West Ham season can get liftoff in Carabao Cup, Steven Gerrard joy for Rangers in Europe
Another win for the banker bet as Liverpool beat Brighton to nil at the weekend. There's another busy week ahead too with action from the Champions League, Europa League and Carabao Cup.
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Given the cash they have flashed over the summer West Ham have made a horrible start to the season. Three games, three defeats, and the vultures are circling over Manuel Pellegrini, who has spent a club record £100 million on nine players since arriving in East London. Felipe Anderson has yet to hit his stride but surely the Hammers should have too much for AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup? The Dons have made a fairly unremarkable start to their own League One campaign and West Ham, even resting a few star names, should get over the line at 3/4 in Tuesday's TV game.
Selection: £4 on West Ham to win at 3/4 with bet365
The Tasty Treble
Ajax were worthy 3-1 winners against Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League playoff first leg last week and can be trusted to complete the job by winning away from home. The four-time European champions are a 17/10 chance to win in Kiev, and that looks a cracking punt given the fact they could easily have won by a greater margin in Amsterdam. AEK Athens, having not qualified for the group stages since the 2006-07 campaign, have a 2-1 advantage against Hungarian outfit MOL Vidi and look a lock at 1/2 to finish the job in Greece. That first leg win made it 13 European games unbeaten for AEK, who are always strong at home. Add in FC Salzburg at 4/9 for a Champions League treble with bet365 paying better than 9/2.
Selection: £2 on the treble at 4.85/1 with bet365
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The Euro Wager
Atalanta absolutely dominated their Europa League playoff first leg against FC Copenhagen, but after missing a series of gilt-edged chances somehow ended up drawing 0-0 in Italy. We don't expect lightening to strike twice however and the Orobici should land odds of 11/10 by winning in Denmark.
Selection: £4 on Atalanta to win at 11/10 with bet365
The Wildcard Tip
Brighton and Southampton are both expected to ring the changes for their Carabao Cup clash, and with this in mind the hosts look short at 11/10 in the betting. Team news will be crucial of course but preference here is for the Saints, who reached the Carabao Cup final two seasons ago -- losing a close game to Manchester United -- to win at the AMEX.
The Bookie Basher
Rangers will hook their place in the Europa League group stages if they avoid defeat to FC Ufa on Thursday and it would take a brave soul to bet against them, with the Ibrox club unbeaten in 11 competitive games under Steven Gerrard. During that sequence they've only conceded seven goals and so 7/1 about a 0-0 draw in Russia looks decent.
Selection: £2 on 0-0 draw at 7/1 with bet365