The draw for the Champions League qualifiers hasn’t been kind on The New Saints and the Welsh side will need to upset the odds tonight against Hacken in Sweden.
TNS have been regulars in Euro qualifying over the last two decades but they’ve never got beyond the third round of games.
And the bookies reckon their latest shot at the Champions League will be short-lived, with Hacken 1/9 hot favourites at Bet365 for a win in tonight’s first leg.
The New Saints are 20/1 shots and it’s hard to disagree with those odds, given the Swedes are unbeaten in their last five games, winning four.
Hacken have scored two or more in each of those matches so I’m backing them in the handicap at -2, which pays 5/4 at Paddy Power.
Northern Irish side Larne also have a tough assignment at HJK Helsinki and they’re as big as 17/2 with Boylesports for a win.
Larne can take some heart from the fact HJK have been misfiring of late, scoring just six times in their last eight matches.
But the Finns are well up to speed while Larne’s only outing this summer has been a 2-0 cup loss to Crusaders.
So I like the look of the evens on offer at Bet365 for HJK Helsinki to be winning at half-time and full-time.
It’s semi-final time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and co-hosts the USA are Bet365’s 3/5 hot favourites to see off Panama.
Even with home advantage, those odds look way to short for a second-string American side who needed penalties to see off Canada.
Panama are 5/1 shots with the same firm and that looks generous after they battered Qatar 4-0.
Ismael Diaz scored a hat-trick in that match and is tempting at 9/2 (Bet365) for another goal as the USA conceded against both Canada and Jamaica.
Wednesday’s Football Bet of the Day sees Greg head to the Chinese top flight, and there is one fixture in particular that looks appealing for goals.
- HJK Helsinki HT-FT (evs, Bet365).
- Hacken -2 h’cap (5/4, P Power).
Rizzel likes the chances of two horses on Wednesday night coming at Fairyhouse and Kempton, both advised at 2pts (1 being 1pt EW).