The seemingly endless quest to quality for the Europa League group stages continues on Thursday with the second legs of the third qualifying round. Burnley got a great goalless draw in Turkey last week and will hope to finish the job against poor travellers Istanbul Basaksehir.
Draw HT/Burnley FT @ 7/2
The Clarets dug in well away from home seven days ago but failed to offer anything going forward, not registering a shot on target in the first leg.
They drew a blank at Southampton at the weekend as well so will need to rediscover their shooting boots if they are to maintain their European adventure, in which they have yet to win inside 90 minutes.
This looks like being another tight encounter on paper and we fancy the two teams to still be deadlocked at the break before Sean Dyche’s men edge their noses in front in the second period, with a 1-0 win for the home side priced at 9/2.
Basaksehir have a few familiar names in their squad and welcomed former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor back from injury in their 2-0 win over Trabzonspor at the weekend.
However, Turkish sides are notoriously poor travellers in Europe, winning just one of the last 19 games on English soil, and Basaksehir are no different.
They lost two out of three away matches in the Europa League group stages last season, and with a crack at the Turkish title their main priority, Burnley’s European adventure looks set to continue.
Maribor win and both to score @ 33/10
Rangers continue to impress under Steven Gerrard and will take a 3-1 lead into Thursday’s return leg in Slovenia. The Gers took their chances at Ibrox and will likely get themselves on the scoresheet at the Ljudski.
However, Maribor have a strong home record, avoiding defeat in the last 10 on their own patch, and have already scored 14 in their last four matches.
The Purples can inflict the first loss of the Gerrard era and make the Light Blues sweat on their place in the next round.
Braga to win to zero@ 1/1
Portuguese outfit Braga battled to a 1-1 draw in the Ukraine against Zorya and can now finish the job at the Quarry.
Braga have won four of the last five at home, while conceding just 0.59 goals per game on their own patch in the Primeira Liga last season.
With Zorya having a dreadful record on the road in Europe, losing eight of the last 12 without scoring, Braga look good value to win to nil.
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