Shamrock Rovers come into the match on the back of three consecutive clean shete victories in the Premier Division.
AIK were denied by Portuguese heavyweights Braga only after extra-time in the third qualifying round last year.
Shamrock Rovers v AIK Match Preview | UEFA Europa League Betting Tips
Kick-off: 12 July 2018 – 19:05 UK time
Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Shamrock Rovers v AIK: Team News
It’s fair to say Shamrock Rovers were not the luckiest side after the draw for the first qualifying round of Europa League. It has put them together with the Swedish heavyweights AIK who are enjoying a strong campaign at the start of the new Allsvenskan campaign. The visitors sit second after 12 rounds of the competition in the domestic league being just two points shy of leaders Hammarby.
Moving forward, the visitors enjoyed a decent run in the previous edition of Europa League when the likes of Sporting Braga needed the extra-time winner to dispatch them in the third qualifying round. Rikard Norling’s men look to be set for an even deeper run this time around and they will no doubts head into the tie with the Irish outfit as heavy favourites both on the night and over two legs.
Shamrock Rovers v AIK: Head to Head Stats
Shamrock Rovers and AIK will battle each other for the first time ever this Thursday.
Shamrock Rovers v AIK: Prediction
The Hoops are also in the midst of the campaign in their domestic league. It has been a roller-coaster journey so far for them as they sit fourth after 24 rounds in Premier Division. Head coach Stephen Bradley will be happy with his team’s latest spell of form as Shamrock Rovers come into this with three comprehensive clean sheet wins on the bounce as they saw off Bray Wanderers, Limerick and Derry City with an impressive 9-0 goal difference along the way.
Knowing that AIK also favour defensive-minded football under Rikard Norling, I’d say we could be in for a low-scoring affair when these two lock horns at Tallaght Stadium. Under 2.5 goals is certainly our top betting option and you can back it at the 8/13 (1.61) odds. As for the outcome, the value is with the draw, priced up at the 23/10 (3.30) odds.
Shamrock Rovers v AIK: Betting Tips
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