oddschecker have picked out a 9/2 treble for Thursday's football covering the Norwegian Eliteserien and playoffs in both France and the Netherlands.
Auxerre vs St Etienne - BTTS
Ligue 2 side Auxerre head into this promotion/relegation playoff first leg against Ligue 1 St Etienne as marginal favourites after securing third place in the regular table with a blistering run of form to end the season.
Jean-Marc Furlan’s side took 19 points from the last 21 available (six wins and a draw) to edge out Paris FC into fourth place. Paris FC were then, surprisingly, beaten by Sochaux in the first playoff round, before Auxerre squeezed past Paris FC’s conquerors 5-4 on penalties to set up this two-legged match with 18th placed Ligue 1 finishers St Etienne, themselves beaten in their last four regular season games.
Auxerre conceded more goals than any other side in the top five of Ligue 2, while only Ligue 1 basement boys Bordeaux (91) shipped more in the top tier than St Etienne (77). For that reason, we think both teams to score is the smart play to kick off your Thursday acca.
Vitesse vs AZ Alkmaar – Under 2.5 Goals
Vitesse host the first leg of this year's European playoff final against AZ Alkmaar at the GelreDome on Thursday evening. Both sides overturned notable first leg deficits in the semi-finals against FC Utrecht and Heerenveen respectively, with Vitesse coming from 3-1 down to win 4-3 on aggregate.
It was perhaps an uncharacteristic display of attacking football for Vitesse, who have not been among the free scorers in the Eredivisie this season, with only Heerenveen (37) in the top half scoring fewer goals than their 42 in the 34-game regular season.
Playing at home first this time around, we expect a cagier affair as the two sides target a place in next season’s Europa Conference League. No side in the top half scored fewer home goals than Vitesse, while nine of the 29 they conceded in 17 home matches came against champions PSV (0-5) and third placed FC Twente (1-4).
Rosenborg to win vs FK Haugesund
A tricky game to call in the early stages of the Norwegian Eliteserien as the most successful team in the league’s history, Rosenborg (26-time winners), look to reverse a recent slump in form which has seen them pick up just a point from their last three matches.
Tricky because you would expect, given Rosenborg’s league history – winners four times in a row from 2015-18 and not finishing outside the top five since 2005 – that they would have too much for Haugesund, but they have only scored eight goals in seven league games so far.
However, they have a great chance to restore some attacking order against the leakiest side in the league so far, with Thursday’s visitors shipping 16 in eight games so far. Both teams to score is an alternative angle given that Haugesund have managed more than a goal a game (10 in eight) but we’re sticking on the safe side with a home win.