Europa League: Old Firm to enjoy qualifying contests


SCOTTISH football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews Thursday night's Europa League qualifying contests featuring Celtic and Rangers. 

Europa League | Thursday 22nd August 2019

It's not where Celtic wanted to be but winning a place in the Europa League group stage will be consolation for their Cluj collapse. Neil Lennon's men welcome AIK Stockholm to Celtic Park and the Swedes are not a patch on the Romanians.

AIK's Euro co-efficient is just above Rangers' who played in just two of the five counting years.

Celtic's confidence has been shattered by their Champions League exit but they're 1/3 to qualify and should be looking to win by at least two. There are concerns about the Hoops' defence but 1/2 with William Hill looks about right.

Both to score tempts at 11/10 at Bet365 with Celtic's run of no clean sheets extended to four by Dunfermline. AIK's last five have brought up BTTS. Celtic to win and BTTS pays 14/5 at 888.

Ryan Christie and James Forrest have been Lenny's goal kings and I'm siding with the more experienced Forrest to score first at 13/2 at BetVictor.

Rangers have been impressive in Europe under Steven Gerrard and are 2/5 at William Hill to reach the group stage again.

After three stress-free ties it will be a tougher test against a Legia Warsaw side whose co-efficient is line with Celtic's and five times higher than Gers.

The Poles, 2-1 at Boylesports to qualify, have been kept five clean sheets in a row so Rangers will do well to grab a vital away goal that should give them the edge.

Rangers are 1/3 at BetVictor to score and the man to get it could be Alfredo Morelos at 2/1 with Unibet.

Best Bets

Celtic v AIK Stockholm – Celtic to win and Both Teams To Score (14/5 888)

Celtic v AIK Stockholm – James Forrest to score first (13/2 BetVictor)

Legia Warsaw v Rangers – Alfredo Morelos to score at anytime (2/1 Unibet)

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