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

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

After a last gasp goal in Rhyl, it is Kilmarnock who hold the advantage in this Battle of Britain.

The Scottish side dominated throughout and had all of the chances with Brophy and O’Donnell both going close.

Then, completely against the run of play, Callum Roberts put in a dangerous cross which flicked in off Greg Taylor.

An own goal and Connah’s Quay Nomads had a shock lead with just 15 minutes remaining.

However, just six minutes after that, Chris Burke was brought down by Roberts and Killie had a penalty.

Last season’s top scorer Eamonn Brophy stepped up and slotted home an equaliser.

Then, in the very last minute of stoppage time, Burke’s corner picked out Stuart Findlay.

Free header; a dramatic late winner.

With those two late goals, Angelo Alessio’s team are in firm control so will they finish the job at Rugby Park?

First leg highlights: Connah’s Quay Nomads 1-2 Kilmarnock

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

Killie are 1/12 to repeat last week’s victory with another win here.

Connah’s Quay Nomads have only ever won one European away game and are 16/1 to change that statistic.

A draw, which would send Kilmarnock through, is 7/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/11.

Both teams to score no is 8/15.

Kilmarnock to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/11.

Killie to win and to keep a clean sheet is 6/10.

The Scottish side are 1/200 to qualify; Connah’s Quay Nomads are 20/1 to make the next round.

Eamonn Brophy, who scored in the first leg, will once again be the main man for goals for Killie. He is 11/5 to score first.

Chris Burke will also be a threat. He is 5/1 to break the deadlock.

Michael Wilde will lead the line for the Welsh side. He’s 18/1 to score first.

Kilmarnock vs Connah’s Quay Nomads: Match preview

Killie’s European return was a successful one.

Last week’s win in Wales was the club’s first match in European competition since 2001.

This is after they finished third in the Scottish Premiership, their highest finish since 1966, under, now, former Manager Steve Clarke.

Clarke left to become Scotland Head Coach so this will be former Juventus and Chelsea assistant Angelo Alessio’s first home match in charge.

Will the Italian get off to a winning start at Rugby Park?

The winners of this tie will meet Serbian heavyweights Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League second qualifying round.

Kilmarnock need to take care of business here to make sure it is they who secure that glamour tie.

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Can Connah’s Quay Nomads cause a shock?

Connah’s Quay Nomads meanwhile were left heartbroken by their last minute defeat last weekend.

The Welsh club have only ever won one European tie and that was their very first when they beat Stabæk in 2015.

Since, they’ve lost to Vojvodina, HJK Helsinki and Shakhtyor Soligorsk.

Last season, they finished second in the Welsh Premier League; they have never been crowned Welsh champions.

It looks to be a huge ask so can the Nomads cause an upset in Ayrshire?

It seems very unlikely.

Kilmarnock team news vs Connah’s Quay Nomads

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Angelo Alessio is expected to make just one alteration from last week’s line-up.

Jamie MacDonald will keep his place in goal despite the arrival of Laurențiu Brănescu on loan from Juventus.

It will be the settled back four from last season featuring the match winner from last week, Stuart Findlay.

Alex Bruce has rejoined the club after leaving in May but will be on the bench.

The big change from last season to this is Killie played 4-3-3 lat week as oppose to a 4-4-2.

Gary Dicker and Alan Power were joined in the middle of the park by Rory McKenzie.

However, he’s likely to move out-wide with new signing Mohamed El Makrini making his first start in a Kilmarnock jersey.

The Dutchman joined from Eerste Divisie side Roda JC Kerkrade earlier this month.

Up front, Eamonn Brophy scored 12 last season and will be hoping to make it two in two this season.

Will this team just have too much quality for their visitors from Wales?

Connah’s Quay Nomads team news vs Kilmarnock

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

As for Alan Morrison’s squad, it’s entirely made up of part-time players, emphasising how big a task this is.

He’s expected to name an unchanged side from a week ago.

Goalkeeper Lewis Brass will be expecting a busy evening in Ayrshire.

In defence, George Horan will captain the side.

Left-back Callum Roberts had a mixed evening in the first leg.

He put in the cross for the first goal but then gave away a penalty just a few minutes later.

Danny Harrison will anchor the midfield behind the more creative Jay Owen and Callum Morris.

Michael Wilde will be up front.

Can he get a famous goal for his team?

Will the European adventure end once again in the first qualifying round for the Nomads?

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.

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.

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

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