Europa League Picks Of The Day - Thursday, December 8th

Sporting Braga players celebrating

Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:31 PM GMT

The final round of the Europa League group stage takes place this Thursday. Stay with us and find out the four top plays for you to add to your bet slip.

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Group H

With Shakhtar comfortable in the first place and Konyaspor already eliminated from this competition, Braga and Gent will fight this Thursday for a place in the following round. The Portuguese played against Shakhtar on their own turf while Gent travels to Turkey.

 

Sporting Braga vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk 

After winning all their previous 5 games in this competition with 17 goals scored already, it’s hard to go against Shakhtar on this game. Paulo Fonseca returns to a familiar stadium since he was Braga’s coach last season. After defeating his old team in Ukraine, Fonseca is looking for another triumph. However, the team already assured a place in the next stage and with such an important game against Dynamo Kiev next weekend, we expect Shakhtar to present a secondary team this Thursday.

Although the price is not huge, Braga needs to win this game and due to Shakhtar’s lack of motivation, we’ll take Braga to win + 101 at 5Dimes, now offering 50% free play bonus

 

Free Soccer Pick: Braga +101 

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Konyaspor vs KAA Gent 

A similar situation will take place this Thursday in Turkey. Konyaspor with nothing left to fight for will host Gent who is trying to end the group in the 2nd place. The Belgian team needs to win this game and wait for a draw or a defeat from Braga to reach the next stage.

With only one point and two goals scored so far in the Europa League, Konyaspor is trying to end their campaign with a victory in front of their fans. However, the quality gap between the two differences is big as we saw a few months ago in Belgium with Gent defeating Konyaspor by 2-0. We expect a similar outcome here for our betting pick, especially since Konyaspor is already out of this competition.

 

Free Soccer Pick: Gent -123

Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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Group G

 

Panathinaikos Athens vs Celta de Vigo

Celta de Vigo travels to Greece with Panathinaikos in the last place of the group and without any chances of qualification. Due to Panathinaikos poor performances in this competition, it’s unlikely to see them creating any problems to the Spanish side.

Celta de Vigo to win is currently at -125 which is a great price to take. However, due to Celta’s obligation to do a better result than Standard Liège, we’ll take Celta de Vigo AH -1.00 which is priced at +191 with Pinnacle.

 

Free Soccer Pick: Celta de Vigo AH +191

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Group E

 

FC Viktoria Plzen vs FK Austria Vienna

With four points less than the group’s 2nd placed - Astra Giurgiu - Plzen already has their faith sealed. On the other hand, Austria still has some chances if Astra loses their game against Roma.

It won’t be easy for Roma to win since they are already qualified and might change some players, however, Austria Vienna should focus on their job and win the game against Plzen.

Even though we believe in a victory from the Austrian team, the sportsbooks present a great price on the Draw no Bet at -110 Pinnacle. This is a perfect line to approach this game, which protects our stake from a draw.

 

Free Soccer Pick: Austria Vienna Draw No Bet -110

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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