5 Europa League picks from the third qualifying round first legs
AC Milan and Marseille to both open up big leads, plus more tips in our latest European accumulator.
Ostersunds to beat Fola Esch –
This is an absolute gimme.
By getting to this stage, Fola Esch have already bettered their best ever showing in Europe.
But the Luxembourgers have never won an away game in either the Champions League or Europa League, losing five and drawing three.
Ostersunds, who dumped out Galatasaray in the previous round after beating them at home, are nailed on to win again.
Fenerbahce to beat Sturm Graz –
Although this is the odds maker of the coupon, you shouldn’t be worried.
Sturm Graz have been disappointing in Europe recently, failing to make it past this stage for the last two seasons.
They have also lost six on the spin at home in the Europa League, and are set for a difficult evening.
Fenerbahce have lost just four of their last 13 away games in the competition and represent great value.
AC Milan to beat Unversitatea Craiova –
In terms of status, these two could not be much further apart.
Universitatea Craiova finished fifth in the Romanian Liga I last season and are competing in the Europa League for the first time in 15 years.
They stand no chance against AC Milan, who have progressed through European qualifiers all three times they have played in them.
The Rossoneri also beat Bayern Munich 4-0 in the International Champions Cup last weekend, and the difference in class should be evident.
Panathinaikos to beat FK Qabala –
Having lost six out of six in the group stage last season, backing against Qabala is a must.
They have lost four out of five on the road in this tournament and won just two out of 16.
Panathinaikos, meanwhile, have won 13 and lost just one of their last 16 in all competitions at home.
The Greek side are set for another victory here.
Marseille to beat Oostende –
Marseille have never failed to make it through the qualifiers of either European competition on the four occasions they have started there.
They have also never lost a home leg at this stage, and should breeze through this one.
Europa League debutants Oostende, who could only finish fourth in the Belgian First Division A, won’t give them any trouble.
A £10 bet on this five-fold accumulator returns £71.87*.
*Odds and amounts subject to change.
Where did AC Milan finish last season?
AC Milan finished sixth in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League in the division's final European spot.