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From Switzerland to Slovenia, these second legs from the Europa League third qualifying round promise goals at both ends.
Universitatea Craiova v Leipzig –
Craiova have scored and conceded in each of their last three games, including a 3-1 defeat in the away leg of this tie.
The Romanian side have to go for it on Thursday and should breach a Leipzig defence that also conceded away from home to Swedish side Hacken in the last round.
But Leipzig are the superior side and should score at least once, given that they’ve netted 18 goals in their last five competitive matches.
Basel v Vitesse –
Basel carry a 1-0 lead into the tie, having taken the lead in the 93rd minute away from home last week.
This second leg should be higher-scoring, given that the Swiss side have bagged seven goals in their two home matches this season, but also failed to keep a clean sheet in both.
Aside from the first leg, Vitesse’s three games this season have finished 2-2, 3-1 and 5-1, so goals at both ends are a certainty on Thursday.
Lech Poznan v Genk –
Genk won the first leg of this tie 2-0, and will almost certainly score on Thursday having found the net in 10 successive matches dating back to last season.
Poznan should manage to get on the scoresheet, too, with last Thursday’s match in Belgium the first time they’ve failed to score in nine competitive matches this season.
Poznan responded to that defeat by beating Zaglebie Sosnowiec 4-0 at home in the league on Sunday, and they’ve scored at least twice in all four of their home games this term.
Maribor v Rangers –
Rangers beat Maribor 3-1 at Ibrox last week and have now scored in nine of their last 10 matches, having also beaten St Mirren 2-0 on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s side are a good bet to grab a potentially crucial away goal, but a clean sheet looks unlikely as the Slovenian side need to score at least twice to have a chance of progression.
Maribor won 5-0 against Gorica at the weekend and have notched 13 goals in their last four matches.
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