Panathinaikos to beat FK Qabala –

This pick came in last week and I’m backing a similar result in the return fixture.

Having lost all six of their group games in last season’s Europa League, Qabala will surely lose again here.

Panathinaikos are unbeaten in their last five away qualifiers and, having won the first leg, represent decent value.

Fenerbahce to beat Sturm Graz –

Sturm Graz’s lousy European record offers no reason to suggest they will cause a shock here.

The Austrian side have lost six and drawn six of their last 14 away games in the competition and have failed to make it past this stage for the last two seasons.

Fenerbahce have won six and drawn one of their last seven at home in the Europa League and, after winning the away leg, should cruise home.

Everton to beat Ruzemberok –

Everton didn’t have it all their own way at Goodison Park last week, but snatched a win eventually and should do the same here.

The Toffees are simply a better side than their opponents and have won four and drawn two of their last eight away games in the Europa League.

Ruzemberok finished third in the Slovakian Fortuna Liga last season and have lost three European matches out of four at home.

The difference in quality should be telling.

PSV to beat Osijek –

Despite a shock first-leg defeat, it is hard to look beyond PSV.

The Dutch side have never been eliminated at the preliminary stage of either European competition and have won 12 out of 13 away qualifiers.

Against Osijek, who were knocked out in the second qualifying round in their only previous appearance in the tournament, they should secure progression.

Braga to beat AIK –

Braga recorded a credible away draw in the first leg and should go one better this week.

They have an impressive recent home record in the competition, having won five and drawn two out of nine.

AIK, meanwhile, have been eliminated at this stage of the Europa League in each of the past four seasons, and are on their way out again.


*Odds subject to change.

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