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Toffees unlikely to come unstuck

Toffees unlikely to come unstuck


The first legs of the third qualifying round of the Europa League take place on Thursday and it looks set to be an intriguing evening with a number of big names on show.

Those eyeing a banker bet should surely be looking at an Everton home win against Slovakian side Ruzomberok. The Toffees appear to have recruited well this summer and, after a decent pre-season, Ronald Koeman will be keen to see his stars in competitive action.

Ruzomberok finished third in the Fortuna Liga last term and have already come through a couple of rounds to get to this stage. However, it appears it could prove a step too far with a home win 2/35. The lack of value in that price may tempt punters to switch their attention to a 3-0 Everton victory at 4/1, with 4-0 available at 11/2.

Aberdeen are also in action against Apollon Limassol after fighting past Siroki Brijeg. The Dons struggled to a 1-1 draw in the opening leg in the last round before claiming a spirited 2-0 victory in Bosnia.

A home win, on offer at 1/1, looks crucial for the Scottish Premiership side against the Cypriots, who boast former Sunderland defender Valentin Roberge amongst their number. It could be a tight one at Pittodrie but Derek McInnes’ men should have enough, although the visitors are a handy 51/20.

Elsewhere, there are a few teams on show who may not be so familiar with the Europa League. Seven-time European champions AC Milan are in action against Polish outfit Craovia and, following a busy summer, look a good price to win to zero at 20/27.

Marseille will be confident of cruising past Ostende at 5/19, as should PSV Eindhoven, who are 4/27 to outdo NK Osijek, while the 5/9 available for Athletic Bilbao away at Dinamo Bucharest appears a bit short.

Those searching for value may look at Fenerbahce to triumph away at Sturm Graz. Galatasaray’s elimination in the previous round leaves Fener with a chance to get one over on their rivals and 11/10 appears a decent price for them to win in Austria.

Finally, the bet that really stands out is the 7/5 for Crvena Zvezda to win at home to Sparta Prague. Crvena, or Red Star Belgrade, have made a strong start to the season and will fancy themselves to triumph on what is likely to be an atmospheric night in Serbian capital.

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