UEFA Europa Conference League Group Stage Matchday 5 Preview

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The time has come for another Conference League Group Stage round.

Second to last in terms of matches scheduled, this group stage week will be crazy as it coincides with the Europa League on Thursday.

A ton of teams have their spots for the next round secured but the rest of them are still fighting tooth and nail for the chance to compete in the playoffs.

Although the competition may not be at the top of some teams’ priorities, there is still a want and need to play at the highest level.

The group stage is about to wrap up and a ton of these teams will not sniff another spot in an European competition.

The time is now to go all out and deploy all the best talent on rosters, which means these last few matches will be entertaining at the very least.

Look for a ton of high score lines this week and goals to come out a plenty because of the lack of care for goal difference in many scenarios.

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Fiorentina versus Basakeshir - Thursday, October 27th, 2022 - Group A

Fiorentina are in a decent spot to qualify in their group with a four-point lead over the next highest club, Hearts from Scotland.

Although they are almost a lock to qualify, they will want to push their hardest to try and claim the first-place spot from Basakeshir.

They are one of Serie A’s most prolific clubs on the attacking end, so expect them to push the pace and get in the Turkish club’s face to force goal-scoring opportunities.

There is clear want to do well in this competition for the Italian side and they will embrace all the challenges that come with it.

Favoured Fiorentina looks to make an impression on all, this Thursday.

Istanbul Basaksehir is locked to move onto the next group stage and their play within the Conference League has been nothing short of perfect.

The former-top squad of Turkey has regained form not only domestically, but within the continent of Europe as well.

Their defence has improved a ton and there is reason to believe they will be able to hold up at the back when push comes to shove.

Look for Istanbul to put up a fight, but not implement too harsh game tactics to preserve some of their better players for the upcoming weeks.

Betting Prediction - Under 2.5 Asian goal total for this matchup and Fiorentina to win on the 1x2 and money line.

Basel versus Kauno Žalgiris - Thursday, October 27th, 2022 - Group H

Basel’s Group H of death has been competitive to say the least and only three points separate them from the bottom of the table.

The current leaders in Switzerland attract a ton of young and older talent to make their strive for goals easier and smoother.

Basel has a pedigree of attacking talent in order to score goals and survive.

There is a lack of known structure within the club but their freedom has allowed the players to succeed and do well not only domestically, but Internationally.

Kauno Zalgiris have four points and sit at the bottom of the table in the relegation zone.

Even after a surprise win versus Leeds on Thursday, there remains to be a ton of needed improvement on both ends of the ball.

Betting Prediction - Basel to win and cover their Asian handicap of -1.5 at home in Switzerland.