UEFA Europa League Betting Analysis and Picks for the Leg 1 Round of 8 Matches

Europa League Round of 8 first leg matches happen on Thursday, April 7. The first match is in the early afternoon when Atalanta heads to Leipzig an underdog. Then at 3:00 pm ET, three matches take place: SC Braga hosting Glasgow Rangers, Barcelona battling Frankfurt on the road, and West Ham United a home chalk against Ligue 1 team Lyon. Keep reading for UEFA Europa League Odds, analysis, and free picks for four Round of 8 Europa League matches happening on Thursday, April 7. 

UEFA Europa League Round of 8: Leg 1 Matches to Wager On | Soccer Betting

Atalanta +300 at RB Leipzig -116

  • When: Thursday, April 7 at 12:45 pm ET

Serie A squad Atlanta and Bundesliga team RB Leipzig show similar form. The home team has won 3 with a couple of draws. Leipzig heads into this after dusting rival Dortmund 4-1.

Atalanta has won 3 with a draw and a loss in their last 5. The Serie A team fell 1-3 to Napoli in their last. Although there’s nothing disgraceful about losing to Napoli, the match happened on Atalanta’s pitch. 

On Thursday, the Italian League squad must travel to take on one of the German League’s best. Leipzig should keep the good times rolling with a victory over their Europa League rival. 

Soccer Pick: RB Leipzig  

Glasgow Rangers +195 at SC Braga +139 

  • When: Thursday, April 7 at 3:00 pm ET

It’s crazy how Glasgow Rangers drew SC Braga in the Round of 8. The two clubs are two of the biggest dogs on the board to win the Europa League. One of them is going to battle in the semifinals. 

Braga is in fourth place behind quality Portuguese Liga squads FC Porto, Sporting CP and Benfica. Braga is in better form. The home favorite has won their last couple. 

Not only that, but the Rangers play in a worse league. At +139, Braga is a slight overlay. Back the home team to score the leg 1 win. 

Soccer Pick: SC Braga 

Barcelona -138 at Eintracht Frankfurt +340

  • When: Thursday, April 7 at 3:00 pm ET

Better teams than Barcelona has underestimated Frankfurt. Not only does the underdog team play on their pitch, but the home team has lost just once in their last 5 games.

Frankfurt shows two draws heading into this, one versus fellow Europa League Round of 8 squad Leipzig and a 0-0 draw versus Gruether Furth. 

The draw versus Leipzig impresses some. The draw against Gruether doesn’t impress at all. Greuther Furth is one of the worst teams in the Bundesliga.

Barcelona has won 4 straight, including beating Real Madrid 4-0 on March 20. In their last on April 3, Barca got past rival Sevilla 1-0. Barcelona has no business losing this. Back the chalk. 

Soccer Pick: Barcelona  

Lyon +265 at West Ham United +104

  • When: Thursday, April 7 at 3:00 pm ET

Lyon is in okay form. The French Ligue 1 squad shows a 3-2 victory over Angers in their last but before the win, Lyon had drawn twice and lost to Stade Rennais. 

Premier League squad West Ham United’s form is better. The EPL team has won 3-of-4. One of the victories was a 2-0 win against Sevilla on March 17. West Ham should win this no problem.  

Soccer Pick: West Ham United



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