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Europa League 2021-2022: 3 Betting Tips for Quarter-Finals Leg 1

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Ace Football presents detailed betting tips on the upcoming Europa League games of this week.

As we prepare for another week of Europa League football, our experts take a look at the bookmakers’ predictions for the upcoming matches.

Let’s check out three betting tips for the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.

Expect Leipzig to beat Atalanta on home soil

Leipzig defeated Borussia Dortmund 4-1 in their latest Bundesliga game, showcasing their in-form attacking line. Die Rotten Bullen have remained without a defeat since their 3-2 loss vs Bayern Munich on February 6.

This Thursday, Domenico Tedesco’s in-form team will face Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie. The Serie A side come into the game on the back of their 3-1 defeat by Napoli on Sunday. 

La Dea have not been able to maintain their well-known attacking displays in recent weeks. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have scored only twice goals in their last four league games, slipping to seventh place on the Serie A table. We expect the hosts to win the game by using their superior firepower on Thursday.

Stay cautious over West Ham’s chances of beating Lyon

West Ham returned to Premier League action with a 2-1 win over Everton after the international break. The Hammers leapfrogged Manchester United from the sixth spot, sitting only three points away from Arsenal.

David Moyes’ side will lock horns with Lyon in the Europa League at their home stadium. The Ligue 1 giants made a promising return to action when they clinched a 3-2 win over Angers earlier this week.

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Based on Lyon’s form before the break, we expect West Ham to have a greater chance of winning the first leg. However, the Hammers’ issues with their defensive stability and Lyon’s consistent goalscoring stats convince us that the French side will have a decent chance of escaping the defeat on Thursday.

Expect goals on both ends when Braga host Rangers

Rangers suffered a 2-1 defeat in the Old Firm derby on Sunday, missing their chance of going level on points with their arch-rivals. It was the Gers’ first defeat since their last clash against Celtic on February 2.

Having eliminated Borussia Dortmund in Europa League’s last-16 round, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will prepare to face Braga in the quarter-finals this week. Their Portuguese opponents come into the game on the back of a remarkable 3-2 win over Benfica. 

With Braga enjoying great attacking form, we expect them to cause problems for Rangers’ backline on Thursday. However, playing in front of their supporters, the Gers will most likely find enough goalscoring opportunities too.