The first game on this Smart Acca Picks comes from Liverpool against Toulouse at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s men looking to continue their perfect start in the Europa League.
Liverpool have won three of their last five matches, having beaten Leicester 3-1 in the League Cup before their controversial 2-1 loss away to Tottenham. Since then, the Reds have beaten Union Saint-Gilloise and Everton by 2-0 scorelines on either side of a 2-2 draw with Brighton.
Toulouse are on a four-game unbeaten run since suffering a 2-1 loss away at Lens, having beaten Metz 3-0 and LASK 1-0 before drawing 1-1 with both Brest and Reims.
Polish champions Rakow takes on Sporting Lisbon in Group D of the Europa League, with the visitors coming into this match as firm favourites.
Rakow have lost their last two Group Stage matches against Sturm Graz 1-0 and Atalanta 2-0, while their recent domestic form has seen them beat Radomiak 3-0 and Legia Warsaw 2-1 before being beaten 2-1 away at Gornik Zabrze.
Barring Sporting’s 2-1 loss at home to Atalanta, their form has been pristine under Ruben Amorim, having beaten Sturm Graz and Arouca by 2-1 scorelines on either side of 2-0 and 3-2 wins against Rio Ave and Farense.
Bayer Leverkusen hosts Qarabag on Thursday night in the Europa League, with Xabi Alonso’s men aiming to carry on their terrific start to the season.
The home side have won all of their last five matches, having beaten the likes of Heidenheim 4-1, Mainz 05 3-0, Molde 2-1, Koln 3-0 and Wolfsburg 2-1. Notably, Netherlands international, Jeremie Frimpong, has scored in each of Leverkusen’s last three matches.
Qarabag have started their Europa League campaign in superb fashion, having earned back-to-back 1-0 wins over both Hacken and Molde. The Azerbaijani outfit have also managed two wins in their last three Azerbaijan Premier League matches, following 5-0 and 2-0 victories over Sumqayit and Neftci before drawing 2-2 with Turan.
Brighton faces a managerless Ajax side at the Amex Stadium in Group B of the Europa League.
Roberto De Zerbi’s men have hit somewhat of a rough patch of late, having lost 1-0, 6-1 and 2-1 to Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City while earning 2-2 draws with Marseille and Liverpool.
However, Ajax are also winless in their last five games, having only managed 3-3 and 1-1 draws with Marseille and AEK Athens in the Europa League while being thrashed 4-0 by Feyenoord on top of further 2-1 and 4-3 losses to AZ Alkmaar and Utrecht.
Fenerbahce goes up against Ludogorets in the Europa Conference League with the home side looking to keep up their outstanding run of form.
So far this season, Fenerbahce have won all 15 matches that they have taken part in, most recently beating the likes of Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0, Rizespor 5-0, Spartak Trnava 2-1, Kasimpasa 2-0 and Hatayspor 4-2.
Ludogorets’ first two Europa Conference League matches have seen significantly contrasting results, having managed to beat Spartak Trnava 4-0 before losing 7-1 at Nordsjaelland. The visitors are currently fifth in the Bulgarian First League and recorded 1-0 and 4-0 victories over Levski Sofia and Pirin on either side of their defeat to Nordsjaelland before drawing 0-0 with Arda.
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