The second legs of the Europa League play-offs take place on Thursday with a spot in the group stages up for grabs. It has been a long journey for many of the sides, some of which have played 11 games already to reach this point. We have picked out some bets from three key fixtures as Europa League qualification reaches its conclusion.
Celtic blew their chances of playing in the Champions League but are on the verge of making it into the group stage of Europe’s second-tier competition having won the first leg 2-0 in Glasgow.
Neil Lennon’s side have maybe still to show their best stuff this season but have enough European experience to get the job done in Sweden.
The Hoops have always been tough to beat on their own patch and struggled away from home in Europe but, knowing what they need to do, we expect them to see this one out, with the result far more important that the display.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men did a superb job in winning the first leg 3-2 in Turin and just one goal by the hosts at Molineux means the Italians will need to score three to progress.
The West Midlanders have been solid in the Premier League this term, drawing all three of their matches and they have already played Leicester and Manchester United.
Therefore the visit of Il Toro will hold no fear for a club with aspirations of breaking into the top-six in the toughest league in European football.
It is likely to be a cagey start to the game as the home side will not want to concede to give the opposition any hope but we can see them scoring as the game progresses, and 5/8 for Wolves to score last might be worth a look as the opposition chase the game.
It could be tight but the men in black and gold are tipped to take the match and seal progression.
Northern Ireland’s Linfield will take a surprise 3-2 advantage into the second leg of this contest but we do not think it will be enough away from home.
They were superb at Windsor Park but at Azersun Arena it may be tough for them to compete with the men from Azerbaijan.
The hosts should have enough to prevail and it would be no surprise to see goals aplenty as the vociferous home support at the tightly-packed ground get behind their heroes.
The Blues may score but Qarabag have enough firepower to get the job done comfortably.
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