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Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground to host Europa League tie

It has been reportedly this week that Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground is to host a Europa League match.

Of course, it won’t be the National League side playing, but instead Welsh side The New Saints, who face Ludogorets Razgrad.

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Due to UEFA regulations, TNS have to play at a higher capacity stadium than Park Hall – which holds just over 2,000.

They will play at Stadium Ludogorets Arena next Thursday, before then making a 30 minute or so trip up to Wrexham for the 2nd leg on the 15th of August.

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Bulgarian side Ludogorets beat Icelandic side Valur 4-0 yesterday, winning 5-1 on aggregate. The New Saints lost their Champions League qualifer to Copenhagen, so they now drop into the Europa League.

The thirteen time Cymru Premier Champions last played at the Racecourse Ground in 2013 in a 3-1 defeat to Polish champions Legia Warsaw, a UCL clash which they lost 4-1 on aggregate.

And just last year, TNS had played FC Midtjylland in an Europa League qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium, they were defeated 5-1 on aggregate.

To this day, they have never qualified for the group stages of both competition, coming very close though for the Europa League back in 2010/11 season, losing to CSKA Sofia in the playoff round.

TNS’ fixture against Ludogorets at Wrexham will kick off at 6:30pm, tickets are priced at £10 for General Sale.

Their league opener against Caernarfon Town, which was scheduled for the 16th of August, has to be played at another time.

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