The Premier League’s Europa League representatives, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham face a trio of tough first-leg away ties in the round of 32.
Midtjylland, Augsburg and Fiorentina may not sound the most formidable of foes, but there is reason to suspect that each can avoid defeat to their English guests.
A double-chance treble (draw or win) treble on the trio pays £56 to a £10 stake.
Read on for the rationale…
La Viola knocked Spurs out of the competition at this stage last year, holding them 1-1 at White Hart Lane , before applying the coup de grace with a 2-0 win at Stadio Artemio Franchi.
That home soil success extended their unbeaten record against English foes in Italy to five games (four wins and one draw), a run on which they have yet to concede.
The Reds have been far from devilish on their travels for some time, winning just three of their last 12 away games in all competitions and none of their Champions League group-stage assignations.
Midtjylland have already set about taking advantage of the travelling United support by upping their ticket prices for visiting fans from £22 when Southampton came to Denmark in qualifying to £71 for this fixture and can add a favourable first-leg result to their booty.
The Saints, one point worse off than the Old Trafford side in the Premier League, were rolled over 1-0 at MCH Arena back in August and a United side missing Wayne Rooney will have to be on their mettle not to follow suit.
Jurgen Klopp has alluded to this being the biggest game in the German club’s history, so the hosts can be expected to up their game considerably in front of their own die hards.
Liverpool may be ill-prepared for such intensity after their 6-0 stroll against an abject Aston Villa last time out and they’ve bounced when trying to follow up five and six-goal hauls this term, losing to Newcastle and Stoke after beating Norwich 5-4 and Southampton 6-1 respectively.
Die Fuggerstädter have been far better on the road that home this term, winning six of their last nine away from WWK Stadium, which should stand them in good stead against a side such as their visitors, with whom the expectation that they dominate possession sits uneasily.