With La Liga represented in three of the four Europa League quarter-finals, it would take a brave man to bet against the trophy heading back to Spain in May.
Three on-form strikers have been key to the progress of Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao and it’s worth backing Roberto Soldado, Adrian Lopez and Fernando Llorente to be on target when it counts on Thursday.
Should all three score any time inside 90 minutes, just as my previous trio did recently, then new customers using the free £25 bet they receive when joining bwin.com would win £255.94.
Roberto Soldado to score against AZ Alkmaar @ 3/4
Mehmet Topal’s away goal has given Valencia the chance to secure a semi-final spot if they can continue their run of six European wins at the Mestalla.
Their home form has been especially good against Dutch sides, with four goals from the last two visits of Eredivisie outfits. Roberto Soldado has been in even better scoring form, averaging a goal a game in the past month, and it’s worth backing him to get the decisive goal in this game.
Fernando Llorente to score against Schalke @ 19/20
Athletic seem to have got the job done in this tie with a 4-2 win in Germany but the fact Marcelo Biesla rested star strike duo Fernando Llorente and Adrian Lopez in the weekend defeat to Barcelona suggests he feels there is still work to be done in the second leg.
With Schalke needing to attack from the off, Bilbao should be able to use the same counter-attacking prowess that helped them score nine times against Schalke and Manchester United in the last three games with Llorente often the man to take advantage, plundering four of those goals.
Adrian Lopez to score anytime against Hannover @ 2/1
While Colombian strike partner Radamel Falcao has drawn admiring glances from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Spaniard Adrian Lopez has an even better record in this year’s Europa League, averaging better than a goal every other game.
Atletico’s win in Germany was their eightth straight in Europe and a ninth goal in this competition for Lopez should see them through to a semi-final meeting with either AZ or Valencia.
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