While the Scottish clubs give it their all to reach the Europa League group stage questions must be asked of English sides' commitment to the tournament.

Liverpool are playing a weakened side in Turkey tonight, Aston Villa drew in Austria with a young team and Man City didn't go hell for leather in Romania.

The second legs take place tonight and while City are virtually through after a 1-0 win at Timisoara, Liverpool and Villa have work to do.

City are a biggest 1-6 at Betfred so instead consider them at minus one (4-7, Stan James) or minus two (6-5, Bet365).

Liverpool have left the likes of Fernando Torres and Daniel Agger at home and even more crucially will be without skipper Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.

Boss Roy Hodgson, who took Fulham to the Final last season, must believe the team he sends out can at least hold out for a draw but I'm not so sure.

Trabzonspor will be backed by a passionate crowd and are expected to really go for it. The Turks have come in from 3-1 and are a biggest 15-8 with William Hill and that will tempt many.

Liverpool are out to 6-4 at totesport but it's one that could be left alone until the in-running. If you have to bet try Mexican striker Teo Gutierrez at 8-1 with Ladbrokes to score first. He has netted five in his last four games.

Villa look a bit skinny at a best 1-2 with 888sport. Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald is likely to play a stronger team than the first leg to rebuild confidence after that 6-0 nightmare defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.

Rapid Vienna, a biggest 6-1 with bodog, have lost star striker Nikica Jelavic to Rangers and that could hand Villa the edge. My bet on this will be another first scorer, wing king Ashley Young at 8-1 with bodog.

Last week every I was right with every Europa League game I highlighted.
It's tougher tonight with many ties already won so you have to question the motivation of sides such as Alkmaar, Palermo and Villarreal.

My Daily Record sixfold is Villa, Dinamo Zagreb, Lille, Metalist, Porto and CSKA Sofia.

Porto lead Gent 3-0 but will want to put on a show in front of their own fans while CSKA Sofia, 3-0 home winners against Welsh minnows TNS, should have too much quality for a side that will need to attack and leave gaps at the back.

Metalist take a 1-0 lead home from Omonia Nicosia and should add to it while Dynamo Zagreb beat Gyori 2-0 away.

Best prices are Porto (1-4, Stan James), Zagreb (4-9, Stan James), Lille (4-11, Stan James), CSKA (8-15, Ladbrokes) and Metalist (1-2, Paddy Power).

I've plumped for Hadjuk Split at 11-4 with totesport for the Super Single. They lead Unirea 4-1 and sometimes don't travel well but the Romanians are in disarray on and off the field.

Others to consider include Danes Brondby who lead a disinterested Sporting side 2-0. The home men are 21-10 at 888sport.

Ukrainians Karpaty, who I tipped not to lose at Galatasaray, are a massive 5-2 with totesport and Paddy Power to win the home leg.

Having drawn 2-2 they only need a 0-0 but could see off weakened Turks who will be without Elano and Harry Kewell.

Lech Poznan also look big at 13-8 with Paddy Power after beating Dnipro away.


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