Europa League Betting Tips

Linfield vs Zürich betting tips: Europa League Third Qualifying Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds

Recommended bets

Over 2.5 goals is 7/10.

FC Zürich to win and over 2.5 goals is 7/10.

Match preview

Following defeat for both during the second round of Champions League qualifying, who will get back on track in Belfast.

A fortnight ago, Linfield looked set to cause a big surprise when they beat Bodø/Glimt 1-0 at home

However, it turned out this was like poking a hornets nest with a stick because, eight days later, they were hammered 8-0 at Aspmyra Stadion

Kirk Millar’s red card after 20 minutes in the Arctic Circle not helping their cause as the Blues slumped to their biggest European defeat for 47 years.

Now, David Healy’s men must regroup as he aims to lead them to a UEFA group stage for the very first time.

FC Zürich meanwhile, having lost 3-2 in Bakı a week earlier, defeated Qarabağ 2-1 at Letzigrund.

Ivan Santini’s 96th minute equaliser forcing extra time, in which it was the Azerbaijani side who dealt the knockout blow.

So, the Swiss champions will not be making their Champions League group phase return, 13 years after their sole visit.

Now, Zürich are aiming to reach their sixth Europa League group stage, the last of which came in 2018.

If Linfield have any chance of getting through this tie, a first leg win at Windsor Park feels like a necessity.

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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