Fulham have made smooth progress in the Europa League so far this summer, with the Crusaders of northern Ireland routinely dealt with in the last round and the Cottagers now travel to Croatia for their latest assignment.
RNK Split were third in the Prva HNL and will hope to make their mark at the Park Mladeži Stadium, a compact ground which holds roughly 4,000 supporters. Realistically, the home side need to win the match to stand any chance of qualifying for the next stage and Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offers 11/2 that this happens.
The Reds squad mainly consists of Croatian players and it’s a relative trip into the unknown for Martin Jol’s side, who won 3-1 away to Crusaders in the last round. The Dutchman is likely to select a strong team for this tricky tie and Ladbrokes offer 1/2 that the visitors come away with a positive result.
Jol is clearly intent on his Fulham team playing attacking football this term and Bobby Zamora should therefore have plenty of chances to score, with the England man 9/2 (Ladbrokes – £30 free bet) to open the scoring and Andy Johnson a 6/1 chance with the same firm.
You can also get 6/1 with Ladbrokes that Clint Dempsey scores the first goal and the American has a tremendous scoring record for Fulham. We can see plenty of goals flying in on Thursday and Victor Chandler offer 19/20 about Over 2.5 Goals with the visitors on offer at 12/1 (Stan James – £25 free betting) to win 3-1.