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Europa League Betting: Marseille to kick on towards the last 32

Marseille should have plenty to celebrate in Turkey
Marseille should have plenty to celebrate in Turkey
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After making a profit from Matchday Four, Kevin Hatchard's on the hunt for more Europa League winners...

"Marseille are likely to pick a strong line-up, and Konyaspor have won just one of their last eight matches."

Back Marseille to win at [2.0]

Konyaspor v Marseille
Thursday November 23, 18:00
Live on BT Sport Extra

Marseille have had a curious run in this competition. They have won both of their home matches, but they have lost at both Salzburg and Guimaraes.

That means Rudi Garcia's side really do need a positive result from their trip to Turkey, and they're expected to field as strong a line-up as possible. Patrice Evra was sacked after kicking a Marseille fan in the face ahead of the away game in Portugal against Guimaraes.

Konyaspor are fighting a relegation battle in the Turkish Super Lig, but they are still in with a chance of reaching the last 32. Indeed, a victory would take them above Marseille in the standings.

However, Konyaspor have already lost at home to Salzburg, their third home defeat of the season. The hosts have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions, so I'm happy to back Marseille at evens.

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Back Marseille to win at [2.0]

Rosenborg v Real Sociedad
Thursday November 23, 18:00
Live on BT Sport Extra

The equation is simple for Rosenborg: win or bust. Unless they beat Real Sociedad in Trondheim on Thursday night, their European adventure will stop before Christmas.

The Norwegian table-toppers will be boosted by what was a very good performance in their last Europa League home game against Zenit. They led Roberto Mancini's men until right at the end, when Aleksandr Kokorin grabbed an undeserved leveller.

Rosenborg have already beaten Ajax at home this season in Europe, and they are unbeaten in Norway in this competition. Although they lost 4-0 in the reverse to Real Sociedad in San Sebastian, I expect this to be a totally different encounter.

It's worth noting that La Real have failed to win their last two La Liga games at Getafe and Girona, and they have only won three of their last seven games on the road. Also, if the game is level approaching the closing stages, how much ambition will the Basque side show?

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Lay Real Sociedad at [1.9]

Braga v Hoffenheim
Thursday November 23, 20:05
Live on BT Sport ESPN

It's crunch time for these two sides in this competition. Braga know a win will see them through and eliminate Hoffenheim at the same time, while it's almost certainly a must-win game for Julian Nagelsmann's side. Hoffe would have been in a much stronger position had they not blown a lead in the final seconds of their 1-1 draw at Istanbul Basaksehir.

Hoffenheim are finding this season a bit frustrating. They keep failing to build on leads, and they have only won two of their last ten games in all competitions. Away from home, they have won one of their last six.

Braga had too much European nous for Hoffenheim on Matchday One, as they came from behind to win 2-1 in Germany. They lost their last home game against Ludogorets, but that was their only home defeat in the last five games at the Estadio Municipal, and they won their other four matches.

I can't quite understand why Hoffenheim are as short as [2.22] for the win, as there are no statistics that can back up that price. I'll back the home win and the draw using the Double Chance market.

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Back Home and Draw in the Double Chance market at [1.8]

AC Milan v Austria Vienna
Thursday November 23, 20:05
Live on BT Sport 3

AC Milan haven't yet nailed down a place in the last 32, and given that the Rossoneri are a massive 12 points off Serie A's top three already, they are in need of a pick-me-up.

That should arrive against an Austria Vienna side that they hammered 5-1 in Austria, and that can't stop conceding goals. They've let in 20 in the last nine matches in all competitions.

Given that Austria Vienna have also scored 14 goals in that timeframe, I must admit I'm tempted to back Over 3.5 Goals at [2.2], but Milan haven't scored in any of their last four home games.

Necessity might be the mother of invention here, and although Milan's form is very patchy indeed, they should pick a strong enough team here to get the win they need.

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Back AC Milan -1.0 on the Handicap at 5/6 (Betfair Sportsbook)

2017-18 Europa League Group Stage P/L

Points Staked: 25

Points Returned: 29.02

P/L: +4.02 points

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