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Wolves to bare teeth as Gers face Danish fight

Wolves to bare teeth as Gers face Danish fight

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The Europa League action continues this week, with the first legs of the third qualifying round set to get underway for several British clubs on Thursday.

FC Pyunik v Wolves – Wolves To Win 2-0 Exact Score @ 19/4

Wolves eased through their two-legged second qualifying round against Northern Irish side Crusaders with a 6-1 aggregate win, although they did have a few brief scares along the way.

It required a late goal in the first leg to give them a 2-0 first leg cushion at Molineux and they fell behind in the return leg last week before storming back to win 4-1.

But, with another week of pre-season fitness under their belts and the new Premier League season just days away, expect Wolves to have too much quality for the Armenian outfit in Yerevan.

Nuno Espirito Santo could opt to give some of his players a night off with one eye on Sunday’s trip to Leicester but he has always maintained that he wants Wolves to progress in Europe and won’t risk any mishaps.

The Armenian runners up have beaten Macedonian club Shkupi 5-4 on aggregate and Jablonec of the Czech Republic 2-1 so far, but Wolves will represent a huge step up in class and a win by two clear goals (49/20) is an alternative bet.

Midtjylland v Rangers – Draw @ 21/10

Steven Gerrard’s Gers made hard work of their second qualifying round tie against Progres Niedercorn with their 2-0 first leg win at Ibrox enough to take them through as they battled to a goalless draw in Luxembourg.

They travel to Denmark for the first leg on Thursday with a disappointing record of just one win in their last seven away games in Europe – and that was in the first qualifying round against Gibraltan minnows St Joseph’s who they beat 10-0 on aggregate.

Midtjylland will be a step up in quality than their opponents to date and with just one defeat in their last seven home games, Rangers will do well to come home from Copenhagen with a draw under their belts.

Rangers have yet to concede so far in their Europa League campaign so 39/20 for a clean sheet and 13/2 for a 0-0 draw are both worthy of note.

Rijeka v Aberdeen – Both Teams To Score @ 21/20

Aberdeen have fond memories of facing Rijeka in Croatia having won 3-0 at the same venue three years ago, but will no doubt find it difficult to emulate that result on Thursday.

Derek McInnes’ Dons have made a solid start to the season, having beating RoPS 4-2 on aggregate and then overcame Chikhura Sachkhere 6-1 over two ties, including a 5-0 second leg success at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen then came from behind to defeat Hearts 3-2 in their Scottish Premiership opener at the weekend so have plenty of goals in their side.

Rijeka have three Croatian league wins under the belts this season ahead of entering Europa League qualification at this third round stage.

A draw (5/2) would be a good result for Aberdeen and the likelihood is that both teams have at least one goal in them.

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