Rangers Set Sights on Europa League Group Stage

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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers enjoyed a decent run in the Europa League last season, and they will fancy their chances of advancing into the next round of qualifying when they take on Lincoln Red Imps on Thursday.

The Gers will make the trip to Gibraltar to face the Imps, and they should have far too much quality on the day.

The Imps are 17 games into their domestic campaign, and they are doing well after picking up 39 points from 17 matches.

They have already beaten Prishtina and UT Petange to reach this round of the Europa League, but they will do well to score against Gerrard’s men.

Rangers have won four of their last five games in the Scottish Premiership, scoring 11 goals in the process.

The Scottish giants are 20/43 to win to nil, while over 3.5 goals, on offer at EVS, could be on with Gerrard taking a strong squad to Gibraltar.

Dundalk Eager to Enjoy Another European Adventure

It has been a period of change at Dundalk in recent months, with manager Stephen Kenny moving on to take the Republic of Ireland managerial role.

Filippo Giovagnoli is now at the helm at Oriel Park, and he has guided his team to successive wins of late.

Cobh Ramblers and Shelbourne have both been unable to overcome Dundalk, and Inter Club d’Escalades should also struggle.

The Andoran outfit have won three of their last four, but Dundalk’s experience should prove vital in the end.

Dundalk will look to score early before taking total control on Thursday night and, with that in mind, Dundalk to win via the HT/FT market at odds of 5/7 appeals.

While Dundalk should romp home, Shamrock Rovers face the incredibly difficult task of stopping Italian giants AC Milan.

Rovers may have won four games in a row and sit top of the Irish Premier Division, but it should be a case of how many can Milan score.

The Italians may be rusty after not playing a competitive yet game this season, and manager Stefano Pioli will not be complacent against determined, but limited, opponents, but they will get the job done comfortably.

There is little point in backing Milan at 2/35, so it makes more sense looking at over 3.5 goals at odds of 10/13.

Motherwell and Aberdeen Out to Follow in Rangers’ footsteps

With Rangers in action at 16:00, both Motherwell and Aberdeen will know how they have got on by the time they play in their respective matches.

Motherwell travel to Northern Ireland to do battle with Coleraine, and they could be involved in an entertaining game at 19:30.

Coleraine have scored in their last 14 matches in all competitions, while Motherwell have conceded five in four.

Due to the home side’s recent record, they could win in the double chance market at odds of 21/20.

Aberdeen face the tougher test as they travel to Norway to take on Viking at the same time.

Both teams are unbeaten in their last five matches, and this contest could go right down to the wire.

Aberdeen are unbeaten in nine away, but these two can cancel each other out, and a draw seems a decent bet at 12/5.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Tom offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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