As the Europa League reaches the business end, it becomes harder to call which teams will remain on the road to Romania in May.
But with European pedigree and home advantage in their favour, Manchester United, Valencia and Atletico Madrid should put themselves in the driver’s seat for the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Should all three win their first-leg ties, new customers backing them to do so with the free £25 bet available when registering for a bwin account would win £73.55.
Man Utd to beat Athletic Bilbao @ 23/50
One away league defeat this season suggests United have saved their best form for their travels, but their home loss to Ajax in the last round was their first European reverse at Old Trafford since 2006.
Sir Alex Ferguson was critical of many of his reserve players after the Ajax game so even with a tricky test against in-form West Brom on Sunday, it’s likely the stars will return for this one.
The United boss will expect Wayne Rooney and company to have enough to put away a Bilbao side who needed away goals to scrape past Lokomotiv Moscow in the last round.
Valencia to beat PSV Eindhoven @ 11/20
Valencia were impressive in beating a tough Stoke side home and away in the last 32 and have also been in decent form domestically, reaching third in La Liga and the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
By contrast, Europe has proved a welcome distraction to PSV, who have lost their last three league games by an aggregate scoreline of 12-4.
That form suggests they will struggle to become the first Dutch side to ever beat Los Che in European competition.
Atletico Madrid to beat Besiktas @ 3/10
The Vicente Calderon has long proved a European fortress for Atleti as they went unbeaten at home to win the inaugral Europa League in 2010.
Diego Simeone will be confident of continuing that legacy against traditionally poor travellers Besiktas and with Radamel Falcao and Adrian Lopez both among the tournament’s top scorers, Los Rojiblanco should have enough firepower to build a first leg lead.
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