UEL Matchday 3 Predictions & Analysis
The Europa League wasn’t treated as an important competition by some in the past. However, the added opportunity of being able to qualify for the Champions League has made clubs sit up, take note, plan well and deliver excellent performances in an attempt to make it to the final, thus hoping to enjoy the double benefits of lifting the trophy and getting pitted against the elites in the UCL.
EUROPA LEAGUE PRE-MATCH PREDICTIONS AND ANALYSIS
For bettors, it is quite different as they have a multitude of matches to choose from in the Europa League, involving many teams on which not a lot of information may be known. The abundance of matches may lead to doubts about which games to pick and place a wager on. Here, Marathonbet have picked three of the most interesting matches to look at in more detail.
LEICESTER vs SPORTING BRAGA
Leicester City are experiencing a Robin Hood-style league season, with wins recorded against top teams such as Manchester City and Arsenal but losing what looked like winnable matches at home to West Ham and Aston Villa. Their European campaign has been different with wins recorded in their first two matches. Braga have also won their first two UEL matches but failed their biggest test yet domestically when losing to FC Porto.
Both teams come into this match in great form, Leicester winning their last four games in all competitions, and Braga on a win streak of six. With both teams trying to maintain their 100% UEL records for this season this could be a close match, however you can’t bet against a team boasting the ferocious and in-form Jamie Vardy to carry the day.
PREDICTION: Leicester to win
AC MILAN vs LILLE
A match between two teams surprising many this season due to their performances, results and rankings. No one would have expected Lille to be challenging PSG for the top spot in French Ligue 1, even if the season is still in its infancy; likewise AC Milan are enjoying somewhat of a rebirth in the Serie A and UEL after years of underachieving.
Both teams are great offensively while shutting out opponents in the same manner. It is bound to be an intense affair, but we think Milan’s European experience will come to the fore and prove too much to handle for Lille at the San Siro.
PREDICTION: AC Milan to win
BENFICA vs RANGERS
Perfect Test! This is what this match is for both teams who are currently going well in their respective leagues. Benfica sit one point off the top of the Primeria Liga and will still be smarting from a 3-0 reverse to Boavista on Monday, whereas Rangers sit pretty with a nine-point lead in Scotland. Great attack, great defence, and fantastic football. They have been free scoring whilst keeping it tight in defence, but these abilities will be put to test on the field of play as they both hope to edge closer towards qualification for the knockout stage. A great match awaits, but we are backing The Eagles from Lisbon to nick this one.
PREDICTION: Benfica to win
You can also check out our Champions League Predictions here.