The Champions League is a mere 180 minutes (give or take extra time and penalties) away, but it’s already arrived as a reliable punting medium.
Read on for a selection of choice bwinning nuggets from the second day of play-off round first legs that pays out at 4/1 if combined in a tasty treble.
Maribor v Celtic under 2.5 goals @ 7/10
The Bhoys’ Champions League travel travails are the stuff of legend and a spectacular cut loose to celebrate their recent redemption can be ruled out in Slovenia.
Five of Celtic’s last ten road trips in the competition have failed to yield them a goal, with only lowly Cliftonville affording them more than a single striker as guests.
Loyal partisans at Maribor’s Ljudski vrt ground meanwhile, have seen less than three goals in their heroes’ last six games at this level.
Lille v Porto under 2.5 goals @ 53/100
Les Dogues would have boasted Ligue 1’s best defence last term but for a 3-1 penultimate day loss to Paris Saint-Germain, who pipped them to the most miserly tag.
Parsimony has remained on trend on the Belgian border this term too with a solitary goal given up in four competitive games so far.
Their Portuguese houseguests are usually Champions League cheap dates on the road too, landing the odds for unders backers on six of their last seven road trips in the competition.
Zenit St Petersburg to beat Standard Liege @ 19/20
Standard boss Guy Luzon may have to reread the managerial kidology textbook’s chapter on subtlety after suggesting that the Russians could make the competition’s last four.
However, they should be well on the way to the group stage after their trip to Wallonia, where they face a Les Rouches side without five men through injury.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side have won their last five outings in all competitions, plundering 18 goals in the process, which is not what men hammered 5-2 by Pro League new boys Mouscron-Péruwelz last time out need to hear.