Europa League Soccer Picks: Top Prop Bets For Thursday's Games

Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:07 PM GMT

Europa League quarterfinals ties are set to get underway in the deciding round and we bring you a slew of additional bets to prop up your match betting thrills. Check out our choice soccer picks.

Sevilla vs. Athletic Bilbao
Widely, the expectation is for Sevilla to march on in the competition. Two-time defending champions Sevilla are a match away from the semis and, potentially, three matches away from a third-straight Europa League final.  Sevilla can be backed at attractive +333 soccer odds in Europa League futures to pull off the impressive feat.

As it is, they still must get past Ahtletic Bilbao in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie. While Sevilla are favoured at whopping -600 soccer odds to advance, match betting odds aren’t totally cornered in their camp as convincingly as one might expect. They are favoured but just shy of EVEN money at +115 to win outright. Given their solid home record this season in La Liga and market expectations of advancement in Europe that has to be one of the most straightforward bets on the day’s card, so you’d think.

Sevilla won the away leg last week 2-1, surprising some soccer bettors seeing as they are conspicuously without a win in La Liga on the away so far. Two away goals and home advantage underscore their soccer odds to win outright, making them a solid soccer pick in our books to do so.

Where the value soccer pick is to be had though is to back Sevilla to win and ‘No’ for both teams to score which is available at bet365 at the tasty price of +300. It’s worth mentioning the market does favour the 'Over' 2.5 goals as well as both teams to score at -175, but we find that somewhat surprising, particularly the latter bet as Sevilla have won 17 of their last 18 home fixtures, 14 of which were clean sheets.

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Sevilla to win at +115
Sevilla to win and No to both teams to score at +300 at Bet365

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk are up 2-1 in their tie with Braga, a significant edge that sends them into the return leg as the overwhelming favourites to advance into the semis at -1400, not to mention the firm favourites in match betting markets to win outright at -125. Of all the ties, this is the only one to feature a home favourite on the Europa League Odds board, which is telling.

Adding to Shakhtar’s favouritism is Braga’s poor away form, which includes a three-game losing streak going into this clash and just one win in their last six away fixtures across all competitions. In Europe, their away form is a so-so 2-1-2 in five away fixtures, but they were held off the scoreboard in four of those.

That leads us to consider the ‘No’ option on both teams to score here at +110. As well, the 'Under' 2.5 goals at +115. For the more adventurous soccer bettor, combining the Shakhtar win with ‘No’ for both teams to score is available at tempting +240 soccer odds as well.

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Shakhtar Donetsk to win at -125
No for both teams to score at +110
Under 2.5 goals at +110
Shakhtar to win and No for both teams to score at +240

Sparta Praha vs. Villarreal
Of all the ties on the Europa League odds board, the hosts in this one represent the day’s biggest home underdogs trading at +275 soccer odds or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook. That the Czech side hasn’t lost a home game in European competition doesn’t appear to resonate with odds makers, the regard for Villarreal outweighing anything the Czech side may have accomplished thus far in the competition, including the massive upset over a highly-fancied Lazio in the R16.

Might odds makers be writing off the Czech side prematurely? There are those soccer bettors that would say as much seeing as they do have the away goal to bank on in the 2-1 loss to Villarreal last week.

Importantly, the Czech side’s home form in Europe includes three wins, all of which were clean sheets while they drew 1-1 to both Schalke 04 and Lazio. On the flipside, Villarreal’s away form isn’t exactly formidable with three straight draws in Europe, beginning with a 3-3 draw to Viktoria Plzen to a 1-1 draw with Napoli and a scoreless draw to Bayer Leverkusen.

The Czechs may well fancy their chances of a result here. It’s a bold bet to back the Czechs to win outright at +275 and advance at +400, best left for the more adventurous soccer bettor, but, perhaps, a double chance bet with Sparta Praha to win or draw at -135 is more sensible choice for the majority on their soccer picks.

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Sparta Praha to win or draw at -135
Sparta Praha to advance at +400

 

Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund
Arguably, this is the toughest tie to predict and, as such, the toughest one to bet. Most soccer bettors are probably on the fence here with which side to put up in match betting markets after the first leg settled on a 1-1 draw at Signal-Iduna Park. Liverpool have home edge and the away goal but they’re matched at +220 to win outright. Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund are actually favoured at +130 to win even though they have all to do at Anfield Stadium.

It’s a tossup really. For our money, we’re leaning towards the hosts at +220 to serve up the upset at home, but we’re not going to go betting the farm on it. Best to be noncommittal and take a stab at the periphery markets here instead, such as the 'Over' 2.5 goals at -118. Both Tuchel and Klopp have promised a high-scoring attacking game when this pair collides so if things go to plan we should have a goal fest and a thrilling showdown.

Add to that ‘Yes’ for both teams to score at -143 at bet365 and you’ll have a couple of solid, smart bets on your soccer picks. For those of you that are of similar mind, looking to back the Reds through to the semis, a Liverpool win combined with both teams to score is a lovely +500 bet to consider for your soccer picks.

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Liverpool to win at +220
Over 2.5 at -118
Yes for both teams to score at -143
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at +500