The Europa League group stage will continue this Thursday with the third round. Teams will play against their third opponents which can mean real big derbies between top clubs. Like the Benfica vs Rangers or the Feyenoord vs CSKA Moscow games. In our Europa League Matchday 3 predictions we check the odds for these and some other games too.
There haven’t been too many surprises yet in the Europa League group games with a few exceptions. Like Antwerp’s win over Tottenham in the previous round or a home draw for Roma against CSKA Sofia. But mostly big clubs are leading their groups or stand in the qualifying meaning second place. In the next round the situation can get crucial for some teams without a point while other teams can secure their lead. Let’s see the most exciting games and the favorites to win them.
Europa League Matchday 3 predictions favor home wins in top games
One of the most awaited games of the round will be the Benfica vs Rangers match where the Portuguese team is the favorite. Their odds to win is 1.80 while Rangers have the odds of 4.20 for a victory. Both teams have won their first two games in the group, and are likely to go through to the next round. But the winner of this derby makes another step towards qualifying. Surely the home team will play their best in front of their fans. They are in good form after winning all of their games in the Portuguese league and in the Europa League as well. While Steven Gerrard’s side is also performing well and leading the Scottish Premiership ahead of big rival Celtic.
Roma and Cluj are also level on points in Group A with one win and a draw. Now they face each other in Rome where the home team has the odds of 1.36 for winning offered by online sportsbooks in Italy. Paulo Fonseca’s team dropped two points in the previous round against CSKA Sofia, so have to really win this game now. While AC Milan will face a tougher match against Lille in the San Siro, but according to their latest form they should get the three points as well. As the team leads the Serie A after six rounds and their Europa League group too.
CSKA Moscow can win in Rotterdam
In another exciting game Feyenoord will host CSKA Moscow. The Russian team is slightly favored to win in the Europa League Matchday 3 predictions with the odds of 2.50. But the hosts should do everything for a victory after having only one point so far. With another defeat they are likely to be out from the competition while CSKA’s place is not secure either. They are in 2nd place after drawing both Wolfsberg and Dinamo Zagreb earlier. Both teams prepared with a win for the game, and hope to continue in similar form. So we might see a draw here which has the odds of 3.40 on bet365.
Online gambling sites in Italy also favor the visitor’s victory in the HNK Rijeka vs Napoli game. Even though the Italians have lost ther first game against AZ Alkmaar at home, they won their next one against Real Sociedad. Napoli have a mixed season so far with some great wins and unexpected defeats both at home and in the international games. But the Croatians are not on the same level and shouldn’t cause too much trouble for Gattuso’s team. In the other game of their group Sociedad will host leaders AZ. The Spanish side is favored to win the game and make this group even more exciting.