Hull, Lyon and Real Sociedad in terrific treble at 11/2
Go with Coral for this tasty treble involving European new boys and home hope Hull City, continental giants Lyon and Spanish side Real Sociedad in the Europa League first leg play-offs. You can back them all to win at an enhanced price of 11/2.
The Tigers travel to Belgium to tackle Lokeren, Les Gones host Romanian outfit Astra and Jagoba Arrasate’s men entertain Russians FC Krasnodar.
Lokeren v Hull City
Tigers boss Steve Bruce will be aiming to lead his side into the group stages of the Europa League for the first time in their history. They left it late to get past AS Trencin in the last round, but are favourites for victory in this first leg match-up at 6/4.
Ahmed Elmohamady and substitute Sone Aluko got the goals for Hull that day to send them through, and are 7/1 to score anytime and 8/1 to net last respectively again. Other attacking threats for the Tigers include Nikica Jelavic and Thomas Ince, who are 2/1 and 11/4 in the anytime markets.
Hull face a side who have just sold their star striker Hamdi Harbaoui, to Qatar SC, which gives the Yorkshire club more confidence to see off their opponents. You can back them at 10/1 to win 2-1 again.
Lyon v Astra
Champions League semi-finalists in 2010 Lyon (odds-on at 1/3 to win the first leg) face little-known Romanian side Astra, who recently moved from Ploiesti to Giurgiu.
This will only be Astra’s second appearance in Europe – the first being last season when they were knocked out at this same stage by Maccabi Haifa. They lost the first leg 2-0, also away, and the French side are 11/2 to beat them by that scoreline again.
Lyon boss Hubert Fournier would have preferred to play the first leg away, but can get his side off to a good lead. He said: “I wanted a return leg at home, in the Gerland, but it will be at their place. I think we can expect a lively game in Romania.”
Real Sociedad v FC Krasnodar
Basque side Sociedad take on European new boys and Russian Premier League club FC Krasnodar, who came fifth last term. The Spaniards are odds-on favourites at 4/5 to win this first leg at their Anoeta ground.
Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate said: “We don’t know a lot about them, other than the fact they got through the previous rounds quite easily. They came fifth in a very competitive league in Russia.
“We know they’re a bit ahead of us in terms of preparation as they’ve already started their league. It will be a five or six-hour trip but that’s no excuse. We’re starting off at home, like we did against Aberdeen.” They beat Aberdeen at home in the first leg last round 2-0, and are 8/1 to win by that scoreline again.