The Europa League is back for part two of its midweek matchday five epic tonight, with the makeup of the knock-out stages set to move one step closer to completion.
With the Champions League taking a well-earned break and Premier League games just around the corner, this could be your chance to make some tidy cash with our latest bwinbetting banker treble.
Using the free £25 bet available to anyone joining bwin.com on this treble could see you more than double your money with a nice return of £50.84 available if all three get the job done.
Sporting Lisbon to beat FC Zurich @ 31/100
Sporting Lisbon’s Estádio José Alvalade remains a difficult place for any team to visit in Europe, but FC Zurich’s task is made all the more difficult given both sides’ contrasting current form.
The Lions come into this game with a fine record at home this season with six wins on the trot in all competitions. Recent weeks have also seen Sporting Lisbon dispatch some formidable visitors, with Lazio and Braga falling to defeats at the hands of Domingos Pacienza’s team.
They should have little to fear from the visit of FC Zurich either, with the Swiss side in something of a funk domestically this season.
Currently lying seventh in the Super League, FC Zurich come into the game having registered just one win in their last five matches in all competitions, with nine goals conceded.
In contrast, Sporting have been rampant in front of their home fans, having scored 15 goals scored in their last five matches. Midfield duo Matias Fernandez and Diego Capel have frequently chipped in with goals, while the presence of predatory Dutchman Ricky van Wolfswinkel in attack makes a Sporting Lisbon win at 31/100 the very definition of a banker.
Athletic Bilbao to beat SK Slovan Bratislava @3/20
Marcelo Bielsa’s ongoing project at Athletic Bilbao may have had a mixed start in La Liga, but in the Europa League the Basque club have enjoyed a fine run of form.
Four group games have brought Bilbao three wins and a draw, with a total of seven goals scored and some top-quality football played to boot.
Arguably their most memorable performance came in the second round of group games as they dispatched the expensively-assembled Paris Saint-Germain team with a comfortable 2-0 win.
Bielsa’s team have also picked up points with impressive performances against Barcelona and former Europa League champions Atletico Madrid in recent weeks too.
The Spanish side are sure to be in confident mood at home to a Slovan Bratislava team who have slumped to three defeats and a draw in four games with just a single goal to their name.
Last time out at home in the competition, Bilbao goal machine Fernando Llorente grabbed a brace and with the big Spaniard likely to start again this time around, a win for the home side is a clear banker at 3/20.
Schalke 04 to beat Steaua Bucharest @ 7/20
Disregarding Schalke’s readily expected defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last weekend, the Gelsenkirchen side have enjoyed a rich vein of form in front of goal this season.
It’s also important to remember that despite their reverse at the Westfalenstadion, Schalke 04 have enjoyed a good start to the current domestic campaign and remain just four points shy of the top spot in Germany.
Much of this success has been built on the goals of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has already grabbed 12 in the Bundesliga this year.
He’s also proven to be prolific in the Europa League, with a brace against AEK Larnaca in the group stages and four goals in one game against HJK Helsinki during the qualifying round.
Meanwhile, Steaua Bucharest come into this game with a far from enviable record away from home in Europe which has seen the Romanian club fail to win a game since August 2009.
With Schalke 04 also boasting record Champions League goalscorer Raul in their ranks, Steaua’s run of poor results on the road looks likely to continue.
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