Europa League – Colombian ace to excel at Ibrox on Thursday


SCOTTISH football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews Rangers and Hibs' Thursday night Europa League fixtures.

Rangers v Osijek | Thursday 2nd August 2018, 19:45 | Premier Sports

Rangers are the only Scottish side favoured to progress in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men notched a fine 1-0 away win at Osijek and it’s a surprise to see them as big as 20/21 with Ladbrokes to triumph at home.

It’s early days for the new regime but greater demands from the Liverpool legend have been rewarded with five clean sheets.

Osijek won’t lie down but a packed Ibrox is likely to roar Rangers through. They are just 1/5 to qualify with the Croats 4/1 at Paddy Power.

Alfredo Morelos netted the away goal and followed up with a double in Sunday’s friendly against Wigan so has found his shooting boots. The Colombian is 13/10 at William Hill to net again.

Asteras Tripolis v Hibs | Thursday 2nd August 2018, 19:00 | Premier Sports

Hibs battled back from 2-0 down to beat Asteras Tripolis 3-2 to give themselves a chance of qualifying. It will be difficult against a side who have lost just two of their last 12 European ties at home.

Asteras are 4/5 at Marathon to qualify with Hibs 11/10 at Paddy Power. To win on Thursday night the Greeks are 3/4 but the best bet has to be on goals.

Hibs’ last four competitive matches have produced 32 goals so Over 2.5 Goals looks a no-brainer at 10/11 with Betfred, while Over 3.5 pays 23/10 with Unibet.

Best Bets

Rangers v Osijek – Rangers to win (20/21 Ladbrokes)

Rangers v Osijek – Alfredo Morelos to score at anytime (13/10 William Hill)

Asteras Tripolis v Hibs – Over 2.5 Goals (10/11 Betfred)

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