Thursday is the night of action in the Europa League and your Humble Handicapper has his work cut out picking the winners and the riders. As is often the way with football, winning plenty of big money is just a click away.
WHERE'S THE MONEY MIKE?
Rubin Kazan v Levante
There is absolutely everything to play for in this game as the first leg ended 0-0 when it was played last week. However I think I'm going to go for Rubin Kazan to win this game at 3/4 because they've done better in their recent games and Levante have only managed to score two goals in that run.
Zenit St Petersberg v FC Basel
2-0 is a decent advantage for Basel to take away with them and I think that they will be too much for Zenit, even at St Petersburg. The soccer odds makers have the visitors going through at 4/11 while the home side progression is at 9/4.
Zenit would have to keep a clean sheet if they have any chance of progressing, something that your Humble Handicapper simply thinks they won't do, although a draw is probably a decent option for your soccer picks at 7/2.
Inter Milan v Tottenham
Tottenham may well be playing away from home and coming straight from their defeat at the hands of Liverpool, as predicted by your Humble Handicapper, but I do think a 3-0 aggregate advantage will be too much even for Milan.
Tottenham should waltz through to the next round, and most online sportsbooks already have them at 1/66 to qualify.
So you can see just how likely that is. Still, I'm feeling generous and will give Inter the game (if not the tie) at 6/5.
Bordeaux v Benfica
I reckon that the French side will come unstuck in this encounter as the opposition are on a straight five-game unbeaten run and have conceded just one goal in their last five games.
The single goal will pretty much put the tie out of Bordeaux's reach so I'd suggest you back Benfica winning both halves with your sports picks, at 3/1.
Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest
Chelsea go into this game nursing a 1-0 defeat after the first round which means that they have to win to progress. Chelsea should be able to do this, but I don't think it will be easy and I don't think it will be pretty.
It's worth mentioning that Chelsea have only won two of their last five games but then again so have Steaua Bucharest. Back a Chelsea win at 4/11 and a 3-1 score at 11/1.
Fenerbahce v Plzen
There's a double advantage for the home side in this match as they not only have home advantage they have an away goal. While they're sitting pretty the bookmakers have them go through to the next round at 1/7 and the shortest correct score odds on 1-0 at 5/1. And don't forget that the home side topped their group beating off Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Laziov v Stuttgart
It's looking like another home victory for Lazio against Stuttgart. That two away goal advantage will take some reversing. The bookmakers have a draw, which would be sufficient to see the home side through at 12/5.
Newcastle v Anzhi Makhachkala
I fancy the Geordies in this match because of their home advantage.
With approximately 50,000 local Newcastle fans cheering their team on the home side should take this one, however I think if the Russians get a goal early on Newcastle will have to do what they did against Stoke secure progression.Newcastle win at 6/4.