What better way to fight off those encroaching World Cup blues than with a healthy dose of Champions League action?
The second qualifying round is far from awash with the footballing Goliaths that maintain the competition’s sky-high street cred, but there are a few big fish unleashed into the pond at this stage, with none other than former winners Celtic among them.
KR Reykjavik will host the Bhoys in the first leg of this play-off for the right to shuffle an extra bit closer to Europe’s top table, with a price of 9/25 saying Ronny Deila’s side will prevail in Iceland.
Those who fancy the Norwegian to lose his first competitive match at the helm can back Iceland’s finest at 29/4, while the bwin.com odds moguls rate the draw at 17/5.
Surpassing the match-betting punts by some margin in terms of appeal is the multiple correct score offering that has been boosted in price to 2/1.
Should the Glasgow club triumph to the tune of either 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 backers of this bet will land a hefty payday and, based on the Hoops’ exploits in qualifying for last season’s competition, this looks a sensible course of action to follow.
After dipping their toe in at this point in 2013/14, Celtic successfully navigated three two-legged ties, winning four of their six forays.
Each of these victories, including both home and away fixtures in their second round match, would’ve have resulted in the wallets of those to have sided with the aforementioned multiple correct score punt being considerably fattened.
The two goals they gave up in the entire qualifying campaign came in one game – their 2-0 loss to Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan, while they never once struck more than three times despite facing noticeably weaker foes.
Domestic football doesn’t bring many defeats for next adversaries KR, but two of their previous three slayings have come by one of the scorelines we’re holding out for here and they’ve failed to find the back of the net in two of their last trio of Champions League outings.