The Europa League marathon begins in earnest this week, with Europe’s medium guns playing the first of 15 potential games before the final in Poland.
Arsenal, Leicester, Spurs and Rangers are in action, with the Foxes winning the prize for best scrabble score from your opponent’s name.
Surely that’s worth a goal start?
Our Odds Pick for Leicester v Zorya Luhansk – James Maddison to Score & Leicester to Win – 5/2 at Paddy Power
Leicester’s first foray into the Europa League after 20 years is being marked in the traditional fashion, with a game against an obscure Eastern European outfit.
Zorya Luhansk currently sit 9th in the Ukrainian Premier League, winning just one of their six games this season.
And they should offer little resistance to a Leicester side who are fourth in the Premier League.
James Maddison in particular, will be hyped up for his first-ever European match, and he represents great value in the score and win market.
Our Odds Pick for Rapid Vienna v Arsenal – Ercan Kara to Score – 10/3 at Betfair
Arsenal face a tricky trip to a Rapid side who have looked as tasty as a mince pie at the Vienna Christmas Market, winning their last three games.
Ercan Kara has scored in each of those matches, and he will be the focal point once again.
Arsenal have kept only one clean sheet in the league so far, and Kara in particular, can profit.
Our Odds Pick for Spurs v LASK – Over 3.5 Goals – 13/8 at bet365
Thursday is the new Wednesday for Spurs, as they return to the Europa League after four eventful years in the Champions League.
They have netted 16 times in the last three games, including seven against Maccabi Haifa in their last Europa League match.
LASK have started their domestic campaign with seven points from 12, and knocked Sporting Lisbon out of the Europa League.
And after reaching the last 16 of this competition last season, they can certainly hold their own in North London.
Our Odds Pick for Standard Liege v Rangers – Rangers – 5/4 at 888sport
Around 3750 Standard supporters will be in attendance when they play Rangers, but Scottish fans shouldn’t be jealous as the sale of alcohol has been banned!
Ironically, those present may need a drink by the end, as their side has been decimated by multiple positive COVID tests.
Rangers are in sparkling form, unbeaten in 14 SPL and Europa League games this season.
And presumably, the team did not have to get the Eurostar to Belgium, as they must have been walking on air after beating Celtic last time out!