There are 40 Europa League second-round, first-leg qualifiers on Thursday as Premier League side Wolves and Scottish giants Rangers both hope to secure handsome home wins.
Wolves’ competitive season gets under way in late July after their impressive seventh-place finish last season when they host Northern Irish outfit Crusaders at Molineux.
The game sees Wolves return to European action for the first time since 1980 and they are unsurprisingly huge favourites to see off a Crusaders side who finished fourth in the NIFL Premiership last term.
The Belfast-based club overcame Faroe Island part-timers B36 Torshavn 5-2 on aggregate in the first qualifying round although their Europa League journey will surely come to an end in this tie.
They have lost nine of their last 11 away qualifiers and come up against a Wolves side who looked in good shape when beating Manchester City on penalties to win the pre-season Asia Trophy last week.
Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to field a fairly strong side, with first-team regulars Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho all expected to start. The likes of Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore should also get the chance to impress again.
However, selecting the home side to win by a three-goal margin on the night could pay off, while a goal to be scored in the first 15 minutes, on offer at 11/10, looks attractive as the Midlanders will want to make a quick start.
Rangers are also expected to secure a first-leg victory when they host Progres Niedekorn at Ibrox, but it’s unlikely to be as straightforward for Steven Gerrard‘s men.
The Luxembourg minnows embarrassed the Glasgow giants two years ago when they knocked them out of this competition at the first qualifying round stage.
Back then, Rangers just managed a 1-0 home win before going down 2-0 away, so they will want to ensure a healthier first-leg advantage this time around.
Gerrard’s side had no problems dismantling Gibraltan outfit St Joseph’s 10-0 on aggregate in the previous qualifying round and should have more than enough to win on the night, for which they are as short as 1/25.
Like the Wolves clash, the better value lies elsewhere than the overall match market and Rangers to win by a two-goal margin appeals.
Finally, Irish Premier League side Shamrock Rovers host Cypriot team Apollon Limassol and the Dubliners can get a positive first-leg result.
Rovers sit second in their domestic table and hammered UCD 7-0 at home on Sunday, so the odds for them to win and both teams to score look attractive.