- The second leg of all third round qualifying matches of the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League kick-off on Tuesday and Thursday this week
- With 16 teams remaining, only eight can join the play-off round where they will be joined by AZ, Fenerbahce, Zorya Luhansk, Royal Antwerp, Sturm Graz and Randers
- Get the odds, our analysis and betting prediction below
Most European clubs are either just coming out of or preparing for their first week of competitive play in domestic leagues. However, some smaller clubs have been hard at work, trying to qualify for European play this season. The Europa League is in their third round of qualifying, with the second legs taking place on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
The first five matches in the table below all are considered “Champions Path” games. This means that all of these sides fell out of the Champions League’s second qualifying round out of the champions path. The latter three games are “Main Path” games which consist of teams who either just entered this round of qualifying, or who dropped down from Champions League second qualifying round out of the league path.
UEFA Europa League Qualifying Third Round Odds
|Flora Tallinn vs Omonia Nicosia||+225||+225||+125|
|Slovan Bratislava vs Lincoln Red Imps FC||-350||+500||+900|
|Alashkert vs Kayrat Almaty||+280||+225||+105|
|HJK Helsinki vs Neftchi Baku||-125||+290||+320|
|Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Vienna||+270||+280||-110|
|Zalgiris Vilnius vs NS Mura||+115||+240||+240|
|St. Johnstone vs Galatasaray||+290||+235||+100|
|Celtic vs Jablonec||-290||+450||+675|
Odds as of August 9 at DraftKings
The eight winners of these matches will go onto the Europa League play-off round, where they can finally advance to the group stage. Meanwhile, the losers will, unfortunately, drop down into the newly founded Europa Conference League qualifying matches.
For smaller clubs, these matches seriously mean so much, both to the fans and the clubs themselves. The names might not be as familiar, but the matches will be as cracking as ever.
Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Vienna Prediction
The first key match to preview features Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus and Rapid Vienna of Austria. The reverse fixture of this match was taken easily by Vienna, winning 3-0 at home. Dietmar Kühbauer’s side used three different goal scorers to help their cause, and that match could have been 4-0 if it were not for a missed Christoph Knasmullner penalty kick.
Schlusspfiff in Hütteldorf! Ein dreifacher Taxi #Fountas lässt uns heute jubeln! 👏🏼😎
FT‘ | ℹ️ SK Rapid 3:0 Wolfsberger AC | #SCRWAC #SCR2021
— SK Rapid (@skrapid) August 8, 2021
Furthermore, Rapid Vienna have a history of Europa League qualifying success. They have advanced to the group stages twice in the last five years, with this current crop of players doing so just last year. Since the first leg, Vienna captured another 3-0 victory over Wolfsberger in the Austrian Bundesliga. While the scoreline might not be as harsh this time around, I still expect Rapid Vienna to win the second leg easily and advance.
Pick: Rapid Vienna moneyline (-110)
St. Johnstone vs Galatasaray Prediction
The next between St. Johnstone and Galatasaray is particularly interesting because of the result in the first leg. It is safe to say that St. Johnstone of Scotland are quite the underdogs in this particular matchup. Nonetheless, they managed the ever so important first leg draw away from home. Ali McCann was stellar for the Saints and a penalty from Jason Kerr was all the lads from Scotland needed to go home with a positive result.
Ali McCann urges St Johnstone supporters to turn out in their numbers for Galatasaray showdown👇https://t.co/PJZua5uKMa
— Aidan Smith (@SmithAidan1) August 9, 2021
The Scottish club have had a bit of an awkward start to their season, drawing their first three matches. On the other hand, Galatasaray have not been much better. They drew to their Thursday opponents and got absolutely shellacked by PSV Eindhoven in Champions League qualifying, losing on aggregate 7-2. St. Johnstone have been cleared for a capacity crowd, and I actually favor them to go ahead and pull off a major upset.
Pick: St. Johnstone moneyline (+290)
Celtic vs Jablonec Prediction
The last featured match in this round of Europa League qualifying is between Celtic and Jablonec. Celtic, also from Scotland, are obviously the massive favorites. Ange Postecoglou’s side won the first leg in what was a very open-ended match, finishing 4-2. Their opponents from the Czech Republic fought hard to get a goal back early in the match and were granted with an own goal with just five minutes to play thanks to Nir Bitton.
🎶 That #YNWA feeling 💚
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 8, 2021
Additionally, Jablonec have not won in the past couple of weeks, making it unlikely they will see victory against the Bhoys. Conversely, Celtic built on last week’s performance with a 6-0 thrashing of Dundee United on Sunday. There is no value in betting on Celtic to win, but there is a ton of value in betting on this being another goal-fest.
Pick: Over 3.5 total goals (+135)