The future heroes of the Champions League’s 2014/15 incarnation are busy sunning themselves in Dubai, on yoga retreats, embroiled in costly divorces or seeking super injunctions.
Meanwhile, beneath the very nose of the casual punter, numerous representatives of less glamorous clubs are ravenously chomping their way through the Wonka bars in search of their own golden ticket.
By way of tribute to their noble and laudable intentions, news.bwin.com/en/ have compiled an enticing treble worth-nigh on 6/1 ahead of tonight’s action.
Steaua Bucharest to beat Stromsgodset @ 27/20
The Romanians are used to being pushed around by a far better quality of foe than their Tippeligaen adversaries, tussling with Schalke, FC Basel and Chelsea last term.
Two seasons ago they even beat the Blues on home soil in the Europa League.
In qualifying for last year’s tournament Steaua netted at least two in their three away games, winning twice and they can puncture the home record of Norway’s second-finest here.
Malmo to beat FK Ventspils to nil @ 31/50
Topping the shop 15 games deep into the Allsvenksan campaign, Malmo have the bit between their teeth, the wind in their sails and a battle-hardened rearguard.
Four of their last six matches have been won without concession and their Latvian rivals were shut out against their domestic league leaders Skonto Riga three road trips back.
Ludogorets to beat F91 Dudelange in a match containing over 3.5 goals @ 4/5
The Bulgarian kingpins have warmed up for their first competitive outing of the campaign by helping themselves to at least four goals in each of their three pre-season friendlies.
Considering they administered the old 1-2-3-4 to a side of the stature of their fellow treble team Steaua during that sequence (in their Bucharest stronghold!) they should have the firepower to do likewise to the Luxemburgers.