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Europa League accumulator: home wins the order of the day

| 15.03.2012

This week’s Europa League accumulator comes in at over 6/1 as we back four teams to show the value of playing at home.

We start in Greece, where Olympiacos are 10/11 to extend an extraordinary sequence against Ukraine’s Metalist.

The Greek champions have won ten successive matches in all competitions without conceding a single goal. And at home, they have won 13 fixtures on the spin, recording 11 clean sheets in the process.

They beat Rubin Kazan 1-0 in both legs of the previous round and saw off Metalist in Ukraine by the same score line.

Elsewhere, Hannover are 4/6 to get the better of Standard Liege. The Belgian side are without a win in seven, three of which they have lost – including the previous two on their travels.

Hannover meanwhile have won three of four at home and after a 2-2 draw in Liege, should win the return leg to progress.

Fellow Bundesliga side FC Schalke are 10/13 to beat Twente at home, having lost 1-0 to Steve McClaren’s men a week ago.

Schalke are unbeaten in 12 at home, dating back to October of last year, and have won all but three of these 12 encounters in Gelsenkirchen.

Though Twente edged the first leg 1-0, their away record in the Europa League indicates they are in for a struggle in Germany.

They have won just two of their last ten fixtures on their travels in this competition and most recently went down 3-1 at NEC in the Eredivisie.

Finally, Manchester City will get back to winning ways against Sporting Lisbon.

Roberto Mancini’s side have won their last four at Eastlands without conceding and will have no difficulty overturning a single goal deficit.

As for Sporting, they have won just one of their previous 11 matches away from home in domestic football, and so City are worth backing at 2/7.



Richard Anderson