Puritanism and punting are seldom words that go hand in hand, but in the second edition of bwin’s Champions League matchday four treble, it’s a mindset we’re embracing as the goal-sodden debauchery of high-scoring encounters is shunned in favour an under 2.5 goal three-timer that pays 6/1.
Under 2.5 goals in Zenit St Petersburg v Porto @ 18/25.
The Portuguese are adept at the avoidance of decadent goal-fests on their Champions League travels and four of their last five away games in the competition have yielded less than three strikes.
A hunch that Zenit may not be particularly adept at breaking down well organised opposition was borne out in the 0-0 draw secured by runts of the Group G Austria Vienna in St Petersburg.
Our adversaries have met twice over the past three seasons with one lonely goal scored.
Under 2.5 goals in Ajax v Celtic @ 19/20.
Goals have dried up for the Eredivisie bosses of late with five games elapsing since Frank de Boer’s men last hit the back of the net more than once.
The Amsterdam outfit may well still fancy their chances of their points despite their recent lack of bite as the Bhoys have yet to score in three games on tour in Europe this term.
Under 2.5 goals in Basel v Steaua Bucharest @ 21/20
The Romanians will have despoiled a few coupons by holding the Chelsea-conquering Swiss kings to a draw in Bucharest and they’ll have high hopes of performing with honourable resolve once more given their hosts even failed to notch more than twice in a game at St Jakob-Park in two rounds of qualifying.
Neither are Laurențiu Reghecampf’s side likely to have the scorers calling for cold flannels themselves, having just a single goal to show for their three Group E run-outs.