Just eight teams remain in the hunt for Europa League glory and each club will fancy their chances heading into this week’s quarter-final first-leg matches.
With only four fixtures to choose from, picking three BTTS winners looks a daunting task. However, we’re pretty confident that these six teams can make the net ripple to give us a cool £53 profit courtesy of Coral.
Dynamo Kiev V Fiorentina
Serhiy Rebrov’s Dynamo Kiev were involved in a stunning seven-goal thriller against Everton in their home leg of the round of 16 and we’re backing the Ukrainians to provide another classic battle as they take on Serie A side Fiorentina at the Olimpic Stadium.
Dynamo have been brilliant on home soil this term and the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Artem Kravets will pose a threat to the Italians’ rearguard. After scoring 21 in their past seven competitive home games, we’d certainly expect them to trouble the visitors.
Whilst the Italians might not be known for scoring or conceding too many, they hit three past Roma in Rome last time out and Vincenzo Montella’s men will certainly fancy their chances of reaching the last four should they record a decent scoreline here. However, it is worth noting they’ve leaked six in their past two domestic games alone and could be vulnerable against the potent Ukrainians.
In all honesty, we wouldn’t like to predict the outcome of this one. There’s unlikely to be quite as many goals as against Everton, but we think there will be chances at either end. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ Evens with Coral
Sevilla V Zenit St Petersburg
Reigning champions Sevilla raced into the quarter-finals by beating La Liga rivals Villarreal 5-2 on aggregate, with both matches ending in BTTS winners, and Unai Emery’s men will be looking to plant one firm in the last four with a confident display against Zenit at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The Spaniards have scored a hatful at home this season, netting in all but two competitive games there, and the deadly duo of Kevin Gameiro and Carlos Bacca should provide the firepower to give them a fantastic chance of going all the way in this tournament once more.
Zenit are a very capable outfit, though, and have regularly shown their pedigree in the Champions League so Andre Villas-Boas will be eager to impress in Europe’s lesser competition. The Russians didn’t score in Torino but it is worth noting they were already leading 2-0 from the first-leg and we’d expect them to pose a much bigger threat this time around.
Sevilla probably have the quality to edge this but Zenit will certainly put up and fight. A 2-1 home win wouldn’t surprise us at all.
BTTS Yes @ 19/20 with Coral
Wolfsburg V Napoli
Our final selection comes from Germany as Wolfsburg look to continue their run with a positive first-leg showing against Serie A giants Napoli.
The Bundesliga outfit were outplayed by Everton during the group phase but have looked fantastic since reaching the knockouts, scoring five times in tow crucial home wins. With Bas Dost, Kevin de Bruyne, Andre Schurlle and, ahem, Nicklas Bendtner in attack, Dietmar Hecking would be extremely disappointed if his side end their 10-game winning streak at the Volkswagen Arena.
Napoli will provide tough opposition, though, and will enter the game with a renewed sense of energy following Sunday’s mesmerising 3-0 win over Fiorentina. Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez has a cracking record in this competition and knows exactly what’s required to lift this trophy. Could the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon fire the Italians to glory?
Whatever happens, the wealth of attacking talent should keep us entertained.
BTTS Yes @ 8/13 with Coral
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