Kilmarnock vs Connah’s Quay Match Info
Date: July 18th 2019
Kick-off time: 7.45pm BST
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock vs Connah’s Quay Stats
- This is the first European game played at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park in 18 years
- Connah’s Quay have only made it beyond the first qualifying round once before
- Killie ran out 1-2 winners in the first leg, the first ever meeting between these sides
Kilmarnock vs Connah’s Quay Predictions
Kilmarnock and Connah’s Quay played out a highly entertaining first leg with a dramatic end at the Corbett Sports Stadium in Rhyl last week. The Welsh minnows took the lead in the 75th minute through an own goal from Killie defender Greg Taylor but couldn’t hold on for a famous victory as a penalty from Eamonn Brophy in the 82nd minute and an injury-time strike from Stuart Findlay turned the game on it’s head.
From here, Angelo Alessio’s men should be able to qualify with relative ease. The 54 year old is an interesting hire from the Scottish Premiership club, having been involved with some illustrious sides as an assistant in recent years including Juventus, Chelsea and the Italian national team. Will he carry on the fine work done by Steve Clarke, who has now become Scotland’s manager, over the course of the coming season?
No fewer than seven new players have arrived at Rugby Park already this summer as they look to not only close the gap on the Old Firm in the Scottish Premiership but also look to qualify for the Europa League group stages as they enter continental competition for the first since the 2000/2001 season, where they were beaten by Norwegian outfit Viking in the first round. The home win here is available at 1/10 with William Hill.
Connah’s Quay Nomads finished second in the Welsh Premier League last season and as a result have entered Europa League qualifying for the fourth consecutive season. Having progressed to the second round of qualifying on their first attempt back in 2016/2017 by beating Norwegian side Stabaek, they have now lost their last three ties in the competition to Vojvodina, HJK Helsinki and Shaktyor Soligorsk.
Being a semi-professional side with many of their playing squad having slipped out of the English Football League system, they are real minnows on the European stage and are never expected to progress beyond their current status really. Having come so close to taking something from the first leg, the chances of winning the second leg show how unlikely that victory would’ve been. You can get 25/1 on the Nomads with Betway.
We’re anticipating a more simple victory for Kilmarnock in this game. With the home advantage and a side of players looking to force their way into the new manager’s plans, they can play with the freedom of having the lead from the off along with two away goals and in players like Eamon Brophy and Chris Burke they should have enough firepower to earn a comfortable win here even with a two goal handicap at 5/6 with Bet365.
Kilmarnock vs Connah’s Quay Betting Tips
Kilmarnock -2 @ 5/6 with Bet365
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