• Chris Sobey


The Europa League Group stage came to an end last night and Manchester United qualified for the knockout stage by finishing runner up in Group A after beating Zoya 2-0 last night. Southampton unfortunately just missed out on qualifying for the knockout stage from Group K last night after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to H Beer Sheva, who qualified ahead of them on goal difference.

Other teams to qualify for the knockout stage, which commences on 16th February, were Fenerbache, APOEL and Olympiakos, St Etienne and Anderlecht, Zenit St Petersburg and Alkmar, Roma and Astra, Athletic Bilbao and Gent, Ajax and Celta Vigo, Shakhatar and Gent, Shalke and Krasnodar, Fiorentina and PAOK, Sparta Prague and H Beer Sheva and Osmanispor and Villareal. Eight teams who finished third in their respective Champions League groups will also join the 24 Europa League teams for the knockout stage, which include Spurs.

The weekend English football action gets underway tonight with a crunch top end of the table Championship clash between second place Brighton and fourth placed Leeds at the Falmer stadium. Brighton have won five of the last ten competitive corresponding fixtures, drawing two, and they won the last three all in the Championship. Five of the last ten ended with more than 2 goals and seven ended with Both Teams Not scoring. Brighton have the best home record in the league so far this season winning seven, drawing two and lost one (against Brentford).

Leeds have the fourth best away record in the league winning five and losing four. Brighton average 2 goals per game at home in the league this season, conceding on average less than a goal per game, half of these games ended with more than 2 goals scored and 70% ended with Both Teams Not scoring. Leeds have averaged 1.22 goals per games away in the league this season, conceded on average 1.22 goals per game, less than 50% of these games ended with more than 2 goals scored and over 65% ended with Both Teams Not scoring.

From a betting perspective Both Teams Not To Score is worth considering based on the above statistics, as is Brighton to Win, and if you’re looking for a better return Brighton to Win and Keep a Clean Sheet match double is also worth considering.

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