FIRST QUALIFICATION ROUND
LLANELLI - VENTSPILS
Ventspils are the Latvian champions and will have an edge in fitness and, almost certainly in technical ability. However, last year at this stage, they met previous Welsh champions TNS and lost the first leg 3-2, they won the return 2-1, going through on the away goals rule. TNS were very disappointed not to have progressed and their boss at the time, has been helping Llanelli prepare for tonight.
Hosts have obviously found a little money and were only the second Welsh side to turn full time in 2006, this paid almost immediate dividends and they did the domestic double last season, including winning their first ever Premier League title. They have prepared in a professional manner, returning early from vacation and going out to Latvia to watch the opposition. They have a very experienced squad, with several players used to the big stage, including former Welsh internationals, Matthew Jones (Leeds United) and Jason Bowen ( Birmingham /Reading) . Llanelli are certainly not a worse side than TNS and getting a handicap start, at home to the defensively minded visitors , who would settle for a point now, seems too good to miss.
6 points Llanelli +1/4 ball 1.91 asian line.