Even 43 matches will be played in the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round 2nd Leg on Thursday, and in the following article, we will present you our selection of 12 most exciting games of the day. This is only the first part of our list, so take a look at first six encounters.
The first game on our list is the clash between Kairat Almaty and Siroki Brijeg. Kairat have a 2-1 lead from the opening leg thanks to Aderinsola Eseola’s brace, and even though they had just three attempts on target, the Kazakhs were lucky enough to get away with a victory. The visitors will have to attack from the start here, and that will leave a lot of space for the hosts to hit Siroki Brijeg on the break. I am backing Kairat to win at 1.67 (-149) because Siroki Brijeg is without a road win in their last five matches.
Brondby are traveling to Finland to take on Inter Turku following a comfortable 4-1 win in the first leg. The Danes are the favorites in this one as well at 1.80 (-125) odds, but I am not going to bet on the full-time result here. Six of Inter’s previous seven home games produced goals on both ends while that occurred in three of Brondby’s last four matches. That’s why I am backing BTTS at 1.66 (-152).
The Latvian side RFS made a surprise as they beat Olimpija Ljubljana 3-2 on the road in the opening leg despite being massive underdogs. The odds on the Slovenians dropped from 2.30 (+130) to 1.60 (-167), and I am a bit suspicious about this encounter, so I am not going to back the visitors to win. Olimpija are the better team, but they already conceded three goals in the first leg, and I am backing BTTS at 1.72 (-139). Six of Riga’s last nine home matches provided goals on both sides, and they failed to score at home in just two of the previous ten games.
Breidablik and Vaduz failed to produce a single goal in a stalemate in Iceland last week, and I expect to see some goals in the returning leg today. Seven of Breidablik’s previous ten away games produced goals on both ends, and they allowed even seven goals in the last three. It’s going to be extremely hard to keep their net intact here. They also responded with six goals in that span, and I will not miss on the opportunity to double my stake at 1.95 (-105), backing both teams to score.
Another tilt that should provide goals on both ends is the meeting between Zalgiris and Honved. The Lithuanians were a way better team in the first game and had 18 shots including six on target, but the hosts managed to score three out of four attempts on goal and secure a surprising 3-1 win. Zalgiris are the favorites to get a win today, but their defense proved to be somewhat leaky. Although I am backing them to score at least one or two goals, they will have trouble to keep the clean sheet. The 1.62 (-161) odds on BTTS are not the most attractive, but given that eight of Honved’s last ten road matches provided goals on both ends, I am backing BTTS here.
The final match in the first part of our list is the Balkan’s derby between Zrinjski and Akademija Pandev. The Bosnians scored a couple of early goals in the first leg and secured a convincing 3-0 victory, so they don’t have to rush here and can patiently wait for the chances to arrive. The Macedonians attempted only one shot on target in 90 minutes, and I don’t think they will avoid another defeat in this one. I am going with Zrinjski to win at 1.66 (-152).