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Europa League – Saint Etienne can claim Utd scalp

Europa League – Saint Etienne can claim Utd scalp

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The second legs of the Europa League round of 32 matches take place this week and there are plenty of value bets on offer over the course of Wednesday and Thursday.

Manchester United take a 3-0 goal lead to France, where they will take on Saint Etienne, and are firm favourites to reach the last 16 of the competition.

Jose Mourinho’s men virtually killed off the tie at Old Trafford and with a League Cup final to come on Sunday, the Utd boss is expected to make a raft of changes on Wednesday.

That would certainly make the 51/20 for a Saint Etienne win look very tempting, with the Ligue 1 side only losing two games at home in all competitions so far this season.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have a one-goal deficit to overturn against Belgian side Gent and going on the first leg, it won’t be a simple task for Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still battling on three fronts and the manager is likely to have to shuffle his squad at this crucial stage of the season.

Their temporary home venue of Wembley has not been a happy hunting ground in Europe, but Spurs should have enough to win on Thursday. The Premier League side are 5/19 to win on Thursday and 4/9 to qualify for the next round.

Meanwhile, two other bets stand out ahead of Thursday’s matches. APOEL Nicosia welcome Athletic Bilbao to Cyprus, 3-2 down from the first leg in Spain and 53/20 to win the second leg.

The home team have already beaten the likes of Rosenborg, Astana, Young Boys and Olympiakos at home this season and will fancy their chances against a Bilbao team that are without a win in their last six away fixtures.

The La Liga outfit have also failed to win any of their last five games away from home in Europe.

Finally, Legia Warsaw are a tempting 2/1 to qualify for the last 16, as they prepare to face Ajax in the Netherlands. The Polish side showed what they were capable of during their Champions League group campaign, with a victory over Sporting Lisbon and a draw with Real Madrid.

The first leg in Poland was 0-0, so Legia could go through with a score draw in Amsterdam.

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