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The Europa League’s surprise package Fulham head to Hamburg aiming to keep hopes of an all-English final alive. We assess their chances.
Despite a disappointing home reverse to mid-table Mainz at the weekend, it’s the hosts at 4/6 (bet365) that should prevail in the HSH Nordbank Arena, where the final is set to be staged, but Roy Hodgson’s men should be able to restrict the Bundesliga outfit to a one-goal winning margin (11/4, Ladbrokes) so that they should at least remain in with a shout ahead of next week’s second leg at Craven Cottage.
Hodgson’s side will take heart from their remarkable record of having found the net in every Europa League game this season, save for the second leg of their qualifier against Amkar Perm back in August and they’re 8/15 at Partybets to get on the scoresheet again here.
Accordingly, a 2-1 home win at 15/2 with 888Sport is worth considering for correct score punters while Bobby Zamora can continue his excellent run in the competition; William Hill making him 10/3 to notch at any stage and add to his tally of eight goals in Europe this season.
At the other end meanwhile, Ruud van Nistelrooy will attract cash in the absence of Mladen Petric; the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker quoted at 11/10 by bet365 to score.
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