Wolves v Sporting Braga

Wolves have won all six Europa League ties in reaching the Group stages this season and their Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo will know all about his compatriots who visit Molineux on Thursday. Indeed, there are seven Portuguese players in the Wolves squad as well as Frenchman Willy Boly who played for Braga between 2015-16.

Wolves have conceded eight times in their last couple of league games, but Braga have also lost their last couple of domestic games and were thrashed 4-0 at home by Benfica in their penultimate match. I hope to see Wolves extend their excellent recent European record.

Tip: Wolves to win

 

Manchester United v FC Astana

Manchester United's coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attends a press conference ahead of the team's pre-season friendly football matches against Perth Glory and Leeds United at Optus Stadium in Perth on July 10, 2019. (Photo by Tony ASHBY / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images)

United gained a narrow, but much-needed, win against Leicester on Saturday and should follow it up in what is the first European game between English and Kazakhstani clubs.

Astana lost 2-0 against Bate Borisov in Belarus in the last qualifying round but had won the 1st leg 3-0. It would be disappointing if United did not get their Europa League campaign off to a winning start.

Tip: United to win to nil

 

Rennes v Celtic 

I thought Celtic were excellent in the first Old Firm game of the season and expect them to pick up a valuable point in France. It won’t be easy of course against a Rennes side who beat PSG 2-1 earlier in the season and who currently sit second in the French Ligue 1 table after a goalless draw in the Breton derby at Brest at the weekend.

Tip: Game to finish in a draw

 

Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Arsenal manager Unai Emery looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Last year’s beaten semi-finalists Frankfurt entertain last year’s beaten finalists Arsenal in one of the games of Matchday one. The Bundesliga outfit are a real threat especially at home, although they lost 2-1 at Augsburg at the weekend and lost their most-prized asset Sebastien Haller to West Ham during the summer.

The Gunners are likely to have their chances on the break and I feel their quality strikers will give Unai Emery a winning start as they bid to go one better in the competition than last year.

Tip: Arsenal to win and both teams to score

 

Rangers v Feyenoord

Rangers are without a win against a Dutch side since 2000 (D2 L3) and I believe they may have to settle for a point against a Feyenoord side who, at the time of writing, are unbeaten in the Eredivisie although they have drawn three of their first four league games.

Tip: Game to finish in a draw

Any odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of posting

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