Europa League 3rd Round (Semifinals) First Legs. Betting tips and previews of the most interesting matches scheduled on Thursday 28 July.
EUL 3rd Round 1st legs - betting tips & previews
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In-depth analysis, statistics and betting tips of Europa League 3rd Round matches after yesterday's good tips about Champions League Qualifiers.
Heracles got the access to this competition after winning Eredivisie playoffs in the last season.
During the transfermarket, dutch team has lost its striker Weghorst transferred to AZ Alkmaar but the squad is basically the same of the previous season.
The opponents are the Portuguese Arouca, a team that mainly relies on the defence and fast counterattacks when the pace of the Angolan Mateus can be dangerous.
Heracles adopt an offensive mentality especially in home matches and indeed they were unable to score only in three Eredivisie ecnounters.
Moreover Dutch side has started training much earlier than the opponents since Eredivisie starts 2 weeks before Portuguese League.
Heracles double chance + over 1.5 sounds interesting.
Austria Wien has been impressive in the first four official matches played in the season scoring a total of 13 goals. The opponents are the Slovakian Spartak Trnava, a stable presence in the EUL Qualifiers in the last years.
However, Slovakian side has never reached the Group Stage and we expect their campaign will end here.
The first French team to play a match in the EUL Qualifiers is Lille that meets Qabala.
Did you know who plays for Lille? Eder! He who scored the decisive goal for Portugal vs France in the recent Euro 2016 Final.
We heard that Eder has come back earlier from holidays in order to help Lille to reach the Group Stage, but his presence in the pitch is a doubt because of the few trainings in his legs.
Lille is a tough team to face since their defence is quite solid and really concedes few goals. Although Boual, Amadou and Obbadi are unavailable, Lille have good chances to prevail in the 1st leg.
The other french team involved in this round is St Etienne, probably stronger than Lille but unlucky as the opponents are the experienced AEK Athens.
St. Etienne took part to the last Europa League and being eliminated by Basel in the Last 32 Stage.
French team has a very similar squad compared to the one of the last season and also the coach is the same.
Its best players are Hamouma, Tannane, Beric and central back Perrin always ready to hit in dead balls occasions.
We expect a positive result for the home team keeping on mind that Greek side has a good international experience and they have the skills to overturn the result in the second leg.
Krasnodar took part to the last EUL edition (beating Borussia Dortmund in Russia).
Krasnodar is a nice reality of russian football. They have been playing a good football for the last 2 seasons obtaining good results in Russian Premier League.
The team has good individuals: Granqvist, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Mamaev, Akhmedov, Smolov and Ari above the others.
Birkirkara, modest Maltese team, have already made a miracle in the 2nd round kicking out the favourite Hearts (Scotland) and should end their campagin here.
The two Belgians Gent and Genk should not encounter any particular trouble in their home matches vs Vitorul Constanta and Cork City.
Another expectable home win should occur in Alkmaar, where AZ meet Pas Giannina, a greek team able to reach this stage after conceding 3 goals to Odd Grenland in Norway and since AZ is very famous for being a very prolific team when it comes to score we only see dutch side prevail here in a match where goals should not be missing.
Hertha Berlin is back in the Europa League, after the great past Bundesliga season.
The secret of Hertha's recent success is its coach, the Hungarian Dardai, able to rise hungarian national team first and then the Berlin club that had disappointed its supporters some years ago with the relegation in Zweite Liga.
The opponents are Brondby. Hertha is much stronger on the cards but Danish League has already started 3 weeks ago and probably the visitors have a better physical condition.
In any case we prefer the home side considering also Hertha's last season home tendency to win.
West Ham made a great past season, reaching the 7th place. The only regret is the Europa League elimination right in the 3rd Qualifiers Round.
Hammers' stronger player, Dmitry Payet is still on holidays and also Cresswell and Lanzini are unavailable.
Andy Carroll will be the striker and probably the two new arrivals, Feghouli and Nordtveit will make their first appearance with the new shirt.
English side are favourite in the double clash vs Domzale and actually we expect to see them getting out Slovenia with a victory.
HERACLES - AROUCA
HERACLES DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.80)
AUSTRIA WIEN - SPARTAK TRNAVA
HOME WIN (1.42)
LILLE - QABALA
HOME WIN (1.40)
UNDER 2.5 (1.66)
LILLE DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.35)
BIRKIRKARA - KRASNODAR
AWAY WIN (1.30)
GENK - CORK CITY
HOME WIN (1.22)
HERTHA BERLIN - BRONDBY
HOME WIN (1.45)
GENT - VITORUL CONSTANTA
HOME WIN (1.35)
DOMZALE - WEST HAM
AWAY WIN (1.50)
AZ ALKMAAR - PAS GIANNINA
HOME WIN (1.25)
OVER 2.5 (1.65)
ST ETIENNE - AEK ATHENS
HOME WIN (1.61)
OVER 1.5 (1.36)
LUZERN - SASSUOLO
SASSUOLO DOUBLE CHANCE (1.29)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.80)