The Europa League group stages often prove a betting minefield for many punters, with shock results for unpronounceable minnows frequently scuppering weightily priced coupons. Fear not, though, we’ve found a safe path across the danger zone for backers to revel in bwin’s 18/1 odds.
Lazio to beat Trabzonspor @ 7/4
Only gross incompetence will prevent this pair from claiming the qualification berths in Group J, but Lazio will clamp the pool into a chokehold with three points in Turkey.
Both kicked off their Europa League campaigns with expected wins, but Trabzonspor’s home record against Italian opposition isn’t favourable.
They’ve only bettered one Azzurri adversary in five attempts when playing host, while Lazio have suffered just one defeat in their last eight road games in Europe’s second-tier competition.
Shakhter Karagandy to beat Maccabi Haifa @ 23/10
Kazakhstan’s Champions League nearly-men take a large chunk of the responsibility for this accumulator’s beefy odds, yet their price appears fantastic value.
The wheels may have come off somewhat since Celtic ended their Champions League dream with a last-gasp winner in their play-off game, but Israeli outfit, Haifa, are not in a vein of form to justify their favouritism.
Karagandy have been beaten in six of their past seven outings, including their opening Europa League tie, but only one of those were at home and they recently displayed fantastic character to record a 3-3 draw against Kairat when 3-0 down with ten minutes to play.
Maccabi have failed to score in any of their last three and have been defeated in as many of their last four.
Dnipro to beat Fiorentina @ 1/1
Europa League specialist Juande Ramos has got Dnipro firing and Dnipropetrovsk’s finest are dealing in haymakers in an assault on the Ukrainian top flight.
Even the mighty Shakhtar Donetsk couldn’t resist their advances in a run of form that’s seen them prevail in nine of their past 11, drawing the other two.
Fiorentina are far from incapable on their travels, but this will be a test too vexing for the Tuscans.