Antwerp vs Lillestrom Betting Overview
Antwerp and Lillestrom will play the second leg of their Europa Conference League third qualifying round on Thursday, August 11 at 1:30 p.m. ET, with Antwerp winning the first leg 3-1. WagerTalk football handicapper Kevin Dolan shares his picks and predictions during Thursday’s game between Antwerp and Lillestrom.
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|Thursday August 11||Europa Conference League Betting Ratings|
|Total:||2.5 Objectives (top ratings courtesy of DraftKings)|
|Game time:||1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT|
Antwerp vs Lillestrom analysis
Antwerp now have a whopping -4000 to qualify after dismantling Norway’s Lillestrom in the first leg last week, a result that continued their unbeaten streak in all competitions since May.
The match was competitive early on, however, with both teams level at the break. However, a goal from Antwerp just five minutes after half-time opened the game and Lillestrom were forced to attack in a bid to equalise.
They were caught just four minutes from time, but with another well-worked goal from Radja Nainggolan to complete his brace for the game and give Lillestrom a huge hurdle to clear before the second leg.
That leaves Lillestrom between a rock and a hard place in this one as they will be forced to pursue a game in Belgium, against the league leaders no less, which will no doubt leave them vulnerable at the other end of the game. Antwerp counter-attack. aptitude.
Lillestrom starts to take off
Sitting second in the standings in the Norweigian Eliteserien with a game in hand against league leaders Molde, Lillestrom are currently in first place with just two league defeats all season, a feat matched only by Molde and Rosenborg in the Norweigian Eliteserien this year.
Yet the problem is that unlike Molde and Rosenborg, who suffered their two defeats much earlier in the season, Lillestrom’s two defeats only came in their last six games as league demands and European competition are beginning to wreak havoc. thin team.
Another uninspiring performance this weekend against third from bottom Tromsoe, one in which Lillestrom needed a 94th-minute equalizer just to earn a draw, doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence that they can turn things around before Thursday’s game. 2 clash either.
The Van Bommel effect
Former Champions League winner and World Cup runner-up Mark van Bommel has had a stellar start as Antwerp boss this season.
‘The Reds’ have been on a ten-game unbeaten streak since van Bommel took charge of the club in early July and opened their domestic campaign with three straight wins to top the table.
With Antwerp scoring four goals in their last home game against Leuven this weekend too, another flying start for the Belgian side in this one would come as no surprise.
Antwerp vs Lillestrom Prediction
Despite their already dominant position gained in Stage 1 last week, it’s hard not to look past Antwerp adding even more to that in this one, especially with how fluid they seemed in counterattack.
On top of that, Antwerp have been extremely solid at the back this season, allowing only one goal in open play all season (#1), and no goals in counter-attack as well (#1), so they should be more than capable of containing any offensive threat Lillestrom may present here.
Take Antwerp on the outright ML at -155, to secure another win here on Thursday night against Lillestrom at home in the Europa Conference League.
Prediction: Antwerp Moneyline -155
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“Ireland’s keenest sportsman” is how a leading newspaper dubbed Kevin Dolan after he became the first foreigner to win the World Series of Handicapping tournament in 2015. “The Irishman” has debuted betting on GAA, football, soccer and boxing, all to immense success. Since becoming a professional bettor, he has lit up the sports betting scene in the United States and abroad, winning two handicapping awards and writing a best-selling book on sports handicapping called “The Complete Guide to Sports Betting. “.
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