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Gers aiming to blank out Ufa

Gers aiming to blank out Ufa

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Rangers are yet to concede a goal away from home in the Europa League qualifying campaign and a fourth clean sheet on Thursday will ensure a place in the group stage.

Steven Gerrard’s side have so far blanked out Shkupi, NK Osijek and NK Maribor to make it through to the play-off round, where a Connor Goldson goal gave the Gers a 1-0 home win over Russian side FC Ufa in their home first leg.

Rangers to keep clean sheet – 41/20

And that advantage could prove to be enough to see the Scottish giants make the group stage, which would have to be seen as a major achievement so early in the tenure of former Liverpool and England great Gerrard.

While all looks promising for Scotland, with Celtic also well placed to eliminate Suduva and head to the group stage, English side Burnley have a massive task ahead of them if they are to get past Olympiakos.

Burnley v Olympiakos – both teams to score – 20/23

Olympiakos have scored at least three goals in all three of their Europa League games so far this season although their opening Greek league game saw them edged out by the only goal of the game.

So the omens for the Clarets are not good, especially as they have shipped 10 goals in their last three games in all competitions and have only gained one point from three Premier League outings.

They have scored in each of those games so are unlikely to go down without a fight, but the visitors to Turf Moor look to have the firepower needed to ensure it is they who qualify.

FC Copenhagen to qualify – 59/20

Having gained a goalless draw in the away first leg of their tie with Italian outfit Atalanta, FC Copenhagen must fancy their chances of making it to the group stage, especially as they are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions.

CFR Cluj to win by one goal – 12/5

Finally, there could be a night to remember in Romania when Luxembourg outfit F91 Dudelange travel to take on CFR Cluj holding a two-goal advantage from the first leg.

Dudelange narrowly missed out in the Champions League qualifiers to MOL Vidi of Hungary before taking care of Drita and Legia Warsaw in the Europa League.

Now they stand one game away from making history for their country and a 2-1 win against Warsaw in the last round shows they can get the job done.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.