Considering that two of the three British sides in Europa League action are entertaining cannon fodder this evening, there’s excellent value in backing the trio to prevail at a massive 6/1.
Tottenham are 33/100 jollies to steamroller Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane, while Celtic are a far cry from uncertainties at 67/100 for Astra Giurgiu’s trip to Parkhead.
With these two all but nailed on in the match-betting stakes, the only real risk here is Everton, who are 17/10 to lasso the laurels in their cross-channel showdown with Lille.
Masters of the miserly they may be, but the Ligue 1 club are in fetid fettle which makes the improving Toffees well worth a gamble here.
The clean sheet machine that has enabled Les Dogues to scale the heights of French football in recent campaigns is well and truly on the fritz, with just one shut out enforced in their last five.
Defeats to Nice, Lyon and Guingamp pockmark this spell of defensive deficiency and it’s without doubt that Everton are stronger than at least two of these outfits.
Roberto Martinez’s men have navigated both Europa League outings so far without having their copybook blotched and, after cruising to victory over Aston Villa last time out, they’ll be confident of claiming the spoils here.
Spurs’ opponents Asteras haven’t ever won on the road in the Europa League.
In addition to this, they’ve been bested on four of their previous seven away days and haven’t kept one clean sheet since March.
Given that they’re one of the dominant forces in Greek football at present, this is pretty dreary travelling form.
Romanian outfit Astra are in even worse touch.
They’re five without a win and have managed to score a paltry three goals across this spell.
Each of their previous three Europa League adversaries have bested them so the Bhoys, who are seeking a fifth victory in six, shouldn’t have too much trouble here.