The masses of motely Champions League pipe-dreamers continue to be steadily whittled down, but there remain three matches between Babylon and those that remain.
In the desert of tune-ups and experimental XI’s that is pre-season, such battles are an oasis of certain intent and a bona fide safe haven for the punter.
We’ve lined-up a trio of sides back in the box seats to grab a place in the play-off round after heartening away results in the third qualifying round first leg that pays out at more than 6/1.
Besiktas to beat Feyenoord @ 19/20
Manager Ronald Koeman, top goalscorer Graziano Pelle and World Cup semi-finalists Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi and Daryl Janmaat have all departed De Kuip since their Champions League tilt was earned.
The Turks left the Netherlands with a 2-1 success and should be able to do the double over the decimated Dutch at the Vodafone Arena, where they haven’t lost for 15 games.
Partizan Belgrade to beat Ludogorets @ 29/20
Having sacked manager Stoycho Stoev in the wake of their first-leg draw with Partizan, Ludogorets aren’t in the ideal place for a tricky trip to Serbia.
The Bulgarians had scored once in four competitive games before a 3-0 weekend home league win, but on the road they’re expected to mislay their dentures once more.
Partizan have won 15 of the 18 home games since they were last turned over in front of the Stadion Partizana faithful and they’ll oust out-of-sorts foes here.
Dinamo Zagreb to beat AaB @ 1/2
Overturning a 1-0 deficit in Croatia seems unlikely given the Danes have won just once in their last six games.
During that sad sextet they were shut out on four occasions, making a trip to the Stadion Maksimir, where Dinamo have stuck nine unanswered goals past their last two league opponents, a hiding to nothing.