Whether it’s a barrel of Guinness or the frail kid responsible for the stench of vomit emanating from the back of your already overfragrant Megabus, some things just don’t travel well.
Wigan and Real Betis are two football teams of just such an ilk so it only seemed fair to pair them with a side from whom they could learn a thing or two – expert away winners Fiorentina – in our 8/1 Europa League three timer.
Rubin Kazan to beat Wigan @ 11/10.
Wigan have been nothing short of roadkill under Owen Coyle since their opening day victory at Barnsley with a slump of six losses and two draws without a single goal scored in their last eight matches away from the safety of the DW Stadium.
That’s unlikely to change in Russia where Rubin have seen off their past four Europa League foes to nil, with Belgians Zulte Waregem most recently smashed for four goals.
Vitoria Guimaraes to beat Real Betis @ 7/4.
Like the Latics, Betis have been poor on the road this season, scraping a win against Czech side Jablonec in the qualifying round and drawing with Rijeka in Group I.
Vitoria smashed the Croatians 4-0 at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques and with their Spanish foes having lost four of their last five away from Seville they are fancied to prevail.
Fiorentina to beat Panduuri @ 3/5.
The Romanians welcome Vincenzo Montella’s side on the back of a domestic defeat at the hands of FC Vaslui and having lost 3-0 to the Viola in Florence, the visitors are expected to come out on top here.
Our trust is bestowed upon the Florentines on the back of rock solid away form that has seen them win six of their eight road games this season, including a victory against Ukrainian League high-fliers Dnipro in continental combat.