Following our triumphant 19/1 treble, we offer up a 12/1 Champions League punt for anyone yet to be convinced of our talents.
Zenit St. Petersburg to win to nil against Pacos Ferreira @ 11/10
Luciano Spalletti’s big spending Russian side have all but tucked this tie into bed, having spanked Pacos Ferreira 4-1 in Portugal.
They entertain their red-bottomed rivals aware that little needs to be done to secure a spot in the Champions League proper.
But even if they take the field in their smoking jackets and slippers, goals are still likely considering they’ve scored at least once in all nine of their league and European fixtures so far this season.
In addition, their Portuguese guests have never scored a single away goal in European competition in their history and head to Stadion Petrovski knowing that every Portuguese side that’s travelled there before them has failed to win, making a Zenit win to nil extremely tasty.
Real Sociedad to beat Lyon @ 11/10
History suggests that qualifying for this year’s Champions League group stage will be Lyon’s Everest, having lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad in the first leg.
The former French rulers, who are on a two-game losing streak without scoring, have never qualified after a European first-leg home defeat in two attempts and have only managed to recover from a first-leg defeat of any kind once in ten.
Additionally, Sociedad have never let a two-goal lead slip in UEFA tournaments and have triumphed in all three ties in which they’ve returned home in front.
PSV to advance over AC Milan @ 51/20
AC Milan’s start to 2013/14 hasn’t been pleasant. Their 1-1 first leg draw in Eindhoven was followed by embarrassment at the hands of Serie A newcomers Hellas Verona.
Things aren’t likely to improve when they renew acquaintances with PSV at the San Siro, where they failed to win all but one of their four Champions League games last season.
PSV, in contrast, are loving life having started the campaign unbeaten and scoring in every game they’ve played. That stat makes Milan’s away goal rather meaningless and backing the Dutch lads to progress makes sense.