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Toffees to get back on track

Toffees to get back on track


Thursday sees 24 intriguing Europa League ties and a number of big names have something to prove after struggling in the opening round.

Everton certainly fall into that bracket and will be keen to get their European adventure back on track against Apollon Limassol.

The Toffees were turgid in their opening 3-0 defeat to Atalanta but a win at the weekend will have injected some much needed confidence and they should triumph at 5/18.

In the other game in Group E, the aforementioned La Dea will be aiming for another upset against Lyon.

The Italian side were arguably the stars of the opening round but Les Gones are always handy at home. It will not be easy but maybe a home win with both to score at 49/20 could be the way to go.

Arsenal are also in action and face a step into the unknown, with a tricky trip to Belarus to face BATE Borisov.

The Gunners were unconvincing but got the job done against Cologne and although their outing in the east is unlikely to be straightforward, their price of 20/43 perhaps suggests their superiority on paper.

Plenty of other big names are in action on Thursday, with home wins a likely theme by the looks of it.

AC Milan, Athletic Bilbao, Nice and Lazio should also ease past their opponents although events elsewhere should be more exciting.

Braga are also an excellent price to win on their own patch when Istanbul Basaksehir come to Portugal, but the clash in Russia’s second city is arguably the pick of the games.

Both Zenit St Petersburg and Real Sociedad made winning starts and have squads capable of reaching the latter stages. Their encounter at the Krestovsky Stadium could be crucial to outcome of the Group L and this may well be a game where the draw is the answer at 5/2.

Elsewhere and with domestic struggles, Cologne could be susceptible against Crvena Zvezda, who are 17/4 to cause an upset.

Local rivals Partizan Belgrade could also shock the occasionally flaky Dynamo Kiev at 53/20 while Salzburg will undoubtedly tempt some at 7/5, with Marseille too unpredictable to trust.

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