There’s a whole host of Europa League 2nd round qualifiers to scroll through tomorrow, and I’ve really put in some hours this week dedicated purely to finding some value, as I know that the bookies really struggle to price these games up so early in the competition.
It can be nigh on impossible to judge how a Lithuanian team matches up to a Macedonian team, but a great tool to have in your punters box of trick is to have a list of UEFA coefficients, which rate each and every nation according to their performances, and strength as a footballing nation.
With these ratings in hand, as well of plenty of other online research, here is my banker treble offering for Thursday night’s Europa League games:
Zalgiris v Admira Wacker (Draw no bet) 6.30pm 2/5 – Bet365
Austrian visitors Admira Wacker should really show their class difference here, and as well as advising the draw no bet, I must also say the the 19/20 available at Bet365 about the away win is absolutely huge value.
Austrian football is a full 20 points ahead of Lithuanian according the the UEFA coefficieints, and Admira, who finished third in the Austrian Bundesliga last season, can stamp their authority early over Zalgiris, who currently occupy 2nd position midway through their domestic season.
Admira warmed up for this clash with a comfortable 3-0 win over Parndorf in the early stages of the Austrian Cup last week, and while Zalgiris are generally strong at home, the class difference and the fact that they have won just 1 of their last 5 domestic games should help Admira take a healthy lead in this 1st leg tie.
Levadia Tallinn v Anorthosis 4.45pm 4/6 – Bet365
Estonian outfit Levadia Tallinn are sitting in third place in their domestic league, 18 games in to their season, but there are absolute acres of class between them and Cypriot opponents Anorthosis; a full 25 points according to the coefficients.
Tallinn only scraped through on away goals against Lithuanian minnows FK Siauliai in the first qualifying round; winning the home leg 1-0 and losing the return 2-1.
Anorthosis have warmed up for this clash with two recent friendlies against Romainian clubs Dinamo Bucharest and Petrolul Ploiesti, both of which finished goalless, but that should give them the fitness required to take the win in Lithuania here.
Differdange 03 v Gent 5.30pm 2/9 – Bet365
Luxembourg side Differdange impressed in their 6-0 aggregate win in the first qualifying round against Faroese club NSI, but I fear that they could be in for a real humbling when Gent visit the Stade de-la-frontiere.
Neither team have kicked off their domestic seasons yet, but Gent have really impressed in their 7 friendlies played during the off season, winning 6 and drawing 1.
UEFA coefficients have the Belgian club 30 points ahead, and their massive quality advantage should comfortably wrap things up in the first leg of this match up.
Differdange lost 4-0 to PSG and 3-0 to Olympiakos at home last season in the group stages, and Gent should achieve a similar scoreline here.
The above 3 selections placed in a treble at Bet365 pays 15/8. If Admira draw and the other two win, the bet pays just over even money