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Europa Conference League: Group D stands out with Nice leading the way

Matchday six of the Europa Conference League promises plenty of drama and although West Ham are through, some other big names have plenty to play for.

Former Champions League regulars Basel will feel they need to win in Armenia to graduate from Group H, while there is a three-way shootout in Group D as Nice, Partizan and Cologne battle for a spot in Monday’s draw. 

As mentioned, West Ham are through in Group B but who joins them in the knockout rounds is still to be determined, with Silkeborg and Anderlecht set for a showdown in Jutland. 

Away trip may suit Basel

WhatPyunik v Basel
WhereVazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan
When17:45, Thursday 3rd November 2022
How to watchBT Sport App/Player
OddsPyunik 7/2, Draw 13/5, Basel 4/5

Whatever happens on Thursday, Basel will assess their Group H campaign and acknowledge that their home form has been the driving force behind their current predicament. 

A win in Lithuania against Zalgiris and a draw against Slovan in Bratislava should have formed the backbone of a successful qualification push but they then lost to Slovan at home and could only draw against Zalgiris at St Jakob-Park. 

Their only real high point at home came in the opening round against Thursday’s opponents as a second-half Wouter Burger brace saw them brush Pyunik aside 3-1. However, the Armenian champions have proved themselves a different proposition at home in Yerevan, winning both of their games 2-0, with Yusuf Otubanjo scoring on each occasion. 

The Nigerian scored in his team’s last home game and will be a threat, but Basel should have too much, while they also need a response after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Young Boys. That said, despite their historical standing, conceding goals has been an issue for FCB with their eight against the most of any side in Group H. 

Therefore, it promises to be an entertaining clash and the away win and both to score could produce at 5/2

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All to play for in Jutland

WhatSilkeborg v Anderlecht
WhereJYSK Park
When20:00, Thursday 3rd November 2022
How to watchBT Sport App/Player
OddsSilkeborg 31/20, Draw 23/10, Anderlecht 9/5

Silkeborg and Anderlecht clash in Denmark for a place in the playoffs. As already mentioned, West Ham have dominated Group B, winning all five of their games heading into their matchday six trip to FCSB. 

With the Romanian side out, Silkeborg and Anderlecht clash at JYSK Park with the hosts a point ahead of their rivals but having lost September’s reverse game in Brussels 1-0. 

Silkeborg, third in last season’s Superliga, have lost their last three games in all competitions and might just be losing form at the wrong time. 

Anderlecht are hardly impressing themselves but did beat Eupen 4-2 on Sunday. This could be a cagey contest and with three of the Belgian side’s games this season ending with a ‘no’ in the both teams to score market, that could be a handy price at 6/5.  

If one player is to strike, it could be Silkeborg striker Kasper Kusk who has scored three times in the competition and is a handy 8/1 to be the first goalscorer.  

Two from three in Group D

WhatCologne v Nice
WhereRheinEnergieStadion
When20:00, Thursday 3rd November 2022
How to watchBT Sport App/Player
OddsCologne 1/1, Draw 13/5, Nice 11/4

Nice (Eight points), Partizan (Eight) and Cologne (Seven) can all qualify from Group D and Cologne host Nice on the final day. 

With Partizan 4/6 to beat already-eliminated Slovacko in Belgrade, they will expect to make it into the draw, especially with the tournament’s joint top scorer Fousseni Diabate in their ranks.

Therefore, a repeat of the 1-1 these two played out in September, available at 6/1, will result in tears for Cologne.  

Die Geissbocke have a decent home record, beating Borussia Dortmund earlier this season, but lost to Partizan at the RheinEnergieStadion and are currently without a host of key players, including captain Jonas Hector. 

Meanwhile, Nice beat the same opponents last Thursday and backed it up with an impressive 2-1 victory away at a much-improved Lorient. If they are to win, Lucien Favre's side are likely to need to score twice. 

Les Aiglons have kept just one clean sheet since 4th September and over 3.5 goals is handily priced at 7/4.

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