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Coral Double Winnings for NFL Ravens @ Jaguars

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The NFL makes a return to Wembley for the first of four matches that will be contested in the capital this season. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to become the first London franchise, are making an appearance against the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC showdown. If there are touchdowns galore then you can cash in with a Coral Double Your Winnings offer! If there are 6+ touchdowns in the Ravens @ Jaguars NFL match at Wembley, then you will get double your winnings from Coral! This offer is available to both new and existing customers and offer applies to the first real money £5+ win single placed on the Money Line market T&C’s Apply, 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly. See details directly at Coral’s website. To get this Double Winnings offer place a £5+ win single on either Baltimore Ravens or Jacksonville Jaguars to win the match in the Money Line market before kick-off. If there are 6+ touchdowns scored in the game, then Coral will DOUBLE your winnings on your Money Line selection as a free bet up to £50. The free be will be credited within 24 hours of settled and applies to bets placed only before kick off and not to in-play bets. Maximum free bet is £50 per customer and free bets will expire after 4 days. One free bet per customer per match. Stake is not included in any cash returns. This offer cannot be used in conjunction, or contribute to any other coral.co.uk free bet offer or promotion.
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Coral offer 25/1 enhanced odds on Golovkin to beat Alvarez

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It’s been a huge year for boxing and the action continues this weekend from Las Vegas as the big middleweight showdown between the unbeaten Gennady Golovkin and challenger Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez plays itself out. GGG is the favourite to win the bout and take his career record to 38-0 but Alvarez’s only loss in his career came against Floyd Mayweather. This is being billed as the fight of the year and bookmaker Coral have an enhanced odds offer for the Golovkin v Alvarez fight. Coral's Golovkin v Alvarez New Customers Offer has 25/1 enhanced odds on GGG to win! New Customer Offer, T&C’s Apply, 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly. See full details directly at Coral. This is a new customer exclusive and after the opening of an account, place your FIRST real money bet as a win single £1 on ‘Golovkin to win 25/1’. This offer is £1 bet only. Minimum deposit of £5 required. If your selection wins, you will be paid in cash based on the normal price on site by Coral and then you will have your account topped up to reflect the enhanced price in free bets. Free bet winnings will expire after 4 days. The offer will be active until 04:00 Sunday 17/09/17 with the exception of new accounts depositing funds with Moneybookers, Paysafe, Neteller or Skrill. Should your bet lose, you will receive a £5 free bet on settlement of the market from Coral. The free bet token will expire 4 days after issue. Applies to one bet per customer and one customer per household (IP address).
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GGG v Canelo Alvarez Boxing Odds & Preview

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One of the biggest bouts of the boxing calendar year goes down on the weekend. This is going to be a massive battle as well between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. There has long been huge public demand for this fight, but it never really looked as if it was going to happen. But the two fighters have risen to the occasion to put themselves on the line and this should be a classic. This is happening in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, the scene of the recent Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor duel. Golovkin goes into this with the WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight titles. Of the three, if Golovkin were to lose, the WBC title would become vacant. It has been a huge year for boxing and this one is right up there as one of the best. Golovkin has remained something special throughout his career and the 35 year old goes into this defending his 37 match unbeaten record during his career. It was only back in May after Canelo had beaten Julio Cesar Chavez Jr that GGG stepped into the ring to announce that he would take on Alvarez.

GGG v Canelo Alvarez Boxing Odds

Golovkin 4/6, Alvarez 5/4 at Coral Naturally because of all the hype around the Mayweather v McGregor farce, this one hasn’t quite achieved as much hype. But this should be some fight and it will determine just which of them is the best fighter in the world at the moment. GGG will go into his 20th consecutive world title fight so there is no messing around from him. His record stands at 33 knockouts from his 37 bouts. The question is now, is he at his very best because there have been signs of vulnerability creeping in later into his career. When GGG fought Kell Brook, who had come up two weight divisions to face the champion, Brook landed some nice blows in the fight before he was stopped. Then back in March, it looked as if Golovkin’s unbeaten record may have come to an end as Daniel Jacobs became the first man to last the distance with Golovkin in a championship fight but the unanimous decision went to GGG. Some ridiculous rumours have come out that the Kazakh fighter deliberately didn’t go all out in the bout against Jacobs to lure Alvarez into fighting him. 27 year old Alvarez has a 49-1-1 career record and from that, 34 have been knockouts. That was that big bout for him back in May against Chavez, which turned out to be a non-contest really because Alvarez dominated the entire proceedings. It was expected to be a much closer fight, but the class of Canelo was total and he produced such a smart display of tactical boxing. You see that loss on his record, well that’s not anything to be overly concerned about because that happened against Floyd Mayweather back in 2013.

