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Europa League Tips: Banking on home advantage can see punters rake it in

14 Apr | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Europa League Tips: Banking on home advantage can see punters rake it in

In one of the strongest looking quarter-final lineups the competition has seen for a while, it looks to be the home advantage which will make the difference in these first leg ties.

Club Brugge v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Dnipro will travel to Belgium on Thursday to face the leaders of the Pro League in the first leg of this quarter-final fixture. Their hosts overcame Besiktas 5-2 on aggregate to reach this stage, and have already scored 11 goals in their four knockout fixtures so far. Dnipro pulled off a shock result by going through against Dutch giants Ajax on away goals, having already seen off Olympiacos in the first knockout round. They have been in good form domestically too, and have won their last four games in the Ukrainian league. However they may finally meet their match in the free-scoring Belgians, spearheaded by the second-highest scorer in the competition Lior Refaelov, who has six goals already. Brugge have averaged almost 2.5 goals per game in the Pro League, and are unbeaten in Europe this season, winning nine and drawing three of their games. It is 10/11 that they will continue that fine record by defeating Dnipro on Thursday.

10/11 – Club Brugge to beat Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk


Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina

Fiorentina go into this fixture against their Ukrainian opposition with one of the best defensive records in the competition – Viola have conceded just six goals in their 12 goals this campaign, a statistic any Italian team would be proud of. They are capable of more than just keeping out goals as well – they put three past AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in the last round, their third 3-0 win in the competition this season. They aren’t the only ones with firepower in this fixture – Dynamo Kiev booked their place in the quarter-finals by mauling Everton 5-2 in the 2nd leg of that tie, with 5 different scorers. Two of those scorers were Oleg Gusev and Andriy Yarmolenko, who lead their sides’ scoring charts in the competition with four goals apiece. With both sides adept and scoring and defending (Kiev have conceded just nine goals in their domestic league this season), this looks to be a tight affair, and so at 9/4 it is certainly worth backing a draw.

9/4 – Dynamo Kiev and Fiorentina to draw


Sevilla v Zenit St Petersburg

Andre Villas-Boas will take his Zenit side to Sevilla to face an in-form side who have won seven of their last eight games in La Liga and the Europa League – with the only match without a win being an impressive 2-2 draw against Barcelona last weekend. After dismantling fellow Spaniards Villareal 5-2 on aggregate, Los Rojiblancos will be confident of overcoming a Zenit side who scraped through the last round 2-1 against Torino. The Russians, who find themselves in the quarter-finals of a European competition for the first time since 2008, entered the Europa League after failing to qualify from a weak Champions League group which included AS Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica. Despite being runaway leaders in the Russian League, Zenit have failed to perform consistently against Europe’s top sides, and it seems unlikely that will change in this match. A Sevilla win is priced at 8/13.


8/13 – Sevilla to beat Zenit


VfL Wolfsburg v Napoli

In perhaps the most interesting tie of the quarter-finals, Wolfsburg host Napoli at the Volkswagen Arena. Both sides will be looking to their star men to make a difference in this fixture . Wolfsburg will rely on the impressive Kevin De Bruyne, who is his sides’ top scorer in both this competition and the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, Napoli have Gonzalo Higuain, the joint second-highest scorer in the Europa League with six goals already. Wolfsburg have arguably had the harder path to reach this stage. After making it out of a group containing Everton and Lille, Dieter Hecking’s men then had to overcome Sporting Lisbon and Inter Milan in the knockout stages – but have done so in style, scoring 20 goals in their 12 games thus far. Napoli have had a far easier path, and are in desperate need of a win after winning just one of their last six games in Serie A. Unfortunately that looks unlikely to come in this away tie against a side who sit second in the Bundesliga, and have not lost at home all season in the league. The home advantage looks likely to play a big part in this tie, and so Wolfsburg to win at 4/5 looks a great bet.

4/5 – Wolfsburg to beat Napoli


A £10 acca on Club Brugge, Sevilla and Wolfsburg to win and Dynamo Kiev and Fiorentina to draw pays approx £177


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