Fulham enter their sixth and final game in Group K of the Europa League knowing that only a victory over Danish side Odense will guarantee them progression into the knockout stages of the competition.
For some clubs, the thought of further trips to far-flung European destinations and the prospect of post-Christmas fixture congestion would not be much of an inspiration, but this competition has treated Fulham well in recent years and Martin Jol will be desperate for his side to get the result they need on Wednesday night.
Despite succumbing to a gut-wrenching injury-time defeat away to Steve McClaren’s former employers Twente a fortnight ago, the Cottagers’ fate is still in their own hands ahead of the match at Craven Cottage.
The omens look good for a home win as well after the London side comfortably beat their opponents in Denmark earlier in the group.
Two goals from Andrew Johnson saw a strong Fulham side win 2-0 against a ten-man Odense team who are bottom of the group and 14 points behind the leaders in their domestic league at the winter break.
Fulham’s expected superiority is reflected in the odds, which heavily favour the Premier League side and give the Danes little chance of even earning a draw.
Jol’s men are 23/100 to gain the win that they will be looking for, while Odense are massive underdogs at 19/2 and the draw is 19/4 in bwin’s 3-way football betting market.
With Fulham odds-on for the victory and Odense very unlikely to upset the odds, betting successfully on this match will require a little more thought.
Thankfully, the marvellous bwinbetting Stats Centre shows us that Odense tend to be involved in high-scoring matches, especially when on the road.
Other than the 2-0 defeat to Fulham, Odense’s other four fixtures in the group stage have featured at least three goals, including two high-scoring defeats to Twente (4-1 and 3-2).
Seeing these stats make odds of there being over 2.5 goals in the game at Craven Cottage seem very fair at 57/100, but a price like this won’t get you much bang for your buck.
To get a bit more of a return, have a flutter on Fulham to win in a match containing three or more goals, which is available at 3/4.
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