A huge treble for our the midweek ties involves some European action along with the Championship and League One. A lengthy range to hopefully bring home a massive BTTS and win return of 91/1 with BetVictor.
Bayer Leverkusen V Paris Saint Germain – 7.45pm Tuesday
Leverkusen to win and BTTS is 11/2
Leverkusen host Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League match this Wednesday at the BayArena and I can see nothing but goals on the menu. Qualification came thanks to a second placed finish behind Manchester United and they go in as under dogs to make it in to the Quarter Finals. I do expect Sami Hyypia’s men to go to the French capital with an advantage though, the German side relying on their strong home record to take a lead in to the second leg. Poor form in the league recently has been down to Bayern running away with the Bundesliga and all focus have been on this European tie and i believe Leverkusen will rise to the occasion. The German outfit have never been knocked out of a European competition by a French side and I am backing a surprise win on Tuesday
Despite tipping Leverkusen to pick up a first leg win against their French opponents, I do see PSG scoring, it wont be courtesy of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, who remains absent with a thigh injury and goal threat will come in the form of the incredible Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is second top scorer in the competition with eight goals and you wouldn’t back him failing to score here. The Parisians have plenty of talent going forward and i do expect them to score, apart from the Swedish striker they also have goal scorers in Pastore and Verratti and this will certainly not be a one sided affair.
Leyton Orient V Stevenage – 7.45pm Tuesday
Leyton Orient to win and BTTS is 12/5
Four games and no victories in February for the previous league leaders Leyton Orient, has left them falling out of the automatic promotion spots into third. This run cannot go on, and what better opportunity to pick up a vital three points by welcoming bottom of the table Stevenage to Brisbane Road. Despite hitting a bad run of form the O’s have kept on scoring, they have found the back of the net in each of their last 15 ties and i can only see a home win here to stop of rot for Orient.
It doesn’t look good for Stevenage who are sat at the foot of the table having lost their last four away matches, travelling away to third placed Leyton Orient. I fully expect them to lose and probably quite heavily but I can see the Stripes grabbing a goal though. At the weekend they suffered at Rotherham where they lost but managed to score in a 2-1 defeat and I can see the same occurring here. The week previous they picked up an important 3-1 win over Gillingham and finding the back of the net is not as much of a problem as the number of goals going in at the other end.
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County- 7.45pm Tuesday
Derby to win and BTTS is 16/5
Stuart Gray has helped Sheffield Wednesday transform from nailed on relegation candidates to a side who are now hard to beat and away from the drop. Last week they suffered a defeat at the hands of another in form side Wigan Athletic. Before that loss the Owls had won six in a row and had been unbeaten for 11 games including that 6-0 victory over Leeds. With the visit of promotion pushers Derby, I think it may be another tough night, just like the Wigan tie but Wednesday have more than enough quality to find the back of the net here.
As we have mentioned, Derby are looking for one of those automatic promotion spots and with plenty of competition for just two places, County will need to pick up wins away from home against sides lower down in the table including here at Hillsborough. I am backing three points for Derby, as they look to put pressure on the sides around them especially Burnley and QPR.
The Rams are looking great under Steve McLaren and I am finding it hard to predict who will go up automatically, what I can guarantee is that Derby will push the other sides hard for a place and a win here should contribute to that.