Brits in Europa - week two
Three British teams - Celtic, Everton and Fulham - are carrying the flag in this year's UEFA Europa League and all are in action on Thursday.
On match day one only Everton could get their campaign up and running with a win while Fulham drew and Celtic lost. If you fancy all three sides to win this week you can back them in our bet bundle at a great price of 19/5.
The first British team up is Everton who face a tricky trip to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov. The Belarusian side were in last year's Champions League and by no means did they disgrace themselves. In a tough group with Juventus, Real Madrid and then UEFA Cup champions Zenit they picked up three draws and were not thrashed once.
Nevertheless it is the Toffees who are the 8/15 favourites to win the match and make it two wins in a row in the competition following their 4-0 hammering of AEK Athens in their opening match.
Everton have gone three European games without an away win therefore I would not be overly confident of backing a team at such a short price, especially as they have been rather inconsistent this season in the Premier League. The draw at 5/2 looks the bet.
If you fancy a shock home win though you can get a big 9/2 for BATE to get their first Europa League win after their 2-0 loss away to Benfica on match day one.
If Celtic are going to do anything in the Europa League they need to turn Celtic Park in to a European fortress once again. The Bhoys have failed to score in their two European matches at home this season and all Hoops fans will hope this will change on Thursday against Rapid Vienna.
On match day one the Scottish giants let a 1-0 lead slip in Israel as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Tony Mowbray is desperate for his first European win as Celtic boss and they should have enough to justify their price of 8/13 jollies.
Rapid Vienna were impressive though two weeks ago when they surprisingly beat Hamburg 3-0 in their opening match. This came after they knocked Aston Villa out in the play-off round and the Austrian Bundesliga runners-up will fancy their chances of causing another shock - especially at the 9/2.
However, my money will be on Celtic in this one.
Fulham are just proud to be in Europe after a fantastic season last term saw them finish seventh and qualify for the Europa League. In Roy Hodgson the Cottagers have an experienced top class manager and he will be relishing facing Basel.
Hodgson is a former manager of the Swiss national team as well as previously being involved in the domestic game in Switzerland therefore he has an extra incentive for his Fulham side to beat Basel who finished third in the Swiss Super League last term.
At the prices it is hard to justify backing Fulham at 8/11. I think the 3/1 about an away win looks too big. The Swiss side beat Roma 2-0 on match day one and they have won their last five matches in all competitions and at 3/1 have to be backed to make it six.