Fulham, Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg a tasty 12/1 treble
Coral are offering awesome odds of 12/1 on a midweek hat-trick of wins for Fulham in the Championship, and Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League play-offs.
This boosted price refers to first leg victories for the Bhoys and Andre Villas-Boas’ boys on respective away days to Slovenian side Maribor and Belgian team Standard Liege. Felix Magath’s men, meanwhile, host Wolves. Here’s why this is such sensational value.
Fulham v Wolves
West London side Fulham are unbeaten at home against Wolves since 1999. That is why they are 6/4 for three points under Magath here. In recent meetings at Craven Cottage, Fulham players have had penchants for bagging braces.
Names that have scored at the double for them read as a who’s who of their modern history; Luis Boa Morte, Louis Saha, Mousa Dembele, Clint Dempsey. Record signing Ross McCormack is set to be recalled by Magath and is a 6/1 shot for two goals or more. He has a couple in his last three appearances against Wolves. Fulham, who won to nil on their last meeting with this side, are 13/4 to do so again.
Maribor v Celtic
The Bhoys got a major reprieve when they were reinstated in this competition after losing to Legia Warsaw, who fielded an ineligible player, in the third qualifying round. Ronny Deila’s team are 8/5 favourites to be galvanised by this, not to mention crushing Dundee United 6-1 in their last outing.
Special matchday odds of 4/1 are available on Celtic’s Republic of Ireland forward Anthony Stokes scoring and the Glasgow giants winning this first leg, with a maximum stake of £20.
Ex-Arsenal and Sunderland star Stokes has netted two in his last two outings, so this really is a great bet. The Bhoys are odds-on at 4/11 to qualify for the Champions League group stage.
Standard Liege v Zenit St Petersburg
Russian Premier League team Zenit are unbeaten in two previous meetings with Standard Liege, and that is why they are odds-on 19/20 favourites to win this first leg play-off tie. Andre Villas-Boas has a couple of World Cup players firing on all cylinders. Brazil forward Hulk has clearly put his dismal tournament on home soil behind him with three in as many matches. Odds of 11/8 say he’ll score anytime.
Russia striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov, meanwhile, has averaged a goal every other game (three in six) in all competitions this term so far. He is the same price to score here. AVB’s leading marksman, however, is Venezuela frontman Jose Salomon Rondon with five in six outings. Odds of 7/2 say he will net the opener.