Ambitious Malaga had spent big in an attempt to reach the Champions League and the Spaniards are on the verge of doing just that despite the fact that their wealthy backers have seemingly withdrawn financial support for the club.
What started out as an exciting project to make Los Boquerones a football powerhouse has turned into something of a nightmare with several key members of their expensively assembled squad having departed and others complaining that they haven’t been paid but amid the turmoil, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops have every chance of dining at European football’s exclusive top table and they look a decent bet at 4/7 with William Hill to qualify at the expense of Panathinaikos over the course of their two-legged tie.
The first encounter takes place at La Rosaleda and keen to rack up a lead to take to Greece, Malaga are a home banker at 3/4 via Blue Square, despite their off-field turmoil while Skybet price the hosts at 7/4 to prevail ‘to nil’.
Elsewhere, Dinamo Zagreb are a safe looking 8/13 via Stan James to earn themselves a first-leg advantage as they take on Maribor while another home victory looks on the cards in Belarus where BetVictor post 10/11 against a BATE Borisov triumph against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona.
Treble on Malaga, Dinamo Zagreb & BATE Borisov – 17/4 (BetVictor)