The 2021/22 Europa League is back with seven sides still boasting perfect record heading into the third round of group games.
Bayer Leverkusen and Lyon have now moved to the top of the early Europa League outright betting as two of the sides yet to drop a point at this stage of the competition.
How many teams will have their winning starts intact by the end of Thursday night?
We’re here with another Europa League betting preview…
Europa League Betting Predictions | Matchday 3
Here are our three games to keep an eye on this Thursday night
NAPOLI VS LEGIA WARSAW, 20:00
Legia to nullify the hosts in Naples?
While Leicester have an early chance to spark their Europa League campaign into life away in Spartak Moscow on Wednesday afternoon, Foxes fans will also be taking a keen interest on this clash the following day.
It’s one that could also determine how realistic it will be for the Premier League side to snatch a knockout berth after their underwhelming start to this year’s competition.
If Brendan Rodgers’ men can finally get their act together by claiming maximum points in Moscow, they would probably welcome both sides cancelling each other out in Campania.
The Ekstraklasa outfit are more than capable of being unwelcome house guests in this tournament, having been the losing side in just of their last eight Europa League away days – a 1-0 defeat to Rangers back in August 2019, meaning they’ll be no pushovers for early Serie A pacesetters Napoli.
The Blues were surprisingly disjointed on home turf in their 3-2 defeat to Spartak Moscow in Matchday 1, while manager Luciano Spalletti could be tempted to reshuffle his pack here given a difficult domestic trip to Roma awaits in the wake of this fixture.
RANGERS VS BRONDBY, 20:00
Rangers to rally at Ibrox?
It’s set to be high-stakes stuff at Ibrox on Thursday night.
Victory would see Steven Gerrard’s men reinvigorate their chances of embarking on another extended run in the knockout stages having reached the R16 last season, while a third consecutive defeat would almost certainly leave them with too much ground to make up heading into the reverse set of fixtures.
This looks by far their best shot of picking up their first points given Brondby’s repeated travel sickness in this tournament, with just one qualifying round win to their name in 10 Europa League outings since 2016.
While the Scottish Premiership title holders will be mindful of their own struggles in continental clashes of late, winning just one of their last six, this looks fertile breeding ground to improve on that poor record.
WEST HAM UTD VS GENK, 20:00
Hammers to leave it late at the London Stadium?
Before this campaign sparked into life it had been over a decade since David Moyes last dabbled in this competition, when he guided Everton to the Round of 32 in 2009/10.
11 years later, it’s so far, so good for the Scotsman in his bid to repeat the trick with his latest employers, with West Ham looking on course to match that feat having made a flawless start to the group stages.
However, Belgian side Genk will travel to East London knowing a win for them would draw them level on points with the Hammers.
They already have one away success to their name having edged out Rapid Wien on Matchday 1, but that bright showing was swiftly blunted by an erratic 3-0 home defeat to Dinamo Zagreb three weeks ago.
This could be a slow burn of an evening for the Hammers, with Genk boss John van den Brom likely to be focused on eliminating his side’s errors at the back.
If he’s successful, he could stand every chance of maintaining an impressive away day record that has seen the Belgians lose just two of their last 12 Europa League excursions.
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