Rosenborg hold a narrow 2-1 lead from the first leg of this Europa Conference League qualifier but Hearts could turn the tables in the decider at Tynecastle on Thursday.

A place in the playoff round is the incentive for these two where they will face either Hajduk Split or PAOK for a spot in the group stage.

Rosenborg booked their place in the third round of the Conference League qualifiers with a 5-4 aggregate win over Crusaders. The two sides shared the spoils in 2-2 draws across both legs, with the Norwegian side progressing after extra time.

Hearts received a bye to this stage, having finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Football Bet of the Day – Thursday 17th August, 2023

  • Hearts to win and both teams to score @ 3/1

The Jambos have made a mixed start to the new domestic campaign, with a 2-0 win at St Johnstone in their opener followed by a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock at the weekend.

Kille showed resilience in defence, something that can’t be said of Rosenborg this season and Hearts will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet at least once in front of their own fans.

The Norwegians are on a seven-game undefeated streak but each of their last five outings have seen both teams score, with all matches featuring at least three goals.

Hearts have kept just one clean sheet across their last seven home games in all competitions so it is fair to expect a lively contest in Edinburgh where they do most of their best work.

Their fourth-placed finish last season was owed mainly to their home form where they won 12 of their 19 Scottish Premiership fixtures. A fervent home following can be expected on Thursday and that may just give the hosts a crucial edge.

With the away-goal rule no longer in play in European competition, Hearts will need to score at least once to stay in this contest and Rosenborg’s inability to keep clean sheets should give Frankie McAvoy’s men plenty of cause to be optimistic.

Whether Hearts can hold out at the other end remains to be seen, and backers of both teams to score could be fairly confident of a payout.

However, there is little juice in the both teams to score price so it may pay to include the home win as well at odds of 3/1.

Rosenborg are steadily recovering from an abysmal start to their domestic campaign which saw them win in just three of their opening 14 fixtures. As a result they are mid-table in the Eliteserien with little hope of troubling the top spots so the Conference League is likely to represent their best chance of success.

Their revival, though, has been impressive, but their penchant for playing on the front foot could leave opportunities for Hearts, who may make the most of it back on home soil.

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