Five representatives make Italy’s Serie A the dominant force in the Europa League round of 16, but their number is set to be cut down to size in the second leg.
A delegation of players and managers who have plied their trades in the Premier League’s capital city will take part in the amputation of Inter and Torino from the competition, while Napoli may come close to joining them.
Dinamo Moscow, Wolfsburg and Zenit can be backed not to lose their respective duels with Italian sides at an enhanced double-chance treble price of 11/4.
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Read on for the rationale…
Wolfsburg double chance v Inter @ 11/25
Roberto Mancini’s side have given up at least a share of their spoils in three of their last five games at Giuseppe Meazza.
During that sequence goals have, on the whole, been hard to come by, with one or none at all notched in four of those games.
Die Wolfe have put a 4-1 battering at Everton in the group stage behind them to go unbeaten in their next three continental road trips, winning twice.
Dieter Hecking’s side have been bested on just two occasions in their last 13 away games and have a forward line in incendiary form to rely upon to thwart Inter.
Hosts Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Breman have tried to duke it out with Wolfsburg in recent road games – both were hit for no fewer than five goals.
In Europe even former Arsenal mad hatter Nicklas Bendtner has been getting in on the act, with two strikes in three appearances.
Dinamo Moscow double chance v Napoli @ 11/20
The Muskovites are fighting for their lives in the competition, having been bested 3-1 by their visitors at San Paolo in the first leg.
In their favour they’re a formidable side at Arena Khimki, where a defence marshalled by former QPR centre-half Christopher Samba has shipped once or less in seven successive wins.
Five of that septet have come by two clear goals, suggesting Napoli will be lucky to add to their two wins in five European away games this term in Russia.
Zenit double chance v Torino @ 11/25
Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas leads his St Petersburg side into battle in Turin with every chance of securing a draw of better to ensure a comfortable qualification after their 2-0 win in Russia.
Whether he calls upon one-time Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin or not, i Granata have been deeply unconvincing on the manor of late, winning three of their last twelve outings in all competitions at Stadio Olimpico.