Football Betting: Live on ESPN, ITV4 & Eurosport: Thu 18.30 & 19.45: This is the last chance to get into the the Europa League and for Liverpool, Man City and Villa, should be the minimum of expectations.
Liverpool’s 1-0 home win against Trabzonspor wasn’t exactly emphatic enough to put the tie to bed but Roy Hodgson’s men should nevertheless secure safe passage to the group phase and are 1/5 with Stan James to do just that. Another narrow victory for the Reds, who are Totesport’s 11/10 favourites, looks on the cards then and Paddy Power price Hodgson’s side at 13/5 to shade it by a one-goal margin in Turkey.
It should be a touch more straightforward for Manchester City, who can build on their 1-0 victory against Poli Timisoara by registering a more comfortable triumph against the Romanians at Eastlands. However, at just 2/11 (Victor Chandler), Roberto Mancini’s men are a touch prohibitive and a more lucrative alternative is Partybets’ 4/5 for City to combine victory with a clean sheet.
At Villa Park, 888Sport make Aston Villa 1/2 to bounce back from their humbling 6-0 reverse at Newcastle by beating Rapid Vienna and even though Kevin McDonald is set to rest a few players, they look a banker having managed a draw in Austria.
Celtic look set to join the Premiership trio in the next round, they defeated Utrecht 2-0 at Parkhead and are 1/5 (Betfred) to get through, although they may still narrowly lose in Holland (6/5, William Hill).
A 1-0 home defeat to AEK Athens means off-colour Dundee United face an uphill struggle and Ladbrokes’ 2/5 chalked against the Greek outfit looks safe. Meanwhile, Motherwell have perhaps been underestimated a touch ahead of their Fir Park clash with Odense. The Steelmen are a massive 11/5 with Paddy Power to qualify and 6/4 (Betdaq) to win on the night.