There are plenty of bets which look like bankers for this evening’s round of Champions League matches, with Barcelona seemingly set for a win to nil against Viktoria Plzen, AC Milan for a comfortable victory over BATE Borisov and Chelsea for another success against Belgian side Genk.
But for football betting fans looking for longer odds with a chance of coming off, then Zenit St Petersburg v Shakhtar Donetsk could be the match of choice.
The sides meet in Group G, with home side Zenit priced as the 7/10 favourites for the win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw at 14/5 and away success at 18/5.
Shakhtar are without a win in their three group matches so far this campaign and they are bottom of the table.
However, if the points were tallied after 45 minutes rather than 90 then Shakhtar would top the group with a win and two draws.
Meanwhile, Zenit, in second place overall, would be bottom of a table based on their first half performance with two draws and a defeat.
Furthermore, Shakhtar were 2-1 up against Zenit when the two teams met in the Ukraine two weeks ago before the Russian side scored in the second half to ensure the game ended 2-2.
As such, a bet on Shakhtar to be ahead at the interval looks a good one at 15/4.
A successful £25 free bet on Shakhtar to be beating Zenit at half time would return £118.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
For even more attractive returns, punters could back Zenit to recover from the deficit to record a home win.
After all, they might have the worst first half record in the group, but Zenit have the best second half record in terms of both points and goals, while Shakhtar have the worst.
A Shakhtar/Zenit result in the half time/full time market is available at odds of 25/1, with a successful £25 free bet set to return £650.
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