UEFA Europa League

Thursday Football Cheat Sheet: Europa League best bets

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
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Our tipster backs West Ham to get some Europa League revenge on Thursday

Get our experts' best bets for Thursday night's Europa League action including English clubs Liverpool, Brighton and West Ham, plus Rangers and much more...

  • Hammers backed to get revenge on Greeks

  • Liverpool too good for Toulouse

  • Brighton to outclass Ajax

17:45 - Toulouse v Liverpool: Back Gapko to strike as Reds keep rolling

Kevin Hatchard: "Liverpool have an embarrassment of riches in attack, but Cody Gakpo continues to be a solid contributor when given the opportunity. He has scored in the League Cup against Leicester and Bournemouth, and found the net against Wolves and Spurs in the Premier League.

"Overall, the Dutchman has scored in four of his last eight appearances, and he has set up a goal in the Europa League.

"Keep an eye on the team news, and if Gakpo starts, back him in the Score or Assist market at 11/10."

Back Cody Gakpo to score or assist at 11/10

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17:45 - Ajax v Brighton: De Zerbi's side to accelerate Europa qualification

Jamie Kemp: "In their first two games under John van 't Schip, the Dutch side have racked up 44 shots and an xG of 5.95 in the Eredivisie. What's more, in their first game under the new boss against FC Volendam, Ajax recorded a season-high total for the number of possession recoveries in the final third (9). It's far from vintage Ajax, but it's better than it once was.

"For Brighton, the prospect of an opponent with more ambition - not to mention, more necessity to win - won't be a huge concern. Their problems this season have tended to come against teams who are drilled in the art of defending deeper areas, so any extra space that might be an offer from the previous meeting with Ajax will be willfully received.

"With Brighton still having plenty of work themselves to do to assure their qualification from the group stage, I expect to see something a little more vibrant from the Seagulls. And at the Johan Cruyff Arena, in their first ever European campaign, the scene will be set for an exhibition of football."

Brighton to win and over 2.5 goals in the game @ 6/5

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20:00 - West Ham v Olympiakos: Back the Hammers to get their revenge

Kevin Hatchard: "For all of West Ham's recent struggles, I think man for man they are a better side than Olympiakos, and their home form in the last few months has been pretty good.

"Olympiakos have a back line that can be exposed, just as PAOK did at the weekend. Freiburg scored three gaols against them in Athens, and even unheralded Backa Topola held them to a 2-2 draw.

"I'll use the Sportsbook's Bet Builder to back West Ham to win, Over 1.5 Goals and Over 6.5 Corners at 2.2. West Ham games in the Premier League average over 11 corners."

Back West Ham to win, Over 1.5 Goals and Over 6.5 Corners @ 2.2

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17:45 - HJK v Eintracht Frankfurt: Back in-form Eagle to fly high

Kevin Hatchard: "Frankfurt have to take this game seriously, as their defeat in Greece against PAOK means they are far from guaranteed to take top spot in the group, which would fast-track Die Adler to the last 16. With underperforming striker Jessic Ngankam left at home, and Lucas Alario not even registered for the Europa Conference League, it seems likely that Marmoush will start here.

"Egyptian international Marmoush has already scored three times in the UECL this term, and it's a pleasant surprise to see him priced at 11/10 to find the net here.

"HJK were torn to shreds in Frankfurt, and they have lost their last three games in all competitions, conceding 11 goals in the process. Their only point so far was from a 1-1 draw at Aberdeen, and they were beaten 3-2 at home by PAOK.

"If Marmoush doesn't start, the back-up bet is to back Frankfurt to win, Over 2.5 Goals and Over 6.5 Corners on the Bet Builder at 2.14."

Back Omasr Marmoush to score at 11/10

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