There may only be a few games on tonight across the continent, but we’ve still picked out a BTTS acca that sees us travel across Europe.
Hibernian vs Aston Villa
Aston Villa’s first European journey in 13 years begins this season with a much-anticipated trip to Scotland to take on Hibernian. Unai Emery’s side enjoyed a big 4-0 win over Everton at the weekend as the likes of John McGinn and Leon Bailey shone. The revolution under the Spanish manager has been seriously impressive, which is why they are now embarking on a European adventure.
They have looked impressive in front of goal this term and played well even in their 5-1 loss to Newcastle United on the opening day. What that defeat taught us, albeit against an impressive side, was that this side are susceptible to conceding goals and are the new-look centre-backs are still trying to find their way after the injury to Tyrone Mings.
Although talented, they could be tested again here against a Hibs side who have found goals easy to come by this season, and been leaky at the other end. Both teams have scored in every single one of their games so far this season, with the last Europa Conference League matches ending 5-3 on aggregate. All this points to an entertaining encounter, and although Villa are heavy favourites, Hibs will have to go for it on home soil. There should be goals at both ends in this one.
Maccabi Haifa vs Young Boys
Our next selection comes from Israel as Maccabi Haifa host Young Boys. Maccabi Haifa have looked fairly decent so far in qualifying, beating Sheriff Tiraspol 4-2 on aggregate after extra-time and Slovan Bratislava 5-2. From those score lines you can see that they can score goals at will, but also they are also susceptible to conceding goals.
Meanwhile their opponents Young Boys are more than comfortable in front of goal, and the last time they failed to score was back in May. They’ve hit five twice this season already and look like a genuine attacking threat in every game they play. In this decisive first leg encounter between two evenly matched sides, we can expect both sides to carry a sizable attacking threat.
Molde vs Galatasaray
Our third and final selection of this midweek treble comes from Norway as Molde host Turkish giants Galatasaray. Now the home side will have to get a result here and they will surely attack the opposition, knowing a tough trip to Istanbul awaits them next week. They’ve scored in five of their last six matches, but this pick mainly comes from the attacking threat of Galatasaray.
With Dries Mertens and Mauro Icardi, they have a duo that should be able to find the net against the Norwegians. Icardi has three goals in four appearances so far this season and the away side will fancy their chances of securing a first leg win here. With Molde under pressure to attack, this could turn into an open game with plenty of goals.