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Everton, Tottenham and Celtic can kick-start our weekend early by clicking a 17/1 treble

It's a Bank Holiday weekend on the Emerald Isle, and what better way to start it in style than with a winning Europa League treble!

by Josh Powell | October 22, 2014

The Europa League often throws up a minefield of betting problems for punters on a Thursday due to, more often than not, a lack of knowledge about the opposition. Although you might keep up with the Premier League religiously, and you have a decent awareness of what’s happening in Spain, Germany and Italy, being able to recall the latest standings in the Romanian top flight is a different kettle of fish.

That’s why we are here to help. Everton, Celtic and Tottenham are in action tonight and we fancy a little Europa League accumulator to start the Bank Holiday weekend in style. Below you’ll find a brief history, a vaguely researched internet fact and the recent league form of their opponents tonight to help inform your punting as well your pub quiz team. Plus we’ve compiled a cheeky little 17/1 treble to help kick-start the weekend early.

Lille v Everton: 6.00pm, live on ITV4

Lille don’t need too much of an introduction to be fair. Since 2000 the club have become regulars on the European scene, and in 2011 completed the domestic league and cup double in France – 56 years after their last trophy.

Vaguely Researched Internet Fact
During ‘La Braderie’ in Lille (a big flea market event) more than 200km of streets and pavements are covered in stalls. That’s 200km of people like Kat Slater and Bianca Butcher trying to see you knock-off perfume and fruit.

Recent League Form
After going unbeaten in their opening six games, Lille have now lost three of the last four, including a 2-1 defeat to 19th placed Guingamp at home. Since keeping five clean sheets in six games, they’ve now conceded six in four and appear to be stuck in some sorry form.

We’re plumping for the draw at odds of 9/4

  • Get stuck into all the latest Europa League odds here: Desktop | Mobile

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Celtic v FC Astra Giurgiu: 8.00pm, live on BT Sport 1

FC Astra Giurgiu have been playing top flight football in Romania since 2009 after more name changes than Puff Daddy. They played in Ploiesti for 91 years until September 2012 when they moved stadium to Giurgiu. Last year was their most prolific season as they lost the league by just five points to Steaua Bucharest, but beat them on penalties to win the Romanian Cup.

Vaguely Researched Internet Fact
Giurgiu is one of just 20 Romanian cities that the river Danube flows through. The Danube is Europe’s second longest river (after the Volga) and that is literally the most interesting fact I can find out about Giurgiu.

Recent League Form
After a decent start to the season Astra have won just one of their last five games. Away from home their recent form reads L-W-L-D-D and they’ve scored just four goals in their last five games on the road.

Celtic should be too strong at home and we’re backing them on the handicap at 15/8 to win by two or more

  • Will it be a win for the Hoops? The latest odds are here: Desktop | Mobile


Tottenham v Asteras Tripolis: 8.00pm, live on ITV4

The club was dissolved in 1968, but Asteras Tripolis reformed spectacularly in 1978. Since the turn of the Millennium they took Greek football by storm, going unbeaten in five years and moving up four divisions, eventually to the Greek Super League in 2007. In 2013/14 they reached their first Greek Cup Final, but lost to Olympiacos 3-1 after extra-time #SadFace.

Vaguely Researched Internet Fact
The Siege of Tripolitsa was a bloody battle in the Greek War of Independence in 1821. The event was made famous in the folk song ‘Forty lads from Livadhia’, and if you do so desire, I think this is said song. However my Greek isn’t great so I can’t be entirely sure.

Recent League Form
Not too bad – A record that reads three wins, one draw and two defeats. Interestingly 70 per cent of their points this season have come at home, and 71 per cent of the goals they’ve conceded have been on the road, so they miss their home comforts in Greece, let alone North London.

Even if Tottenham play their second string they should win comfortably so we’re backing them at 10/11 to win by two or more

  • Can Spurs pick up three points? The latest odds are just a click away: Desktop | Mobile


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