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Royale Union Saint-Gilloise vs Lugano betting tips: Europa League play-off round first leg preview, predictions and odds

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise vs Lugano odds and betting statistics

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Royale Union Saint-Gilloise vs Lugano match preview

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise enjoyed a fairytale return to European competition just last season, so how far will they go this time round?

12 months ago, les Unionistes were beaten by Rangers in Champions League qualifying, with this their first match in UEFA competition since a Inter-Cities Fairs Cup defeat to Juventus all the way back in 1964.

Given this lack of expirence, it was remarkable that Union SG subsequently made it all the way to the Europa League quarter-finals, ousting Union Berlin before a defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen.

Now, following a third place finish in the Jupiler Pro League, Alexander Blessin’s team begin their latest continental campaign here, very much aiming to reach the Europa League group stages once again.

Similarly, this is also Lugano’s first European match of the season, after they came third in last season’s Swiss Super League.

The Bianconeri previously featured in the Europa League group phase in both 2017 and 2019, but Mattia Croci-Torti’s team come into this one as underdogs, so may have to settle for a Europa Conference League spot.

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