Never afraid of saying ‘we told you so’, the news.bwin.com tipping taskforce would like a take a moment to remind readers of the glorious 21/10 Dnipro double-chance wager we landed in last week’s Europa League semi-final first leg.
Hopefully you were among the lucky few who listened, because, believe it or not, there were some who didn’t.
Fortunately for us, the unenlightened bunch we’re referring to are the bookies, whose decision to price Dnipro up at 31/20 to qualify for the competition’s showpiece suggests they’ve been grossly misinformed.
Adversaries Napoli arrive in the Ukraine knowing that if they don’t score they’re eliminated, which makes their 1/2 to progress something of a mockery.
Steer clear of this in favour of a punt on the hosts, with the £30 free bet awarded for opening an account at bwin.com returning £46.20 profit if Myron Markevych’s men make it to the final.
Last week’s battling performance in the face of an underdog billing suggests Dnipro have the mental toughness to deliver in this high-pressure situation and home advantage is likely to prove decisive.
Since returning from winter hibernation, the Warriors of Light have dodged defeat in five of seven domestic games on the homestead, while they were unbeaten in the two prior to the pause in the calendar.
Their most recent two at Dnipro-Arena may have ended in defeat, but in the aforementioned quintet that preceded this pair of setbacks, they’d kept a five successive clean sheets.
Revisiting such stellar defensive standards tonight will see Napoli ousted.
Three of the previous five results Rafa Benitez’s men have recorded on the road in this competition would see them knocked out here, with their 4-1 victory at Wolfsburg something of an anomaly judging by their recent away ledger.
Looking to stretch a run of four straight wins to nil at the Kiev venue where they fulfil their Europa League fixtures (three of which can be added to the run of results mentioned above to make eight games unbeaten in ten, with as many clean sheets), it’s clear Dnipro shouldn’t be underestimated…but try telling that to the bookies.