Fulham are odds-on favourites to continue their Europa League march against Crusaders this week.
Despite being held 0-0 by NSI Runavik last time out, Martin Jol’s side are priced at 1/5 to secure an away win in the first leg of their second round qualifier.
Crusaders are priced as rank outsiders at 19/2, while the draw is offered at odds of 9/2.
However, despite being clear favourites, Jol will remind his side of Premier League stars to not get complacent ahead of the match, using the return fixture against NSI as evidence that things may not go all their own way.
Indeed, while Crusaders have played second fiddle to Clintonville and Linfield on the domestic scene of late, The Hatchetmen lay claim to four league titles – the last of which came in the 1996-97 campaign – three Irish Cups and one League Cup.
Looking further ahead, Fulham are even stronger favourites to come out on to over the course of the two-legged encounter.
bwin prices Crusaders as 10/1 outsiders to progress to the next round, while Fulham are expected to secure a solid win back at Craven Cottage and offer odds of 1/100 to advance.
While Crusaders are regularly at the top end of the Northern Irish league, Fulham are able to call on a greater calibre of player.
England striker Bobby Zamora and fit-again Andrew Johnson are sure to pose a threat for the Seaview defence.
Jol may also look to recall Clint Dempsey and Carlos Salcido following an extended rest after the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
With the result of the game seemingly a foregone conclusion, a number of football punters could be tempted to back a final score.
A repeat of the 3-0 win that Fulham managed in the first leg of the last round is priced at 10/1 and could earn new customers £275 should they use bwin’s free £25 bet.
A more reserved 2-0 victory for the Cottagers offers odds of 4/1, while punters expecting Fulham to slip up as they did last time out can back another 0-0 bore draw at odds of 23/10.
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