Even 86 teams will take part in the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round 1st Leg on Thursday, and in the following article, we will present you our selection of 22 most exciting games of the day. This is only the first part of our prolonged list, so have a look at first five encounters.
The first match on our list will be played in Latvia between Ventspils and Albanian side Teuta. The hosts are favorites not only because they are playing in front of their own fans but also because their domestic championship is in full swing, unlike the Albanian that ended over a month ago. Ventspils are without a home loss since August 2018 while they scored in each of their previous `15 home matches. The Latvians also have more experience playing in European cups, and that’s why I am backing them to win at 1.73 (-137).
The Armenian side Alashkert are welcoming Makedonija GP as another favorite, at least on paper. Although they will be playing this game in Yerevan, Alashkert allowed just one goal in the last six home matches. However, Makedonija GP are a pretty efficient team that finished the previous season with seven goals in three games. I am going with both sides to score at 1.90 (-110).
Hapoel Beer Sheva are traveling to Albania to take on Laci, and are strong favorites at 1.35 (-286). The visitors are a clearly better team and have such prominent striker as former Chelsea youngster Ben Sahar, who is the team’s leading scorer. Nigel Hasselbaink will support him in the attack and is in an excellent form, scoring two goals in the last two friendly games. You can back Hapoel Ber Sheva in this one.
The Montenegrin Cup winners and vice-champions, Buducnost, are visiting Narva who are without a victory in the previous seven games. Even though their Estonian Meistriliiga already entered the second part of the season, Narva are struggling at the moment while Buducnost are unbeaten in the last 12 road matches. I bet on the visitors here at 1.42 (-238).
The current leaders of the Estonian Meistriliiga, Flora, are welcoming the Serbian vice-champions Radnicki Nis after three consecutive wins in which they scored 2+ goals. Still, Flora won only one of their previous four home matches while Radnicki Nis failed to hit the back of the net in the last two friendly games. The Estonians conceded seven goals in the last four home games, and I am sure the visitors will score at least one here. I am backing both teams to score at 1.66 (-152).