Lincoln Red Imps vs The New Saints Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Lincoln Red Imps FC vs TNS predictions ahead of this Europa League qualifier on Thursday night. Can the Welsh side hold on to their lead? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
Reason For Lincoln Red Imps vs The New Saints Betting Tips
These two sides dropped out of the Champions League qualifiers earlier this summer, and they were handed a lifeline in Europe. They each dropped down in to the Europa League, and the pair are aiming to progress through to the third round of qualifiers in this competition, which would be impressive progress for the two European minnows. Can the Welsh champions secure a spot in the next round by claiming a positive result in this visit to Gibraltar?
TNS claimed a 2-1 win at home last time out, and they’ll be out for another strong result on Thursday. They certainly face a winnable game when they meet the champions of Gibraltar, with the pair looking quite similar in terms of ability. The Welsh side have a narrow lead from their first leg victory, but they will be at risk of dropping out in this trip. They have an awful record in Europe, and that isn’t something they can easily shake off.
Both sides have been terrible in their time in European competition, and they each have work to do to avoid similar errors here. The first leg brought plenty of goals, continuing their poor records in defence in continental competition. That’s a habit which is likely to stick with them in to this match, even in a close run game like this one. The hosts will be looking to make home advantage count for something, but it didn’t help when they were hammered 4-1 in the Champions League’s preliminary qualifying round earlier this summer.
The visitors went out of the Champions League after a 5-0 hammering by Shkendija, while they have lost seven of their eight away trips in this competition. They’ve shipped 23 goals across that run, and we expect more issues at the back for the Welsh side here. They can’t make this trip expecting to hold off the hosts, given how poorly TNS have defended throughout their recent seasons in European qualifiers.
We’re backing the Red Imps to find the net after scoring in four straight home matches in Europe. They’ve got to get forward to have any chance of qualifying, while TNS should look to match the hosts away goal. We see these two reveling in an even European tie, and as a result we’re backing both teams to score.
Head to Head
These two sides met for the first time last week, as TNS secured a 2-1 first leg victory.
Lincoln Red Imps Team News
The hosts aren't expected to have any major absentees ahead of this clash.
The New Saints Team News
TNS are set to make this trip to Gibraltar with a clean bill of health.
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Lincoln Red Imps vs The New Saints Stats
- TNS avoided defeat in 88% of their away trips in the league last season.
- The hosts are yet to win a Europa League game.
- TNS claimed just their second ever Europa League victory in last week’s meeting.
Published: August 1, 2018
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