Fulham continue their quest to make the group stage of the 2011-12 Europa League this evening with a first-leg, third-round qualifier against NK Split in Croatia.
The Cottagers started their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 win over NSI Runavik on 30th June, following up with a 0-0 draw against the same opponents a week later.
Their performance in the second round was equally as emphatic, with a 3-1 away win over Crusaders preceding a 4-0 thumping of the Northern Irish side at Craven Cottage.
A quick glance at bwin’s football market suggests the Lilywhites’ progress to the final qualification round will be equally serene, with Fulham to advance to the play-offs priced at 1/100.
Meanwhile, odds of a Fulham win this evening are priced at 11/25, with an NK Split win priced at 24/1 and a draw available at 29/10.
Split are making their debut in the Europa League this year and defeat on the opening weekend of the Croatian League suggests their European adventure will be brief.
Fulham, meanwhile, reached the final of the competition two years ago and will be confident of making it through to the group stages at the very least.
Given two of Fulham’s last four Europa League games have contained four goals or more, the best bet could be on there to be more than 3.5 goals this evening.
With odds of 11/5, this bet would secure punters £80 if they used the £25 free bet available to them for signing up to a bwin account.
A safer alternative would be on there being more than 2.5 goals in the game, which is priced at 83/100.
One other option would be to bet in the half-time/full-time result market on a draw/Fulham win at odds of 17/5.
This looks worth a punt based on the fact that NK Split conceded just seven goals in the first half of their domestic league matches last season but shipped 15 after the interval.
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