For ten lucky teams, the Champions League group-stage is just one two-legged tie away, with five first-legs taking place across the continent this evening.
Of the opening quintet, we’ve selected a trio of teams and orderly filed them into a tasty treble that pays a smidge shy of 6/1.
Arsenal are the first component of the three-team wager, with these stats rendering their odds-on offering great value ahead of their jaunt to Istanbul.
Arsenal to beat Besiktas @ 7/10
The Gunners, veterans of six Champions League play-off ties, have never known anything but victory, home or away, at this stage of the competition.
They’ve bested each of their opponents without concession in at least one of the two legs of these fixtures and are unbeaten over 90 minutes in each of their seven meetings with Turkish sides.
Napoli to beat Athletic Bilbao @ 91/100
The Basque boys ironed out their weary road form to end last season with one loss in nine on their travels, but their early-season away-day turmoil doesn’t forecast good things for the Spaniards in Naples.
Napoli will be hoping Los Leones replicate the form that saw them lose three of their first four matches contested outside of the San Mames in 2013/14, confident that their own stellar home record last term will see them establish a first-leg advantage.
Rafa Bentez’s men were victorious in 13 of their previous 17 outings on their own patch.
Steaua Bucharest to beat Ludogorets @ 23/20
Behemoths in Bulgaria, the Razgrad residents’ Romanian capital soiree promises nothing but misery.
Only once in 2014 have the hosts endured a competitive defeat in front of their own supporters.
Steaua have won eight of the previous nine matches and, after conceding just twice in four at home, look incredible value here despite the strong domestic form of their adversaries.