WE’VE had a handful of Champions League and Europa League qualifiers over the past couple of days and now were hit with a full set.

There are 48 ties on Thursday – some featuring well-known teams but many with sides most punters will be unfamiliar with.

Without googling them I wonder how many people would be able to identify the nationalities of the likes of Europa, Juvuenes, Sant Julia, Runavik and Cukaricki.

Luckily mixed in there are teams such as West Ham, Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Brondby, Stromsgodset, Go Ahead Eagles and Rosenborg.

Picking winners shouldn’t be a problem – but finding value certainly will be.

Take the Scots clubs for example – Aberdeen travel to Macedonians Shkendija while St Johnstone are off to Armenia to tackle Ashakert.

Bookies massively favour the Scots and while the weather and distances pose hurdles both to win pays no bigger than 4-5 at bet365.

Aberdeen have warmed up nicely with an 8-2 thrashing of Brechin and 1-0 defeat of Saints at Glebe Park and have been boosted by the game being moved from Tetovo to Skopje and to an evening kick-off when it will be cooler.

Last season’s top scorer Adam Rooney was on target in both friendlies and is 13-5 at McBookie and William Hill to score first.

Saints’ experienced new signing John Sutton is worth a look at 10-3 with McBookie and William Hill to break the deadlock.

The 4-5 is skinny but I have to take it and remember it’s Saints’ fourth Euro campaign in a row and they’ve beaten sides such as Luzern and Rosenborg.

I don’t know enough about the quality of the opposition to tip handicap bets with a great degree of confidence and you have to consider teams can’t hit top gear in their first competitive matches of the campaign.

But both Scots should win, in particular Aberdeen whose preparations look further down the line, and I like them at 13-8 with Stan James to win to nil.

West Ham won a place in Europe by their fair play and are as short as a side can be at home to Lusitano who finished second in the four-team Andorran top flight last season.

They did though rout second-tier Ranger’s FC 10-0 in the cup – strange but true!

The Hammers are a biggest 1-66 with Betfred and it’s a case of working out how many they’ll win by. The book is set at six with new boss Slaven Bilic’s men 5-6 at Betway minus five.

Biggest tie must be Go Ahead Eagles at home to Ferencvaros and I’ve see the Dutch side tipped at 7-4 with bet365 but having looked more into the tie there’s a huge difference of opinion among pundits so I’m leaving it alone.

I like the look of AIK who of course are in the middle of their season and they are 4-6 at William Hill away to Finnish basement boys VPS.

Another side who should impress are Polish league runners-up Jagiellonia at Lithuanians Kruoja. The Poles are 4-9 at William Hill.

I’ll consider these matches and as many others as I can (it’s impossible to look at them all though) before putting up top tips in the morning.

  1. Andrew Lutton 1 year ago

    Fancy strongly Msk Zelina at Northern Irish side Glentoran.Glentoran missing a few top players and the away outfit -1 at 4/6 looks great value.Also fancy Shaktar Soligorsk to be to strong for Irish League club Glenavon at 2/5.Both these part time sides are on a break and the double looks nailed on

  2. AndytheHun 1 year ago

    Hi.I do not recommend personally to bet on Go Ahead Eagles..
    They just relegated to the Holland second league and some of the key players left the club.
    Ferencvaros finished second in the Hungarian league also won the Cup in Hungary.They just built a super new stadium.
    My opinion is Ferencvaros is a strong team with players plenty of international experience Gera(West Brom,Fulham)Hajnal(Stutgart,Shalke 04) also Varga is top form..I think they go the group stage this year.

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      Mr Fixit 1 year ago

      AndytheHun, having looked at it a bit more I’m leaving the Go Ahead game alone. Big difference in opinion between pundits.

  3. robbo 1 year ago

    I think I may have spotted some value in the sant Julia randers tie
    randers 1-33 on is obviously not worth backing but randers to win to nil is a very respectable 10-11,i cant find any team news but if randers are at anything like full strength I cant see the Andorran minnows who came 4th in their league scoring

  4. GRUMPY AULD FIFER 1 year ago

    mr f where do you get the odds of 4/9 for jagiellona william hill and coral only giving 1/6

  5. GRUMPY AULD FIFER 1 year ago

    Looking for a treb with odds 4 or 5/1 for ma fiver anybody help ?

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