Celtic vs Qarabag preview - Deila: We have to earn respect

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PA

Celtic manager Ronny Deila hopes his team use their Champions League experience to their advantage when they host Qarabag on Wednesday night. But the Norwegian has warned that his players are facing a settled side who have some of the characteristics he has pushed to instil in his team. Qarabag made their debut in the competition last season but went out in the third qualifying round against S...Full Story »

Birkirkara FC vs West Ham United preview - Noble: We can take the heat

Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 by PA

Mark Noble is confident West Ham will beat the challenge of the Maltese heat to progress into the Europa League third qualifying round - whilst back home the club have further strengthened their ranks. Slaven Bilic has taken an experienced squad to face Birkirkara on Thursday with his side holding a slender 1-0 first-leg advantage. The new Hammers boss will also have been pleased to wrap up the...Full Story »

Aberdeen vs NK Rijeka preview - McInnes is wary of Rijeka

Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 by PA

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has warned that Rijeka are "more than capable" of scoring the three goals they need to level their Europa League tie. The Dons secured a famous 3-0 win in Croatia last week against a side which had not lost in 12 home legs in Europe, but the visiting players were given ample warning of Rijeka's threat during a difficult opening half hour. Rijeka drew 3-3 in the l...Full Story »

FC Astra Ploiesti vs Inverness C.T. preview - Williams determined to progress

Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 by PA

Inverness midfielder Danny Williams believes he has fought too hard for his chance to play in Europe to let it go without a fight. Caley Thistle's Euopa League debut ended in a 1-0 defeat at home to Romanian side Astra last week as the hosts paid the price for losing a soft free-kick goal and failing to capitalise on some decent possession and chances. They face the difficult task of winning i...Full Story »

Crusaders FC vs Skenderbeu Korce preview - Clean sheet vital - Coates

Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by PA

Crusaders captain Colin Coates accepts his team must shut out Albanian visitors Skenderbeu on Tuesday night to have any hope of progressing in Europe. The Northern Irish side lost 4-1 in Albania last week and the odds of reaching the third qualifying round of the Champions League are heavily stacked against them. "We need to score first at Seaview to have any chance of fighting back," six-time...Full Story »

NK Rijeka vs Aberdeen preview - McInnes targets away goal

Posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 by PA

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes stressed the importance of an away goal ahead of his side's latest Europa League test in Croatia. The Dons progressed on away goals against Macedonians Shkendija in the first qualifying round and beat Groningen in Holland last season following a no-score draw at Pittodrie. Aberdeen face a tough test against a Rijeka side which have reached the group stages in the...Full Story »

Inverness C.T. vs FC Astra Ploiesti preview - Hughes relishing Europa mission

Posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 by PA

Inverness manager John Hughes has a hunch his team are suited to European football - and he wants as many fans as possible to see if he is proved right. Hughes has repeatedly called for the city and Highlands in general to come out and join the regular Caley Thistle fans when they make their Europa League debut against Romanian side Astra. But he does not feel Inverness should settle for the o...Full Story »

West Ham United vs Birkirkara FC preview - Bilic knows Europa League impact

Posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 by PA

Slaven Bilic knows from experience that a lengthy Europa League campaign can have an adverse effect on domestic league form. The new West Ham boss will lead his side into a second round qualifying tie with Maltese minnows Birkirkara on Thursday night - as every other Premier League side eases their way back into their pre-season preparations. Having already seen off FC Lusitans of Andorra, the...Full Story »

Celtic vs Stjarnan Gardabaer preview - Deila aiming high for Celtic

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PA

Ronny Deila has targeted the "tough goals" of a domestic clean sweep and Champions League qualification for Celtic this season. The Norwegian took over from Neil Lennon last summer and won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup double but only after failing twice to reach the group stages of European club football's elite competition. Celtic were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Wa...Full Story »

Lusitanos la Posa vs West Ham United preview - Jarvis keen to shine

Posted Thursday, July 09, 2015 by PA

West Ham winger Matt Jarvis is hoping to impress new manager Slaven Bilic once again in the Europa League first qualifying round second-leg tie at FC Lusitans. Jarvis tormented the Andorran league runners-up in the first game at Upton Park, setting up a goal for captain James Tomkins in a 3-0 success. Ahead of the tie at the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra La Vella, Jarvis told the club's official ...Full Story »

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