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Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6 Odds & Picks: Napoli vs Real Sociedad, Spurs vs Antwerp & Celtic vs Lille

Gary Gowers

by Gary Gowers in Soccer

Dec 9, 2020 · 7:12 AM PST

Napoli's Faouzi Ghoulam
Napoli's Faouzi Ghoulam, left, and Napoli's Nikola Maksimovic, right, react during the Europa League group F soccer match between AZ and Napoli at the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar, Netherlands, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Eva Plevier/Pool via AP)
  • UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6 takes place on December 10, 2020
  • It’s crunch time as the tournament reaches the final round of the group phase
  • We list the odds for all 23 games, preview three, and offer our best bets below

It’s Matchday 6 of the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage this week, with all 23 games taking place on December 10. Tottenham are currently favorites to win the tournament, closely followed by North London rivals Arsenal, but with Manchester United having now been knocked out of the Champions League, they too will be highly fancied.

We list the odds for Tuesday’s eight games, pick out three to preview, and offer some best bets.

Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Dundalk vs Arsenal +1400 +650 -625
Bayer Leverkusen vs Slavia Prague -162 +320 +415
CSKA Sofia vs Roma +315 +295 -129
Napoli vs Real Sociedad +100 +270 +245
PSV Eindhoven vs Omonia Nicosia -360 +475 +900
Young Boys vs CFR Cluj -182 +320 +460
Lech Poznan vs Rangers +370 +315 -157
Standard Liege vs Benfica +430 +315 -175
Rijeka vs AZ Alkmaar +725 +400 -275
Rapid Vienna vs Molde +115 +270 +210
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Nice +235 +250 +110
PAOK Thessaloniki vs Granada CF +135 +235 +195
Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp -286 +400 +725
Leicester City vs AEK Athens -286 +400 +725
Sparta Prague vs AC Milan +435 +340 -182
TSG Hoffenheim vs AA Gent -278 +435 +625
S.C. Braga vs Zorya Luhansk -225 +350 +575
Celtic vs Lille +220 +260 +115
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Sivasspor +110 +240 +245
Wolfsberger AC vs Feyenoord +185 +270 +130
Dinamo Zagreb vs CSKA Moscow +115 +245 +230
Ludogorets Razgrad vs LASK Linz +230 +260 +110
Slovan Liberec vs Red Star Belgrade +200 +240 +130

All odds taken Dec 9 at DraftKings

Pick 1: Napoli vs Real Sociedad

There is still plenty left to play for in Group F, with three teams fighting for the top two spots. Two of them go head-to-head in the Stadio San Paolo, with Napoli currently leading the group on ten points, two ahead of both Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar.

With third-placed AZ Alkmaar expected to beat bottom-placed HNK Rijeka, Napoli needs the minimum of a draw to progress to the knockout phase while Real Sociedad must at least match Alkmaar’s result.

With the stakes so high, a tight, cagey game is anticipated, even more so because this group has been notable for its low-scoring games. These two have conceded just six goals between them. With Napoli winning 1-0 in San Sebastian in October’s reverse tie, the Italians have the slight edge and so the chance to double your money is where the value lies.

Pick: Napoli to win (+100)

Pick 2: Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp

Top spot in Group J is at stake in North London as Spurs look to finish what has been a tricky group with a win, even though both teams have already qualified for the knockout phase. As things stand, Antwerp holds a two-point lead over Tottenham but both will be hoping to finish top to give themselves a more favorable seeding.

For Spurs, who are top of the EPL after 11 games, the Europa League has given coach Jose Mourinho the chance to give game time to some of his fringe players but, as a result, their away form has been mixed. It’s a different story, however, at home where they have won both previous games easily.

Antwerp’s form in this competition has been excellent – including a 1-0 over Tottenham at the Bosuilstadion – and although they slipped up at weekend against Gent, where they lost 4-2, they will come into this with confidence. This will be Spurs’ biggest test and with Mourinho expected to ring the changes, there’s value in the draw.

Pick: Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp to draw (+400)

Pick 3: Celtic vs Lille

It’s been a nightmare of a season so far for the Hoops – both in Europe and domestically – but after such an underwhelming Europa League campaign they will be desperate to sign off with a win. Despite starting with high hopes of going deep into the knockout stages, Neil Lennon’s team have earned just a single point so far, from a 2-2 draw away in Lille, and have carried the same indifferent form into the Scottish Premier League where they trail their bitter rivals Rangers by 13 points.

For Lille, who have already qualified for the knockout stage, the big prize here is a top spot in the group; one that is theirs for the taking if they win or, at least, match AC Milan’s result against Sparta Prague.

So, while the French team is the favorite, there is an argument here that says the Scottish champions will produce a big performance in response to some very loud criticism in the Glasgow press and from their own supporters. On that basis, there looks to be value in the home win.

Pick: Celtic to win (+220)

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