Stubborn Bate can avoid defeat at crumbling Cologne
Steaua should maintain their perfect start
From 6pm Thursday
Basaksehir have suffered away defeats in Braga and Hoffenheim in Group C but they are a formidable unit on home soil where they are unbeaten in the Super Lig.
Even though they are bottom of the section, with two home games left Abdullah Avci’s men can still cling to the idea of qualifying and they take on Hoffenheim at a good time.
Hoffenheim's 3-1 victory against the Turks followed two defeats and the German upstarts find themselves in the worst run of form during the Julian Nagelsmann era with no wins in their last five domestic assignments.
Nagelsmann has plenty of absentees and the focus is on sustaining a top-four challenge to get back into the Champions League.
Steaua Bucharest have made the perfect start to their Group G campaign with three straight wins and they should have no difficulty making that four out of four at home to suspect travellers Hapoel Beer-Sheva.
Well beaten 3-1 in Plzen having already lost in Maribor and Ludogorets in Champions League qualifying, the Romanians look a fantastic bet at 5-6.
Beaten in Borisov on matchday three, Cologne are now 13 league and European matches without a win this season and have only scored five times.
Bottom of the section and not scoring goals, qualification looks highly unlikely and stubborn Bate, seasoned campaigners in Europe, will be hell-bent on simply avoiding defeat before their crunch showdown against Red Star Belgrade.
The match is being staged in Nicosia but that was where Apollon, who are unbeaten in Cyprus this season, drew with Lyon.
2pts 23-10 Hills
2pts 17-20 Betfred
Bate or draw double chance
1pt 11-10 general
Apollon or draw double chance
1pt 23-20 bet365, Coral
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