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Aris vs Atletico Madrid – Holders start campaign in Greece

| 16.09.2010

Europa League holders Atletico Madrid face a record that reads, played 21, won 11, drawn 10 and lost none, as they bid to win successive titles.

Aris Thessaloniki FC may not be a household name, but 21 games without defeat in Europe is undeniably seriously good home form and at 7/2 to beat Atletico, are worth a look.

Atletico, 5/6 to win in Greece, will have to make do without Sergio Aguero as they look to break down the solid Aris defence, but the Greek side will need to be weary of Diego Forlan who has continued his impressive World Cup form with three goals in two La Liga games.

In Group B’s other encounter, Rosenborg make the trip to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen and history suggests Leverkusen should justify their 4/11 favourtism.

Rosenborg have scored just the one goal in four European away matches and have won just once in Germany from eight attempts which would explain why they are as long as 8/1.

Leverkusen are back in Europe since exiting at the quarter-final stage in 2007/08 and have scored six goals in their two qualifying ties to get here plus have five goals in three games in the Budesliga.

Group J

Atletico’s domestic rivals Sevilla are 11/10 to win Group J and are 8/15 to beat Paris Saint-Germain but will have to stop their four match losing streak in Europe to do so.

PSG have a decent record against Spanish teams, losing just four times in 12 occasions and can be backed at 6/1.

Borussia Dortmund make the trip to Ukraine to play FC Karpaty Lviv and are 4/5 to continue their run of never losing to a Ukranian side.

Spain’s dominance of the current sporting calendar can continue in the Europa League with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in the top five of the betting to win the tournament. See the latest UEFA Europa League football betting markets here.



Ed Needham