Aberdeen to win at Breidablik @ 19/20
Breidablik warrant respect after upsetting Austria Vienna in the last round and could have a familiar face up front in former Ross County and Dundee United forward Thomas Mikkelsen. However, Aberdeen have started the season strongly, thrashing Hacken 5-1 in the first leg of last month’s tie before easing off in Sweden and putting in what Stephen Glass described as “an exceptional performance” when beating Dundee United 2-0 at Pittodrie on Sunday. Scott Brown is already proving a good influence and the Dons seem determined to make the group stage.
Hibs and HNK Rijeka to draw @ 21/10
Jack Ross will be happy with how Hibs have started the new campaign, getting past Santa Coloma in this competition and twice coming from behind to win 3-2 at Motherwell in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership opener. Ross was also full of praise for the 1,810 fans his club took to Fir Park and a good atmosphere is assured at Easter Road. However, Rijeka beat Aberdeen twice in the Europa League a couple of years ago and were far from disgraced in a tough pool with Napoli, Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar last season, so this promises to be a tough test.
FC Copenhagen to win at Lokomotiv Plovdiv @ 1/2
The Lions are used to playing at a higher level than this and reached the Europa League quarter-finals just a couple of seasons ago, knocking out Celtic before only losing to Manchester United in extra-time. Copenhagen proved a class apart from Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino in the previous round of qualifiers, prevailing 4-1 at home and then 5-0 away. They are also unbeaten in three domestic matches this term, winning 2-0 at Odense on Sunday, so this looks a team to follow in our Europa Conference League predictions.
Anderlecht to win at KF Laci @ 1/2
The purple and whites have a proud history in European football, winning the old UEFA Cup in 1983 and the Cup Winners’ Cup on a couple of occasions, as well as even beating Bayern Munich and Liverpool in UEFA Super Cup contests in the 1970s. The current team is obviously a few levels below those illustrious outfits but former Manchester City star Vincent Kompany is at the helm and Anderlecht were a very respectable third in Belgium’s Jupiler League last season.
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