GGG v Canelo Alvarez Boxing Prediction

Golovkin has been a beast in his career, but he is getting to the end of it. If you base things off of their respective last fights, then Canelo gets the nod for us. Golovkin was simply struggling against Jacobs earlier in the year because his opponent got inside his jab and worked the Kazakh very well. Canelo managed a big guy in the form of Chavez in his last fight and never looked to be troubled. The defence of GGG will all be on his jab but if the Mexican get inside of that, it will probably be game over. One weakness of Canelo is his footwork so he has to avoid that jab at all costs. Otherwise he is tactically sound and and can become the unified middleweight champion of the world. It is rare that you will find a fight so evenly matched in the betting market. Golovkin is at 4/6 with bookmaker Coral and Alvarez is at 5/4. So not a big margin there but the Mexican gets it and this has a strong probability of going all the way to points and Alvarez is a 2/1 punt to claim this on points.  
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Worcester v Wasps Rugby Premiership – 10th September 2017

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There will be a bit of pressure on Worcester to deliver at Sixways on Sunday after a heavy defeat in their opening match. But this is not an easy game for them to recover in at all and they will be going as heavy underdogs for the match up. Wasps put a convincing win on the board in round one last weekend when they took out Sale at the Ricoh Arena, but at the end of last season, they weren’t great out on the road.

Worcester v Wasps Odds

Wasps 1/8, Worcester 9/2, Draw

Worcester v Wasps Promotion

Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in the Coral sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! This is through the fantastic Coral Bet & Get Club! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!

Worcester v Wasps Preview

Worcester took a massive 8-35 hit at Newcastle in the first round of this season’s action. That’s a poor start from them, but not totally unexpected after finishing second from bottom in the table last term. They have only landed one victory now in their last six rounds of Premiership rugby, but as a positive that lone victory did happen on home soil when they beat Bath back in April. But they are heavy underdogs for this one against last season’s table toppers. In the previous Premiership head to head matches between the two of them, Wasps are well up with a 14-6 lead with two draws. So that’s pretty comprehensive. In last season’s trip to Sixways, Wasps posted 26-12 victory over the Warriors and beat them 40-33 in the reverse fixture later in the season in a thrilling match. Wasps are on a six match winning streak against the Warriors now, since a loss at Sixways back in March 2013. But this will be something of a test for Wasps who have won just two of their last seven away games in all competitions now. In the Handicap market then a Worcester +14 option looks pretty decent value at 10/11, because the Warriors were highly disappointed with their performance last week and will want to kick off their home campaign with something of a positive, plus throw in the slightly dodgy road form from Wasps and Worcester may be able to hang in there with an optimistic home crowd behind them.
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Coral offer 25/1 enhanced odds on Man City to beat Liverpool

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Man City v Liverpool starts the Premier League fixture list this weekend and what a cracker of a match we should have in store from the Etihad. Both sides have collected seven points from their opening matches and City fans will be pleased enough with that because Pep Guardiola’s side looks as if they are still finding their feet this season. Their performances haven’t been fantastic so far, but the fact that they have still delivered points from that will be a huge positive for them. They will get better as the new players gel together more and City have only lost one of their last four at home against the Reds. Manchester City are stacked with quality of course and have powerful attacking options in young Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. Liverpool’s defence still looks as if it has issues and City will be accepted to continue their scoring streak against them, having netted in each of their last four home games against the Anfield crew. This is a high profile battle between two potential title challengers. Will home advantage swing it for City? Coral are offering 25/1 enhanced odds on Manchester City to beat Liverpool. Plus, get a £5 free bet back should your bet lose! This offer is for new Coral customers only. So register an account with Coral and after making a qualifying cash deposit of £5 place your FIRST real money bet as a win single £1 on ‘Man City to win 25/1’. The offer is for a £1 stake only and if the bet wins, you will be paid in cash based on the normal price on site and will have your account topped up to reflect the enhanced price in free bets. Should your bet lose, you will receive a £5 free bet on settlement of the market. There is one bet per customer for this offer. The offer is available until KO Saturday 9th September 12.30pm. Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in the Coral sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! This is through the fantastic Coral Bet & Get Club! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers.
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Australia v South Africa Rugby Championship Double Winnings

