The rank outsiders of the quartet still in contention for Europa League glory are Ukrainian outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, who travel to Napoli for the first leg of their semi-final priced at 35/4 for the win.
Serie A heavyweights Partenopei, who are 5/4 favourites for success in the continent’s consolation competition, assume a miniscule 9/25 to prevail at their San Paolo stronghold, but their spearing of the spoils here is anything but assured.
There is a sizeable 21/10 on offer for those who think the underdogs will return to the homeland having avoided defeat in Italy and should they deliver on this win or draw double-chance wager, those who invest their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the outcome will pocket a £63 profit.
Such an eventuality appears most unlikely given the numbers involved, but there are more than enough causes for optimism for those who back the visitors to sidestep a first-leg smiting here.
Dnipro are in fantastic form on the road.
Since losing to 2-1 at Inter in their final group-stage away game, the Warriors of Light have visited Olympiakos and Ajax, two venues where foes of far greater stature have come unstuck in the past.
Neither were able to get the better of Dnipro in 90 minutes.
Following their return from winter hibernation, no home side has got the better of Myron Markevych’s men, who have conceded just one goal in six sojourns, five of which they won.
Napoli have been far from dependable of late.
Few have a better grasp of how to succeed in two-legged ties than Gil Azzurri coach Rafa Benitez, as his time at the Liverpool helm will attest, but his side have been anything but consistent in recent weeks.
After winning just twice in nine games, few would’ve envisaged Napoli walloping Bundesliga bigwigs Wolfsburg 4-1 in Germany in the quarter final of this competition, while even fewer would’ve pictured them getting beat 4-2 at Empoli a little over a week ago.
Their Europa League form has been stellar, but short-term memory dwelling failures to beat Wolfsburg (they drew 2-2 in the second leg of their recent last-eight affair) Dinamo Moscow and Sparta Prague confirms they’re not nailed on here.