Lewis Jones has picked out a tasty 5.27 treble on a night of intriguing Champions League action...
"Schalke have started the Bundesliga like an asthmatic snail, picking just one point up from their first two games and enduring a 4-0 hammering against Wolfsburg on Saturday."
Back both teams to score in Schalke v PAOK @ 1.855/6
This is a fantastic time for PAOK to take on their more illustrious German opponents. The hosts have started the Bundesliga like an asthmatic snail, picking just one point up from their first two games and enduring a 4-0 hammering against Wolfsburg on Saturday. PAOK are only in the final qualifying stage due to Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv's disqualification for match-fixing. They will be going into this game with the very dangerous nothing-to-lose-but-everything-to-gain mentality. Backing the Greeks to get a result may trigger interest from some quarters but, with this tasty treble in mind, we've got our eyes on a shorter, more realistic price. PAOK have the required ammunition to trouble shaky Schalke in their own backyard. That makes the both teams to score price, which is flirting around the even money mark, a very tasty betting option.
Back Dinamo Zagreb to beat Austria Vienna @ 1.728/11
Although Zagreb have lost 11 of their 12 games in the Champions League group stage in the last two years, their pedigree in qualification is first class. A win would be their tenth straight qualification success and continue their current run of 20 games without defeat at Stadion Maksimir. It's that previous knowhow in this situation that make them a very strong betting proposition against a very limited Vienna side. The Austrians only snuck past FH of the Faroe Islands 1-0 over two legs in the previous round and lack the tools to really test a solid Zagreb outfit.
Back Steaua Bucharest to beat Legia Warsaw @ 1.654/6
Romanian title holders Steaua, who became kings of Europe in 1986, are aiming to qualify for the group stages for the first time since 2008. That's not to say they have struggled to make their mark in Europe in recent history though. Chelsea were given a huge fright by the Romanians in the Europa League round-of-16 last season after falling to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg. Rafa Benitez's side turned the tie around by landing the second leg 3-1 and subsequently went on to win the title. Winger Cristian Tanase starred in that 1-0 victory and he's a player that can make a huge difference to nervy matches at this level.
A £10 treble provides a £47.20 profit if successful - click here for more information on Betfair multiples