Battling Burnley set to deny Dons

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Sean Dyche

There are 44 Europa League second-round, second-leg qualifiers on Thursday, with Aberdeen’s trip to Burnley among the highlights.

Burnley to win @ 20/59

The Dons were just 10 minutes away from recording a memorable win over the Premier League outfit in the first leg, but last week’s 1-1 scoreline means the Clarets are now huge favourites to progress.

Derek McInnes’ side will likely put up a decent fight at Turf Moor and they will be no pushovers, but Burnley’s superior quality should just give them the edge and a narrow win on the night for the home side is predicted.

Rangers v Osijek – Under 2.25 goals @ 10/13

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard’s unbeaten start to life as Rangers manager will again be tested when Croatian side Osijek visit Ibrox.

The Scottish giants managed an impressive 1-0 win away from home in the first leg and that will stand them in good stead for the return.

Rangers have yet to concede a goal in competitive games under Gerrard and working from that tight defensive base should be the perfect platform for them to progress into the third qualifying round.

It’s unlikely to be pretty and will probably be a tight affair and so backing under 2.25 goals should be the way to go.

Asteras Tripolis v Hibs – Hibs to win & both to score @ 6/1

Another Scottish side hoping to make it through are Hibs, who secured an eye-catching 3-2 win over Asteras Tripolis in the first leg.

Being away from home on Thursday makes it tricky although Neil Lennon and his players should have enough know-how to get the job done. After scoring six times in both legs in the previous round against NSI Runavik, expect plenty of goals.

Dundalk to qualify @ 33/20

Irish side Dundalk have given themselves a chance of making the next round after they drew 0-0 with AEK Larnaca in the first leg.

The return game is in Cyprus, which obviously makes things difficult for them, but Stephen Kenny’s side, who are second in the League Of Ireland, will go for it and do not be surprised to see them take their place in the third qualifying round.

Among the rest of the games on an extensive list, expect Slovan Bratislava and Sparta Prague to win their respective second legs after losing the first games.

Bratislava went down 2-1 at FC Brazan but will have high hopes of turning the tie around back on home soil on Thursday, while Sparta were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Spartak Subotica and can make amends with a home win.

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