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The Rugby Championship in the southern hemisphere is underway for the season and Saturday sees Round 3 action with the highlight being Australia v South Africa from Perth. Normally the Rugby Championship (the old Tri Nations) is simply a contest to see who claims runners up spot behind New Zealand and already that looks as if it will be the way for this season’s championship as well. The All Blacks opened with back to back wins over Australia to get themselves up and running and that leaves Australia in a position where they need to win this to be in with a chance of catching up with the Springboks. South Africa won their opening two matches against outsiders Argentina as expected and now this is a big chance for them to gain some very important momentum ahead of Round 4. South Africa will face New Zealand after this and will want to do that with winning momentum behind them, so this will be an important game for them in Perth. Australia needs to get themselves going after such a tough start in which they shipped a total of 89 points in their two defeats against the All Blacks. This game against the Springboks is likely going to be a lot tighter though because there have been three wins each in the last six meetings. So we can expect a pretty tight encounter here with Australia looking to get a footing into the championship this season while South Africa will have title ambitions on the line in this one. The two nations won their respective home matches against the other in the 2016 Rugby Championship, Australia winning 23-17 on home soil in Brisbane. The Wallabies are are going as 4/5 favourites to win the match win with South Africa at 11/10. This should be an epic battle. Online betting site Coral are offering Double Winnings on Australia v South Africa for Saturday’s clash. Place a £5+ win single on either Australia or South Africa to win the match in the 80 minute match market before kick-off and if it is a forward who scored the first TRY of the match, then Coral will double your winnings on your 80 minute match selection as a free bet up to £50. This offer applies only to your first bet on the market and it will remain open until kick off in the match. One free bet per customer per match. Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in the Coral sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! This is through the fantastic Coral Bet & Get Club! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!
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Alice backed strongly in next Royal Baby Name Betting

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It’s no surprise that immediately after Kate Middleton’s announcement of expecting her third child, that bookmakers were being flooded with bets. Racing to the head of the Coral Next Royal Baby Name market was Alice and Victoria which were joint 10/1 favourites if of course, the child turns out to be a girl, but the extra support came in for Alice which saw Victoria drift. Arthur is trading as the shortest priced 14/1 favourites on the boy's name. So the speculation over the name of a Royal baby gets sparked up once more. When she was pregnant with her second child, Alice was being heavily backed in the market and was 5/2 outright favourite at one stage after having been a big 50/1 outside. Kate and Prince William settled on Charlotte, the young sister of George. This year there has been a lot of remembrance for Princess Diana, who died 20 years ago and the name Diana, after Prince William's mother, is trading at 20/1 in the early market, while Carole, which is the name of Kate’s mother, is a 100/1 shot. That’s right out there with Camilla which isn’t likely going to go down. This is all just hot speculation of course because the couple themselves probably don’t even have a name in mind yet.

Name of Will and Kate’s Third Child

Alice 10/1, Arthur 10/1, Victoria 12/1, Elizabeth 14/1, Phillip 14/1, Alexander 14/1, Mary 16/1, Albert 16/1, Alexandra 14/1, Catherine/Kate 16/1, Diana 20/1, Grace 20/1, Henry 20/1, James 20/1, bar 25/1

Third Royal Baby Due Date

You are looking around April or May next year for the birth of the next Royal if the timing of the announcement is usual. Generally, at the end of the first trimester, which is 12 weeks into the pregnancy, these things get announced, so that would put the due date around April or May. But things haven’t been usual with Kate, who announced her previous two pregnancies earlier because of her severe morning sickness. That has been back this time and has already forced her to cancel an engagement. The severe morning sickness is something that most commonly happens between four and seven weeks into the pregnancy, although it can happen at any point during the first trimester. Whoever comes out, the royal baby will be the fifth-in-line to the throne, ahead of William’s brother Harry. The new baby will be behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the succession order. There is no more jumping ahead of the queue just if you are a boy anymore, that was all changed in 2011. The latest baby will be the Prince or Princess of Cambridge, Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in the Coral sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! This is through the fantastic Coral Bet & Get Club! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!  
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Coral offer 33/1 enhanced odds on Dele Alli to score v Slovakia

