Lincoln Red Imps will be hoping the “12th man” is on their side this evening as they try to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit and historically progress into the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
These two sides dropped out of the Champions League qualifiers earlier this summer, and were handed a lifeline in Europe. They both dropped into the Europa League, and the pair are aiming to progress through to the third round of qualifiers in this competition, which would be an impressive accomplishment for the two minnows. Can the Welsh champions secure a spot in the next round by claiming a positive result in their first visit to Gibraltar?
TNS claimed a 2-1 win at home last time out, and they’ll be out for another strong result today. We expect a very tight affair with the pair looking quite similar in terms of ability. The Welsh side have a narrow lead thanks to goals from Dean Ebbe & Blaine Hudson but hopes of progressing may be slim especially if their away record in Europe is anything to go by – losing 21 of 26 games.
Looking at the betting for tonight’s game, Lincoln are favourites to win the match in 90 minutes, with the best price available 31/20. Their opponents The New Saints are a top price 9/5 to win at the Victoria, while a draw, which would send TNS through, is currently 13/5.
If you are looking to back either side to simply qualify, The New Saints are 4/11 favourites to progress to the third qualifying round, having won 2-1 last week, with Lincoln 21/10 to become the first ever Gibraltarian side to make it to the third qualifying round.
A 1-0 win for Lincoln would send them through on away goals, and that is currently 17/2, while a 2-1 win in 90 minutes, which would see the game go to extra time, is 9/1. TNS to repeat their own 2-1 win is 10/1, but the most likely result according to the bookies is a 1-1 draw at 6/1 – enough to send TNS through to the next round.