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There are seven Europea League third round qualifying first leg ties on Thursday and we’ve picked out a 13/1 accumulator ahead of the action.
Scottish giants Celtic are involved after being eliminated from Champions League qualifying, and they’re joined by fellow Premiership side St Johnstone who face a tough trip to Galatasaray.
Europa League Accumulator Tip
FK Jablonec vs Celtic
Both Teams To Score at 4/5 – ⭐⭐
Celtic are winless after three games this season but they have at least been hitting the target under new boss Ange Postecoglou and have scored in all of their fixtures.
Both teams have scored in all three of the Glasgow side’s games so far this term and going back to last season Celtic have only drawn a blank in one of their last five away games, while Jablonec have scored in each of their last eight home matches.
Galatasaray vs St Johnstone
Galatasaray to win and both teams to score at 12/5 – ⭐⭐
St Johnstone were unable to find a way through in their season opener at Ross County as they were held to a 0-0 draw over the weekend but they did create plenty of chances. The Saints managed 10 attempts on goal but just two of those were on target, while they also failed to score from the spot.
Gala should have the quality to win this first leg, particularly with the advantage of being in Istanbul, but we feel St Johnstone can at least get on the scoresheet as both teams have scored in seven of the Turkish club’s last eight home games, while the Saints have only failed to score in two of their last 10 away games.
Lincoln vs Slovan Bratislava
Slovan Bratisalva at 1/2 – ⭐⭐⭐
Slovakia’s Slovan Bratislava head to Gibraltar to take on Lincoln Red Imps and we’re backing the visitors to come away with a win.
Lincoln did manage to stun Luxembourg’s Flora in Champions League qualifying earlier this summer before being knocked out by Cluj, but Slovan arrive in good form after starting the season with back-to-back wins in Slovakia’s top flight.
Slovan beat Shamrock Rovers in Champions League qualifying and gave a good account of themselves in a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Young Boys and we expect them to win fairly comfortably in Gibraltar.
Rapid Vienna vs Anorthosis
Rapid Vienna to win at 8/15 – ⭐⭐⭐
Austria’s Rapid Vienna are also in Europa League qualifying after dropping out of the Champions League and they should be far too strong for Cypriot side Anorthosis on Thursday.
Rapid beat Sprata Prague 2-1 in Champions League qualifying but then lost the away fixture 2-0. They have had a mixed start to the season, but drew at a strong LASK outfit over the weekend and they should be able to seize the advantage in the two legged tie with a victory over Anorthosis.
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