Europa League handicap betting: Big wins afoot for heavyweight trio

The final set of fixtures in the Europa League group stages are upon us this Thursday with the majority of groups already finalised in terms of qualification for the knockout rounds. Nevertheless, we are back for more Europa League handicap betting, as we take a look at three of the continents heavyweights take centre stage.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Molde – Leverkusen (-2)

Bayer Leverkusen continued their unbeaten record over the weekend and remain top of the Bundesliga as a result of a 1-1 draw with the in-form Stuttgart. It now means 21 games have passed across the DFB-Pokal, Bundesliga and Europa League where Xabi Alonso’s men have won 18 games and drawn only three times.

They will play hosts to Molde this Thursday with the German giants coming into this game after winning all five of their Europa League outings, including a 2-1 win over in Norway against Molde.

It’s almost impossible to argue Molde’s case in this game with the Eliteserien side finishing fifth in their league campaign with only a 50% win record from 30 games. Ultimately, despite already being through to the next round, Leverkusen should stroll to a win.

Odds are now at 9/4 (3.5) for Leverkusen on the -2 handicap line.

Roma vs Sheriff Tiraspol – Roma (-2)

Roma are through to the next round of the Europa League, but they will be eager to win this game in order to avoid the playoffs and head straight into the knockout phase.

Jose Mourinho’s men have improved greatly this season compared to the last, and his side now sit up in fourth in Serie A. However, with them sitting second in Group G, Roma will hope to win this game in order to avoid the dreaded Europa League playoffs.

On the other hand, a victory over Sheriff Tiraspol should come easy to Mourinho's men, as his team head into this game knowing that the opposition has failed to win a single game this European season with four losses on the board and 14 goals conceded.

Back in the Italian capital too, Roma should ease to a win in this game.

Sporting Lisbon vs Sturm Graz – Sporting (-1.0)

What a sensational season so far it has been for Sporting Lisbon once again. The men from the Portuguese capital have had to settle for Benfica and Porto winning the title for many years, but the Lions have established themselves right back amongst those two heavyweights of European football in recent years.

Lisbon are top of the Primeira Liga with just two losses and 10 wins on the board from 13 games so far. This has seen the club score 28 goals in the league, while they are already into the next round of the Europa League too.

Sporting cannot finish above Atalanta in the group due to the head-to-head inferiority over the Serie A side, so the Portuguese outfit are merely aiming for a win in this game ahead of a playoffs battle.

Sturm Graz have let in six goals and scored only four of their own and with just one win on the board, the Austrian side likely fall to another loss, especially as this game is in Portugal.

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Grant is a British sports writer based in America and was previously content head for Footy Accumulators. He has been covering football, boxing and MMA since leaving university in 2019 with a degree in Multimedia Sports Journalism.