Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Kilmarnock betting tips: Europa League qualifying match preview & predictions

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Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Kilmarnock prediction: Connah’s Quay Nomads 0-3 Kilmarnock

Exciting times in Ayrshire.

Killie are back in Europe and under new management.

This is Angelo Alessio’s first game as manager after taking over form new Scotland Head Coach, Steve Clarke.

However, he might have been expecting to travel a little bit further.

There are just 272 miles between Rugby Park and Belle Vue is Rhyl but will the SPFL side return from North Wales with a win?

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Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Kilmarnock: Who will win?

Connah’s Quay Nomads are 10/1 to win this first leg at home.

Kilmarnock are odds on at 1/5 to leave Wales victorious.

A draw, which would be a shock, is 9/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 1/2.

Both teams to score no is 8/11.

Killie to win and both teams to score no is 10/11.

The Welsh side are 12/1 to progress; the Scottish are 1/50 to make the next round.

Michael Wilde is likely to led the line for the home side. He’s 12/1 to score first and 15/4 to net anytime.

Eamonn Brophy was the top scorer last season. He is 12/5 to score first and 4/6 to net anytime.

Chris Burke will also be a threat. He is 11/2 to break the deadlock and 17/10 to open this campaign with a goal.

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Kilmarnock: Match preview

After finishing second in the Welsh Premier League last season, Connah’s Quay Nomads will compete in European competition for the fourth year running.

In their European debut in 2016, they beat Stabæk Fotball 1-0 on aggregate.

However, they then lost to Vojvodina Novi Sad of Serbia in the following round.

Since, they’ve lost 3-1 to HJK Helsinki and 5-1 to Shakhtyor Soligorsk, meaning their solitary European victory was the one in their very first match-up.

Can Andy Morrison’s side change that here?

He manages a side who has never won a league title but they did put themselves on the map last season.

They took part in the Scottish Challenge Cup as in invitational side and did amazingly well.

They beat SPFL teams Falkirk, Queen’s Park and Edinburgh City and Coleraine from Northern Ireland to reach the final.

There, they were beaten 3-1 by Scottish Championship Champions Ross County but that cup run showed their credentials.

Can they now defeat one of Scotland’s very best?

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Killie’s first venture into Europe since 2001

As for Kilmarnock, last season was one no fan will ever forget.

Under Steve Clark, they finished third; their highest league finish for 53 years.

That means they are back in Europe and looking to bring big European nights back to Rugby Park.

In the 1960s, they took on the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt, Everton, Real Madrid, and Leeds United and even reached the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final in 1967.

They have a long way to go to reach those sorts of highs once again.

In more recent times, they beat Glenavon before losing to Viking FK in the UEFA Cup in 2001.

In the present, it’s hard to know what to expect from Kilmarnock.

Angelo Alessio is the new manager after Steve Clarke’s departure so it’ll be fascinating to see how he does in Scottish football.

First though is this Europa League tie in Wales.

Killie are big favourites so will they simply have too much quality in this tie?

Connah’s Quay Nomads team news vs Kilmarnock

NEWPORT, WALES – SEPTEMBER 30: General view as heavy rain falls during the Guinness PRO14 match between Dragons and Southern Kings at Rodney Parade on September 30, 2017 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

This squad is made up entirely of semi-professional players, trying to compete with professional opposition.

Veteran goalkeeper John Danby could be in for a busy evening.

New signing Callum Robinson, who’s joined from Newtown AFC, is likely to be a substitute with Raheem Hanley the starting left-back.

Hanley is a Saint Kitts and Nevis international after making his debut in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier in November.

Midfielder Adam Barton, who’s on loan from Dundee United, is likely to be on the bench.

Michael Bakare, who opened the scoring in the Scottish Challenge Cup final last season, is expected to be a part of a front three.

Michael Wilde will lead the line; could he be the man to score a famous goal for his team?

Can Connah’s Quay Nomads cause an upset?

Kilmarnock team news vs Connah’s Quay Nomads

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As for Kilmarnock, Angelo Alessio has not made too many changes, as of yet, to his squad.

He has brought in a new goalkeeper though who is set to make his debut.

Laurențiu Brănescu is on loan from Juventus; this is his seventh loan spell since he joined Juventus in 2012.

In defence, Alex Bruce, Daniel Higgins and Scott Boyd have all departed the club.

However, they have a very settled back four from last season.

Kirk Broadfoot and Stuart Findlay were ultra-solid at the back in the last campaign.

Likewise, Stephen O’Donnell and Greg Taylor were also outstanding at full-back.

In midfield, Gary Dicker and Alan Power were both magnificent in central-midfield and will be looking to continue their partnership.

Youssouf Mulumbu and Aaron Tshibola have both left the club after loan spells.

Mohamed El Makrini has joined from Rode in the Netherlands but is expected to be on the bench.

Out-wide and up-front, they’ve got limited options.

Jordan Jones has gone to Rangers as has Greg Stewart and Kris Boyd has retired.

They’ve still got Chris Burke though but a lot of oneness will be on him.

Up front, last season’s top scorer Eamonn Brophy will be alongside Innes Cameron who was on loan at Stranraer last season.

More signings will arrive but, the squad they currently have, should possess too much quality for their Welsh opponents.

Predicted Connah’s Quay Nomads line-up vs Kilmarnock

Predicted Connah's Quay Nomads line-up vs Kilmarnock

Predicted Connah’s Quay Nomads line-up vs Kilmarnock.

Predicted Kilmarnock line-up vs Connah’s Quay Nomads

Predicted Kilmarnock line-up vs Connah's Quay Nomads

Predicted Kilmarnock line-up vs Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Highlights of Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers (May 2019)

Highlights of Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers (January 2019)

Highlights of Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers (September 2018)

The latest tweets from Connah’s Quay Nomads pre Kilmarnock

The latest tweets from Kilmarnock pre Connah’s Quay Nomads

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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