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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Valerenga||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Stabaek have conceded 1.94 goals per game, worse than any team in the league
Expert Verdict: Vidar Kjartansson is smashing in the goals for Valerenga, with 14 to his name already, and he should provide the cutting edge that the hosts require. Stabaek have one of the worst defences in the division and are unlikely to hold out against Valerenga, who are unbeaten at home.
Recommendation: Valerenga-Valerenga double result
REFEREE: Svein-Erik Edvartsen STADIUM: Ullevaal
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Legia Warsaw||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Celtic have won four of their last six Champions League qualifiers away from home
Expert Verdict: Polish champions Legia lost five of their six Europa League group games to nil last season and kicked off their title defence in similar style, going down 1-0 on the opening day to newly promoted Belchatow. Away wins in Europe have been hard to come by for Celtic but they’ve performed fairly well on the road at this stage of the tournament.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Odu Trencin||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Trencin have kept just three clean sheets in their last 17 matches
Expert Verdict: Hull begin their first European adventure with a trip to Slovakia and it is one from which they should be able to claim their first victory. Steve Bruce looks to have moved well in the transfer market and the signings of attacking duo Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince should give his increasingly dangerous team an extra dimension.
Recommendation: Hull-Hull double result
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Sociedad||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Aberdeen have failed to score in just one of their last 21 away matches
Expert Verdict: Derek McInnes’s side are likely to relish this daunting task and Real Sociedad may not have everything entirely their own way. The Spanish side have another three weeks before their season starts and while the gulf between the teams’ leagues is huge, the Dons can still make it difficult and could find the net.
Recommendation: Both teams to score
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at St Johnstone||Recent Form|
Key Stat: St Johnstone have lost two of their last 14 home games
Expert Verdict: St Johnstone should not fear these opponents, who finished third in the Slovakian league last season but scored just 47 goals in their 33 matches and lost more than a third of their games. Saints striker Stevie May was ruthless last term with 20 goals and he could set them on their way to a first-leg advantage.
Recommendation: S May to score first
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