Europa vs The New Saints
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Kick off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Do Algarve.
Europa shocked everyone by grabbing a 1-2 victory on the road to get on the brink of the second round in this term of Champions League qualifications.
The tie is, however, still wide open because you can not underestimate the Welsh champions who have a much larger experience in European competitions over the history.
Europa are going through the best period in team’s history since they have won their first ever title in Gibraltar ending Lincoln’s dominance after 14 consecutive silverwares.
The team won 24 of their 27 matches losing only twice (both times to Lincoln 0-3 and 1-4).
Juan Gallardo’s men will host TNS in neighbouring Portugal since their own stadium does not meet UEFA requirements for the competition.
The New Saints
The New Saints broke Ajax’s record by clinching 27 consecutive wins in the top flight of the Welsh football to clinch their sixth subsequent trophy in Premier Division.
However, the first leg with Europe showed how huge of a handicap is Harrison’s departure from the bench (the coach who led the team for five years looked for a new challenge and joined Hartlepool in League Two).
The team held most of their players from the last season and they showed a decent display holding Rangers to a 1-1 draw in the pre-season friendly.
Europa vs The New Saints: Head to head
Last week’s clash from Park Hall Stadium was the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Alex Quillo and Kike Gomez were on target in Europa’s shocking win, while Scott Quigley notched the only goal for the Welsh side.
Europa vs The New Saints: Prediction
Even though the hosts have a massive edge from the first leg, we still see TNS as the team to qualify from this tie.
We are convinced that the visitors will prove their quality over Gibraltar champions in the rematch and we will back The New Saints to win the match as the top betting option at the odds of 13/8.
Europa vs The New Saints: Bet Tips
The first bet will be The New Saints to win at 3.15 with Unibet.
Braver punters can chase HT/FT – TNS/TNS bet for 5.10 odds at Unibet.