The Europa League qualifiers have reached stage three and competition will be fierce as clubs battle it out to take another vital step towards the group phase.
This season’s competition has already been pretty dramatic, and that should continue here. We’re backing these six teams to score in a 7/2 treble.
Fingers crossed for a Thursday night boom.
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AZ Alkmaar V Basaksehir. 6:30PM
Our first selection comes from the AFAS Stadion as AZ Alkmaar look to follow their impressive pre-season with a positive start to competitive action against Turkish side Basaksehir.
John van den Brom’s men are in for a tough test against the Istanbul-based visitors, but they have more than enough quality to pass it with flying colours. American international Aron Johannsson will be buoyant to start his campaign with a bang while the likes of Guus Huppets and Muamer Tankovic will add to the Dutch side’s attacking threat.
However, Basaksehir won’t be an easy test and Abdullah Avci’s will be quietly confident in what is their first venture into the Europa League. The Super Lig side shocked everyone by finishing fourth in 2014/15 and will be hoping to follow that success with another great season this year. A good run in this competition would be the icing on the cake.
The Turks haven’t got the best European pedigree but that inexperience could help them on their travels. Nonetheless, AZ should find the target at home.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11 with Betfred
Debrecen V Rosenborg. 7PM
Kare Ingebrigsten’s men were impressive in their second round thumping of KR Reykjavik and will be confident as they head to Hungary and will be fancied to score goals.
The Norwegians boast a couple of great goalscorers in deadly duo Alexander Soderlund and Pal Andre Helland. They’re currently sitting top of the Tippeligaen and the fact their domestic season is in full flow could give them a boost in match fitness to give them an edge.
Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that Debrecen scored nine goals in last week’s match against Skonto Riga. They were also involved in a BTTS winner on Sunday and we’d be surprised not to see goals at both ends here.
Elemer Kondas will be eager to see his men claim a positive result on home soil. Whatever happens, we’re backing both teams to score at the Nagyerdei.
BTTS Yes @ 8/13 with Betfred
Hajduk Split V Stromsgodset. 8PM
Croatian side Hajduk Split have been involved in four straight BTTS matches in this year’s Europa League qualifiers, and we think that perfect run will continue as they take on Stromsgodset at the Stadion Poljud.
Damir Buric’s men are impressive going forward and will fancy goals in front of their own supporters. However, they’ve also shown defensive vulnerabilities and the Norwegian visitors will be eager to punish them.
Stromsgodset claimed a 2-1 away win at Mlada Boleslav in the last round and Bjorn Ingebretsen’s men will be desperate to score an away goal here. Belgian striker Marvin Ogunjimi could be particularly dangerous for the visitors. They can find the target, even if winning looks like a difficult prospect.
Both teams will fancy their chances of progressing and a first leg advantage could be key. Expect chances at both ends of the pitch.
BTTS Yes @ 4/6 with Betfred
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