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England will round out the international break with a home game against Slovakia. England took a 1-0 win at the start of qualification campaign against them with Adam Lallana scoring in the 90th minute to set the Three Lions on the way to Russia 2018. A win for the Three Lions on home turf will get them that much closer to winning the group. This is just the sixth meeting between the two nations, with England holding a W4 D1 advantage in the head to head. Slovakia have failed to score in each of their last three matches against the Three Lions and lost heavily 4-0 in their last visit to England, which was a friendly back in March 2009. So England have a chance to impress on home soil and Coral have boosted the price of Dele Alli scoring. Get Dele Alli to score at 33/1 enhanced odds at Coral for England v Slovakia This is a new customer wager only so you have to sign up for an account and then after making your deposit, place your FIRST real money bet as a win single £1 on ‘Dele Alli to score 33/1’. This offer is for a £1 bet only and this is after a minimum deposit of £5 on the new account. If your selection wins, you will be paid in cash based on the normal price on site and will have your account topped up to reflect the enhanced price in free bets. Free bet winnings will expire after 4 days. Should your bet lose, you will receive a £5 free bet on settlement of the market. This offer will run through to KO at 19.45pm Monday 4th September.
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EuroBasket Betting 2017 – Winner Odds & Predictions

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The 40th edition of the EuroBasket is with us and this will now be held every four years from here on out instead of bi-annually. The importance of the tournament isn’t just about claiming the title, but there are qualification spots from the tournament up for grabs for the FIBA BAsketball World Cup as well. The tournament brings together the top 24 nations from across Europe and this year’s edition is being hosted by four different countries. There will be games going across Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey and one group is played in each country in the first round. Spain are heading back to the championships as the reigning champions after an 80-63 victory in the final over Lithuania two years ago. That was their third EuroBasket title in the last four editions of the tournament. They are the clear force in the tournament once again and they are trading at 11/10 in the outright favourite market with Coral. Only two other nations are coming in under double figures ahead of the tournament with Serbia at 5/1 and France at 6/1.

EuroBasket Betting 2017 - Winner Odds

Spain 11/10, Serbia 5/1, France 6/1, Lithuania 12/1, Greece 14/1, Croatia 16/1, Slovenia 18/1, Turkey 20/1, Italy 33/1, bar 40/1.

EuroBasket Betting 2017 Promotion

Each week from Monday through Thursday, if you make the qualifying stake amount of £25 across any sport in the Coral sportsbook, then on Friday you will claim a free £5 bet back to use that weekend! This is through the fantastic Coral Bet & Get Club! You can opt into this great promotion each and every week and start amassing those free bets just from your regular betting! The offer is open to new and existing customers. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!

EuroBasket Group A Preview

France 4/6, Greece 5/2, Slovenia 6/1, Poland 25/1, Finland 28/1, Iceland 200/1 France won the tournament back in 2013 and took third place two years ago as well. They took third place at the World Cup in 2014 as well. So they have shown up well in recent events and they are one of the top seeds for the tournament. Without question, their closest challenger in the group should be the Greeks and then things start looking a little bit easier for the French to make progress through to the knockout stages. Greece haven’t been in the final four in any of the last three editions and may come up short in challenging France for supremacy in this one but can actually make a challenge if the knockout draw is kind to them.

EuroBasket Group B Preview

Lithuania 4/6, Italy 7/2, Germany 8/1, Israel 10/1, Georgia 15/1, Ukraine 33/1 Most groups are easy to call but there could be a tight battle between Lithuania and Italy in this one. Lithuanian are no mugs at this and they have finished runners up in the last two editions of the tournament. They have won the event three times before and have certainly been knocking on the door again. They also earned fourth place at the 2014 World Cup as well. Italy didn’t get anywhere in the World Cup and they haven't been in the final four at a EuroBasket since a third place finish in 2003, but a positive start could see them get momentum going to make the knockout stage, but they are unlikely to win the group over Lithuania.

