I SAID Wednesday’s five Champions League qualifiers would be tight and that proved to be the case with three draws and two 1-0 away wins.

My draws Trixie was a Lille goal short of landing but two out of three thanks to Aalborg-Apoel and Maribor-Celtic returned almost 11-1 and a decent profit.

Lille’s failure to net also beat the btts treble that had been kept alive by weakened Hearts’ injury-time consolation at Livingston. Fulham beat the Super Single as their struggles continued with a 1-0 loss at home to Wolves.

So as we continue to face up to a busy week it’s Europa League action and as usual caution is the key word and it’s been quoted a lot this week. Any football punter worth his salt knows the Europa League can be a minefield and especially at this time of the season.

Many teams will be making changes, some playing seriously weakened sides and others haven’t yet started their season so will be rusty.

There are plenty of big guns aiming for group places with the likes of Spurs, Villarreal, Feyenoord, Lyon, Sociedad and Torino in action.

Spurs are one of two English sides playing as they travel to AEL Limassol with Hull facing a tougher test away to Belgians Lokeren.

Having opened with a 1-0 Premier League win at West Ham it’s no surprise to see Spurs a best 9-20 with McBookie and that’s fine on a treble but I’m not touching them until I see the starting line-up. Also it’s been said on the site the pitch in Larnaca – AEL have been forced to move the game there – is poor and temperature will be hot.

I can see Mauricio Pochettino’s men racking up a narrow win but a draw would be fine and AEL will be confident after beating Zenit 1-0 before being hammered 3-0 in Russia to lose out in the last round of the Champions League qualifiers so it’s definitely on to approach with caution until teams are revealed. They also defeated Marseille at home last season.

One thing the big teams will consider is the fact for the first time the winners qualify for the Champions League next season and that’s massive, especially when we enter the latter stages, and something to bear in mind.

I’ve looked at loads of games and will start my treble with Real Sociedad who of course beat Aberdeen home and away in the last round and will be more prepared for the visit of Krasnodar. The Spaniards are 9-10 at McBookie which is a decent price against a side who lie fifth in the Russian league after an okay start.

Torino haven’t played in Serie A yet but have two Europa League ties under their belts – a 6-0 aggregate triumph over Brommapojkarna – and should go to RNK Split and win. The Croats have started rockily with five points from five points and the only thing I don’t like about the Italians is the price.

Complete the treble with Swiss side Young Boys at home to Debrecen. Young Boys are building a decent European pedigree and have won 11 of their last 14 ties at home and are unbeaten in nine matches son their fake turf. The Hungarians have lost their last three away games in a all competitions so back the Swiss at a best 4-6 at William Hill.

For the Super Single several sides caught my eye including Rio Ave at Elfsborg, Bruges at Grasshoppers, St Etienne at Kardemir and PAOK at Zimbru and Legia Warsaw at Aktobe. Some or all of those could win at decent odds but in the end I’ve plumped for French side St Etienne who were on my Euro treble on Sunday.

Saints have won their last six matches – going back to last season – and face a Turkish who simply don’t match their quality. Kardemir finished seventh in Turkey last season and while they beat Rosenborg on away goals to reach this stage we know the Norwegians aren’t the European force they once were.

Anyone with any team news or good info on any of the games should post it here and let’s join forces to try to beat the bookies.

Top Treble

Real Sociedad (7.30pm)

Torino (7.30pm)

Young Boys (6.30pm)

Pays 4-1 at William Hill

Super Single

St Etienne (6pm)
(1-1, bet365)

Both to score treble

Aktobe v Legia (5pm)

Helsinki v Rapid Vienna (7pm)

Trnava v Zurich (7.15pm)

Pays 5-1 at BetVictor, McBookie

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