5 safe picks from the Europa League second-round qualifiers
Expect comfortable wins for Galatasaray and Aberdeen, plus more profitable tips in our latest acca.
Galatasaray to beat Ostersunds –
Galatasaray are great value, given their impressive record in European qualifiers.
The Turkish giants have never failed to make it past the second round of either the Champions League or Europa League in five attempts.
They are also unbeaten in their last five away from home and have won nine out of 13 qualifying matches.
A swift exit beckons for Europa League debutants Ostersunds, who are winless in three.
Astra Giurgiu to beat Zira FK –
Astra have made it to at least the Europa League play-off in each of their four qualifying appearances, advancing to the group stage twice along the way.
They have also beaten strong opposition in the process, knocking out West Ham two seasons on the spin, as well as Lyon in 2014/15.
Having lost just one European home game in 11, they should be backed again.
Debutants Zira ended last term with just two wins from seven and will be beaten here.
Utrecht to beat Valletta –
Valletta have a miserable record in Europe.
The Maltese side are winless in their last 15 second-round qualifiers, losing four of their last five home games.
A first-leg lead should be easy for Utrecht, who have an impressive record of progressing through preliminary matches.
They have made it past their first match in six of their last eight attempts and should be backed to do so again.
Aberdeen to beat Siroki Brijeg –
Despite 13 appearances in Europe, Siroki Brijeg have only made it through the second qualifying round of either competition twice.
Their away form on the continent is terrible, too, having lost six of their last eight on the road.
Aberdeen have made it to the third round three seasons on the trot and are a safe bet.
Panionios to beat ND Gorica –
Although they aren’t European heavyweights, Panionios can be trusted to win this.
The Greek side tend to progress through the early rounds, making it through the first tie in seven of their last eight campaigns.
ND Gorica, meanwhile, have failed to advance further than the second qualifying round in any of the last five seasons.
They have also managed just one away win in 12.
A £10 bet on this five-fold accumulator returns £111.90*.
*Odds and amounts subject to change.
Where do Valletta play?
Valletta play their home games in the Ta' Qali National Stadium, which has a capacity of 17,797. It is also the home stadium for Malta's national football team and hosts the majority of Maltese Premier League games.