EuroBasket Group C Preview

Spain 1/3, Croatia 3/1, Montenegro 15/1, Czech Republic 28/1, Hungary 100/1, Romania 250/1 This will be the easiest of the group to call. Spain are odds-on favourites here with Coral and there’s no reason not to back them to come through five wins from five. As with any side, they may have a challenge along the way, which will most likely be from Croatia, but they have such depth and are carrying such form, that Spain should prevail here. So you are looking at a scrap for second place and with Croatia having that much more experience, it will likely be them. Spain will be hungry to make up for their disappointments at the 2014 World Cup when they were knocked out in the quarters by France.

EuroBasket Group D Preview

Serbia 4/6, Turkey 2/1, Latvia 10/1, Russia 12/1, Belgium 80/1, Great Britain 100/1 Serbia had a great run two years ago to land a fourth place finish, and they are going as one of the top seeds this time around. They finished as runners up to the United States let’s not forget at the 2014 World Cup as well. There is just not reason enough to think about opposing them because Turkey just haven't been at the races for a fair while now although they did make the quarters at the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately for Great Britain they are pretty much just going to be making up the numbers in the group. Latvia are capable of springing a surprise and grabbing second.

EuroBasket 2017 Top Seeds

  1. Spain, Lithuania, France, Serbia
  2. Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia
  3. Croatia, Israel, Turkey, Finland
  4. Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Georgia
  5. Germany, Belgium, Poland, Montenegro
  6. Iceland, Great Britain, Ukraine, Romania

EuroBasket Predictions

Looking at the last two major tournaments, the EuroBasket 2013 and World Cup 2014 then you would to imagine that this is going to come down to a battle between the French and the Lithuanians. Spain are a little depleted going into this tournament which could open the field up, despite their rich run of form recently in the event. The outright markets aren’t offering a lot of value on them and so then it’s worth opposing them. France are a very solid unit and are good at 6/1 with Coral and while Lithuania will take the least amount of focus out of the main challengers, they have proven that they can get themselves close. Out of all the challengers in what is a congested market, because the likes of Serbia, Greece and Italy could get themselves up and running, it is underdogs Latvia at 40/1 who are the top dark horse bet of the tournament. Take a risk and oppose the Spaniards with the French though.
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Europa League Groups Draw 2017 – Betting Odds & Predictions

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The Europa League has two English Premier League clubs heading to the group stage of the tournament and they are Arsenal and Everton. The second-tier competition from UEFA will mean some frustrating Thursday night action for them both which can often take away from the weekend’s domestic action. So how will these two deal with this? This is the first time in 20 years that Arsenal have been in the UEFA Cup/Europa League and they are there because of their disappointing fifth place finish in the Premier League last season. Everton had to come through qualification to reach the group stage of the tournament and the tournament boasts other big clubs like Villarreal, AC Milan and Lazio. There doesn’t look to be tough challenges ahead for either Arsenal or Everton in the group stage at all and the Gunners are trading as second favourites at Coral to win the title at a price of 8/1. How hard will they be driving at it though? Will they take inspiration from Manchester United’s Europa League win last season which propelled the Red Devils back to the Champions League? Everton are a 25/1 shot at Coral to win outright.

Europa League Winner Odds

AC Milan 7/1, Arsenal 8/1, Athletic Bilbao 25/1, Villarreal 25/1, Everton 25/1, Lyon 25/1, Marseille 25/1, Lazio 40/1, Zenit 40/1, Hoffenheim 40/1, bar 50/1

Europa League Promotion

Online betting site Coral offer a 10% win bonus on successful football accas. Place an accumulator of at least £2 on selected football markets including 90 minute betting and get your winnings boosted by 10%, paid as a free bet up to £100! This offer is for a straight line accumulator of 4+ selections on the following pre-match markets: Match Result, Both Teams To Score and To Win & Both Teams To Score. There are minimum odds of 1/10 per selection with cumulative odds of at least 6/4. Register an account with online betting site Coral and also enjoy £20 worth of free bets as well from them!

Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Astana, Slavia Prague.

The Spaniards are strong favourites to take a group win at a price of 4/9 with Coral. They lost out in last season's Champions League play off to Monaco and dropped to the Europa League where they were beaten out in the round of 32 by Roma. They struggled for clean sheets all the way. Maccabi had a big long run through the qualifying round to get the group stage and in last season's tournament, they failed to get out of their group.

Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan Belgrade, Skenderbeu.

Dynamo Kiev will be fancied here because they were participants in the UEFA Champions League season. They didn’t get very far though winning just one of their six games in the group stage. So they are down in the Europa League this season which is probably more of their pace. Hard to see where any serious challenge is coming from and Kiev are 5/6 outright favourites to win the group. Young Boys probably carry the biggest threat but they failed to get out of last season’s Europa League group stage.

Group C: Sporting Braga, Ludogorets, Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir.

Braga could only finish third in their Europa League group last season behind Shakhtar Donetsk and Gent. They won just one of their six games so they are not a huge threat. Ludogorets were in the group stage of the Champions League last season when they challenged well at times against Arsenal and PSG. Worth a punt on them but after their great season last term and challenging Liverpool in the Champions League play off round, Hoffenheim are 11/10 favourites to win this group. Istanbul Basaksehir also dropped from the Champions League qualifiers. This should be one of the more competitive groups.

Group D: AC Milan, Austria Vienna, Rijeka, AEK Athens.

Little surprise who are the favourites in this one. AC Milan are 1/3 odds on to take the group and they are outright favourites to win the tournament. The Italians are probably going to be taking this pretty seriously because they will be lacking in the domestic Serie A title challenge.

Group E: Lyon, Everton, Atalanta, Apollon Limassol.

A decent enough group for Everton, even though they will be a duel with Lyon. Both are joint 11/8 favourites at Coral to win the group so the top spot will come down to who gets the better of that head to head. Lyon will actually host the final on May 16th next year. Everton had to get past Hajduk Split in the play off round to get back to European action for the first time since the 2014/15 season. Lyon were in last season's Champions League so have the better experience and after falling down to the Europa League last season, they reached the semi finals.

Group F: FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sheriff Tiraspol, FC Zlin.

There is a straight out duel between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen in this one as they are trading as joint 5/4 favourites to win the group. It’s really a toss up between them as to who gets it. Copenhagen may have a little more going for them in terms of handling themselves out on the road.

Group G: Viktoria Plzen, Steaua Bucharest, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, FC Lugano.

You can really see the lack of competitiveness in this tournament the more you dig into the groups. Viktoria Plzen are the 2/1 outright favourites to win the group, with Steaua at 9/4. But neither of them look particularly strong, certainly not have Hapoel Beer-Sheva pull themselves in the mix and they aren’t bad value out at 4/1 to top the pile. They qualified ahead of Southampton and Inter Milan in last season’s group stage.

Group H: Arsenal, BATE Borisov, Cologne, Red Star Belgrade.

The Gunners get a run out in Group H then when they are odds on favourites at 1/3 to win the group. There really isn’t a challenger which is likely to stand up to them at all. Certainly, Belgrade and BATE aren’t up to much, leaving Cologne the most likely to follow the Gunners through to the knockout stage.

Group I: Salzburg, Marseille, Vitoria Guimaraes, Konyaspor.

Marseille would have to be backed heavily to get out of this group in the top spot. There are some dead rubber looking games in this one with Vitoria Guimaraes and Konyaspor unlikely to mount any kind of challenges to either the French outfit for Salzburg. Back Marseille to win at 8/11 with Coral and Salzburg to follow through with them.

Group J: Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin, Zorya Luhansk, Ostersund.

Bilbao could well be up there as one of the main contenders to walk away with the Europa League title. They are 5/6 to kick things off with a group win here. Their only challenge to them in the group is Hertha Berlin who are 13/8 to steal the top spot from the Spanish outfit.

Group K: Lazio, Nice, Zulte Waregem, Vitesse Arnhem.

There should be a pretty decent battle between Lazio and Nice in this one. The Italians are only even money to win the group and while they have decent scoring in their ranks, their defence isn’t great. But Nice, who beat Ajax in the Champions League qualifiers this season, slipped out of the play off round against Napoli. Can they raise their game to beat Lazio to the punch?

Group L: Zenit St Petersburg, Real Sociedad, Rosenborg, Vardar.

Zenit missed out on the group stage last year after being beaten by Anderlecht on away goals in the play off round. They are coached by Roberto Mancini and will be hoping for a decent run. They have a serious challenger in this group though in the form of Real Sociedad after their sixth place finish in La Liga last season.
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