Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Europa action

With the Champions League group stages done and dusted, we are left with the less-savoury Europa games for the week. There are 2 home teams that I like a lot for tomorrow's games; Fulham and Lazio.

Fulham host bottom-club Odense and will be on the look-out for 3 points if they are to keep their options of qualifying for the next round. Marin Jol's men are a formidable force at home and although the talk at Craven Cottage this week has been a possible rift between the manager and striker Zamora, the hosts should have too much class against the Danish side. I recommend Fulham as a Win.

Lazio welcome group leaders Sporting Lisbon and I see value in backing the Italians here. They are very strong at home, having yet to taste defeat on their ground. Sporting have already qualified for the next round and will certainly not be fielding their strongest team. Moreover, quite a few of their regulars are out injured. This is a game that Lazio must win to keep their qualifying chances alive and I cannot see them being beaten at home in these conditions. They are recommended as a draw-no-bet.

Win: Fulham
Draw-no-bet: Lazio

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