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Europa Conference League Thursday predictions: Motherwell kick off campaign

Thursday sees the continuation of the Europa Conference League's second qualifying round, with Graham Alexander's Motherwell representing Scotland.

The first qualifying round came to an end last week, and the European underdogs were expecting to advance through the remaining three rounds of qualification and the play-off round to the group stage, which begins in September.

Motherwell will take on Irish team Sligo Rovers after earning a spot in the competition by placing fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

While Newtown of Wales plays Spartak Trnava in Slovakia, Northern Ireland's Crusaders take on Swiss powerhouse Basel.

Sligo Rovers and Motherwell (Thursday, 7.45pm BST)

Motherwell are contending in Europe for simply the second time in eight seasons with previous Scotland worldwide Alexander helping out work at Fir Park since his arrangement as chief in January 2021.

The Steelmen will contend in Europe's tertiary rivalry against a Sligo side who have previously needed to overcome one qualifying round.

The most recent Motherwell versus Sligo Rovers

The details

Motherwell's structure at home is by and large a lot more grounded than away and they just lost two games at Fir Park in the Scottish Premiership last season, barring games against Celtic and Rangers.

Alexander's men ought to be certain against a Sligo side who required punishments to move beyond Bala Town of Wales in the past round.

Sligo have won only one of their last six matches away from home and are probably going to be dependent on the home bind to get past.


A low-scoring undertaking is probable however Motherwell are supposed to have a lot of value for Sligo on the evening.

With the Irish outfit coming into this match on the rear of a 2-0 home loss to UC Dublin, certainty will have been marked and the hosts can win this to nothing.

Basel versus Crusaders (Thursday, 6pm BST)

Crusaders moved beyond Gibraltarian outfit Bruno's Magpies in the wake of organizing a rebound in the subsequent leg.

Following 2-1 from the main conflict, the Ulster side required a 80th-minute objective from Jude Winchester to even out the tie on total, however at that point stayed away from extra-time thanks to Billy Joe Burns' stoppage-time strike.

Basel will be an alternate suggestion by and large however, as Alexander Frei's side drop into the Europa Conference League following a runner up finish in the Swiss Super League.

The most recent Basel versus Crusaders

The details

Basel saw their title trusts dissipate last season because of too many attracted games the final part of the time.

Six of their last nine matches completed level yet they were still areas of strength for extremely home, losing just two matches at St Jakob-Park.

Crusaders should be a lot more tight protectively on the off chance that they are to come by an outcome and the signs are bad as they have not kept a spotless sheet in eight games.


Crusaders have been given an extreme draw and it is probably not going to see them obtain an outcome, as they have won only two of their last seven games.

Basel have a lot of European involvement with a more elevated level and ought to win this tie by essentially several objectives.

Spartak Trnava versus Newtown (Thursday, 7.30pm BST)

Chris Hughes' set of experiences bid with Newtown faces a solid Trnava test

Chris Hughes' set of experiences bid with Newtown faces a solid Trnava test

Welsh outfit Newtown are hoping to leave a mark on the world and advance past the subsequent capability round of an European contest for the absolute first time.

In the past round, they crushed Faroese side HB Torshavn on punishments yet face a greater assessment against Spartak Trnava, who completed third in Slovakia last season.

The most recent Spartak Trnava versus Newtown

The details

Newtown just barely figured out how to scratch past HB and this will demonstrate a lot trickier for the Welsh side, who neglected to try and enlist a shot on track in the away leg of the primary round.

Their experience of European contest is negligible and they face a Trnava side who arrived at the third round of the Europa Conference League capability process last year, as well as arriving at the gathering phase of the Europa League as of late as 2018.

The White Angels flaunted the best protective record in the Slovakian first class last season and started their Fortuna Liga crusade at the end of the week with a 2-0 win against Zlate Moravce.


This is probably going to be another challenge where the fearless British dark horse is scattered with Newtown having gone to the furthest extent that they would be able.

The Robins battled toward the finish of last season, neglecting to win any of their last three matches and Trnava, on the rear of the certainty supporting first day of the season association win, ought to win to nothing.

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