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August 17th: Thursday’s Europa League Double – 4/1 Special, Tips & Predictions

With the Europa League qualifiers getting back underway on Thursday, we look set for another nail-biting set of fixtures from across the continent.

So, for those of you looking to stick on a Thursday flutter, we have found a pair of Europa League qualifiers that are worth keeping an eye out for in midweek.

18:00 Hacken vs Zalgiris

Putting in a famous performance on foreign soil last week as they claimed a first-leg 3-1 victory, Hacken will simply be looking to finish off their qualifying adventure on Thursday evening. In the midst of what has become quite the flurry, the reigning Swedish champions will be smelling a golden chance when they return to the Bravida Arena in midweek.

Along with claiming a routine 2-0 win at home against Varberg over the weekend while on domestic duties, Per-Mathias Hogmo has seen his squad win nine of their previous 11 appearances across all competitions.

Bagging a brace on first-leg duties last week in what was a Man of the Match performance, there is no doubt that Hogmo will be calling on the red-hot Srdjan Hrstic to spearhead his charge on Thursday night.

In the midst of what has become a stellar purple patch in front of goal, the Serbian youth star has notched a stunning seven strikes in as many appearances across all competitions.

On the flip side, although Zalgiris might have made an immediate return to winning ways when they return their attention back to A Lyga action a few days ago, the Lithuanian outfit are facing a major uphill battle here.

Tipped as a landslide underdog on Thursday night after slumping to that 3-1 drumming at the LFF Stadium, the Green and Whites have also failed to muster a single away victory over the past month.

Claiming just one win from any of their previous six appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to July 21st, Zalgiris should be bracing themselves for a massive challenge in Sweden.

Betting Tip: Srdjan Hrstic to score anytime @ 7/5 with Pribet

19:00 BATE vs Sheriff Tiraspol

Putting in what was a rampant first-leg performance in front of their own supporters last week, Sheriff Tiraspol will be more than aware that they firmly have one-foot in the next round. Eventually storming their way to a stunning 5-1 victory, Roberto Bordin’s side will simply be looking to make another qualifying statement in midweek.

Likewise, keeping up their recent charge as they claimed a 2-0 victory away at Sparta Selemet while on domestic duties last weekend, the Wasps are riding a real wave of momentum.

In fact, along with winning each of their last four straight appearances across all competitions by an aggregate score of 8-1, Thursday’s guests have continued to shine at both ends of the pitch.

Mustering back-to-back victories away from the Sheriff Arena since the middle of May, Bordin’s high-flying squad are rightfully tipped as a standout contender here.

Blown away on foreign soil last week and coming under a huge amount of scrutiny over the past few weeks, BATE will know that they face a monumental challenge on Thursday night.

Forced to play their Europa League fixtures at the Varosi Stadion in Hungary, Kirill Alshevsky’s men have now lost each of their last three appearances on the spin and they have quickly gained a reputation for their rather glaring issues at the back.

Including that 5-1 first-leg drumming last week, BATE have remarkably shipped 16 strikes on their three-match losing run.

Likewise, crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers earlier in the month following an infamous 11-5 aggregate defeat at the hands of Arms Limassol, we are expecting an away victory here.

 Betting Tip: Sheriff Tiraspol win & Over 1.5 goals @ 7/5 with Luckster

Thursday’s Europa League Double

  • Hacken vs Zalgiris – Srdjan Hrstic to score anytime @ 7/5
  • BATE vs Sheriff Tiraspol – Sheriff Tiraspol win & Over 1.5 goals @ 7/5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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