Live on ITV 4: Thu 18.00: Fulham are 12/5 with to draw in the Europa League but it could be a tough night for Birmingham.
On paper, a team from the Premiership should have the upper hand as they tackle Danish opposition but OB Odense are no pushovers on their own patch, as Villareal will testify and they can follow up their victory at Wisla Krakow by holding Fulham to a stalemate at TRE-FOR Park, a result offer at 12/5.
The Cottagers have drawn five games in a row in all competitions, a statistic that lends appeal to a flutter on the spoils being shared again and were it not for the hosts’ recent defensive vulnerability – they’ve conceded eight times in their last two league games – Sportingbet’s 17/2 marked against a goalless affair would certainly tempt.
Instead, another 1-1 scoreline, at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, is the best bet, although it could take a while for the first goal to be scored; Paddy Power posting evens against the deadlock remaining unbroken until at least the 26-minute mark.
Birmingham lost their opening Europa League Group H clash to Braga and the Blues can suffer a similar fate as they head to Slovenia to face NK Maribor.
The hosts may have gone down 2-0 in Bruges last time out but they showed that they have plenty to offer in Europe by accounting for Rangers over two legs and they catch the eye at 5/4 via Stan James to overcome Chris Hughton’s stuttering side.