Fulham reached the final of the Europa League in 2010 and they’ve impressed in the competition so far this season, having started their campaign back in June. The Cottagers have battled their way through four qualifying ties to reach the group stage and subsequently, they are unlikely to take their foot off the gas now as they prepare to host FC Twente.
Martin Jol’s troops are therefore worthy favourites at 11/10 with Boylesports to win their Group K opener and furthermore, as Fulham have conceded just two goals across their eight matches in the tournament this term, they could also win ‘to nil’, an outcome Paddy Power rate at 13/5.
At the other end, Bobby Zamora, a scorer against Blackburn at the weekend, is chalked up by Coral at a tempting 11/2 to break the deadlock.
In Group H, Birmingham tackle Portuguese outfit and last season’s Europa League runners-up Braga at St Andrews and it’s a fixture bookies are struggling to decipher. Bet365 can’t separate the pair, marking 13/8 against both while Stan James consider the visitors 7/4 underdogs.
12/5 for it to end all square is arguably the best bet and it would be no surprise if neither side broke the deadlock (8/1, Ladbrokes); Braga were a very tough team to break down in the competition last term while the Blues should be able to keep it tight on their own patch.