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No Maribor misery for Gerrard

No Maribor misery for Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a solid start to life as Rangers manager and that can continue on Thursday when Slovenian outfit Maribor are the visitors to Ibrox for the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie.

Rangers 51/20 to score in both halves

The Gers understandably looked a little rusty when they unconvincingly beat the Albanian team FK Shkupi 2-0 on aggregate in the first qualifying round, but they were more impressive when getting the better of Osijek.

Maribor have dominated Slovenian football for the last decade and reached the group stage of the Champions League last term.

However, they finished as runners-up behind Olimpija Ljubljana in their domestic league last season and may struggle at Ibrox.

Burnley 43/20 to draw in Istanbul

Burnley needed extra-time before finally knocking Aberdeen out last week and Sean Dyche’s team will need to dig deep if they are to get past Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Turkish side reached the Champions League play-offs last term and were only edged out 4-3 on aggregate by Sevilla.

The Clarets will have one eye on their Premier League opener against Southampton on Sunday and may struggle in Istanbul.

Elsewhere, CSKA Sofia were impressive when beating Austrian side Admira Wacker Modling 6-1 on aggregate in the last round and are 9/5 to beat Copenhagen in the Bulgarian capital on Thursday.

Neil Lennon’s Hibernian can secure a one-goal advantage at 11/4 against Norwegian side Molde, currently managed by former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at Easter Road.

Sevilla 14/5 to win by three goals

Sevilla can continue their serene progress to the next round by disposing of Zalgiris.

The Lithuanian team have had an easy draw so far but only just beat Klaksvik from the Faroe Islands and FC Vaduz from Liechtenstein, so they will be keen to avoid a drubbing against Sevilla although their night may well end in disappointment.

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