The Champions League’s more exotic cousin – otherwise known as the Europa League – is here and it’s time to go off-piste.
With the five star glitz of the former competition done and dusted for another fortnight, it’s time to go backpacking around the best bets of Europe’s also-rans cup and our 10/1 four-fold should be getting bwin bettors off to a stormer in the competition.
PSV Eindhoven to beat Ludogorets @ 9/25
The Dutch side should possess the greater class in this meeting of Champions League qualification dropouts and while their Bulgarian visitors are no back numbers in Group B they’ve lost four of their eight away games this season.
Phillip Cocu’s hosts may have gone five games without a win, but tellingly only a 0-0 draw among them came at Philips Stadion, where they’ve scored 11 goals and conceded one in five games this term.
Zulte Waregem to beat Wigan @ 5/4
Neither Waregem nor Wigan have been in strong from before this clash, but having beaten Anderlecht at Regenboogstadion the Belgians can hand Wigan a losing start to their European journey.
The change from the harsh fare of the Championship to the more cultured style of the Europa League is taken to catch the Latics – beaten to nil in their last three games away from the DW – on the hop.
Fiorentina (-1) to beat Pacos Ferreira @ 83/100
The Viola have had a moderate start to the post Jovetic/Ljajic era, but they’re fancied to bite a lump out of their Portuguese foes’ qualification chances in spite of losing new boy Mario Gomez to injury.
Pacos Ferreira have lost all six of their competitive outings this season, with four of the defeats in that miserable sequence coming by a margin of two or more goals.
Tottenham (-2) to beat Tromso @ 9/10
Entering the competition through the double fluke of winning Norway’s fair play award and qualification conquerors Besiktas’ subsequent ban from European action, Tromso are out of their depth.
13th in the Tippeligaen and without an away win all season, the Spurs squad – each man hungry to prove his individual worth in a packed platoon – should smash them up, even if resting some key players.