Following a disappointing goalless draw on the opening Premier League weekend, Fulham will be looking to bounce back on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier at home to Dnipro.
It will be a case of two former Tottenham managers going head-to head-with Fulham’s Martin Jol up against his White Hart Lane successor Juande Ramos.
The Cottagers will be favourites against most teams at home in Europe this season and tonight is no different, with bwin offering short odds of 11/20 on them establishing a lead.
Jol’s men will fancy their chances over two legs against a Ukrainian side who sit mid-table in their league and lost to leaders Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend. With a sound defensive record at this level and a solid array of attacking options, a 2-0 home win for Fulham seems well-priced at 6/1.
Fulham started their Europa League qualifying adventure back in June and their goals thus far have come mostly from club captain Danny Murphy and striker Andy Johnson, who have three apiece. Punters expecting them to put Ramos’ side to the sword can back Fulham to score twice exactly at 13/5 or three times exactly at 17/5.
Dnipro’s main attacking threat is likely to come from former Blackburn Rovers forward Nikola Kalinic. The Croatian did score at the weekend against Shakhtar but with a return of just five Premier League goals last season, Fulham’s mean defence should be more than capable of coping with him.
However, if you believe the hosts will concede, perhaps betting odds of 8/1 on a 2-1 Fulham success could prove tempting. New customers who place their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome would net a cool £225 if the scoreline materialises.
Alternatively, with European ties traditionally tighter in the first half – especially in the first of two legs – odds of 16/5 appear interesting for the scores to be tied at half-time with Fulham going on to win it in the second half.
Jol will certainly look to tie things up at home rather than having to go to Ukraine in a week’s time in need of a result. But a draw would bode well for Ramos, who won the competition twice during his time with Sevilla, and the odds stand at 11/5 for the spoils to be shared. Football betting fans who believe Dnipro can snatch a win on the road can back them at 9/2.
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