This is it! It’s the final two games before the European title decider in Sweden and Europa League betting enthusiasts will surely be eager to collect all the statistics and information needed to make a more informed bet on the last stages of the Europa League. Mourinho's men defeated Anderlecht in extra-time and it was the young Marcus Rashford who saved the day, helping his team win 3-2 on aggregate while their upcoming opponents Celta Vigo eliminated Genk 4-3 on aggregate, after drawing 1-1 in the second leg in Belgium. Meanwhile, Ajax, who beat Schalke in the previous round with a 4-3 aggregate win after extra-time, will host Lyon for the first game between the two. We’ll look at the betting information available to help punters make betting decisions when betting on the Europa League semi-finals.
Bet on Celta Vigo vs Manchester United
Some would say that the ex-Chelsea boss José Mourinho has re-invesnted the team since taking over. Their defence is one of the best in Europe, (as always with Mourinho) winning the League Cup and are now incredibly close to European glory. Manchester United are the slight favourites to emerge victorious and Mourinho will be adamant to win the first leg to relieve some pressure, as the second leg will be played at Old Trafford. Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw limped off against Swansea, increasing the injury troubles to an already depleted squad; but both Paul Pogba and Juan Mata make the squad for the trip to Spain. Both teams to score is priced at 1.58, which is understandable considering that the red devils found the net in five of their last six Europa League fixtures on the road. It’s also pertinent to note that five from United’s last six on the road in the Europa League ended with two or less goals being scored in the match, making under 2.5 goals a lucrative option, especially with odds of 2.25.
Celta de Vigo are 11th in the La Liga table and unfortunately, they’ve recently been going through a turbulent period at the Estadio de Balaídos, losing all their last three matches in front of their own fans. The Europa League is a completely different story, having lost just one encounter at home throughout the whole campaign and with odds of 1.48 not to lose, (double chance betting), it’s a bet worth considering. Another statistic to consider is goals scored at home. Celta failed to find the net on one occasion at the Estadio de Balaídos in the Europa League this season, but how will they fair against an opposing manager known to play tight and compact when playing on the road?
Bet on Ajax vs Lyon
Ajax are seeking to re-live the 1991/92 campaign where they went all the way to lift the trophy. Now, they’re just two games away from the deciding encounter. The side from Amsterdam are the only team to have made it into all eight editions of the Europa League. Ajax won all their matches at the Amsterdam Arena (soon to be the Johan Cruyff ArenA) in this season’s Europa League, keeping five clean sheets from the six matches played so far.
Ajax are the favourites to win the first leg, having odds of 2.30 and have been solid at the Amsterdam ArenA, having been unbeaten in their last 12 European matches (W7-D5) and winning their last six. Ajax have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six Europa League home matches, including in each of their last four. If you’re leaning towards Ajax keeping a clean sheet, consider choosing ‘No’ when betting on both team to score, as odds are lucratively priced at 2.30.
Lyon entered the Europa League knockout stages after finishing third in their Champions League group. Some would say that the French side had lady luck on their side to get to where they are (through to the SF on penalties) but their build up proved to all Europa League betting fans that they deserve to be in the semi-finals, especially when knowing that the French side found the net 19 times in six games.
Lyon are priced at 3.05 to beat Ajax on the road, but if you’re looking for a little more security to your bet, consider double chance betting on Lyon, as your bet will be a winning one if Lyon win or draw in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Odds for this stand at 1.63.