Fulham are one of 50 teams across the continent forced to start their season as early as June to play for the honour of qualifying for the Europa League. To save you treading into the minefield, we’ve picked nine clubs likely to triumph.
By combining them in a nine-fold accumulator on Ladbrokes, you can receive odds of 33/1 – not bad given that the longest price of any side that we are backing is 11/8 – presenting the chance to turn £1 into £33 or, if you’re bolder, £10 into £330.
Fulham to beat Runavik @ 1/100
NK Varazdin to beat Lusitanos @ 1/16
Ferencvaros to beat Ulisses @ 1/7
Dinamo Tbilisi to beat Milsami @ 1/5
Renova to beat Glentoran @ 4/11
Karabakh to win at Banga @ 4/6
Rabotnicki to win at Trans Narva @ 4/5
FC Minsk to win at AZAL Baku @ 11/8
Olimpi to win at Banants @ 11/8
Each of the away selections have been carefully chosen as there is a clear reason to fancy them to win, while the majority of the so-called bankers have been included either due to the hosts having European pedigree or visitors lacking in that department.
It’s the bottom four that are worth focussing on the justifications for given the longer prices, with our decision to favour Azerbaijani side Karabakh over Lithuanians Banga influenced by the former’s run through three qualifying rounds last term.
Rabotnicki meanwhile weren’t embarrassed by Liverpool last year and are up against an Estonian side in Trans Narva that have lost seven straight games in the competition, scoring only once in that time.
There are strong statistics supporting the above-evens picks too. AZAL Baku ended last season on a streak of one victory in eight and face an FC Minsk team adept on their travels, while Olimpi’s opponents Banants have lost six of their last seven in the Europa League to nil.