WOLVES, Rangers and Aberdeen and Kilmarnock are all on Europa League duty on Thursday night. Scottish football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews their encounters.
Europa League | Thursday 1st August 2019
Steven Gerrard would have been happier with more goals last week but I reckon Rangers have done enough to qualify.
Last time Gers visited Luxembourg they were shocked 2-0 as Progres Niederkorn claimed their biggest scalp in history. But this is a much improved side from the one that crashed under Pedro Caixinha and I'm backing the Ibrox men to add to their lead.
Unfortunately, Rangers are no bigger than 1/4 at Ladbrokes to win so again we have to dig out value. Gerrard will be desperate for no mistakes and be looking for Allan McGregor to keep a clean sheet. Progres didn't offer much at Ibrox and Gers to win ‘to nil’ is the Super Single at 10/11 with BoyleSports.
Alfredo Morelos failed to score last week but I'm backing the Colombian to net first at 23/10 with Coral.
Aberdeen are also 1/4 at Ladbrokes to beat Chikhura after a 1-1 draw in Georgia.
Derek McInnes' men should edge it but the odds are too short to consider backing them as Scots sides at this stage can take some funny turns. Instead, I'm having a punt on Sam Cosgrove to net first at 5/2 with Paddy Power having scored in all of Dons' three European ties.
Wolves made hard work of beating Crusaders 2-0 last week but should perform better in Ireland as they move closer to full fitness. Wolves to win ‘to nil’ is best bet 8/15 with Bet365.
Progres Niederkorn v Rangers – Rangers to win ‘to nil’ (10/11 Boylesports)
Progres Niederkorn v Rangers – Alfredo Morelos to score first (23/10 Coral)
Aberdeen v Chikhura – Sam Cosgrove to score first (5/2 Paddy Power)
Crusaders v Wolves – Wolves to win ‘to nil’ (8/15 Bet365)