Europa League Group E Round-Up – 08/12/16
Europa League Group E Round-Up – 08/12/16
In our Europa League Group E Round-Up we look at the best possible betting tips for these fixtures.
Astra Giurgiu v Roma
Marius Sumudica’s Astra Giurgiu play their last game of Group E on Thursday, as they host Luciano Spalletti’s Roma at the Marin Anastasovici.
These sides met in their second fixture of the group, playing an overwhelming game at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico. Giurgiu were no pushovers, putting forward an opportunity after four minutes that goalkeeper Alisson Becker was determined in scrambling for, eventually forcing it away for a corner. Roma went ahead just ten minutes later though, where midfielder Kevin Strootman past into Lung’s goal following a set-piece. They bagged a second before the end of the first half, as former Tottenham defender Federico Fazio headed into a practically open-goal following some confusion around Astra’s defence. The second half couldn’t have opened out any worse, with defender Fabricio netting into his own goal. Luciano Spalletti will have been happy with his side’s performance, grabbing a clean sheet and seeing winger Mohamed Salah score a final goal that cemented the win.
Home side Astra Giurgiu go into the game knowing that a win against all odds would confirm their opportunity in the next round. A defeat for the side will push them out of the group if Austria Wien manage to win over Viktoria Plzen in their final game. They’re currently second in the group with seven points, and Thursday’s opposition secured in the top spot by a four point lead. Their most recent game had them playing Austria Wien at the Franz Horr Stadium. Marius Sumudica’s side went behind in the start of the second half, when a close finish from Lukas Rotpuller was simply put past Lung. They reacted impressively though, scoring twice over the last ten minutes through goals from Daniel Florea and a Constantin Budescu penalty.
Away side Roma have been one of the most impressive sides in the Europa League this season, alongside the likes of Schalke, Shaktar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg. Their four point lead means that they’ve won the group and will finish top regardless of this result. Roma come into the game full of energy and confidence after beating local rivals Lazio 2-0 in the Rome derby at the weekend. Their last game in the Europa League had them up against bottom-place Viktoria Plzen, where star-striker Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick, and an own goal from Plzen defender Mateju confirmed the defeat. Edin Dzeko, formerly of Manchester City, and former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah have been especially impressive this season scoring a combined twenty goals and six assists in Serie A alone.
Roma to win (Best priced at 7/5 on William Hill) – BET HERE
Mohamed Salah to score anytime (Best priced at 8/5 on BetVictor) – BET HERE
Viktoria Plzen v Austria Wien
Wolfgang Katzian’s Austria Wien travel to the Czech Republic on Thursday, as they conclude Group E with a last push for second push against Roman Pivarnik’s Viktoria Plzen.
The other game in which both teams met, had them meeting at Austria Wien’s Ernst Happel Stadion. It opened up with each side looking for a chance on goal but failing to break the deadlock over the entire 90 minutes. The attempts were even, with both side simply not strong enough to push through a goal. Forward Olarenwaju Kayode had a distressing display, as he scored in both halves but had both attempts ruled out as the referee deemed him as being offside. Plzen would have been happy with the result, as their only means of gaining points in the group have come from holding their opposition teams to a draw, with their result against Wien being the fifth draw they’ve been able to achieve in Europe this season.
Home side Viktoria Plzen are out of the competition regardless of their result against Austria Wien. It means that their only remaining use now is to potentially hold back their opposition from overtaking Astra Giurgiu and achieving a second place finish. They’ve had a thoroughly unimpressive time in Europe, losing twice and drawing three games, leaving them with only three points and third place Austria two points ahead. Their most impressive game saw them holding group-leaders Roma to a draw at their home ground, where they equalised within the first fifteen minutes, showing quality for the remaining 75 minutes of play.
Away side Austria Wien will go into the game prepared for a tense few hours, not only due to their own result impacting their eventual group position, but also Astra Giurgiu’s game against Roma also being a factor as an Austria win and Astra defeat will mean that they will manage to overtake the second place side in the table. Their last game was another attempt to overtake Astra in the table, but they were unable to take points away from their fierce opposition. Austria went ahead at the start of the second half as Lukas Rotpuller netted swiftly past Lung. Things only went sour when their defence fell to pieces late on, leaving it easy for Astra to net twice over the last ten minutes, taking all three points.
Austria Wien to win (Best priced at 17/10 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 21/20 on William Hill) – BET HERE
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