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Europa League accumulator: Anzhi to show credentials

| 20.09.2012

Guessing how seriously each team will take the competition is one of the biggest difficulties of Europa League betting, but we believe we have found four selections that pays a combined 18/1.

Knowledge is even more limited ahead of the opening round of Europa League fixtures, but Anzhi certainly look overpriced travelling to Udinese.

Anzhi have won five in a row in all competitions and thrashed AZ 5-0 away from home to qualify for the group stages.

On the flip side Udinese are without a competitive victory this season and may decide to put out a weaker team bearing in mind they host AC Milan in Serie A this weekend.

Winning the Europa League is arguably Anzhi’s biggest goal of the season and 11/8 is a big price that they open with a win at Udinese.

Dnipro are pretty formidable at home, as they have not lost on their own patch in 2012 and have won all of their last seven.

PSV have been dominant at home, but have lost two of their three away fixtures in the Dutch league.

Therefore, with the Ukrainian league of a similar standard to Holland, Dnipro are the value call as 7/4 underdogs.

Defending Europa League champions Atletico Madrid may have left Falcao at home for their trip to Israel, but 4/7 remains reasonable value that a slightly weakened team can beat Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Atletico have won all of their last five Europa League away games, with the likes of Lazio, Besiktas and Hannover presenting sterner challenges from that expected of Hapoel.

Finally, we have plumped for Viktoria Plzen to claim a home success over Academia.

Academia finished well down the Portuguese league last season and are only in this competition because of a cup triumph.

Plzen held AC Milan and Schalke at home in the Champions League last season and look the stronger of the two teams.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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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.