Inter Milan vs Getafe, FC Copenhagen vs Istanbul Baseksehir, Shaktar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg


Lautiro Martinez goal celebration

Argentine striker Lauturo Martinez formed a 37-goal partnership with Romelu Lukaku for Inter Milan in Serie A and will now look to be a driving force as the Italians bid for success in the Europa League against Getafe of Spain in Germany on Wednesday. Photo from @EuropaLeagueOfficial. (Twitter).

  • Europe’s second competition returns this week with  four ties on Wednesday
  • Inter play one-off  game at neutral German venue  while other second leg clashes are completed
  • See all odds and best bets for resumption of Europa League Round of 16 

The Europa League resumes this week and will head towards its conclusion in an eight-team tournament to be staged in Germany beginning Monday, August 10.

Six of the remaining last 16 ties, where the first leg has already been played, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week, with return matches at their original venues.

However, Inter Milan versus Getafe on Wednesday and Sevilla versus Roma on Thursday will be one-off last 16 clashes at neutral venues in Germany.

Europa League Round of 16 Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total at DraftKings
Shaktar Donetsk – 1.75 (+525) +135 Ov 2.5 (-143)
Vfl Wolfsburg + 1.75 (+770) +185 Un 2.5 (+116)
Draw (N/A) +265 (N/A)
Team Spread Moneyline Total
FC Copenhagen – 1.75 (+650) +155 Ov 2.5 (+125)
Istanbul Basekshir +1.75 (-1000) +180 Un 2.5 (-155)
Draw N/A +235 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Manchester United -1.75 (-122) -455 Ov 2.5 (-200)
LASK Linz +1.75 (-103) +1200 Un 2.5 (+160)
Draw N/A +550 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Inter Milan – 1.75 (+ 295) -143 Ov 2.5 (+123)
Getafe +1.75 (-400) +385 Un 2.5 (-155)
Draw (N/A) +285 (N/A)

*Odds taken August 2

Pick 1: Inter Milan vs Getafe

Inter Milan will meet Getafe of Spain with the Italian giants fresh from claiming runners-up spot in Serie A.

Coach Antonio Conte led the club to their best domestic finish since 2011 and they are in far better form than the Spaniards.

The game will take place at 3pm ET on Wednesday at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

At DraftKings, Inter are favorites for a “home” win at -143 with Getafe at +385. The draw is  +285.

Inter to win by two goals in an Asian Handicap spread of -1.75 looks good value at +295.

Inter are second favorites at to win the competition at +500. Track Europa League Winner Odds Here with Manchester United at +160.

Conte’s men  finished just one point behind Italian champions Juventus.

They won their final three games – including an impressive 2-0 defeat of Atalanta last Sunday – and were unbeaten in eight fixtures through the run-in.

That last day win ended Atalanta’s 22-match unbeaten run.

By contrast, Madrid-based Getafe lost four and drew two of their last six matches in Spain’s La Liga as they finished eighth. They scored just once in those six fixtures.

Inter entered the Europa League after finishing third in the tough Champions League Group B behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

However, Getafe conceded only 37 goals in La Liga, which is a better record than four of the teams above them.

Against that, Inter have the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku who was the third leading scorer in Serie A with 23 goals and the Argentine forward Lauturo Martinez, who hit the net 14 times.

Inter entered the Europa League after finishing third in the tough Champions League Group B behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

They were then 4-1 aggregate winners over Ludogorets of Bulgaria in the Europa League’s Round of 32.

Getafe pulled off a surprise triumph against Ajax in the round of 32 in February – winning 2-0 at home and then losing 2-1 away for a 3-2 aggregate win.

Pick: Inter Milan -1.75 (+295)

Pick 2: FC Copenhagen v Istanbul Besaksehir

Istanbul Besaksehir head for a second leg tie at FC Copenhagen after becoming Turkish champions for the first time.

They lead 1-0 from the first leg in Turkey thanks to an 88th minute penalty winner from Bosnian winger Edin Visca.

FC Copenhagen were runners-up in the Danish championship.

They are narrow favorites for a home win when this kicks off at 12:55pm ET on Wednesday at +155, with Istanbul at +180. The draw over 90 minutes looks attractive at +235.

Baseksehir are a relatively new force in Turkish football and have four former English Premier League stars in Gaël Clichy, Robinho, Martin Skrtel and Demba Ba.

They were winners of the Europa League’s Group J, scoring notable away wins in Germany against Wolfsburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

FC Copenhagen came through a Europa League qualifying round and two playoff rounds to then finish second in Group B.

In the round of 32, they lost 3-1 in the first leg away at Sporting Lisbon but recovered emphatically to win the return game 4-1.

FC Copenhagen came through a Europa League qualifying round and two playoff rounds to then finish second in Group B.

In the last 32, they progressed thanks to an impressive 3-1 away win against Glasgow Celtic following a 1-1 draw at home.

Pick: Draw (+235)

Pick 3: Shaktar Donetsk v Wolfsburg

Shaktar Donetsk are in a strong position as they lead Wolfsburg 2-1 after the first leg in Germany.

After a run of five straight wins to finish the domestic season, Shaktar were crowned Ukraine’s champions with a 14-point lead over Dynamo Kiev.

They are +135 favorites for a second leg win against Wolfsburg which looks the best value here. Wolfsburg are at +185. The draw is +265 with the game kicking off at 12:55pm on Wednesday.

Wolfsburg finished seventh in the Bundesliga after losing two of their final three games.

They were impressive winners against Malmo of Sweden in the last 32 – with a 2-1 victory at home followed by a  3-0 away success.

Shaktar were third in UCL Group C and then overcame Benfica in the Europa League’s last 32 – winning 2-1 at home and then drawing 3-3 in Lisbon.

Pick:  Shaktar Donetsk (+135)

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