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UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 5 Odds & Picks: LASK vs Tottenham, Granada vs PSV & Lille vs Sparta Praha

Josh Ricker

by Josh Ricker in Soccer

Dec 1, 2020 · 7:47 AM PST

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LASK's Marko Raguz, right, challenge for the ball with Tottenham's Gareth Bale during the Europa League, Group J, soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and LASK in London, England, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Adam Davy/Pool via AP)
  • This Thursday, the Europa League is onto its fifth matchday of the new campaign with many groups still too close to call as we approach the end of the group stage
  • Twenty-four games will be played on Thursday with six of the 12 groups having a point or less between second and third place
  • The three Europa League games to keep your eye on are LASK Linz vs Tottenham, Granada vs PSV Eindhoven, and Lille vs Sparta Praha

The Europa League is back on Thursday for the fifth matchday of the 2020/21 season and we are in store for some matches with serious knockout round implications. The fifth matchday is when things start to really take shape and teams find out what they need to do on the last day. Some teams, like Arsenal and Hoffenheim have already qualified for their place in the Round of 32, so look for them to rest players on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, some groups are far from being decided. In Group H for example, Lille, AC Milan and Sparta Praha have eight, seven and six points respectively. The game between Lille and Sparta Praha is a close one to call despite the odds and will have a major effect on the future for this competition. Overall, Thursday will be a great day of football for fans across Europe.

Europa League Matchday 5 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
LASK Linz vs Tottenham +335 +320 -148
AC Milan vs Celtic -275 +415 +650
Zorya Luhansk vs Leicester City +375 +290 -143
Sivasspor vs Villareal +440 +255 -143
Lille vs Sparta Praha -250 +430 +525
AA Gent vs Slovan Liberec -186 +360 +410
AEK Athens vs S.C. Braga +225 +290 +105
CSKA Moscow vs Wolfsberger AC -167 +295 +450
Feyenoord vs Dinamo Zagreb +114 +265 +220
Red Star Belgrade vs TSG Hoffenheim +185 +275 +125
Royal Antwerp FC vs Ludogorets -215 +360 +525
Qarabag vs Maccabi Tel Aviv +245 +240 +110
Arsenal vs Rapid Wien -250 +390 +600
Benfica vs Lech Poznan -400 +450 +1150
AZ Alkmaar vs Napoli +310 +280 -125
Nice vs Bayer Leverkusen +360 +280 -139
Roma vs Young Boys -125 +280 +325
Real Sociedad vs Rijeka -625 +650 +1500
Rangers FC vs Standard de Liege -245 +395 +575
CFR Cluj vs CSKA Sofia -143 +280 +400
Granada CF vs PSV Eindhoven +155 +230 +175
Molde vs Dundalk -670 +655 +1525
Omonia Nicosia vs PAOK +475 +280 -159
Slavia Praha vs Hapoel Beer Sheva -400 +500 +950

All odds taken Nov 30 at DraftKings

Europa League Pick 1: LASK Linz vs Tottenham

A healthier Tottenham side in their first full year under gaffer Jose Mourinho has looked deadly so far. Their only slip up in the Europa League came to Antwerp away from home in a 1-0 defeat. Aside from that loss, they have won the other three matches by a combined score of 10-1 including a 3-0 drubbing of their Thursday opponents, LASK.

Despite Tottenham’s good form, LASK has also won four out of their last six games in all competitions. This game is particularly interesting because Spurs will not want to wait for the last matchday to qualify for the knockout stages. A good performance is necessary for Jose’s side, and after a draw at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, they will want to bounce back in a big fashion.

My Pick: Spurs -1.5 (+188)

Europa League Pick 2: Granada vs PSV Eindhoven

Granada and PSV is a Europa League fixture with so much on the line for Eindhoven. Granada have all but qualified with ten points. However, PAOK from Greece sit only one point behind PSV in third place, making this a must-win for Roger Schmidt’s side. The reverse fixture saw Granada win by a score of 2-1 in Holland, but recent form shows that PSV have a fighting chance.

Granada has only won once in their last four tries, allowing an average of 2.5 goals to their opponents in those same matches. Donyell Malen is a young sensation for PSV and has already banged in six goals this season in seven starts. Both sides have great value moneylines for this game but expect PSV’s youth to come through for them in this Europa League match.

My Pick: PSV moneyline (+175)

Europa League Pick 3: Lille vs Sparta Praha

Lastly, we have Lille vs Sparta Praha in what should be an enthralling Group H Europa League matchup. Neither of these sides have qualified and have Milan sitting in between them in second place who will surely win their match against last place, Celtic.

Lille won the first match of this competition against Sparta with a heavy hand (4-1) but have drawn their last two matches of late in all competitions against Milan and Saint-Etienne.

While Sparta Praha are coming off two wins in Europa, both against Celtic by a 4-1 scoreline. On the weekend they were 1-0 winners over Teplice in league play. However, their other two Europa League matches not against Celtic, saw them lose 4-1 and 3-0.

Expect Lille to finish their qualification and send Sparta Praha falling out of the group stage.

My Pick: Lille -1.5 (+110)

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