Europa League Predictions: Standing on the second leg

John Sampson February 22, 2023
Europa League Predictions

I find Thursdays always thrilling because I love the football out of the Champions League. Today, in my Europa League predictions, I will try to explain the thoughts behind this evening’s betting choices. We have the Europa League knockout playoffs second leg, where almost none of the matchups are already in a clear conclusion, as only Sevilla won by a high margin last week.

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Monaco vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions

This was the most fascinating match of the first leg, near only to what happened in Camp Nou. Monaco was leading the score at halftime (0-1), Leverkusen scored twice just before 60’, but before referee Grienfeld blew the final whistle, the French team had already taken the lead back. Monaco has won each of its last three away games at a point in time when Leverkusen has lost four of its last five matches overall.

The most important fact though is both teams’ ability to create chances and score many goals. Both sides have scored in eight of Monaco’s last nine matches and this will be the clue of today’s encounter. Leverkusen is not loyal to its defensive duties, meaning that we can see more than 2 goals.

Union Berlin vs Ajax Predictions

The away fans’ atmosphere was not the only interesting thing in Amsterdam Arena last week. Union’s spectators lead the way and the team was better than Ajax, but couldn’t find the net, despite its many chances. In the Bundesliga, the Germans were unable to beat Schalke and reach the top spot of the standings, showing that maybe having the motive to play in such huge competitions at the same time is not something easy.

But Union is one of the most well-trained teams in Europe and against a very confused Ajax (which recently changed its coach, hiring former legend Heitinga) will find a way to prevail and reach the Last-16 round. Ajax beat Waalwijk and Sparta Rotterdam recently, but none of them can reach the level of Union Berlin.

Manchester United vs Barcelona Predictions

Marcus Rashford has already scored 16 times since the World Cup ended, being on the top of the list, regarding the best five leagues in Europe. The English striker has been transformed under Erik ten Hag, but Ronaldo’s departure also made things easier for him. He is liberated, communicating better with his teammates. He scored once against Barcelona in Camp Nou and I think that he will find his chances again tonight.

Blaugrana may have the best defensive record in La Liga (keeping a clean sheet on 17 of 22 occasions) but in Europe, they face the danger of conceding far too many times. Old Trafford will not be a friendly environment and Rashford will be the real deal for Manchester United.

Europa League - 23/02/2023 5:45 pm
Europa League - 23/02/2023 5:45 pm Monaco Bayer Leverkusen Both Teams to Score and Over 2,5 Goals 2.00
Europa League - 23/02/2023 8:00 pm
Europa League - 23/02/2023 8:00 pm Union Berlin Ajax Union to Win 2.30
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Europa League - 23/02/2023 8:00 pm Manchester United Barcelona Rashford to Score 2.40

Bio: John Sampson

John Sampson is a sports writer and tipster who is passionate about football. He studied Political Sciences but his true love has always been sports, specifically football.
He spends almost every day of the week researching and analyzing football games to provide accurate betting tips to his followers. In addition to his work as a tipster, John also writes about football and the sports industry, offering his unique perspective and insights on the latest developments in the world of football.
He is also an avid football fan and often shares his thoughts on his favorite teams and players on his social media platforms. With his extensive knowledge and passion for the sport, John has become a respected and trusted voice in the football community.

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