The group stage of the 2023/24 Europa Conference League comes to a conclusion on Thursday with plenty on the line.
Ludogorets Razgrad, for example, need to beat Nordsjaelland at home to be sure of qualifying for the next stage and we have the Bulgarians in as one leg of a Thursday acca.
Lugano to beat Besiktas is also included alongside forecasts of plenty of goals between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Gent and very few between Viktoria Plzen and Fc Astana. The four-fold works out at over 17/1.
Accumulator pays 17/1
Lugano win – 19/20
Besiktas would have been fancied by many to win Group D at the outset – now they head for Switzerland odds-on to finish bottom.
The Turks, then under the stewardship of Senol Gunes, drew their opener, 1-1 at Club Brugges. It felt like a big point gained.
Since then Gunes has disappeared and so too has Besiktas' form, their subsequent four matches all ending in losses, including a 3-2 home defeat by Lugano capped by Eric Bailly's late own goal.
Riza Calimbay is in charge of the Istanbul powers now with his team on a three-game winless run, started by a 5-0 home humiliation by Brugges and Saturday's bruising 3-1 home loss to Fenerbahce in the Super Lig, a match in which midfielder Gedson Fernandes picked up an injury.
This match is a complete irrelevance for Besiktas and even though Lugano also cannot qualify, they would expect to sign off in style in front of their own fans.
Ludogorets Razgrad win – 11/8
Group H has gone down to the wire with a nerve-shredding set of possibilities in a three-way tie to qualify.
Nordsjaelland are top, a point clear of both Ludogorets and Fenerbahce with the Bulgarians second on goal difference. Fener are in the strong position, however, of playing their final game at home to backmarkers Spartak Trnava, knowing a win will send them through.
Which means Ludogorets know they will have to be at it from the off against Nordsjaelland and they can topple the Danes and avenge an astonishing 7-1 defeat they suffered in Farum earlier in the competition.
Nordsjaelland are a home power but travel less effectively and Ludogorets come into the game on a four-game winning streak culminating in Sunday's critical 1-0 win at rivals CSKA Sofia in the league.
Under 2.5 goals – 21/20
Viktoria Plzen have been efficiency itself strolling to the top of Group C.
The Czechs have played five, won five, all by one-goal margins, four of them by 1-0 scorelines.
They would like to round off a perfect campaign by beating Astana, who still have an outside chance of finishing second, though it looks a slim hope.
Astana, however, have played only two Conference League matches since the end of the Kazakh League season at the end of October, and failed to score in either.
This promises to be a low-key affair with a dearth of goals.
BTTS & Over 2.5 goals – 5/6
There is a fascinating end to the Group B campaign with Maccabi Tel Aviv taking on Gent in neutral Serbia for the right to finish top of the section.
Both clubs have qualified with Gent currently top and just needing a draw to stay there and go straight into the last 16. Second-placed Maccabi need to win to avoid the two-legged play-offs at the end of February.
The fact that the game is being played in Backa Topola and behind closed doors would give Gent an edge they wouldn't have enjoyed at the Bloomfield Stadium. And the Belgian aces have also beaten Maccabi during the campaign, easing to a 2-0 success in Ghent in October.
Robbie Keane's Maccabi have played in the Conference League at the TSC Stadium, running out 3-2 winners over Zorya Luhansk, a five-goal thriller which hints at what is possible in this fixture.
Maccabi's seven league games have produced 25 goals – their last five in all competitions have produced three or more with both teams scoring. Both teams have scored in eight of Gent's last ten.
Accumulator pays 17/1
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