In-form PSV Eindhoven against AC Milan is the standout fixture in the last qualifying round of the Champions League and we fancy the Dutch league leaders in our treble, which pays almost 25/1.
PSV Eindhoven to beat AC Milan 2-1, 3-1or 4-1 @ 5/1
PSV sit top of the Eredivisie after three wins out of three yielded a swashbuckling 11 goals, with only two conceded and manager Philip Cocu may have unearthed a gem in 17-year-old Zakaria Bakkali, who scored a spectacular hat-trick in only his second game for the club in the 5-0 win over NEC Nijmegan. Milan are yet to start their domestic season in Italy and after surrendering the Scudetto title they won in 2011/2012 so meekly last season – when finishing a distant third behind champions Juventus and Napoli – the Rossoneri would have hoped for an easier start than a trip to the Philips Stadion.
The 5/1 on PSV winning either 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 is a cracking value bet, as Bwin are offering money back on losing single bets in this market if a player scores more than two goals and with Georgino Wijnaldum – who bagged a brace himself against NEC – supporting Bakkali, Cocu’s side can continue their good form with a big win in Eindhoven.
Lyon to beat Real Sociedad @ 20/21
Real Sociedad – who are back in Europe’s elite competition after a ten-year absence – kicked-off their La Liga campaign with a solid 2-0 win at home to Getafe, but they will face a Lyon side who head Ligue 1 after two weekends, with maximum points and four wins in all, after 1-0 wins home and away against Swiss side Grasshoppers in the last round. During last year’s sabbatical from the European top table, the French side made it through the group stages of the Europa League, before crashing out to a Gareth Bale-inspired Tottenham and they should have too much experience and quality for Sociedad at the Stade de Gerland.
Legia Warsaw Double Chance v Steaua Bucharest @ 6/5
Both these clubs have started well this season – with Steaua unbeaten in seven competitive games, six of them wins – and Legia second in the Ekstraklasa on three wins and one defeat. The Romanian side’s only blip so far this year was in the last round, when Dynamo Tbilisi held them to a 1-1 draw and Legia are taken to at least match that result and extend their unbeaten away run in Europe to three matches, at odds-against of 6/5.