‘Close but no cigar’ is the phrase that springs to mind when assessing the success of the European fourfold thus far, but we can’t help thinking that a victory is just around the corner with this 12/1 offering.
Norwich are still to score, let alone secure any points from their away Premier League games and their points total is unlikely to improve against a Stoke side that are looking resilient under Mark Hughes.
Whoever has been playing at home has won this fixture in nine of the last 11 renewals, with Stoke taking three of the last five 1-0. Another 1-0 triumph for the Potters here is available at 6/1.
This pair have only won once between them in La Liga this season, with Celta gaining the triumph at Real Betis.
They remain unbeaten at home though and will not get a better chance to collect a first home win, as bottom-club Elche’s away games have been against the three clubs directly above them in the standings, from which they have secured just one point.
Furthermore, Celta are 13/20 to score the first goal and they have not conceded first at home this season, while Elche haven’t been responsible for the opener in any of their road trips.
Verona have made a 100 per cent-winning start at home this season, with AC Milan among their victims. They can continue this streak in a bit of a grudge match with their fellow promotees from Serie B.
Liverno’s start has been decent too in their first Seria A season after a three-year absence, with a trip to Roma bringing their only defeat.
However, this was their only game against a team currently in the top half and their only two wins have been against the two clubs occupying the bottom two league places at present – Catania and Sassuolo.
Frankfurt have only played at home twice this season and going down by single-goal margins to both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is not the worst form in the book.
Some home points can be expected against third-bottom Hamburg, who are yet to take a point off anyone better than 14th in the Bundesliga table.
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