Kick Off: Wednesday 1st August
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Fenerbahce welcome Romanian outfit Vaslui to the Sukru Saracoglu stadium this evening for this intriguing Champions League 3rd qualifying round encounter, and will be confident of taking a commanding aggregate lead when they play the return leg next week in Romania.
The Turkish giants had to make do with runners up spot in the Turkish Super League last season due to Galatasaray rebuilding their squad and taking the championship in a final day decider. However, Fenerbahce are a very strong side still, and the nation will expect them to dispose of relatively unknown opposition in the form of Vaslui.
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Vaslui finished 2nd in the Romanian league last season, missing out on the championship by just one point to CFR Cluj. Their positioning last term shows a steady improvement which has seen them climb from a mid table club into genuine title contenders over the last 5 years or so.
The Romanian club made their Champions League debut last season in the early qualification stage, but were knocked out at the hands of Dutch side Twente after a 2-0 away loss followed by a 0-0 home draw.
Fenerbahce are seasoned veterans in European competition such has been their dominance in Turkey over the years, and that experience will count for a lot this evening. Another important factor will be the huge home support in Istanbul which are some of the most passionate fans in football.
Aykut Kocaman’s Fenerbahce are strong favourites at odds of 2/5 with Bet365, with visitors Vaslui priced at 15/2 to cause an upset. The draw is available at 10/3.
Spending over £10m euros over the summer to maintain their challenge on this season’s domestic league, Fenerbahce have secured the services of former Liverpool striker come midfielder Dirk Kuyt who should be an effective signing.
Fenerbahce also have added motivation this term in the Champions League after being forced to withdraw form last seasons competition due to match fixing allegations.
Vaslui will tough to beat on home turf in Romania, but Fenerbahce have the chance to build up a solid lead tonight, and may have the tie won by the halfway stage.
Champions League Odds
- Fenerbahce – 2/5
- Draw – 10/3
- Vaslui – 15/2
Correct score odds
- Fenerbahce 2-0 – 9/2
- Fenerbahce 3-1 – 8/1
- Vaslui 1-0 – 14/1
- Draw 1-1 – 7/1