Last week’s Europa League quarter-final first-leg matches saw us claim a lovely 5/1 treble on the BTTS market and we’re back at it this Thursday as we bid to bag another triumph with the crucial reverse ties.
There might only be four games to choose from, but the need for goals should transcend to a night of pure action and we’re hoping these six teams will fire us to another Europa League winner.
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Fiorentina V Dynamo Kiev
A 1-1 draw in the Ukrainian capital has left the balance of this quarter-final precariously poised and both Fiorentina and Dynam Kiev will fancy their chances of advancing to the semi-final. Whatever story develops in Florence, we’re anticipating plenty of action at both ends of the pitch.
Both sides have been involved in some thrilling Europa League fixtures this term and a combined total of 42 goals in this competition suggests there should be opportunities at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Aside from the 3-0 loss to a superior Juventus, Fiorentina have been scoring goals for fun at home in recent weeks. However, they do conceded a fair few too, which should give confidence to an away side that has scored in four of five away games in this competition in 2014/15.
The impetus is with Vincenzo Montella’s home side, but there is no doubt that Dynamo pose a threat. Whilst we think the Italians will find a way through, the value is definitely with goals.
BTTS Yes @ 37/40 with SkyBet
Napoli V Wolfsburg
Rafael Benitez’s Napoli already have one foot firmly planted in the door following last week’s magnificent 4-1 win in Germany. However, the Italians will need to remain concentrated if they are to confirm their place in the last four.
A goal for Napoli wouldn’t change the situation for Wolfsburg, who need a minimum of four goals anyway, but it would change the mindset and for that reason we can expect the Serie A side to seek that goal as Benitez looks to take one step closer to becoming the first manager to win the competition with three separate clubs.
Wolfsburg on the other hand have got no choice but to throw caution to the wind. Scoring four against any Italian defence is a truly difficult task. However, Napoli’s comfort could allow the Germans to grab a consolation if nothing more.
The Bundesliga club do boast some quality attacking players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle and Bas Dost and can get on the scoresheet. However, they won’t be qualifying for the semi-final and we’re backing Napoli to underline that with a goal of their own.
BTTS Yes @ 11/20 with SkyBet
Zenit ST Petersburg V Sevilla
It’s advantage Sevilla as the defending champions take a 2-1 lead to Russia but Zenit’s away goal in Spain does make Andre Villas Boas’ men a real threat in this crucial second leg. We’re expecting an explosive contest at the Stadion Petrovskij.
Zenit have been brilliant at home in recent months, finding the net in 12 straight matches in all competitions. The Russians have additionally won seven of their last eight on home turf and will expect to give Sevilla a tough battle. Scoring first would swing the balance in their favour and the likes of Hulk, Salomon Rondon and Alex Kerzakhov will cause problems for the visitors.
However, Unai Emery’s side know what’s required to win this competition and an away goal of their own would put them in a great position. The Spaniards are unbeaten in 12 domestic and European matches and should have enough quality to find the net, even if their defence does afford Zenit chances of their own.
Sevilla’s last four matches have ended in BTTS winners. We’re backing that run to continue here.
BTTS Yes @ ¾ with SkyBet
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