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Crusaders v Fulham
Europa League qualifying
KO 19:45, Premier TV
(Max last 10 only)
Never previously met
Fulham confirmed the signing of John Arne Riise before jetting off to Belfast where they face the Crusaders for the first time in their history. The Cottagers followed up their 3-0 win against NSI Runavik with a goalless draw, but Martin Jol will have been pleased to be able to rest players.
After reaching the Europa League final two seasons ago, Fulham fans have come accustomed to success in Europe and tonight should be no different. In the first leg against NSI, Fulham showed they have the abilities to kill off the weaker sides with minimum fuss. Given that Fulham have qualified for this year’s competition at such an early stage, the side will be keen to get things sewn up in the first leg.
Jol will be pleased to see Andrew Johnson back amongst the goals and he’ll be looking to add to his tally in the tournament.
This will be the Northern Irish side’s first game in the competition and can therefore be expected to be a little rusty without any competitive action behind them. That, and Fulham’s quality, has been reflected in their price and they are currently trading at around 20.0 on Betdaq.
Fulham will be looking to get this tie over as soon as possible and will go for the jugular from the off. They were ahead at the break and final whistle in their first leg in the last round and at 1.61 it’s worth backing them to do so again here.
RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)
Back Fulham HT/FT double result at around 1.61: 5 points
Wednesday’s Return: -6.00 points