Kick Off: 1830, 04/07/2011
Stadium: Estadio Algarve
TNS face an uphill battle to stay in the Champions League as they travel to take on Gibraltar title holders Europa trailing 2-1 from the first leg.
The Welsh outfit have reached the second qualifying round in each of the last five seasons, though, and we’re backing them to rally and extend that proud record.
An away win is available at 8/5 and earns a place in our Europa vs TNS betting tips.
A Look At Europa’s Betting Odds
Europa took full advantage of sloppy play from TNS in Wales, twice capitalising on misplaced passes to score on the break.
Alex Quillo was on hand to finish off a neat move down the left to give his side the lead early on. Kike Gomez later went from provider to scorer as he coolly curled the ball in following a fine run by Liam Walker.
The hosts will again be dangerous but the Saints should be sharper for that outing, so we like 15/4 for an away win and both teams to score from the Europa vs TNS odds.
A Look At The New Saints’ Betting Odds
Scott Quigley gave TNS something to cling on to in the opening encounter with a sensational strike just before half-time.
The 24-year-old back-heeled a through ball over his marker and then blasted a powerful shot into the roof of the net.
Interim manager Scott Ruscoe felt his side showed signs of nerves that night but insisted they do have enough quality to recover.
“The players have another 20 or 30 per cent there,” he declared. “They’ve fallen below their peak but they can go and do it next week.”
If that improvement is found, we reckon 5/1 for Saints to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 is worth including in our Europa vs TNS predictions.
TNS 1-2 EUROPA – Scott Quigley & Alex Quillo, Enrique Gomez Bernal
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