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CFR Cluj to win at Djurgardens @ 9/10
Dan Petrescu’s side were unfortunate to lose on penalties to Dinamo Zagreb in a Champions League qualifier after twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 in normal time. They will now hope to recapture last season’s sparkle in Europe, which brought victories over Lazio, Celtic and Rennes before only bowing out to eventual Europa League victors Sevilla via the away goals rule following two hard-fought draws.
PSV Eindhoven to win at ND Mura 05 @ 3/10
Roger Schmidt has been brought in to revive the fortunes of PSV after enjoying past success with RB Salzburg and Bayer Leverkusen. The 53-year-old has made a bright start with Eredivisie victories over Groningen and Emmen, while Philipp Max already looks a shrewd signing from Augsburg. Exciting young forward Donyell Malen is back fit after last season’s cruciate injury and the Dutch giants should do well in this competition.
Celtic to win at Riga @ 11/50
The Hoops created some memorable nights in the Europa League group stage last season with victories over the likes of Lazio and Rennes and will be determined to advance here after a disappointing Champions League loss to Ferencvaros at Parkhead last month. Six wins and a draw from seven Scottish Premiership matches shows all is well with Neil Lennon’s side and a smooth success in Latvia is expected.
Hapoel Beer Sheva to beat Motherwell @ 7/10
The Steelmen let us down for a 17/1-plus pay-out when only squeezing past Northern Irish side Coleraine on penalties a week ago and now face a much stiffer test against opponents who reached the last 32 of this tournament a few years ago. Former Portugal international Josue Pesqueira has been in good form for Beer Sheva, who have kicked off their domestic campaign with two wins out of three and impressed when beating Georgians Dinamo Batumi 3-0.
Rangers to win at Willem II @ 4/5
Willem II were sitting a respectable fifth in last season’s Eredivisie when the competition was called off early but had already been toppled at home and away by a Feyenoord team who could only lose and draw to Gers in the Europa League group stages. Greek striker Vangelis Pavlidis is the Dutch side’s dangerman but the Glasgow giants have shown they can defend well on the road and are rated a cut above their opponents in our Europa League predictions.
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