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The Weekly Accumulator: Back big guns to win in Europa League

| 25.08.2011

38 spots in the group stages of the Europa League are to be sealed after the second legs of the play-off round ties and we think we have identified ten winners that pay a combined 66/1.

Of them, AEK Larnaca are the biggest priced selection to beat Rosenborg, but they have won both their home qualification games already in the competition this season and held their own in the away leg when gaining a goalless draw.

Elsewhere, Spartak Moscow should make their superior squad count at home to Legia Warsaw, while the latter’s fellow Poles Slask Wroclaw look to have their work cut out in beating Rapid Bucharest after losing the initial leg at home.

Lazio thumped Rabotnicki 6-0 in the home leg and even if picking a weakened team, they should still secure another win in Macedonia, while local rivals Roma are not so comfortable, after losing 1-0 to Slovan Bratislava.

Roma dominated for long spells without managing to score, but are fancied with home advantage, especially as Francesco Totti is expected to return.

Schalke are perhaps the biggest club in danger of not reaching the group stages as last season’s Champions League semi finalists were beaten 2-0 in Finland by HJK Helsinki.

Jefferson Farfan also returns for Schalke and will add some useful pace to their attacks.

Europa League Selections
Roma to beat Slovan Bratislava @ 2/9
Schalke to beat HJK Helsinki @ 1/5
Partizan Belgrade to beat Shamrock Rovers @ 2/9
Dynamo Kiev to beat Litex Lovech @ 1/4
Spartak Moscow to beat Legia Warsaw @ 2/5
Rapid Bucharest to beat Slask Wroclaw @ 8/15
Lazio to beat Rabotnicki @ 4/6
Dinamo Bucharest to beat Vorskla @ 8/11
Karpaty Lviv to beat PAOK @ 1/1
AEK Larnaca to beat Rosenborg @ 11/8



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.