Greek tragedy awaits Dyche and co


Burnley’s European adventure has yet to grab the headlines outside of the small Lancashire town, struggling their way past Aberdeen and Istanbul Basaksehir to move to within one tie of the Europa League stages.

However, seasoned European campaigners Olympiakos could prove to be a step too far for Sean Dyche’s men as they get set to do battle in the heat of Athens.

Olympiakos to win to nil @ 13/10

The Clarets head to the Greek capital having yet to win a Europa League qualifier inside 90 minutes, needing extra-time to see them through the previous two rounds of qualifying. In each of the previous two away legs it has been backs to the wall for Dyche and co, who have made a stuttering start to the season in general.

Sunday’s home loss to Watford was an indication of the toll the Europa League can take on a small squad, especially one missing several key players.

A lack of goals is also an area of concern for the Premier League outfit, who have managed three goals in regulation time of their first six matches, drawing a blank in their last two away games.

Olympiakos at home are a beast to be feared, beating Luzern 4-0 in the last round of qualifying, while the only teams to win at the Karaiskakis Stadium in 2018 are Greek champions AEK Athens and Juventus.

Expect Burnley to have an Olympus-sized mountain to climb in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor.

Rangers to score in the first half @ 20/21

The Steven Gerrard era goes from strength-to-strength at Ibrox with the Liverpool legend yet to taste defeat since he took charge of Rangers.

The Gers have become tough to break down under Gerrard, conceding just four goals in the nine competitive matches played this season.

The Light Blues have also made a habit of getting their noses in front early, scoring first in all seven games featuring goals this term.

Given Russian opponents Ufa are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road, conceding three in Monday’s loss at Dynamo Moscow, Rangers look good to strike before the interval at Ibrox.

Gent to beat Bordeaux @ 5/4

The season is only a matter of weeks old and already Bordeaux find themselves in a crisis following the decision to suspend Gus Poyet over his public criticism of the club’s hierarchy.

Poyet’s ban has not gone down well with the players, who initially refused to train last week before going on to lose to relegation candidates Toulouse 2-1 at the weekend.

There are rumours Thierry Henry is being lined-up to replace Poyet, but before then they have to travel to inform Gent, who look good value to inflict further misery on their French neighbours.

The Buffalos have won their last four in all competitions, while Canadian teenager Jonathan David has got five in five and is worth looking at to score anytime on Thursday.

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