Real Betis and Real Sociedad: Four matches and four keys to the Europa League groups
The third day of the European League measures the options of the two Spanish teams in the competition. Full of victories for both in the first two matches, both Betis and Real Sociedad. Verdiblanco plays the star-studded match of the competition against Roma, and by winning it could put them on the right track to qualify for the next round. La Real travels to Moldova to face the Sheriff of Tiraspol awaiting Manchester United’s reaction in Cyprus after being crushed in the Premier League derby against City. In the Betis group, Ludogorets could endanger Roma if he wins his match in Finland against HJK Helsinki as he beat the Italians in the first round.
The Roma star and Betis shine in the Stars game on the third day of the European League with a clear preference for Italians who need to score
Real Betis - Roma (Group C): Mourinho’s epic streak
Roma and Real Betis have never faced each other in European competition before; The Italians have won only two of their last 13 games against Spanish clubs (D2, L9), beating Villarreal in 2017 (4-0) and Barcelona in 2018 (3-0). Roma will be the third Italian team Betis has faced in the European competition, after Milan and Bologna. Betis is unbeaten in the last three matches of this type (W2, D1).
Including qualifying, Roma are unbeaten in their last 20 home matches in the European competition (W14 D6) - it’s the longest running streak for an Italian team since Juventus went 27 games unbeaten between 2013 and 2018. Real Betis won the UEFA Europa League . Matches of the season - the last time they had a longer winning streak in all European competitions was between December 1998 and November 2002 (6 in the UEFA Cup).
As it happens, Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) has shot more than any other player in the European League this season (11), while his team-mate Nicolo Zaniolo is the player who has taken the most shots without scoring in the competition (9). ). As per Betfair predictions, Roma are highly favourites and are paid 1.75 per euro bet to win the match despite the Andalusian club’s impressive start.
HJK Helsinki-Ludogorets: Finns don’t know how to draw
HJK Helsinki and Ludogorets have never met before in European competition. Only the Finns met the Bulgarian side, Peruvian Stara Zagora, in the 2016-2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers, where they qualified during Round 2–1 on aggregate between the two legs. Ludogorets have never faced a club from Finland in the European competition.
Except for the qualifiers, none of Helsinki’s last 22 matches in major European competitions have ended in a draw, with five wins and 17 losses. The Bulgarian national team surprised Roma by winning the first round and is a clear candidate in this match. According to Betfair predictions, Ludogorets win at a rate of 2 per euro for 3.5 per euro bet by locals.
Sherif Tiraspol - Real Sociedad (Group E): Hot Surloth
Sherif Tiraspol has faced only one Spanish team in the European competition. Real Madrid, in the group stage of the Champions League last season (W1 L1).
This will be Real Sociedad’s first match in the European competition against the Moldova team. The two Spanish teams who had previously played in Moldova won their matches; Real Betis beat Zimbro Chisinau in 2002 and Real Madrid beat Sheriff Tiraspol in 2021.
Sheriff Tiraspol has won four of his last seven matches in the European League (D3), more than he achieved in his first 21 matches in the competition (W3 D10 D8). Real Sociedad have won their two UEFA Europa League matches this season and are looking to win three consecutive matches in the competition for the second time in their history (previously October-November 2017). According to Betfair predictions, Sorloth (who comes from a double and assist against Girona) is the player with the most options to score and is paid 2.6 per bet in Euros when this happens.
Omonia-Manchester United: nepotism against crisis
Manchester United will be the third Premier League team to face Omonia Nicosia in the UEFA major tournament, after Arsenal in the 1994-95 Cup Winners’ Cup and Manchester City in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. The Cypriot team lost all four matches.
This will be Manchester United’s first European match against a team from Cyprus. The only Premier League team to have previously faced a Cypriot club in the UEFA Europa League was Everton in the 2017-18 season (against Apollon Limassol).
Excluding qualifiers, Omonia Nicosia has won only one of their last 26 matches in the European major leagues (D6 L19), beating PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1 at home in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League. Manchester United have won five of their last six away matches in the Europa League, with the exception of a 3-2 loss to Roma in the 2020-21 semi-finals.
Bruno Filipe plays a key role at Omonia and has been involved in 64% of Omonia Nicosia’s 11 shots this season in the Europa League (four shots and 3 chances), the highest of any player in the competition this season. According to Betfair predictions, United’s away win is the most likely for the away team in the entire Europa League day and is paid out at 1.2 per euro bet.