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Conference League First Quarter Final Matches Preview

The UEFA Europa Conference League is in the quarter-finals stage. Here are the odds and predictions for the first leg of the quarter-finals.

Published on 12 Apr 2023

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The third-tier European Club competition is also in its quarter-final stage, and after UEFA introduced it last year, the competition has been doing quite well. The UEFA Europa Conference League is gradually gaining popularity in the football world. Things can only improve with such a historic team like AS Roma winning its maiden edition. Establishing a third European competition has made it possible to see many top clubs play each other at the highest level. This year’s edition of the tournament has teams like West Ham, Basel, Nice, and Anderlecht in the quarter-finals, so be sure you are in for an exciting round of football. Keep reading as we preview the fixtures of the Conference League.

Europa Conference League 2023 Quarter-Final Venue And Kick-Off Time

Match: Gent Vs West Ham

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Venue: Ghelamco Arena, Ghent, Belgium

Time: 12:45 pm E.T, 18:45 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Match: F.C Basel Vs OGC Nice

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Venue: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland

Time: 3:00 pm E.T, 21:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Match: Lech Poznan Vs Fiorentina

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Venue: Stadion Poznań, Poznan, Poland

Time: 3:00 pm E.T, 21:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Match: Anderlecht Vs AZ Alkmaar

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Venue: Lotto Park, Anderlecht, Belgium

Time: 3:00 pm E.T, 21:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Europa Conference League Quarter Final First Leg Match Preview

Gent Vs West Ham

Gent put up an impressive second-leg performance to defeat Istanbul Basaksehir with a 5-2 aggregate victory in the round of sixteen. Meanwhile, their opponent West Ham, defeated AEK Larnaca 6-0 on aggregate to advance to this stage of the competition. Although West Ham has struggled in the Premier League, their form in the UEFA Europa Conference League is the complete opposite. This matchup between two of the tournament’s most powerful teams promises to be intense and deliver all the entertainment.

Basel Vs Nice 

Basel has reached the quarterfinal round of the Conference League in Europe, and their success there will be the only option to rescue their season. They have struggled at home, just making it into the top five of a league with ten clubs. In the previous round, Basel defeated Slovan Bratislava by penalties. On the other hand, Nice demonstrated their value by defeating Sheriff Tiraspol in back-to-back games in the round of sixteen.

Lech Poznan Vs Fiorentina

Lech Poznań made history by reaching their first-ever European quarterfinal after defeating Djurgardens IF of Sweden with ease on an easy 5-0 aggregate score in the round of 16. On the other hand, their opponent Fiorentina defeated Sivasspor in the round of 16 by a score of 5-1 on the road after winning 1-0 at home and 4-1 at home. These two teams won big in the round of sixteen; Fiorentina, however, has built on their performance in the round of sixteen in their domestic league.

Anderlecht Vs AZ Alkmaar

These teams have both undergone adversities to book a spot in the quarter-finals. Anderlecht was not predicted to defeat Villarreal in the round of 16, given their unpredictability in Europe. Still, the Belgians managed to keep the Spanish team to a 1-1 draw in the first leg before claiming a famous 1-0 triumph at El Madrigal.

On the other hand, AZ were also the underdogs going into their matchup with Lazio in the round of 16, but they managed to come from behind twice to defeat the Italian club, winning both games 2-1.

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Europa Conference League Quarter Final First Leg Match Predictions

Gent Vs West Ham

Even though West Ham’s Premier League performance is a major warning sign, their Conference League play much outshines it. Gent may have a history of upsetting the odds, but West Ham has a pristine record in this tournament; therefore, we can only back them to stay strong by building a comfortable lead on the road before the second leg in England.

  • Pick: West Ham to win.
  • Odds: 2.13 (decimal), +113 (American)

Basel Vs Nice 

Nice has performed admirably under new manager Didier Digard, and they have excelled in the Conference League. Nice went 14 games without a loss before succumbing to PSG, including victories over Sheriff in 15 of their last 16 Conference League contests. It is a little different for Basel. After losing twice in the past month to their fiercest rivals, Young Boys, they have suffered the consequences of yet another poor season. Bet on Nice to win this game.

  • Pick: OGC Nice to win
  • Odds: 2.11 (decimal), +111 (American)

Lech Poznan Vs Fiorentina

Both sides will be optimistic about winning the opening leg on Thursday because they have recently experienced great runs of form both domestically and in Europe.

However, Fiorentina will be considered the favorite to win because of their recent five-game winning streak, which ended last weekend when they drew 1-1 with Spezia at home. This shows that they have been in terrific form. Pick Fiorentina to win this match.

  • Pick: Fiorentina to win
  • Odds: 1.77 (decimal), -130 (American)

Anderlecht Vs AZ Alkmaar

Anderlecht has won four of their last five games, keeping five clean sheets in the process, while AZ Alkmaar has lost all three of their most recent contests. In light of this, we anticipate Anderlecht, who is in terrific form right now, to win outrightly, earning a crucial first-leg advantage.

  • Pick: Anderlecht to win
  • Odds: 2.65 (decimal), +165 (American)

FBR has been delivering previews, odds, and predictions of European football competitions from the group stage, and they mean to keep the trend until the final games in all three tiers of the competition. To keep up to date with the Europa Conference League, make sure you are following FBR on a regular basis.

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