The UEFA Europa League has begun and several teams are trying to claw their way to the group stage by winning the qualifiers. St Patricks and Zalgiris finished the opening game in a draw, with everything to be decided in Ireland where the local team is slightly favorite to prevail.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: Bet365 1.90
St Patricks came from behind twice in Lithuania and eventually settled for a 2-2 draw which gives him plenty of options to advance to the next stage. The hosts could qualify on the back of a draw, but this is not the strategy that coach Buckley will employ. Instead, he will use the same starting formation featuring Fagan and Flood upfront and a midfield that has scored a combined of 20 goals this season.
Speaking of which, both domestic championships are in full swing and the players are at the peak of their form, and will give everything on the pitch tonight. Zalgiris will counter with an equally offensive team, as the visitors need to score at least twice to regain their favorite status. Bilinski and Komolov will pair up in the offense, but midfielder Kuklys is just as dangerous and has already scored eight goals in the domestic championship. The visitors can consider themselves unlucky to draw the first leg, but they will stick to the same offensive tactic, trying to exploit one of the numerous gaps in St Patricks’ defense.
We have every reason to expect a high scoring game, and the odds offered by Bet365 for at least three of them are quite juicy at 1.90. The match could go either way as the teams are evenly matched, but punters who choose the over 2.5 wager will probably cash in their profits well before the last whistle.