Another near-miss for the news.bwin.com tipsters last night, with two draws felling our attempt at landing a 10/1 fourfold, so tonight we’re focussing on three teams.
The same price is on offer for those who back Blackburn, Lazio and St-Etienne all to avoid defeat in their respective cup clashes against Liverpool, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain this evening.
Each of the sides have a sizeable task on their hands, but a combination of current form and durability can bring this punt home.
Blackburn win or draw double chance v Liverpool @ 6/5
The injury/suspension-ravaged nature of the Reds’ squad has been well documented, with two members of the regular back three absent in Martin Skrtel and Emre Can.
This means the comedic concoction of Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure are sure to start at Ewood Park, sparking chaotic scenes in the visiting defence.
Rovers are in semi-respectable form and can capitalise, having lost just three times in their last ten matches.
They’ve faced three Premier League adversaries in the FA Cup this season including Liverpool in the goalless quarter-final face off that forced this replay.
Each encounter has, obviously, seen the Championship side swerve a setback.
Lazio win or draw double chance v Napoli @ 3/5
The Biancocelesti don’t have the best recent record against Rafa Benitez’s troops, losing four and drawing one of their last five dust ups, but no side in Europe is currently playing better.
They’ve won seven Serie A games on the spin to consolidate a spot in the Champions League qualification places, with the drawn first-leg of this Coppa Italia semi-final fling the only time they’ve failed to win across their last eight outings.
Napoli, by contrast, are anything but imperious, prevailing just once in eight across all competitions.
They haven’t beaten a domestic foe since mid-February.
St-Etienne win or draw double chance v PSG @ 17/10
Quite an effort is required to best Les Verts, with just eight of their 43 opponents this term able to boast a victory over Christophe Galtier’s men.
They haven’t lost in eight successive outings and proved their worth against the big guns in drawing 1-1 at Monaco last time.
PSG are obviously superior, but their failure to win half of their last ten fixtures should encourage the visitors.