Shakhtyor are massive favourites both on the night and over two leg, but they’ll have to justify the tag on the pitch.
Connah’s Quay proved out to be a tough nut to crack in their own backyard in the past couple of campaigns in Europa League.
Connah’s Quay v Shakhtyor Match Preview | UEFA Europa League Betting Tips
Kick-off: 12 July 2018 – 18:00 UK time
Venue: Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl
Connah’s Quay v Shakhtyor: Team News
Connah’s Quay will begin the new Europa League adventure on Thursday evening when they will play host to Belarusian Shakhtyor looking to pass the initial hurdle for the second time in the history of their Europa League campaigns. The match will be played in neighboring Rhyl as Deeside College Stadium does not satisfy UEFA requirements for this stage of the competition.
Belarusians are heavy favourites to go through from this tie, but they will have to be careful knowing that Connah’s Quay managed to produce an upset beating Finnish heavyweights HJK at this stage last term. The Welsh outfit, however, lost the reverse fixture in Helsinki to suffer elimination, 1-3 on aggregate.
The visitors did not have much success in the previous edition of Europa League qualifications either as they fell 1-2 to Lithuanian Suduva on aggregate. It is thus tough to justify the 9/20 (1.45) odds offered for their victory in the first leg of the Welsh soil.
Connah’s Quay v Shakhtyor: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have not played each other in the past.
Connah’s Quay v Shakhtyor: Prediction
Belarusians should have a huge advantage regarding the physical condition and fitness of their players given they are midway through the season in the domestic league. Overall, they’ve been doing very well lately and they will head into this off the back of seven wins and a draw in last eight matches. The lone draw came away from home against the defending champions BATE in late-June. The Russian manager Sergey Tashuev can be proud of his side’s defensive displays which have been extraordinary of late. Shakhtyor conceded only a single goal in last ten outings and breaking them down will certainly be a massive challenge for the Welsh hosts here.
Connah’s Quay bagged just three goals in six Europa League fixtures over the course of history, but they also shipped only two in three home outings in the process. I’ll go with the Under 2.5 goals bet at 5/6 (1.83). Draw at the half time also looks decent at 5/4 (2.25).
Connah’s Quay v Shakhtyor: Betting Tips
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