The Final Hurdle
Wednesday promises to offer another spectacular evening of continental clashes, so pack your passport and join me as we look at three of the very best.
A Ruud Awakening
The first of our three clashes takes us to the Philips Stadion, as PSV welcome Rangers to town and with these two sides playing out a 2-2 draw last week, this Champions League qualifier is very much in the balance.
While it is was a 2-2 draw that Rangers had to deal with at the weekend and after finishing their encounter at Hibernian with only nine men, they have already dropped two massive points in the context of the Scottish Premiership title race.
Of course, points are not at stake this evening, instead it is prize money and whichever team is successful enough in reaching the group stages, a bundle of cash will soon be awaiting the victorious outfit.
An outfit that I think will be Rangers and with them certainly needing a reaction after the weekend, not to mention the carrot of the Champions League proper also being dangled, odds of 7/2 for the first leg of my treble look rather enticing.
After embarrassing Roma in last season’s Europa Conference League, Bodo/Glimt now find themselves just one game away from Champions League qualification this season and the team standing in their way is none other Dinamo Zagreb.
Then again, Bodo/Glimt have already made a substantial step to the promised land and with the Norwegian outfit possessing a 1-0 advantage from last week’s first leg, it is up to their Croatian opponents to offer more at their home ground.
Which means if Zoran Mamić's men are to proceed themselves, they are going to have to score at least once and with neither team wanting to deal with extra time or the lottery of penalties, a goal for the hosts may also coax out the visitors.
Which is why I have plumped for a both teams to score pick in an encounter which could be a rather tough one to call and although 5/6 for a Dinamo win is tempting, I have gone with at least a goal each at odds of 4/7.
While the third and final of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifiers takes us to Turkey and with Trabzonspor and FC Copenhagen playing out an entertaining encounter in the Danish capital last week, hopefully there will be more of the same this time around.
However, it is not entertainment that these two sides will be concerned about, it is progress and with the Dane’s currently possessing a 2-1 lead in the tie before Wednesday, they know a clean sheet will seem them in the group stages.
Then again, Trabzonspor know that they must score to keep the tie alive and just like in the game above, if the hosts can open proceedings, it may only serve to bring Jess Thorup’s men out of their shell.
Which is why at least a goal each is also my destination of travel to Trabzon on Wednesday and with goals on the agenda, there are also odds of 8/11 on the table. A price that adds a nice layer of fat to this rather juicy treble.
While if you put all three combinations together, bet365 are prepared to offer you 11.55/1 in return.
* Odds are subject to changes