The first batch of Champions League play-off participants will book their place in the competition proper this evening, with five matches taking place across the continent.
As ever, your friendly neighbourhood tipping team at news.bwin.com/en/ are on hand to ensure prospective punters don’t void the contents of their wallet when wagering on this qualifying quintet.
Here are our best bets:
Maribor to qualify @ 3/1
All-conquering Barcelona came up short against Celtic on their own patch two seasons back, but the Bhoys are hardly the formidable ilk of foe you should fear opposing at such long odds.
If five defeats from six group-stage outings last term doesn’t indicate that the Glaswegian side aren’t cut out for a seat on European football’s top table, a 6-1 aggregate reverse against Legia Warsaw in the previous qualifying round certainly does.
Had the Poles not been expelled from the tournament, Ronny Deila’s men wouldn’t be competing against the Slovenian aces who haven’t lost in five meetings with Scottish counterparts.
Under 1.5 goals in Porto v Lille @ 19/10
Few sides know defensive chastity quite like Les Dogues, who have kept four clean sheets from their six matches this season.
They’re likely to need another if they plan on overturning the 1-0 deficit Porto established in the first-leg, but the Portuguese’s flawless start to the campaign suggests they’ll struggle to get it.
Two of Porto’s three meetings have failed to produce more than a single goal and the same can be said of Lille’s last six, including the corresponding collision last week.
Zenit to win to nil @ 23/20
Dig through the annals of Liege’s finest and you won’t find a single win, or goal for that matter, against a Russian adversary away from home.
Andre Villas-Boas is renowned for his safety-first approach and will keep things tight after his side claimed a 1-0 first-leg lead.
They’ve never known anything but victory when a Belgian opponent has visited their ground so expect them to build on that slender margin here.