🎰 Thursday cheat sheet: Our best Premier League & Europa League bets
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🎰 Thursday cheat sheet: Our best Premier League & Europa League bets

Get our football experts' best bets involving tonight's action from the Premier League and Europa League round of 16. 

Take these five picks on betPawa using our booking code 0AA27FF which auto-fills your slip.

🧠 Recommended bets:

  • Sevilla to beat West Ham
  • Over 2.5 goals in Saints vs Newcastle
  • Under 2.5 goals in Wolves vs Watford
  • Chelsea to beat Norwich to nil
  • Over 3.5 goals in Atalanta vs Leverkusen

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🏟 Sevilla vs West Ham

Sevilla has scored in every home match this season, and while West Ham has been a bit inconsistent and leggy of late, they have scored at least once in 13 of their last 15 outings across all competitions. Julen Lopetegui's side is incredibly tough to beat at home though. French champions Lille are the only visiting side to win at the Sanchez Pizjuan this term, and the Spanish side has won 12 of their 16 competitive home matches this term, including seven of the last nine. Their love affair with the Europa League is set to continue.

🏟 Southampton vs Newcastle

The last two games between the two sides have produced a total of nine goals with the reverse fixture earlier this season seeing two scored in injury time to round off a hugely entertaining contest. Eleven of the last 14 H2Hs have produced at least three goals so we're betting on the same here.

🏟 Wolves vs Watford

Bruno Lage's hosts have lost their last three in the league and only won one of their last four home matches against Watford. At least one side has failed to score in 70% of Wolves' home matches, and in six of the last eight. If you consider Watford's general defensive upturn under Roy Hodgson and the fact that at least one side has failed to score in each of their last four on the road, going low on goals is surely a tempting call.  

🏟 Norwich vs Chelsea

As part of our bet-builder, we're happy to predict that Chelsea will be far too strong for the Canaries and win at Carrow Road to nil at even odds, avoiding the goal markets altogether. The Blues thrashed Burnely 4-0 last time out, making it four consecutive clean sheets across all competitions for Thomas Tuchel's men. Time is running out for the Canaries but they won't be getting any handouts from a miserly Chelsea defence tonight.

🏟 Atalanta vs Bayer Leverkusen

Free-scoring Leverkusen has only lost one game in the whole of 2022, with Czech striker Patrik Schick (20 Bundesliga goals this term) and German wonderkid Florian Wirtz both in sparkling form. Schick will play no part tonight but Lucas Alario is a more than capable deputy up top. 18-year-old Wirtz is turning heads around Europe and it's easy to see why; he's plundered 10 goals & 13 assists from 28 appearances in all competitions. It would be a huge surprise if the wealthiest clubs around Europe didn't test Leverkusen's resolve this summer with a massive bid for one of the most talented teenagers on the planet.

Atalanta continues to overachieve in relation to its finances and global stature. This remarkable team from Bergamo has gone from finishing the 2014-15 Serie A season in 17th place, to becoming one of the most fashionable new kids on the block who pushed PSG all the way in a Champions League quarterfinal two years ago.

Gian Piero Gasperini's men will again be missing regular top-scorer Duván Zapata whose season has been ravaged by muscular problems, and the Colombian will be a big miss, but his compatriot Luis Muriel is almost as much of a nuisance for defenders.

Muriel will be supported in attack by the direct dribbling of new €22 man Jérémie Boga and the supremely gifted Ukrainian technician Ruslan Malinovskyi. Since he joined Atalanta in 2019-20, only Lionel Messi (21) has scored more goals from outside the box than Malinovskyi's (16) across Europe's top five leagues.

Atalanta's attacking unit should fancy its chances against a Leverkusen back-line that has kept just one shutout in their last 15 matches across all competitions. Atalanta’s 20 competitive home matches this campaign have averaged 3.1 total goals per fixture and we should be in for more of the same when two of Europe's great entertainers share a stage for the very first time.

If you watch only one football match tonight, this should be it.

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