Atalanta, Real Sociedad favored in Europa League group stage finales
Top spot on the Group E table will be on the line on Thursday when Atalanta BC closes out its UEFA Europa League group stage schedule against visiting Olympique Lyonnais as a +125 favorite on the betting lines.
La Dea is coming off a 5-1 drubbing of Everton as +125 favorites in their last Europa League outing on November 23, and enters Thursday’s matchup at MAPEI Stadium deadlocked with their French opponents for top spot on the Group E table with identical 3-2-0 records.
After going winless in four straight contests across all competitions, Atalanta is now unbeaten in three straight outings. The Italian side has been particularly dominant at home, going 8-2-0 in 10 dates overall since opening the current Serie A campaign with a 1-0 loss to Roma as a +491 underdog.
The Lyonnais have regularly collected points in recent outings, falling to defeat just once in their past 14 matches overall, and have stormed to three straight victories in Europa League action, outgunning opponents by a 9-1 margin, capped by a 4-0 rout of Apollon on November 23.
However, Lyon trails Atalanta by a 9-8 margin in goal differential, and will need the outright victory as a +190 underdog to claim top spot in Group E and build on its solid +2000 odds to claim its first-ever Europa League title.
Over in Group L, Real Sociedad needs a win to finish atop Group L as it takes on first-place Zenit St. Petersburg as a +100 home favorite.
La Real trails Zenit by just a single point on the group table, but have struggled since producing a 1-0 victory over Rosenborg in their last UEL outing two weeks ago, going winless in three straight outings including a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid as +650 underdogs in a La Liga matchup on Saturday.
The Zenitchiki are unbeaten in five group stage contests including a dominating 3-1 win over La Real in their first meeting of the season on September 28, but are winless in five road matches in all competitions, picking up a single point in four of those contests.
In other Europa League betting action this week, Arsenal looks to bolster its position as +500 favorites on the UEL futures as it closes out the group stage against BATE Borisov as -300 home chalk.
Lazio looks to remain undefeated in Europa league action as it battles Zulte Waregam as +105 road chalk, while Olympique Marseilles searches for an end to a two-game winless streak at this year’s tournament as they take on FC Red Bull Salzburg as -165 home chalk.