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Anyone that says football isn’t timeless is a moron. We’re four days clear of England absolutely mortifying themselves in the Euros (*cough* I may have tipped Italy antepost *cough*) and we’re already back in the middle of a seismic period of qualifying for European competition.
Now, I’d love to offer you some historical data insight on the Europa Conference but seeing as it’s in its first year, we’re kind of out of luck on that front.
However, the one thing I am well versed on, for my sins, is Irish football. And while the Europa League and Champions League qualifiers can frequently be a step too far for smaller clubs on this island, at least they’re in them – isn’t that right domestic football denying Irish Arsenal fans?
With plenty of Irish interest and perhaps some difficulty in pricing up markets for teams we’re not overly exposed to, I’m hoping we can land a touch here and get you back on track after you wasted all your money backing England just because Jack Grealish is good on Instagram. Oh, it never really ends does it, my friends? Here’s a Thursday treat in the shape of a fourfold.
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So much of the League of Ireland’s success in European competition can be put down to the fact that they’re midseason while other sides in Europe are starting their preseason when these games come around.
That advantage doesn’t apply here, but what does is confidence.
Sligo are exceeding all expectations in the league – making themselves genuine contenders. Greg Bolger has been there and done it under his current boss, and that duo should take advantage of a Hafnarfjordur unit really lacking confidence having won none of their last five in the league – even if the former is doing coaching rather than playing after his dismissal in Iceland.
I know this isn’t exactly a cracking value play and plenty will think a quick spin across the Irish Sea won’t bother Glentoran, but TNS are the side everyone overlooks year in, year out just because of the league they play in.
The fact the sides drew in Belfast gives you a good indication that they’re equally matched and removing home advantage should suggest TNS are actually the only selection here – particularly as they didn’t lose a single home game last year.
Larne are a lot better than Bala Town and the only reason you can get the price available here is due to the fact that a draw will suffice for the hosts.
In any other situation, you’d think, based on the first leg, Larne are a couple of goals better than their Welsh counterparts here – particularly after the amount of investment put in the first team over the last couple of years.
So I won’t shy away from an even money poke.
I do worry slightly for Bohs. Not because they’re worse than their opposition, but the size of the pitch at the Aviva shouldn’t really play to their strengths.
And it generally takes slightly longer to come to terms with a bigger occasion. The homefield advantage hasn’t exactly been stripped. You can get a train between Dalymount Park and the Aviva that takes a matter of minutes.
But the sense of occasion and adjustments needed by the hosts should see this be a tougher gig than it would have been.
Thursday’s Europa Conference acca:
6pm: Sligo Rovers v Hafnarfjordur – Sligo Rovers to Win
6:15pm: The New Saints v Glentoran – The New Saints to Win
7:30pm: Larne v Bala Town – Larne to Win
7:45pm: Bohemians v Stjarnan – Stjarnan and the Draw
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