scored in five of the Turks’ last six Europa League games and an entertaining clash is expected at the Stade Velodrome.

Ian Wilkerson

Sports Journalist at Racing Post

Feyenoord vs Slavia Prague – Over 2.5 goals at 4/5

Feyenoord were held to a goalless draw against Maccabi Haifa in their opening Europa Conference League clash, but the Rotterdam outfit have been firing since.

They proved an impressive 4-0 win at PSV Eindhoven was no fluke as they built on that success with a 3-1 win over Heerenveen and a 5-3 victory against NEC.

Arne Slot’s team plainly know where the goal is and their opponents should be expected to be positive as well.

Slavia Beat both Leicester and Rangers in last season’s Europa League and with their last nine matches having all featured more than two goals, this one looks likely to follow suit.

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