Action continues in the UEFA Europa League this week. It’s unusual to have the games come in thick and fast in this hectic football competition. But the teams competing in the Europa League this season have more on their plate, no thanks to the tight schedule this season, which is an aftermath of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
This week will feature the second round of group stage games in the football competition. And if the results from last week are anything to go by, expect a lot of Europa League goals this week.
At least two goals were scored in 19 of the 24 games played in the first round. Of those 19, at least three goals were scored in 14 of them. Only one game finished without a goal – the one between Dinamo Zagreb and Feyenoord.
If you’re still unsure about what teams to add to your Europa League bet slip, you should consider backing the teams that scored a lot of goals last week. And Villarreal is one of such teams.
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Their game against Sivasspor had eight goals. La Liga’s Yellow Submarines scored five of those goals. Four goals were scored in each half of that game and four players scored for Villarreal. The Spanish side has started like a house on fire and it’s expected that they will continue with the momentum this week.
Another side to look out for is Tottenham. When a side scores three unreplied goals in their opening game of a competition, that’s momentum. And Jose Mourinho’s side has started in the best way possible, with their hattrick of goals against LASK. Speaking of momentum, AC Milan is riding high on it.
They’re unbeaten in 20+ games and are fresh off scoring three against Scotland’s biggest side, Celtic. Up next for them is a Sparta Praha side that shipped in four goals in their game against Lille.
In which games will both sides score this week?
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No team scored more goals than Bayer Leverkusen in the first round. The German side went on a rampage against Nice, scoring six goals – and conceding twice. They’re unbeaten in their last seven in all competitions (talk about momentum), although they’ve only won three of those.
Most of the big wins were managed by the home sides. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the sides playing on unfamiliar territory.
AZ Alkmaar’s surprise win over Napoli was one of the shocking results of the week. Arsenal, AC Milan, AS Roma, Benfica, Rangers, and Real Sociedad all won on away territory. That means these sides will be playing at home this week. Fancy them to continue from where they left things off – by winning again this week?
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